Live mu­sic

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS SR Tim Dou­glas

(MA15+) This is one of the fun­ni­est Amer­i­can come­dies I’ve seen in a while. James Franco is backed by a zing­ing sup­port cast in­clud­ing Bryan Cranston, Me­gan Mul­laly and Zoey Deutch, and a di­rec­tor, John Ham­burg, who knows good jokes are hard work. He’s best known as co-writer of the Ben Stiller su­per­model satire Zoolan­der and the Stiller-Robert De Niro fam­ily farce Meet the Par­ents. One of the great ad­van­tages of Why Him? is that it’s an old-fash­ioned com­edy. Its premise is one that’s been around for­ever: girl meets boy, par­ents of girl don’t like boy. Romeo and Juliet, Stan­ley Kramer’s Guess Who’s Com­ing to Din­ner? and in­deed Meet the Par­ents popped into my head as I watched. Ros­alie Blum (M) The first fea­ture from French writer-di­rec­tor Julien Rap­pe­neau is based on a graphic novel and set in a small town where lonely Vin­cent (Kyan Kho­jandi) be­comes mys­te­ri­ously ob­sessed with dowdy mid­dle-aged shop­keeper Ros­alie Blum (Noemie Lvovsky) and starts to stalk her. Why he does this is with­held un­til the film’s fi­nal scene, but it’s an in­trigu­ing premise, es­pe­cially when Ros­alie’s niece, the de­light­fully daffy Aude (Alice Asaaz), en­ters the pic­ture along with her loopy girl­friends and ec­cen­tric room­mate. The re­sult is a thor­oughly en­gag­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

Red Dog: True Blue (PG) This film is a pure­bred de­scen­dant of its smash hit 2011 pre­de­ces­sor: an en­gag­ing fam­ily film that keeps a tight leash on over-sen­ti­men­tal­ity and the cin­e­matic de­sire to turn an­i­mals into peo­ple. This new film is a pre­quel, made by the same di­rec­tor, Kriv Sten­ders, and screen­writer, Daniel Taplitz. Set in the pre-dig­i­tal 1960s, it’s in part a re­minder of an older ver­sion of Aus­tralia. In a nice touch there’s an early, more con­tem­po­rary scene in which of­fice worker Michael Carter (Bri­tish ac­tor Ja­son Isaacs) takes his two sons to see a film. This takes us into the film proper. It’s 1969 and Michael, now 13-year-old Mick, is sent to his grand­fa­ther’s cat­tle sta­tion in the Pil­bara when his fa­ther dies.

Szun Waves There’s noth­ing quite like Szun Waves, a three-piece en­sem­ble spread be­tween Lon­don and Syd­ney (pic­tured). En­tirely im­pro­vised, draw­ing on loops and se­quences and med­i­ta­tive spon­tane­ity, the mu­sic falls some­where be­tween the am­bi­ent at­mo­spher­ics of ECM record­ings and the best of con­tem­po­rary elec­tron­ics, though their sound is en­tirely their own. The re­sult is dif­fi­cult to cat­e­gorise, but that’s a sign of real mu­si­cal in­no­va­tion here. The trio is made up of Laurence Pike (the Syd­ney-based drum­mer from PVT), sax­o­phon­ist Jack Wyl­lie and pro­ducer Luke Ab­bott. The trio is ap­pear­ing at the Syd­ney Fes­ti­val fol­low­ing a well­re­ceived per­for­mance re­cently at the Bar­bican in Lon­don, and on the back of its mes­meris­ing first al­bum, At Sa­cred Walls. St Stephen’s Unit­ing Church, 197 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. Jan­uary 13, 7pm.Tick­ets: $40. Book­ings: 1300 856 876 or on­line. The Bea­tles: All You Need is Love The con­cert event All You Need is Love is from the pro­duc­ers of The White Al­bum Con­cert, Bea­tles Back­2Back, Let It Be and most re­cently Rub­ber Soul/ Re­volver. Thirty songs by the Bea­tles are per­formed live by vo­cal­ists Jack Jones, Ciaran Grib­bin, Rai Thistleth­wayte and Jack­son Thomas, who are joined by the Straw­berry Fields Rock Or­ches­tra. Iconic songs in­clud­ing Yes­ter­day, Sgt Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Yel­low Sub­ma­rine and Some­thing are among those that get an air­ing. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Opens to­mor­row, 8pm. Tick­ets: $89-$169. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til Tues­day. re­ally know ex­actly what time it is,” he says. “This, for me, is a good thing.” Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, The Rocks, Syd­ney. Fri-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm. Ad­mis­sion: $12-$22. In­quiries: (02) 9245 2400. Un­til March.

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