Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
23 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT the Difference is DRAMAtic Bringing out the BEST in Everyone Make the call now (04) 3889710 www.helenogrady.co.nz ww ww. .h h Confidence Creativity Communication Presentation Skills Public Speaking Performance Classes Preschool to 18yrs - Churton Park - Hataitai - Khandallah - Lower Hutt - Whitby - Paraparaumu 4325896AA Hutt Minoh Friendship House Manga (art of Japanese comics), learn how to draw and create your own manga with tutors Jem Yoshioka and Su Mon. Eight-week block course $150 (includes materials) STARTING SOON Japanese cultural classes starts Wednesday evening, February 29. Suitable ages 12+. Ph Su 021 264 7274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) with Brigitte Takenaka, 565 1488. Japanese silk embroidery, February 16-19, tutor Maureen Moore, 569 6692. Tea ceremony, ph Brigitte 565 1488. Calligraphy, an introduction, Rosemary 586 4180. Pre-school and primary school introduction to Japanese culture classes, one-hour session, Brigitte 565 1488. Many of these arts will be demonstrated at a Japan Open Day at Hutt Minoh Friendship House, 38 Normandale Road, Lower Hutt, on Sunday, January 29, 1-4pm, wet or fine, free entry. READING CINEMAS PORIRUA readingcinemas.co.nz PH: 237 1070 S & M ON O O AMILY TICKET 1ADULT & 2KIDS ALSO SHOWING 3D DARKEST HOUR (M) SIONE'S 2 (M) JOURNEY 2 (PG) TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY (M) OPENS THURSDAY OPENS THURSDAY M R16 R16 4337769AA MUMS AND BUBS WORKOUT Starts Friday 10 February 2012 - frst term is for eight weeks, untl 30 March. Two classes, beginning at 10.15 and 11am. Members $32, non members $52 for the term. CPR Thursday 23 February, 7.30-9.30pm - Members $20, non members $35 Whether you have children or are expectng, in just two hours you can learn vital lifelong skills that could save your childs life! Learn the two diﬀerent techniques needed for babies and toddlers. This course also covers choking and basic frst aid. This course is run by the New Zealand Red Cross, and you will receive a certfcate for completon. All classes held at: Pember House, Hagley Street, Porirua. Mana Parents Centre oﬀers a range of support and educaton for expectng parents and parents of young children. www.manapc.org.nz for more informaton. Startng our new term of fun classes to keep you and your preschooler actve and safe Circa stage a camp site again Author Dave Armstrong said just about every New Zealander has been camping, and camp grounds are great level- lers where university lecturers could find themselves next door to builders. It is this juxtapo- sition that attracted me to the idea of the motor camp as a sort of Pakeha marae, where issues of family, relationships, education and politics could be discussed and resolved.'' The Motor Camp puts the middle class Redmonds and their teenage daughter along- side the working-class Hislops, and their hor- monal son. Front from left are Olivia Violet Robinson, Phil Vaughan and Anthony Young. At the rear are Tim Spite, Danielle Mason and Florence Mulheron. The Motor Camp runs at Circa until February 18. For more information or to book phone 801 7992 or visit circa.co.nz/. Hawaiian life no vacation The Descendants Starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Judy Greer, Patricia Hastie, Robert Forster, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges. Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, directed by Alexander Payne. 115 minutes, rated M (offensive language). Showing at Light House Pauatahanui cinema. Mahalo? Life in Hawaii isn't all palm trees and mai tais for Matt King (George Clooney) and his family, including daughter Alex (Shailene Woodley), who are put through the emotional wringer when family secrets and hard truths are brought to the surface. Alexander Payne movies aren't for everyone. I have sat friends down to watch Sideways -- one of my favourites from the past decade -- only to be deflated by their bored, irritated or nonplussed response to the wine country road trip. The self-loathing Miles -- played with nuanced genius by Paul Gia- matti -- was bitter, twisted and stole from his own mother. Who wants to see that?'' I was told. About Schmidt, an intriguing portrait of an abrasive old fart, bore observations on life's peculiarities and cold truths that could move your soul -- or not. I'm still unde- cided whether there was more enjoyment or endurance to the pic- ture. I expect The Descendants to play the same way with movie-goers, though its protagonist is certainly more forgiving than the rascals in Payne's earlier pictures. Matt King (George Clooney) is an OK guy; a lousy husband and struggling father with a lot on his plate, trying to make amends while dealing with some pretty heavy emotions. We first find him sitting in a Honolulu hospital, beside his coma- tose wife Elizabeth, injured in a freak jetboat accident. A self- confessed backup'' parent, Matt is left to handle their two daughters, 10-year-old Scottie (Amara Miller) and Alex (Shailene Woodley), 17. And what a handful they are, Scottie with her crude text messages to supposed friends, and Alex's teen angst and free spirit. Meanwhile, Matt is the sole trustee of a family legacy, 25,000 acres (almost 10,200 hectares) of prime Kauai paradise, the fate and financial windfall of which is about to be decided on. The greedy relatives may be wolves dressed in Hawaiian shirts with surfer dude accents, but they are wolves just the same. But what really sends Matt reeling is Alex's revelation that mum had been having an affair. Payne's storytelling adheres to the adage life is funny, but not ha- ha funny'' and his The Descendants is well-tuned to capturing the absurdity, anguish and awkward- ness of human relationships with blunt honesty and a comic bent as bittersweet as it is subtle. Movie-goers will feel for Clooney's character, and may identify with him, but those not partial to the idiosyncratic humour may feel they're watching an over- hyped soap opera. Take a scene of Matt having just learned of his wife's infidelity. He sprints out the door to a friend's house to find out the identity of Elizabeth's lover. On one hand there is Clooney's devastated vis- age, on the other there is the goofy sound and vision of a man trying to run in slip-on shoes. It's Hawaii after all. Depending on your preferences, the scene could be hysterical, tragic, mordant or just mean. When it comes to Clooney's performance, I'm not drinking the Academy Award Kool-Aid. He's done a fine job, but for me his character is no great departure from what we've seen in Up In The Air and Michael Clayton. I was far more impressed with young Shailene Woodley, who holds her own in every scene she's in, while Robert Forster is fantastic as the mourning father-in-law who holds Matt responsible for all of his daughter's misfortunes. I'd be a little shocked if The Descendants picks up the Best Pic- ture Oscar. It's very good but not that good. Not Sideways good. But for some movie-goers, maybe that's a good thing.
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