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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2010

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  • chris,

    I got three words on the list! This is my proudest moment since answering 'Dick Van Dyke' to the question: "Name the actor who sings Chim Chim Cher-ee?" on 2ZB in 1984, thereby winning a double pass to watch the rerelease. I'll certainly be paying my internet bill this month!

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    That'd do it,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Now that we are pretty settled on The Word of the Year, could we muse on the Film of the Year (before the newspapers fill up columns with their usual end-of-year bumpf).

    In a year dominated by third-rate Hollywood dross, it is great to encounter two excellent American films at the tail-end of 2010: The Social Network (which Sight & Sound critics have picked as the top film for 2010), and the very chilly but enthralling Winter's Bone.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Toy Story 3, hands down.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    The film I liked most in cinemas this year was The White Ribbon -- technically a 2009 film but 2010 down here. Also in contention for me: A Prophet, The Social Network, White Material and Greenberg. Comedies of the year: Greenberg and Four Lions. NZ film: Boy.

    Now, as it's a scorching hot day here, I have to go help shift my father-in-law's office. Up and down four flights of stairs with no lift. Awesome.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Boy.

    Spent most of my childhood holidays on the East cape, and loved it. The film brought it all back, and reminded me of what you miss by being city bound for too long.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • webweaver, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Well I'm voting for Avatar because the SFX completely blew.my.mind
    and
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) aka HP7.1 because I love Harry Potter and I thought it was the equal best of the set so far - along with Prisoner of Azkaban.

    ...which I guess makes me about as mainstream and Hollywood as you can get when it comes to movies. Ah well...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 332 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Just as a side note, I saw Dawn Treader on Thursday night and thought it was particularly awful. I can't remember the original book, not having read it for about 25 years, but the movie adaption made very little sense and had some pretty bad acting in it.

    HP7.1 was pretty good however, given it was only really half a story.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    I just found out that our local bijou cinemarette (the Shoreline in Waikanae) is cheaper than going to Readings in Wellington. Comfy chairs, great sound, wine and food at the counter. One of the few times when living out of town is more advantageous.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Temple Grandin is the best movie I've seen for a long time, but since it was made for TV and hasn't been shown here yet does that count? This Way of Life is my nomination the best NZ film that nobody has seen.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    "O, I've so wanted to see this since I first heard about it!
    Thanks Hilary, for bringing it back to my mind.
    Again - is it available on dvd? Because me, & 5 of mine, would buy it - like that...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    If you click on that link I gave it takes you to the page where you can order the DVD – $31.95 free p and p.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Thanks Hilary!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Another pleasant surprise--went to Easy A today, which turned out to be a really funny and grown-up American teen movie. After The Waterfall (Simone Horrocks, NZ, 2010) also has appeal, especially in the lead role by Anthony Starr.)

    Agree about Four Lions, but then Chris Morris has long been one of my cultural heroes.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I don't think I've seen a movie sans kidlets in the last year. Of those I've seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my favourite both because it is quite good and because those books saw us through some dark days and this was the first of the movies that we've been able to see on the big screen (the no movie til we've read the book rule was in operation). I knew it was going to be pretty dark and hesitated for a moment about taking the kids but they loved it and Mr Nine was very good about letting me squeeze his hand in the scary and sad bits.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Now that we are pretty settled on The Word of the Year, could we muse on the Film of the Year (before the newspapers fill up columns with their usual end-of-year bumpf).

    Perhaps unfortunately, I've got to go for a mash-up of "they don't make 'em like they used to" and "The Film Festival rocks". The Red Shoes, Senso and Once Upon A Time in the West at the Civic were my cinematic highlights of 2010.

    Honourable mentions go to Boy, Four Lions and Lo Sono L'amore (I Am Love) : three very different films that, in their own way, skipped along the edge of spectacular bad taste with great poise.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Agree with you about Once Upon A Time in the West, Craig. Saw another older release late today at the local Event Cinema (the finale of their VSunday Event series)--Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960) . A film I have read much about and it was bloody interesting--even though it was a little odd watching it in a near-empty cinema (one other bloke). Never thought I would hear a discussion of scopophilia in a movie!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Resident Evil 3D was probably the best 3D I've ever seen. Horror is the genre 3D was made for. Yes, the story* makes absolutely no sense at all, unless you have seen the previous 3 films, at which point it makes perfect sense. Well, OK, some stuff, you'd have to have played the game for - I couldn't really understand how some 15 foot tall undead dude dressed like a hangman turns up with a enormous meat-tenderizer, but apparently the game explains that (h/t Leo). Anyway, that was the best 3D of all, so it had to be in there.

    *Edit. Don't go for the story, or the dialogue or the acting. It's about horror effects. Don't rent without a 3D TV. IOW, you will never see this film.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Movie experience of the year for me was the Australian movie Animal Kingdom. I probably watch too many movies, and I can't remember the last previous time I felt real suspense watching a movie. When this movie ended I was actually relieved - I could breathe again.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

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