Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT READING CINEMAS PORIRUA readingcinemas.co.nz PH: 237 1070 & ON O FAMILY TICKET 1ADULT & 2KIDS ALSO SHOWING OPENS THURSDAY 3D DARKEST HOUR (M) 3D HUGO (G) WAR HORSE (M) SHERLOCK HOLMES (M) OPENS THURSDAY OPENS THURSDAY ADVANCE SCREENING M PG M SIONE'S 2 WED: 10:00PM 37 0633 6AJ Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More All Fitness Gear from 3614250AA 7 Hartham Place South, Porirua. Tel: 04 238 1575 Email: email@example.com SUBARU SPECIALIST NORTH CITY AUTOMOTIVE • WoF • Service • repairS 10B Wall Place, Porirua • 232 0271 2308970AA Creedence give away American band Creedence Clearwater Revisited is coming to Trentham Racecourse on February 3 for one of only three concerts in the country. Creedence Clearwater Revisited was formed by Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford in 1995, to keep the classic rock band s sound alive. Creedence Clearwater Revival gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles including Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Lookin Out My Back Door and Who ll Stop the Rain?. Their most successful year was 1969 with three top 10 albums and four top three singles. Tickets are $89 from Ticketek and children under-15 are free with an adult. For more information: trentham.co.nz or ticketek.co.nz. Kapi-Mana News has two tickets to the gig to give away. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your daytime contact details and the name of your favourite CCR song or post entries to P O Box 50012, Porirua. Entries close January 23. The magic of Scorsese Classic caper: Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Hugo (Asa Butterfield) go about their sleuthing under the watchful eye of the station inspector -- and orphan catcher -- amusingly played by Sacha Baron Cohen. HUGO (3D) 1/2 Starring Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Ray Winstone, Jude Law. Screenplay by John Logan, directed by Martin Scorsese. Rated G, 126 minutes. Showing at Reading Cinemas Porirua. Think Martin Scorsese and your mind will likely turn to scenes of deep reds and mean streets, gangsters being gar- rotted or gunned down, lunatics chewing on the scen- ery, or maybe just Joe Pesci posing the question: What do you mean I m funny? in Goodfellas. Whatever classic cinematic moment pops into your brain, there is next-to-zero likelihood children were in the picture house when you saw it. Which is why, on the face of it, his adaptation of Brian Selznick s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret is such a curious addition to the director s canon. G-rated and shot in 3D, it is a vast departure from what we have come to know and love. But look deeper and you ll realise it s as much -- if not more -- a Scorsese picture as any of his crime dramas. In post-World War I Paris we find orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) living in the bowels and the belfrey of a train station, keeping the clocks on time and avoiding the clutches of the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen). Hugo is a whiz with gadgets -- skills the station toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) is mys- teriously wary of -- and the boy is desperate to repair a clock-work robot his late father (Jude Law) left unfin- ished, hoping it will provide some connection to, or mess- age from, his dad. For the first hour the movie plays out like a Dickensian adventure -- including a strange devotion to English accents -- as Hugo tries to keep himself fed and out of the orphanage, while a hor- rible uncle is encountered in flashbacks. Aided by a plucky, adventure-thirsty girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), Hugo comes to realise the mystery he is unravelling is not the one he expected. Devotees of Scorsese will be well aware of the director s passion for film history and preservation, and it s this personal love affair with cinema that lights up the second-half of the picture. Just as pictures like Gods & Monsters and Ed Wood mixed fiction and fact to champion the lives of forgotten film- makers, Scorsese uses Hugo and the 3D format to remind us, introduce us and perhaps introduce our kids, to the cine-magic of Georges Melies. A French illusionist and film-maker, Melies invented much of cinema s early special effects, and was among the first to use multiple exposures, time-lapse pho- tography, dissolves and hand- painted colour. Many folks will be familiar with the image of a rocket poking the eye of the man-in-the-moon from 1902 s A Trip to the Moon -- or at least the Smashing Pumpkins video for Tonight, Tonight which pays it homage -- but Melies made hundreds of films, many of which were destroyed in the war. The celluloid was melted down to make, of all things, shoe heels. Though considered an inno- vator of immense influence by film scholars today, Scorsese must have felt Melies was in need of some recognition among the multiplex masses, and to this end, Hugo is an absolute delight for lovers of cinema and history. Whether it is as enchanting for children, I m not so cer- tain. Kids reared on wizards, spacemen and superheroes may find a film pioneer to be an unlikely source of allure, but Georges Melies was cer- tainly all these things. What s more, Scorsese s use of 3D is as clever as I ve seen it in any film, particularly when used to enhance footage from actual Melies pictures. It gives us a hint of the magic and wonder early 20th cen- tury cinema-goers must have experienced.
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