Kapi-Mana News : August 23rd 2011
15 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 23, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CHECK OUT OUR DAILY BLACKBOARD SPECIALS FOR LUNCH & DINNER THIS WEEK THURSDAY • AFFORDABLE happy couple of hours 5-7pm House Beer & Wine $4 FRIDAY NIGHT • Free platter of nibbles per table of or more 5 - 7pm only • Weekend kickstart HAPPY HOUR 5 - 7pm 5 Lydney Place, Porirua • Ph: (04) 237-4058 COMING SOON . . . GOURMET PIZZA LIVE MUSIC 3558274AM MR. 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Feeling concerned? • Trained Teachers • NCEA english maths and science • Reading, spelling, maths • Individualised programmes 3556583AA 3685419AC Easy Key Self Service Laundromat 13 x Dryers from $4 for 18 mins 8 x Washers - from $5 ALSO AT THESE LOCATIONS Upper Hutt 528 0515 Taita 970 0994 Stokes Valley 563 8260 Wainuiomata 939 5171 Porirua - Cannons Creek 237 0630 Newtown 389 7926 Lower Hutt 569 5792 Fast Dryers Washers Domestic Laundry Sports Gear Duvets Mink Blankets Bedding 3685419AC DRY UP TO 4 LOADS OF CLOTHES IN ONLY 18 MINUTES! Save time and electricity PORIRUA Cannons Creek Shopping Centre Ph 237 0630 COME AND EE CHANGES IN STORE GIG GUIDE EVENTS DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Taming the clutter monster -- how to keep your home clutter free. Join the Desperate Housewives on September 7 for a relaxing social evening including a talk on de-cluttering strategies for the home. At the Mariner, Whitehouse Rd, Titahi Bay. Starts 7.30pm. $2 entry (includes nibbles). Women only. For more info call Naomi on 236 0559. No booking necessary. COUNCILLOR CLINICS, Saturday, August 27: Eastern ward, Rangikura School Library (10am till 11am); Western ward, North City shopping centre (10am till noon); Northern ward, Pukerua Bay Library and Whitby Mall foyer (10am till 11am). EXHIBITIONS PATAKA MUSEUM, cnr of Norrie and Parumoana streets. Bunmei Okabe, Clown paintings -- Love and Peace. In 1965, aged 16 years, Bunmei Okabe was involved in a rugby scrum mishap, which left him paralysed from the waist down. Okabe has since become a successful artist in Japan, specialising in clown paintings, believing clowns bring out the best in people. Until November 6. PATAKA, Pat Hanly Blast -- The Painter and his Protest. In 1987, New Zealand passed legislation to make the country nuclear-free. This exhibition celebrates this achievement through Pat Hanly's anti-nuclear paintings and Gil Hanly's documentary photographs. Exhibition runs through to September 14. Genre mash-up founders Cowboys and Aliens Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine. Directed by Jon Favreau. 118 min, rated M (violence). Showing at Reading Cinemas North City. Reviewed by KYLIE KLEIN NIXON Space cowboy: Gunslingers take on an intergalactic foe in the western/sci-fi hybrid Cowboys and Aliens, but the po-faced experiment never musters the element of fun you'd expect from such a premise. One of the most underrated crossover films of all time is a little known 1980s comedy/ Western/sci-fi called Tremors, in which two unlikely heroes do battle with giant sand worms that terrorise a dust bowl truck stop. The monstrous villains are never really explained, except in comedic exchanges that say more about the characters than the insane events -- the local gun nut blames the gov- ernment, the scientists blame big business poisoning the environment, the hero blames the universe being out to get him. It's ridiculous fun because the beauty of Tremors lies in its comedic take on the weird genre juxtapositions: What if two good old boys had to wrangle more than a six pack and a head of steer? What if it was monsters? Wouldn't that be hilarious? Yes, it would and subsequently, Tremors digs up the comedy gold without ever having to descend into farce. It's a fine line to walk, 2005's Sean of the Dead --a Zom(bie)/rom-com -- does it beautifully, as did this year's Paul -- a comedy/sci-fi/road movie, by the same writing team. Sadly, this was not the case with Hollywood's latest attempt to blend genres, Cowboys and Aliens, mostly because it's severely lacking in the essential com'' element. Ashardasitmaybeto believe, Cowboys and Aliens takes itself very seriously indeed. Far more seriously than any film called Cowboys and Aliens ever should. A shoeless, grime covered Daniel Craig wakes up in the middle of the desert with no memory and a strange iron bracelet on his wrist. After fending off some local yokels, Craig steals their perfectly fit- ting clothes and heads into town. A fall out with local top dog (Harrison Ford) Dolarhyde's son ends with Craig in the clink, but before the mob can lynch him the town is attacked by flying machines'' and demons'' which snatch up loved ones and carry them off to their mountain lair. Craig, who it turns out is more than he appears, must team up with his nemesis Dolarhyde, the mob, and a mysterious gun slinging girl to find out who he is and what's going on. It turns out there's aliens in them thar hills and they want our gold. This is serious business, Craig's grim visage tells us. There'll be no laughs in this posse. So each set piece is delivered with the same stony certainty, every attempt to shoe horn some emotion in seems tacked on and irrel- evant. Cowboys and Aliens, directed by Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau, has all the elements to make a great sci- fi film. An incredible cast -- Ford and Craig are backed up by Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine and a lumi- nous Olivia Wilde; fantastic special effects and an awe- some location -- it's called Death Valley, what more do you need to know? But sadly, perhaps too close a tie to the source material -- the film is based on a comic book of the same name -- and too little in the way of batter- ing fun means Cowboys and Aliens never quite gets to the big screen gold.
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