Nelson Leader : September 12th 2013
10 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT Workstar is a free service for employers in the Nelson Region. We have workers who manage a disability who are seeking retail, light industrial, cleaning or landscaping work. To get the right person for your job and free ongoing support, contact Kirsty Glen, Manager www.Workstar.co.nz Kirsty@workstar.co.nz Phone 546 9206 DO YOU NEED A RELIABLE WORKER FOR FIVE HOURS A WEEK OR MORE? 5469357AC 5592217AA Authorised by Matt Lawrey, 31 Orsman Cres, Nelson Art in The City Walks in Progress by Marilyn Andrews Watch the artist work and the exhibition grow Fresh views from daily local walks. Until September 30. Glassons Arcade 200 Trafalgar St Tues-Fri 12-5 Sat 12-3 ph 027 652 2793 www.marilynandrewsart.co.nz PHARMACY 03 548 6495 • 11 TAHUNANUI DRIVE (OPP KFC) Sanderson Fish Oil 2000 220s Supports a healthy cardiovascular system Sanderson Co -- Enzyme Q10 160 mg 60s Supports healthy heart muscle Sanderson Magnesium FX 1000 120s Helps the body maintain a healthy heart rhythm 5575484AB 3 Pack Available from RRP- $136.50, our price $79.99 3 Pack SAVE OVER $50 2 month supply Look After your Heart With Sanderson 3 Pack Fake choppers too fake MOVIE REVIEW: WHITE HOUSE DOWN Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW Singlet man: In White House Down Channing Tatum battles baddies wearing a top that looks suspiciously like Bruce Willis' from Die Hard. MISSED A REVIEW? To read Matt's previously published reviews, post comments and watch trailers, jump online and head to theleader.co.nz BOTTOM LINE Don't look too closely at the choppers and you should enjoy it. 1G2 (out of five) Also screening: Jobs (M) An ordinary film about an extraordinary man. One of the things I find fascinating about peo- ple is the way the most surprising stuff can drive them nuts. Everyone has pet hates that the rest of us couldn t give a hoot about. I had a memorable conversation with a bloke at a party one night who couldn t stand the sight of roofing. At first I thought he was joking but he was serious. As far as he was concerned, if you could see a house s roof, it was a poorly designed build- ing. He got quite worked up about it and at one point, with fury in his eyes and outrage in his voice, declared: Some houses, when you look at them, 40 per cent of what you are actually looking at is roof! Forty per cent! It s disgust- ing! Needless to say he was a fan of flat roofed houses. Not surprisingly one of my biggest pet hates relates to movies. As you know, I love movies. But if there is one thing in movies that really gets my back up, it s second- rate CGI helicopters. CGI stands for computer generated imagery. When it s used well CGI is a wondrous, beautiful thing that makes the unbe- lievable believable. When it s used poorly it makes it impossible for think- ing audiences to suspend their disbelief and cheapens every- thing else about the film. This is particularly true when it comes to helicopters. As anyone who has seen Apocalypse Now or Black Hawk Down knows, helicop- ters look and sound freaking awesome on the big screen. For this reason directors have been sticking them in movies since they were first invented. As a result audiences have become very familiar with the machines and a lot of us have become adept at spotting fakes. The action thriller White House Down disappointingly opens with a scene featuring fake looking CGI presidential helicopters flying over Wash- ington. If White House Down was the first offering from a film school graduate on a budget, this would be excus- able. The problem is it s about as far removed from that scen- ario as you can get. White House Down is the latest film by Roland Emmerich, the maker of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, and it had a budget of $190 million. To make mat- ters worse, after opening with fake looking presidential helicopters, Emmerich later inflicts his audience with fake looking Apache helicopters. From the looks of things choppers are difficult to get right. The movie s CGI fighter planes are passable and Air Force One looks great. Unfor- tunately for Emmerich, any- one who has seen Man of Steel knows that you can now make anything look 100 per cent real. Even helicopters. Of course, most people won t get as upset about this as me and will just want to know if the film is entertaining. The answer is yes. White House Down is a big, bold, loud, viol- ent, humorous and cheesy yet deceptively well-plotted film. It s basically Die Hard in the White House with Channing Tatum pulling on Bruce s Wil- lis iconic white singlet (seriously, he wears one just like in Die Hard) and Jamie Foxx playing the besieged president. The film s biggest plus is its cast. In addition to the superbly athletic Tatum and the Oscar-winning Foxx, the lineup includes Maggie Gyl- lenhaal, Richard Jenkins and a particularly enjoyable James Woods. The Australian actor Jason Clarke, who was so impressive in Zero Dark Thirty, makes a good villain and young Joey King is excel- lent as Tatum s daughter.
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