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T H U R S D A Y   2   J U L Y  -
  W E D N E S D A Y   8   J U L Y   2 0 1 5  

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  • The Wellington Film Society, Paramount 6.15pm Monday 6 July:
    THE SERVANT (Joseph Losey, UK 1963).
    Losey's relentless dusting of the ruling vs. the grueling classes began a partnership with playwright Harold Pinter that continued through two more exacting entries, Accident and The Go-Between. In this dramatic drubbing, a beguiling Dirk Bogarde plays a conniving Jeeves to a newly posted member of the idle class, Tony (James Fox), who has visions of grand projects but can barely boil water for tea. When Barrett (Bogarde) brings in his sultry "sister" (Sarah Miles at her impish best) to be the maid, all is unmade, including the beds. Tony's tony townhouse is the claustrophobic battlefield in the eroding power relationship between man and manservant. Losey uses the interior space like a suffocating replica of dear England, stopping every so often to refract the action through a distorting mirror hung hideously in a hallway. All the while, the house itself seems to decompose as its foppish owner succumbs to his own exhausted spirit. No butler to the bourgeoisie, Harold Pinter provides pointed dialogue that wipes clean every surface like a class disinfectant. - Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive.
    Members only - memberships available before the screening starts.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. At the Mediatheatre to Friday 4 July, Rene Naufahu's THE LAST SAINT, (NZ 2014). For more details, check out the calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • The NZ International Film Festival 2015, runs in Wellington this year 24 July-9 August. Venues are: The Embassy, The Paramount, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Soundings Theatre Te Papa, City Gallery, Penthouse, Roxy and Lighthouse Petone. The programme is out now and available all over the region. The website is live with all the details. Bookings are open on the website and in person at a special NZIFF boxoffice at the Paramount during the daytime.
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    s t a r t s   t h i s   w e e k!

    TED 2 - The magical teddy bear with the heart of gold and the mouth of potty is back in, and so is writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane's mischievous mojo. Little diminished is MacFarlane's appetite for locker-room humor, gross-out sight gags and bounteous pop-culture in-jokes, which should make this the season's go-to attraction for arrested-adolescent males of all ages, and continue Universal's beary good summer box office. Also Empire, Readings, Queensgate and Coastlands.

    TERMINATOR: GENISYS - A nervy, silly, almost admirably misguided attempt to give the 31-year-old franchise a massive cybernetic facelift. More or less rewriting everything we thought we knew about the Connor genealogy, the properties of liquid metal, and the rules of post-1984 time travel, this f/x-encrusted reboot feels at once back-to-basics and confoundingly revisionist. For all its initial playfulness, the script never rises to the level of surreal, cortex-tickling pleasure it seems to be aiming for, and for all its self-awareness it's weirdly devoid of humor. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Queengate, Lighthouse Pauatahanui and Coastlands.

    THE FALLING - Though never attaining the woozy atmospheric heights of Peter Weir's Picnic At Hanging Rock, this does tremble with something mystical all its own. Lensed by Claire Denis' DoP Agnes Godard and gilded with a bewitching score by Tracey Thorn, it places the repression of young women, sexual and otherwise, front and centre - it's no accident that Carol Morley's film sits like a bead of sweat on the lip of the '70s, with the fight for gender equality about to explode. Also Shoreline.

    DOCTOR PROCTOR'S FART POWDER - This has got to be one of the least likely kids' films imaginable, and I can't help but imagine a scenario where I'm recommending it to friends and family members with young children and digging myself a bigger hole with everything I say about it. After all, it comes from the director of the earnest but kind of harsh (and crude) Fatso and is based on a series of books by Jo Nesbo, the writer of some blackly funny, but very adult, crime stories. It's also delightfully silly and high-spirited; the kids will love it.

    THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES - Basically, an extended essay on the ills of the UK and how the rich are getting richer and the poorer are getting poorer, Russell Brand's focus in this doco is purely aimed at trying to get any banker involved in the ills of the socio-economic world facing the consequences of their action. The most we can hope for as an audience is the start of a discussion - don't be surprised if this film gets under your skin and opens your eyes. Also Lighthouse Petone and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    LAST FIVE YEARS Jul 02 Penthouse
    MAGIC MIKE XXL Jul 09 Readings
    MADAME BOVERY Jul 09 Lighthouse
    ANT-MAN Jul 16 Readings
    PAPER TOWNS Jul 16 Readings
    LEARNING TO DRIVE Jul 16 Lighthouse
    THE BLUE ROOM Jul 16 Lighthouse
    SELF/LESS Jul 23 Readings
    MR HOLMES Jul 23 Penthouse
    THE GUEST Aug 06 Paramount


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