Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls

August 17, 2009 at 9:51 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Documentary, DVD Film, Music, New Zealand, Reviews | Leave a comment

I remember going to my first Topp Twins concert at the James Theatre in Wellington back in 1992. I was reluctantly dragged along by my friends, thinking at the time ‘what the heck do I want to go and see this show for’.  At the end of the show I walked out suffering with a sore face from laughing so much – from then on I was hooked.

The Topp Twins are cultural icons in New Zealand entertainment. For the last few decades they have entertained us with street busking, television shows, books, live shows and now to top it all off – Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls, a fantastic entertainment documentary that will leave you laughing in the aisles. They have bought us real life characters: The Bowling Ladies, Prue and Dilly Ramsbottom, Ken and Ken, and last but not lest Camp Mother and Camp Leader.

The documentary shows 25 years of New Zealand history. It showcases great footage of protest movements (Maori land occupations, homosexual reform bill and the nuclear-free New Zealand campaign), cultural change, and interviews with well known musicians, comedians and even Helen Clark.  It also shows their personal side with home movies and Jools brush with breast cancer.

It has all been put together with great footage of their shows including clips from their television show: Don’t Adjust Your Twinset 1996-2000. It is a real laugh to also look back at the fashions and trends of times gone by.

They have also always been open about their sexuality and this is also bought into their comedy acts and songs. They have shown that these sorts of things don’t matter and that they can still act and entertain the crowds to much applause and laughter.

This movie broke opening day records for a New Zealand movie, and I think it highlights what it feels like to be a true Kiwi.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, just as well as their live shows. I am sure that there are plenty of our library patrons that would also love to watch this fantastic movie of the Topp Twins and New Zealand history.

Reviewed by Shona

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DVD Review – Seven Pounds

July 27, 2009 at 9:55 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

I love Will Smith movies, as a rule, so I settled down to watch this one with anticipation.  I was initially very disappointed, in fact I thought about turning it off after about the first 15 minutes.  Perseverance, however, does occasionally have its rewards and this was one of those times.

The storyline (without giving anything away) revolves around Will Smith’s character, known as Ben.  We see flashes of his past, but mostly see him in the present as he meets various people who are waiting for, or in the process of receiving organ donations – liver, kidney, bone marrow etc.  He seems to be checking out the lives of these people, finding out if they have good morals etc.  In the process these meetings, he meets Emily.  Unexpectedly to Ben (but not so much to the audience!!) he falls in love with her.   This could, potentially ruin everything for Ben.

The storyline was sometimes a little tedious for my liking.  However I loved the attention to detail, particularly in relation to Ben’s pet – a box jellyfish which plays an important role in drawing the story together.  This may sound like a bit of a contradiction, but sometimes the details are what really makes a film good – even if the storyline itself feels a little bit like it is a short story which has been drawn out to the furthest extent.

Perhaps my liking of Will Smith makes me a little biased, as I thought his acting was once again superb.  In fact, the actors are all very good.  The characters are believable and mostly like-able (except for one particular character who wasn’t intended to be!).

I went from fairly apathetic at the start of the movie to being very, very close to tears at the end.  It is a pretty good movie overall, and well worth a watch – just remember to have a box of tissues handy if you tend to cry at the movies!

Reviewed by Joy

Role Models DVD

July 27, 2009 at 9:54 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

I went into this with VERY low expectations.  I really didn’t expect the movie to do much beyond the norm of the comedy genre – constant puns and very little in the way of a decent storyline.  I had in my mind that I was going to be writing a review that told you not to watch it unless in the mood for rubbish.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I genuinely enjoyed this film!  It was still chock-full of cringe worthy comedy – in fact, there were moments I just found myself putting my hands over my ears and closing my eyes to avoid the embarrassment of the characters!  But there actually seemed to be a bit of heart in the story.

Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott star as two friends who find themselves in trouble with the law after Rudd’s character Danny breaks up with his girlfriend.  Given the choice between jail or community service, they chose the latter and end up mentoring troubled kids.  Danny is paired with Augie, a quiet, dorky teenager obsessed with a Dungeons and Dragons/Medieval role playing game.  Scott’s character Wheeler partners Ronnie – the most foul-mouthed, dirty-minded 10 year old you could ever imagine.

There are, of course, several hiccups along the way – culminating in Danny and Wheeler almost being sent to prison after all.  Somehow though, at the end of the day things turn out OK – and in fact there really seems to be a moral to the story.  Do what makes you happy, no matter what others think, do or say.  There are no preachings to this message, it has been delivered in a subtle way.

I really did love this movie.  The acting was great – particularly on the part of the kids.  The comedy was actually funny – not just embarrassing – and flowed well.  I’d recommend this film highly to an adult audience – it has an R16 rating for very good reason.  In fact, I may even buy a copy for myself!

Reviewed by Joy

Slumdog Millionaire

July 27, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

I decided to watch this movie for two reasons:

1 – it seems to have had fantastic reviews and media attention

2 – an Indian family from my local church recommended us to watch it.

Danny Boyle is a well know director that has made some big name movies including: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and A Life Less Ordinary. In his latest effort – SLUMDOG MILLIONARIE he has made another amazing blockbuster film.

The film is loosely adapted from Vikas Swarup’s novel Q&A, and the film is set in modern-day Mumbai.

At the start of the film we are introduced to the main character, a teenage Jamal Malik, a chai-wallah (tea vendor). He was born and raised in the slums of Mumbai and after many battles makes his way onto the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

The film goes into the different stages of his life and the hassles he has during those times. He ends up getting into trouble with the host of the show Kumar who does not believe him when he says that he can answer the questions on the show because they actually pertain to his life experiences. So Kumar sets the local police onto him to torture the truth from him.

I will not tell you anymore because I don’t want to ruin the movie for you. But I will say that the movie is a great movie filled with romance, torture, fantasy and poverty. Make sure you have a large box of tissues beside you to watch this one, because it is a real heart breaker.

Reviewed by Shona

Celebrity Deaths – Farrah Fawcett & Michael Jackson

June 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Books, DVD, Music, Suggestions | 1 Comment

image - michael jacksonOver the past 24 hours two well know celebrities who both came to the height of their fame in the 1980’s have died.

Farrah Fawcett the “Charlie’s Angels” star passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer – she was 62.

Michael Jackson died Friday 26th June (NZST Time) aged 50 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles and was pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center later that day.

Our library collection contains a mix of audio visual and written material that spans both performers.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

March 19, 2009 at 11:09 am | Posted in DVD Film, Library_News, Reviews | 1 Comment

image - Angus, Thongs and Perfect SnoggingThis movie is based on a very popular series of books by Louise Rennison and is like a mix of Bridget Jones’s Diary with a female version of Adrian Mole.

I reluctantly sat down to watch this with my young daughter (thinking here we go again – having to watch another kids movie) but right from the start I was engaged.

From the initial first few minutes we were howling with laughter and it just got better.

The movie is about 14-year old Georgia Nicholson, who is impatient for the world to realise she is still waiting for her life to start.

Her goals in life are much the same as any other 14-year old: to give herself a makeover, bag a cute guy at school and prevent her parents bickering their way to a divorce.

Then there is poor old Angus, a tormented pet cat who keeps being squished into lace bonnets and having spaghetti draped over his face. His antics throughout the movie are hilarious.

This movie gives you a warm feeling to be reminded what romance and love is – both from a younger and older point of view.

Well worth watching for a few good laughs and a bit of romance.

Reviewed by Shona

Born and Bred – DVD

January 30, 2009 at 10:01 am | Posted in DVD, Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Set in a small country village in England during the 1950’s this is the story of Arthur a local doctor approaching retirement.

He persuades his son Tom (who is working in a city hospital) to return home with his wife and 4 children and take over the practice.

The family struggles to adapt to the slower pace of country life which creates a few amusing incidents along the way.

This is a heart warming tale of village life and very enjoyable to watch.

If you liked the television series Heartbeat then you’ll love Born and Bred.

Reviewed by Myra

Annual Book Sale – Coming Soon!

January 28, 2009 at 10:17 am | Posted in Book Sale, Books, Business, Children's, City Library, DVD, Events, Fiction, Library_News, Non-Fiction, Young Adult | Leave a comment

image - book sale banner

Dunedin Public Libraries in association with the Otago Art Society announces its Annual Book Sale!

Bring a bag, bring the family!

Most books 50c, CDs/DVDs $2.00, other items too, including local art for sale.

  • Friday 20 February 4.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Saturday 21 February 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Sunday 22 February 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Library Carpark

For more library news & events have a look around our news & reviews blog

New Kids DVDs

October 8, 2008 at 10:46 am | Posted in Children's, DVD, Library_News, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

The school holidays are here!

If you are looking for some inside entertainment on a wet day check out our selection of recently arrived kids DVDs on offer.

www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz – kids dvds

Jumper (Movie)

September 11, 2008 at 10:45 am | Posted in DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

Jumper is a great movie. Teleporting is awesome and the location shots in the movie were incredible.  It makes you wonder what you would do if you were in their shoes.

And if you think about it most of us would do a number of things these “jumpers” have checked off their list.  Their ability to span the globe with just a thought is fantastic – imagine the savings on airfares.

When the jumpers hook up together the movie really takes a turn for the better.  Samuel Jackson stars as the head of a group called the Paladins – an order of righteous religious zealots bend on destroying the jumpers.

All in all this movie was good – would not say great but good.  Would watch it again just for being able to dream of what you would do if you could do the same.

Shona (Bookmad)

Av Advocate – Central Library

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