Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 10, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT READING CINEMAS PORIRUA readingcinemas.co.nz PH: 237 1070 ALSO SHOWING OPENS THURSDAY 3D & 2D TINTIN (PG) 3D & 2D HAPPY FEET TWO (TBC) SHERLOCK HOMES (TBC) DOLPHIN TALE (TBC) THE MUPPETS (G) WE BOUGHT A ZOO (PG) 3D OPENS THURSDAY TBC M G 4253403AA • A course to prepare youth for a Services Career, eg. Army, Navy, Air Force, Fire Service • A FREE* course that supports continued academic learning WHAT TO EXPECT? • A life changing experience • Improvement in fitness, confidence and self-discipline • Learning of life skills, adventure skills, military lifestyle skills balanced with continued academic studies For more information contact: the Army, Navy, Airforce? Courage, Commitment, Comradeship, Integrity, Teamwork, If these things interest you then get in touch with us Mana College SERVICES ACADEMY WHAT ARE WE? 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Input is wanted Porirua is to get four more colourful murals this month and locals can give artists direct design input at Pataka. The murals are part of a project called Work in Prog- ress'', organised by Porirua City Council's graffiti man- agement team, Pataka and GM Design. Local artists Ranga Tuhi, Fleur Ruth, Ian Taylor, Chloe Reweti and Nick Macdonald will be taking over Pataka's community gallery as their studio from today until Janu- ary 29. The artists will be painting murals on boards, which will later be mounted at four graffiti hot spots around town: Kenepuru's Pit Stop garage, Titahi Bay's Whit- ford Brown Community Trust, the bus shelter near the railway station and the Titahi Bay Surf Club. They are keen for interac- tion so people are invited to come along, be part of the creativity and help Porirua become a more colourful, artistic place. The artists are at work from 10am till 4pm. Real boy's own adventure Fortune and glory: Tintin and Captain Haddock stop to check directions in their relentless treasure hunt. Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin vibrantly brings to life Herge's beloved explorers. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN (3-D) Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg. Screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, directed by Steven Spielberg. 107 minutes, PG (contains violence). Currently showing at Reading Cinemas Porirua, Light House Pauatahanui. OK, now they've got somewhere. It would seem all those dead-eyed skin-sacks wobbling about in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within back in 2001, and any number of Robert Zemeckis misfires were not in vain after all. The Adventures of Tintin is successful evidence there is a place for computer- generated humans. While motion/performance-capture has been a roaring success when creating realistic aliens, monsters and mutants, recreating the human form has been painfully tricky; movie- goers bored -- or Beowulf-ed -- to death by expeditions into uncanny valley''. But fear not Herge fans, in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn the ambition of Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson is matched by the technology. The figures are an endearing middleground between reality and Herge's drawings, and their eyes sparkle with curiosity. What's more, it's the first time since Avatar I've felt the 3-D format has given a picture more than it has taken away. Screenwriters Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim Versus the World), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) have taken stories and threads from three of Herge's beloved comic books, The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham's Treasure and The Crab With the Golden Claws. Those unfamiliar with Europe's favourite comic-book hero need only know Tintin is a valiant teenage reporter with a knack for fall- ing into globe-hopping adventures, the sort which involve treasure maps, secret passageways and puzzle-cracking. If there is a mystery to be unravelled, Tintin is your boy. His determination is as irrepress- ible as his ginger quiff. Aided by plucky pooch Snowy and boozy Scotsman Captain Haddock, sleuthing is returned to the nostalgic realm of Boy's Own annuals, Hardy Boys heroics, and Spielberg's own homage to Saturday matinee serials, Indi- ana Jones. Tintin (Jamie Bell) finds himself hot prop- erty after purchasing a model ship at a mar- ket. Several others are desperate to get their hands on it, including the sinister Sakharine (Daniel Craig). Tintin senses a story -- and much more -- when he realises what special cargo the toy carries. Thievery and kidnap- ping ensues and new friendships are forged as Tintin, Haddock (Andy Serkis) and Snowy traverse the high seas, African desert and streets of Morocco on a whimsical treasure hunt. The Adventures of Tintin is Spielberg returning to a genre in which he has thrived, but it is also his first foray into computer ani- mation and shooting in 3-D. This digital playground seems to have rejuvenated the director, who has invented one breath- taking action sequence after another, taking every opportunity to put the characters -- and the camera'' -- in places he could have only dreamed about for live-action film-making. If all this enthusiasm and format-pushing comes at a cost, it's the picture's exhausting pace. There were times I wanted Tintin and Cap- tain Haddock to chill out, take a seat and enjoy the scenery -- so we could too. But the dense story requires constant plot progression. This was a feature of the comics too, so it's hard to be too critical, but even Herge allowed us a pause when we turned the pages. Action plays better when time is taken to establish the characters and the story. It's an example I often hark back to, but the urgency and foreboding that drives Indiana's quest in Raiders of the Lost Ark is fuelled by a quiet early scene of men sitting around a table discussing the wrath of God. It gives the ark -- and the movie -- its power. The Adventures of Tintin doesn't enjoy such groundwork. The audience is not required to invest in the characters, or in the story to any large extent, rather we are simply required to keep up. Which is no easy feat.
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