Summer cinema

Summer cinema.

You’d think that the last thing you’d want to do during summer is go to the movies… but nevertheless, it’s this time of year that Hollywood delivers us yet another string of supposed blockbusters (most of which will either be sequels or based on that book/comic/tv show you loved as a kid).

To be fair, it IS winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and therefore the perfect time to release films up there. And they’ve got to get them out here reasonably smartly before we Southerners just download them from whatever has probably already replaced MegaUpload…

The obvious solution is outdoor cinema, but at the time of writing Films by Starlight (in the Botanic Gardens) only has one screening left. It’s a good one though – Labyrinth – and well worth heading along to, although it’ll certainly pay to get there early. There is one other outdoor cinema event coming up, but apparently it’s a secret.

So it’s back to the indoor options – which aren’t necessarily bad options, given how fickle the weather can be. There are a few films out right now with something of a Wellington connection – including The Muppets, which features music from our very own Bret McKenzie, now an Oscar nominee for his work on the film. You can also still catch a few screenings of The Adventures of Tintin, which used Weta Digital’s motion capture technology, was produced by Peter Jackson, and just took out the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film.

Finally, with the recent passing of Ben Hana, the Film Archive has arranged for a screening of a 2003 documentary about him: Te Whanau O Aotearoa / Caretakers of the Land. The screening is at 4.30pm on Saturday 28 January; entry is by koha, with all proceeds going to the Wellington City Mission.



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