Kapiti Observer : May 23rd 2011
26 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 23, 2011 ART AND ENTERTAINMENT CBS Ltd, BOOST Business Coaching, First Actual Design Company, Gen-i, Horowhenua Motor Company & HMC Kapiti, Nature Coast Enterprise Don't wait for a 'better time' to enter. Do it now -- your business and employees will thank you for it. "We were a new business to the Kapiti Coast and thought this would be a good challenge for the team. We found the entry process was a good way to review some of our goals, processes and ideas. It made us look at certain aspects of the business you wouldn't normally focus on and from that we were able to make changes or improvements where necessary. Initially it looked like a mountain of work, but once you got into it it was relatively easy, plus there was really good support available from Jeff of BOOST Business Coaching." Andrew Williams Director of Monteith's Brewery Bar Kapiti Junction, 2010 winners of the Emerging Business of the Year Excellence Award and Marketing & Image Building Category. Entries are open 2 May - 11 July 2011 promoting & rewarding business excellence Success is a journey, not a destination For information and to pre-register visit www.electra.co.nz/businessawards Or phone Kirsten Kilmister on 027 284 8291 Principal Sponsor Awards Evening Sponsor Council Par tners Category Sponsors Help raise money for our Hydro-Slides MUFTI H DAY - Fri. 10 June Primary & Secondary Schools Raising money for their Hydro-slides Dress up! Anything star ng with h Hat, hoodie, hippie, hurricanes, horse Gold coin dona on 3745233AA Crude, juvenile, phallocentric fun YOUR HIGHNESS 1/2 Starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker, Natalie Portman, Toby Jones, Justin Theroux, Zooey Deschanel, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis. Written by Danny McBride and and Ben Best. Directed by David Gordon Green. 102 minutes, rated R16 (violence, drug use, offensive language, sexual themes). Reviewed by Matt Dallas Brothers in bad taste: James Franco and Danny McBride's ribald romp through the Middle Ages could have done with more smarts and less penis jokes, but it's a guilty pleasure for those partial to a filthy fantasy. If you ve watched Danny McBride s Comedy Central show Eastbound & Down -- about a failed baseball pitcher who is rude, selfish and dumps on anyone who tries to help him -- you ll know how divisive his brand of humour can be. More so than Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey or Will Ferrell, McBride will either have you in fits of guilty giggles or violently appalled. Your Highness is a cheeky retread through those cheesy sword-and-sorcery movies con- jured up in the 1980s -- Krull, The Beastmaster, Conan The Bar- barian, Willow, Ladyhawke, Legend, and so on. Don t be fooled by the presence of A-listers like Natalie Portman and James Franco, the tone and focus comes entirely from McBride s dirty playbook. Here s a good qualifier as to whether Your Highness will tickle your fancy. The obligatory evil warlock Leezar (played with glee by Justin Theroux) shows off his wickedness by cupping a fairy in his hands, and removing its wings and head. He then grinds down the fairy head with his thumb and snorts it up his nostril. Sound vulgar? Then you re not prepared for this quest. Black comic genius, you say? Then by all means, grab your codpiece and enter this land of profane enchantment. McBride is Thadeous, a lazy, good-for-nothing prince, ever in the shadow of his brother Fabious (James Franco), a courageous warrior who does his father King Tallious (Charles Dance) proud. McBride s obnoxious slob -- as debuted in the cult comedy The Foot Fist Way and perfected on Eastbound & Down -- has no redeeming qualities, unless you count his knack for profane put- downs and penis jokes. After proving a disappointment once too often, Thadeous is ordered to accompany Fabious on a quest to rescue his new bride Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the clutches of Leezar, who seeks to impregnate her with a demon seed that will spawn a dragon. Enter the medieval road trip, in which the princes cross paths with warped versions of genre cliches. An old soothsayer bestows magic gifts and inappropriate touching, a mysterious arse-whipping rogue is given the grrl riot! treatment by Portman, and you d be at long odds to find a more perverse scene involving a minotaur. Accents come and go as old Eng- lish is mashed with four-letter expletives. The gags are crude, juvenile and phallocentric, whether it be masturbation, buggery or costume accessories. The special effects are lame on purpose, as is the dialogue on the rare occasions when the cast take their characters seriously. As the title suggests, stoner sensibilities and improvised irrev- erence are to the fore -- the same dudes made The Pineapple Express. However, a couple of the action set pieces are inventive and well-executed. I have to confess, I loved Your Highness for it s pure lunacy and don t-give-a-damn attitude, but I know more than a few film critics have been spitting bile. Arts website Salon.com claimed: Gin- gival surgery would be more fun than watching this brain- draining, spirit-sucking attempt at a stoner spoof. Ouch. Certainly, the fantasy genre is rich in parody promise, and McBride and his cohorts haven t mined it as effectively as they could have, particularly in terms of soundtrack and set design. Some of the vulgarity loses its zeal due to repetition, but the hit-miss ratio for gags isn t bad compared to your average Ben Stiller retread.
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