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Archive for December, 2010

Movie review: The Kings Speech

Posted by redkoireviews on 29/12/2010

The Kings Speech” conquers the difficult task of making History personal, emotional and compelling. The film follows King George VI (Colin Firth), who is thrust into throne after his elder brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pierce)  abdicates in order to marry his lover. A terrible childhood has caused ‘Bertie’ to develop a stutter, which makes being a king rather difficult to say the least. We follow his introduction to an unqualified but successful Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffry Rush) who after some persistence manages to get Bertie to the point of being able to survive his coronation and then (in the nick of time)  deliver his first war time speech as Britain declares war with Germany.

The film is well scripted and directed, giving you a real surge of empathy for a man struggling to find the courage to lead a country. Firth does brilliantly as a nobleman with a stutter and Rush carries his ice-breaking role as the egalitarian – honest broker – straight man with real ease. You leave having no problem believing that the movie is not simply based on a true story, but that Firth and Rush could indeed have been the King and King maker.

If you go, it’s not necessary to know anything about British modern history, but 10min spent getting at least faintly familiar with what has happening in the world at the time will add an extra layer of gravitas to an already moving film. (Bluekoi have me the 10min history to me and the people around us as the previews where rolling!).

Second opinion on ‘Reviews for the rest of us“.

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Rock climbing Mt York in the Blue Mountains

Posted by redkoireviews on 27/12/2010

Rockclimbing Mt YorkAbout a week before Christmas I went rock climbing with a couple of friends of mine. I’ve done a little rock climbing before indoors at a gym, but not on real rock. It was a blast! so much better with than hanging onto bits of plastic! My friend Amy led the climbs (she’s done this a lot so I was happy to trust her with my life!) while Simon and I took turns to belay. For climbers out there who know the area, we did mezzaluna, noodle and another un-named climb in sector 7 of Mt York. I have to admit – I only made it to the top on the un-named grade 14 first climb that we did. But that didn’t really matter – it was great just making it past every difficult patch. All where ‘sport’ climbs which means some committed bunch of climbers have glued steel bolts into the rock face every 5 metres or so. It is hard work for the beginner – I was sore for a few days after – but soooo worth it.

As an aside, I also recommend the brown rice and vegie pastry turnovers at the bakery at Blackheath – almost as good as the climb! Hopefully I’ll get back out into it with some more climbing with Amy soon.

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U2 360 Degree Concert at ANZ Stadium Sydney

Posted by redkoireviews on 15/12/2010

U2 play the ANZ stadium, Olympic Park U2 was the first band I became a true fan of – I bought their album “The Joshua Tree” on LP and listened to it repeatedly till I knew all the words. So when Bluekoi called and said she might be able to win a free double pass to their 360 degree concert at ANZ stadium in Olympic Park, Sydney I was excited.  But I kind of expected that the show would be all of there recent stuff, which I haven’t bought and am  not a big fan of. So when they played a healthy selection of songs from “Rattle & Hum”, “Joshua Tree” and “Achtung Baby” I was surprised and stoked. The ANZ stadium is not my first choice for music venues, it’s so bloody vast! Nonetheless you couldn’t help being excited by the sheers scale of the thing. I decide to hire some binoculars, and that turned out to be the best decision of the night – without them you have to rely on the screens and that just isn’t the same.  The light show / techno-gadgetry and stage in the round was designed to impress but was not what I enjoyed about the concert.

Bluekoi is not a huge U2 fan (unbelievable I know!) so I offered up the second ticket to my sister. She loved it as well and we had a happy night singing along. The support act was Jay-Z, some American rapper and ‘not to my taste’ which made me feel old. The age range of those attending was huge – ranging from those in their forties who probably still play “under a blood red sky” through to teens who where not even born before U2 produced a few chart topping albums. Amazing that they have held together so long.

Overall a top show for a old favorite band of mine.

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Cranston Cup Theatresports Grandfinal

Posted by redkoireviews on 12/12/2010

Cranston Cup Bluekoi and I have been meaning to see some good theatresports for a while and last year we missed the finals of the Cranston Cup. Last nights final at the Enmore Theatre was awesome! MC’d by Chris from the Chaser, and featuring plenty of seasoned theatresports players plus some new faces it was fast paced and fun. Tom Dunstan from the team ‘The independent swingers” won “man of the match” and deserved it – his spontaneous physical comedy was the best I’ve seen and he was a real sport, jumping in to help other teams in almost every round.

This final wasn’t as musical as some of the other improv we’ve seen – but the standout team for the musical challenges where the new entrant “Tri-state Ghost Hunters” who where so-so overall but who’s opera about teaching was fantastic, and gave the improv keyboardist Penny Biggins a chance to shine.

The Cranston cup is the NSW competition – team “Bavaria’s Wurst” now goes onto the national championships in 2011, also at the Enmore as part of the Sydney comedy festival. I’ll definitely be going to see that 🙂

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RedKoi Revival!

Posted by redkoireviews on 10/12/2010

It’s been a long, long time since redkoireviews posted anything, but 2011 will see it make a comeback! See you soon, Tony

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