Kapiti Observer : January 5th 2012
8 THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 We all love sunny Ōtaki. From the Tararua's down to the sea, fows the Ōtaki river. On a hot summer's day, Ōtaki Beach is an awesome place to go to spend the day with your family or friends. Ōtaki Beach is also a favourite place for youth. As one young person from Ōtaki said in the Kapiti Coast Youth Survey; "I like this place because it's better in summer time at the beach. And there is no place better than home." 11# O i Sometimes it feels like we are disconnected from the rest of District. A lot of this is about issues with public transport. Youth don't often have cars and have to rely on others to get around so gaps in public transport can be diffcult. With the train stopping at Waikanae, we need to catch a bus or drive south and getting to Levin is even harder. Last year the Youth Council established an Ōtaki subcommittee as a way to strengthen the voice for Ōtaki youth to the Kapiti Coast District Council. There are fve of us in the subcommittee and we come from Ōtaki College, WRM and working locally. This year we look forward to making some positive changes and putting in place some things that Ōtaki youth want. We are holding regular weekly events in Ōtaki as part of Youth2U Live 2012 and are looking for Ōtaki youth to be involved in planning and running these. If you want to get involved, check out our Facebook page or have a korero with Sonia Gair, Wiremu Winitana or Tewiata Raika when you see them around. Chur, Ōtaki subcommittee There are three different colleges in Ōtaki and a well known and respected Māori university, Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa as well. It is important to recognise that there are two kura kaupapa; Te Kura -a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua (WRM) and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Rito where secondary school students go to as well as Ōtaki College. Kura kaupapa are schools where students only speak te reo Māori and we are lucky to have two kura in our District. 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The movie gods look set to bestow a motherlode of cinematic goodness upon us in 2012. Cinemaddict movie reviewer Matthew Dallas attempts, with great difficulty, to cull the crop to the bare essentials CONTINUED Page 9 2011 was a pretty woeful time for movie buffs. It would seem the studios are being very cautious. Risky projects aren't getting off the ground and unless it's a sure- fire hit or a safe'' remake, it doesn't get to the cinema at all.Or have they just been keeping the best stuff for 2012? The slate for the next 12 months looks damn sweet and keeping it to a top 10 wasn't easy. I've left off Martin Scor- sese's highly-anticipated fam- ily picture Hugo since I included it in my 2011 list before its release date changed. It finally arrives January 12. #10 Dark Shadows The lowdown: Based on a cult 1960s monster soap opera, Tim Burton rounds up the usual suspects for a gothic tale of vampires, werewolves and witches and ghosts. Johnny Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins. The hoopla: Can't say I'd ever head of the TV show -- or its 1991 revival -- but the con- cept of wealthy playboy who has his heart broken and soul forsaken by a witch (Eva Green), only to return from the grave 200 years later and find strangers in his manor sounds intriguing. The rub: Burton's Burton- isms became a bit predictable in Alice in Wonderland and the same can be said for Depp. And please, no more Danny Elfman scores -- they're all the same. Trailer traction: N/A ETA: May 10. #9 The Hunger Games The lowdown: Based on a popular young adult science fiction novel, it's set in a post- apocalyptic future, where each year 12 districts provide one young person to compete in a televised battle for sur- vival -- from which only one walks away. It is centred on a 16-year-old girl, played by Oscar nominee Jennifer Law- rence (Winter's Bone). The hoopla: 16-year-old girl, love triangle, popular book series -- there's plenty of buzz that this could be the next Twilight in terms of youth popularity but, you know, be appreciated by a wider audi- ence. Director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) should bring a level of class and stunning visuals. The rub: The subject matter is a touch derivative but if it can establish its own tone and voice, then it could be a cracker. The studio seems confident, sequel Catching Fire has already been slated for 2013. Trailer traction: Lawrence looks a dab hand with a bow and arrow, fashion in the future is very disturbing and what the hell is Lenny Kravitz doing in it? ETA: March 22 #8 Moonrise Kingdom The lowdown: Wes Ander- son follows up my favourite film of 2009 (The Fantastic Mr Fox) with a drama set in 1960s New England. A young boy and girl fall in love and run away together. The search for them turns the town upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing. The hoopla: Anderson, one of the most refreshing, orig- inal film-makers working today, has again put together an awesome cast -- Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton. Expect a bent per- spective and sense of humour. The rub: No complaints here, though the last time Anderson teamed up with Roman Coppola on a script, the results were mixed (The Darjeeling Limited). Trailer Traction: N/A. ETA: Late 2012 (debuts at Cannes Film Festival May 16). #7 J. Edgar The lowdown: The feared control freak who was the face of the FBI for over 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover, finally gets his own movie. And it doesn't get more prestigious than Clint Eastwood in the director's chair and Leonardo Dicaprio in the hot seat. The hoopla: Has all the makings of an Oscar- contender. The rub: There is ample baggage. Bio-pics about people who aren't likeable have to work extra hard to engage viewers. There's a swirl of controversy concern- ing the gay allegations but I really hope Eastwood's portrait has more to reveal than a repressed homosexual with mummy issues. Trailer traction: Epic in every sense. ETA: February 2 Gaggle of Gosling On the back of the critically acclaimed Drive, Ryan Gos- ling is in for a very big 2012, particularly with these heavy-hitters on the release schedule: The Ides of March -- Drama in which he gets a crash course in dirty politics as media man for George Clooney's election candi- date. Out February 16. Gangster Squad -- Gosling plays one of the coppers try- ing to keep Los Angeles from the clutches of mafia men like Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in the 1940s-50s. Out October 19. Only God Forgives -- Teaming with Drive director Nicolas Refn for a Bangkok- set thriller involving gangsters and Thai boxing. Out late 2012. The Place Beyond the Pines -- A motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician. Out late 2012.
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