Wairarapa News : November 23rd 2011
6 WAIRARAPA NEWS, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Come and see our Christmas tree, and help "light up Christmas"! Launch Christmas with us at the Horseshoe Restaurant and enjoy an evening of live entertainment, light nibbles and refreshments to celebrate the start of the festive season. Proceeds will go to the local Youth Centre to help raise funds for a music initiative. Wednesday 30th November 7pm at the HORSESHOE RESTAURANT & BAR $40.00 Includes nibbles and selected beer wines and juices. A TICKET TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HORSESHOE RESTAURANT ORCONTACTUSTORESERVEATICKET This evening will also celebrate a special milestone for the Horseshoe Restaurant, as it will also be the email@example.com | Phone 06 377 1102 60th Birthday of the building! "Lighting Lights" OF THE Make it a Cosmopolitan Christmas Day! Christmas Day Luncheon 11.30am - 1.30pm $65.00 per person $25.00 per child under 10 Be in quick tickets on sale NOW! www.mastertoncossieclub.org.nz Mon -- Sat open from 10.30am • Sunday 1pm Telephone 377 0150 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Masterton Cosmopolitan Club Inc The preferred Hospitality Venue of the Wairarapa 3426879AT 3131092BE 20 Essex Street, Masterton Ph 06 370 0012 Fax 06 377 7294 www.clubwairarapa.com Christmas Functions & Parties Book your group now WAIRARAPA SERVICES AND CITIZENS CLUB The Friendliest Club in Masterton Music Friday 25th November 7.30pm FINGERS CROSSED Great entertainers Music Friday 2nd December 7.30pm LAZY BOYS Lots of fun! Members, Guests, A liated Members and New Members Welcome Courtesy Coach available The Marquis of Normanby Hotel 63 High Street North, Carterton • Phone 06 379-7960 Book now for Christmas parties, Family & Business groups 3 Set Menus Available Enquire Now! WEDNESDAY -- Pool Competition 7.30p FREE Entry -- Win a $50 Bar Tab WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY -- 2 for $25 steaks THURSDAY -- Be here for the $100 Bar Tab Draw SUNDAY -- Roast of the day $15 BBBB B m m New Years Eve Entertainment from 6pm. 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REVIEW: CONTAGION Contagion makes for an enthral- ling, educational but at no time enjoyable, cinematic experience. In fact, it would be fair to call it the scariest movie of the year -- and not just because of Jude Law's wayward Aussie accent. If the alleged over-reaction to and con- tainment of swine flu eased you into a comfort zone about the threat of disease pandemic, this movie will rock you out of it and ensure you make every attempt to avoid touching the door on the way out of the cinema. Contagion proposes what would have happened had the make-up and trans- mission of the H1N1 virus been a little more aggressive and what would still happen should the wrong pig eat the wrong bat poo. That it has been certified accurate by the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention, who provided advice during production, makes it all the more chilling. Scott Z Burns' script depicts a pan- demic outbreak on various fronts; the infected, the scientists, the bureaucrats and the opportunists. It's a broad, busy structure reminiscent of Stephen Gagh- an's studies on the American drug trade (Traffic -- also directed by Soderbergh) and Big Oil in the Middle East (Syriana). Like those films, Contagion throws a lot of infor- mation at the audience and respects us enough to expect we can keep up but isn't quite of the same cal- ibre. The sub- ject matter requires a lot of white-coated characters, none of whom hold much enigma and, once we get to the looting in the street, the picture struggles to distinguish itself from other disaster/outbreak movies. Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to the States feeling lousy after a business trip to Hong Kong. When several people she came in contact with start keeling over, it's apparent she is suffering from more than a common cold. By day three there is a double-digit body count and the virus has drawn the attention of the Centres for Disease Con- trol and Prevention (Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet) and the World Health Organisation (Marion Cotillard), who try to ascertain its source, method of trans- mission and rate of infection. Homeland Security fear the virus could be used as a bio-weapon, witless to the fact it already is one. In the United States labs, scientists are desperately researching the virus so a vaccine can be formulated, while a blogger in San Francisco (Jude Law) builds a following on misinformation and claims a homeopathic cure. The performances are solid but due to the in-and-out, jump-about style of the narrative, none are provided much depth. They convey a situation and relay infor- mation, little more. Matt Damon, as Beth's husband, is the Everyman face of the pandemic. His ordeal as a dad trying to keep his daughter safe hits home the hardest. But the real stars'' of Contagion are its most terrifying focal points: contact, time and fear. Feel your skin crawl as the camera con- stantly lingers over bowls of bar peanuts, door handles, handshakes and the pleth- ora of other ways contaminated fomites'' are shared, and let your mind boggle when Winslet's Dr Mears tells us how many thousands of times a day humans touch their face. Then consider the rapid rate of infec- tion against the realistic time-frames for not just researching a vaccine but its mass scale manufacture and distribution. The logistics, the politics, the union strikes and civil strife make it a fight- back measured in months and years against a disease that by day 18 has cit- ies running out of bodybags and residents looting and murdering to stay alive.
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