Kapi-Mana News : June 26th 2012
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READING CINEMAS PORIRUA readingcinemas.co.nz PH: 237 1070 3D OPENS MONDAY ALSO SHOWING 3D BRAVE (PG) SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN (M) ROCK OF AGES (M) 3D PROMETHEUS (R16) 2D MEN IN BLACK (M) 3D OPENS THURSDAY M PG KM072257 MEAT WEEK 4683592AA Body art: Paremata artist Stevei Houkamau's tattoo-influenced sculptures are being shown as part of Pataka's Matariki-themed exhibition. Living body of work By ANDREA O'NEIL Tattooed bodies are the inspiration behind a group of clay artworks included in Pataka's Treasures of Matariki exhibition. Paremata artist Stevei Houkamau has translated her fascination with ta moko (Maori tattoo) and tatau (Pacific Island tattoo) into her sculptures. Her pots and gourds are carved and etched with designs similar to ta moko and tatau, and represent human forms. For me, the clay symbolises us and all the cuts on it are all the stories,'' Houkamau says. The contours of her coil-formed sculptures dictate the curves and direction of the etch- ings, just like human form will influence a moko or tatau, she says. Houkamau further emphasises the simi- larity between bodies and her sculptures by cutting the bottoms out of the pots, rendering them functionally use- less and emphasising their position as artworks. I don't want people to think I'm just making a pretty vase. They've got a life of their own. They represent us,'' she says. The sculptures evoke Matariki through the vessel shapes of the pieces themselves -- Matariki is an end-of harvest celebration -- and the designs evoke ancestors and Papa- tuanuku, the earth mother. Houkamau began clay work while studying at Gisborne's Toi Houkura art school last year. The Treasures of Matariki is at Pataka's Blue Pacific Gallery until July 15. Saved by its queen Snow White and the Huntsman Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin. Screenplay by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini, directed by Rupert Sanders. 127 minutes, rated M (fantasy violence). Showing at Reading Cinemas Porirua. Statue of villainy: Charlize Theron bathes her beauty as wicked queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman. The producers of hit fantasy show Game of Thrones should find a way to write Charlize Theron into the action, based on her dastardly delicious perform- ance in Snow White and the Huntsman. Theron plays Ravenna, the black-hearted queen prone to talking to mirrors and bearing poisonous fruit. The actress throws every foul sneer and blood-curdling cackle she can think of into the character -- and by god it sticks. Be it sucking the youth from young maidens, eating the livers of birds, bathing in milk or crawling from a bloody pool of mashed ravens, hers is the vil- lain movie-goers will love to hate this winter. And no, it's not one to take the kids to. It's just a shame nobody told the other cast members they were allowed to have fun too. I've defended Kristen Stewart, blaming her wet performances in the Twilight movies on the material. But there's no excuses here for how she withers on screen. Fairest in the land she may be, but she also has dullest in the land'' covered. The impressive gang of actors who comprise the dwarfs -- including Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and Toby Jones -- provide some life, but mostly the picture loses its allure when the focus is off Theron. Chris Hemsworth gets to stomp and punch, much like he did in Thor, as the huntsman sent to kill her, only to become her protector -- the main twist on the fairytale. Sam Claflin's charming prince William gets little room to do anything but shoot the odd arrow. His character feels like an after-thought -- a half- hearted attempt to conjure a love triangle But don't fear, unlike that ghastly Red Riding Hood, rookie director Rupert Sanders hasn't Twilight-ed the classics. There is ambition and grandeur in his attempt to cast the Brothers Grimm fairytale in a darker light than what we remember in Walt Disney's beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I also can't fault its attempt to promote a heroine who contri- butes more than domestic chores for dwarfs and lying in wait for Prince Charming to come to her rescue. Stewart's princess is more Snow White of Arc''; showing pluck, leading armies and rescu- ing the kingdom. Fine concept, it's just a shame she couldn't also captivate the audience.
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