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good Kiwi stuff
A great documentary - well balanced mixture of interviews, performances, old news clips ... Just so easy to watch and enjoy. And I was on a plane ... Doesn't really feel like a documentary in places, because the story of these sisters' lives is so entertaining, both the good bits and the sad bits. Well done to director Leanne Pooley and everyone else who helped put this tribute together. Everyone from the sisters themselves, their parents, partners, colleagues and friends. I'm only writing this to fill up the space, but it did make me feel good to see such a high quality, warm-hearted and totally Kiwi tribute to a totally Kiwi legend like the Topp Twins.
Rain of the Children (2008)
Rena Owen is So Good
Many movie-going Kiwis are still recovering from Vincent Ward's 'Vigil' which plunged us all into a world of grim grey despair.
And still more of us have no trouble remembering how we felt leaving the movie theatre after watching Rena Owen in Once Were Warriers. That was grim too.
And now here they are, both together, telling another story which is not just grim, but downright sad.
But it's beautifully done. Ward has an eye for the detail of human frailty which somehow he manages to get up there on the big screen, whether he's recounting fact (like this story) or fiction.
It's just brilliant work and Rena, girl, you are all class.
The MatchMaker (1997)
Love this Flick
I really enjoy this movie. It's just a great chick flick - my favorite genre! OK so maybe it's playing up to all the Irish stereotypes, but so what, it still leaves you with a wee smile on yer face.
I've even visited the town it was made in, on the Connemara coast - Roundstone. Gorgeous place. I highly recommend it if you are ever travelling around in that part of the world.
I've been a fan of David O'Hara's ever since. Saw him again tonight on The Commander - he's aged a bit! But then I see from the info here the poor man has just had his 40th birthday, only 6 months ahead of my own.
Happy Birthday David!
Love Serenade (1996)
One of My All Time Favourites
This terrific little movie has a simple but bizarre plot that gets completely weird along the way ...
It's very realistic for anyone who has lived in a REALLY small town before ...
The Aussie "Bush" never looked so good. My favourite shot - the wedding dress run across those wide, open grain fields.
Clever direction tells you things without the clumsiness of deliberate speech e.g. keep a look out for the wheelchair in the lounge of the sisters' house, it's one of the few clues you get to their former family life.
Wonderful performances, music etc etc. An Aussie Classic.