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The Princess and the Warrior
Dir. Tom Tykwer
Something was lacking in this movie. I'm not entirely sure as to what, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as Run Lola Run. That's not to say it's crap, quite the opposite, it's good. Story: Franka Potente (from Lola) falls in love with the ex-army man who saves her after she is hit by a truck. He can't love her because of the emotional shock of losing his wife. He plans with his brother to rob a bank so they can go to Aussie. She continues to try and get his affections - he pushes her to the ground in the rain. She cries and so on. Nice stylized bits like the audience being pulled into a sea shell and ghost-like twins appearing. A bit slow, but the movie is till captivating none the less. If you're expecting the action fest of the previous stay away. But if you can handle something a bit different, go! Definitely an art film.

Snakeskin
Dir. Gillian Ashurst
Very, very good. The wave of new, young & hip Kiwi movies continues. Story - Melanie Lynskey goes on a road trip through the South Is. in search of excitment, she finds it in the cowboy wonderer of Seth. All hell breaks loose with a bunch of skin-heads and drug dealers in an ice-cream van on their tail. Plenty of good performances, wonderful scenery and subtle special effects (tattoos moving on skin). At first I questioned why US (or is it Canadian) Boyd Kesner (Seth) needed to be in this movie at all, but then I realized it was necessary - after all, aren't the Americans the real bad guys? (I expect the CIA to come knocking on my door any minute know).


Lovelocks Dream Run
I read this for my SEFT101 class at Uni. I really enjoyed it. Basically is a play that parallels the life of a young school student at a boarding school with that of Jack Lovelock - NZ Olympic running champion at the Berlin Olympics - sort of. It's more a story of coming of age/sexual identity with a lot of comedy than a history lesson. There are some great scenes where the boys parade around re-enacting the famous race and pretending to be Nazis, mocking Hitler and running around the stage. Most enjoyable. And not very long at all, about 70 pages.
David Geary

 



Once Bitten, Twice Bitten
The Exponents
(Singles 1981-95)
You know who they are. If you're a true kiwi (or even an Aussie or Brit) you know the Exponents (formerly Dance Exponents). It has all the now classic sing a long favourites - La La Lulu, Why Does Love Do This to Me?, Who Loves Who the Most, Tracey as well as some lesser known pearlers like the crazy rock of Sex & Agriculture (no, it's not about sheep shagging) and Christchurch. Too bad they're gone. Get some mates, have a party, drink some beer and stick this in the stereo. Good on ya.

 



"Remeber when they had cool 
lines in movies? - 'I know what 
your thinking. Did he fire five shots 
or six? Tell you the truth in all that excitement I kinda lost track myself. 
I guess you gotta ask yourself one question... Whats a big Mac called 
in France?' - Waitaminute, that's 
not right, is it?"

 

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