Marlborough Mid-Week : February 4th 2015
12 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, FEBRUARY 4, 2015 ENTERTAINMENT/NEWS Moving, enlightening cinema NOW SHOWING BY MATT LAWREY ➤STILL ALICE (M) ★★★★ I f there is one thing we could do with more of in this country, it’s trains. I love trains. I love the look of them. I love the sound of them and I love riding on them. Over the years I’ve taken many a memorable journey by train. Just before the fall of the Iron Curtain my family and I took a night train from Amsterdam to West Berlin. In my 20s I saw much of Vietnam from the windows of trains and, at the age of 19, I took a very slow train from Colorado to California. It was a slower than normal because it was the middle of winter and a freezing front had blown in from Alaska making even train travel treacherous. By the time we rolled into Truckee, California, we were 16 hours late. Not that I minded. Travelling through the Rockies by rail was the best and the extra time gave us a chance to meet some of our fellow passengers, many of whom were heading to Reno in Nevada for family holidays in the city’s casinos. The thing I remember most about that trip, however, was Alice, 50, has something resembling the perfect life. She is married to another academic, charmingly played by Alec Baldwin, and has three smart and adoring grown-up kids played by Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish. Alice’s sweet existence takes an unexpected turn for the worse when she starts forgetting things at particularly unhelpful moments. A trip to a neurologist sees her undergo a series of tests and the results are not good. Still Alice is a film full of fine acting, writing and direction. Based on a book by Lisa Genova and helmed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, it’s a film about disease, marriage, family, ambition, frailty, compassion and strength. It’s intelligent, understated, realistic, elegant and very human. The favourite to win best actress at this month’s Oscars, Moore gives another excellent performance that stays with you long after the credits have rolled. There is nothing particularly Frontrunner: Julianne Moore in her Oscar-nominated performance in Still Alice. something that happened in the dead of night. I was in the loo when I heard something that freaked me out. Just outside the door an old man yelled out, ‘‘What the hell do you think you’re doing? Let go of me! Help! Help! I’m being attacked!’’ Now, given that this was taking place in a country with a reputation for violence and craziness, I really didn’t feel like putting myself in harm’s way. The problem was I couldn’t ignore the fear in the old guy’s voice and so, trying to sound tough, flung open the door and bellowed, ‘‘What’s going on here?!’’ There, in the passage, was an elderly man desperately waving his arms around trying to get away from his supposed attacker Photo: SUPPLIED – a little old lady, who was crying. She looked at me and said, ‘‘He’s my husband but he doesn’t know who I am because he has Alzheimer’s disease.’’ Still Alice is a film about Alzheimer’s and a whole lot more. Starring Julianne Moore, it’s a quality film for grown-ups about Dr Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia University. showy or even dramatic about her portrayal of Alice. For every second she is on screen Moore keeps it real and turns what could have been a disease-of-the-week TV movie into something superior. For some Still Alice will prove a little on the slow side. People who like thoughtful films, however, are likely to find it a moving, and enlightening experience. Bottom line: really, really good. Bear hugs Picnic fun: Dakota Rarity, 3, left, Daniel Rarity, and 1-year-old Hunter Rarity, of Blenheim, took Mr Fluffybum along to Pollard Park to enjoy the biennial Marlborough Kindergarten Association teddy bears’ picnic on Sunday. More than 200 parents and their children flooded the park to show off their bears. The seven kindergartens in the association – Picton, Redwoodtown, Mayfield, Renwick, Seymour, Springlands and Witherlea – held different activities, including face painting, bubble blowing, potting plants and an obstacle course. Prizes were handed out for the best dressed teddy, most loved teddy and the biggest teddy. Photo: CHLOE WINTER Fly the flag for your team for only $2.50! Pick up your official ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Flag (normally $5.99) when you buy the Marlborough Express, Sunday Star-Times or Sunday News from BP Connect. Participating stores only while stocks last. Promotion runs from 26 January – 22 February 2015. Flag RRP $5.99 without purchase of newspaper.
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