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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
26 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 ART & ENTERTAINMENT Compost Great for growing those plants and vegies, or mix 50/50 with our topsoil to further enrich the growing potential of your garden Lawn Mix A combination of our dry topsoil, compost and a touch of sand. Perfect for lawns and or gardens $85/m3 Smooth Plain Pavers We will beat any paver price in Upper Hutt LARGE RANGE We will match or better any price on the same product in stock, We will not be beaten on advice or price. 4152506AB LARGE RANGE OF GARDEN ORNAMENTS s LARGE RANGE OF SPECIAL Bark Mulch $20/m3 Company Profle Gardening and Landscaping Upper Hutts One Stop Shop Bring your trailer, use our trailer or we can deliver for you! All prices quoted are GST Inclusive and per cubic metre. Conditions apply E&OE 71 Whakatiki Street Upper Hutt Ph 527 0415 A/H 027 294 2480 Hours Mon Fri 7.30am 5pm Saturday 8.00am 4pm Sundays 9.00am 3pm Locally owned & operated Good quality service & products Advice for all budgets & ideas Complimentary trailers available or delivery arranged Largest range of landscape supplies in Upper Hutt New season garden ornaments perfect for any occasion Builders Mix SPECIAL $56/m3 4146487AB My Day Spa My Day Spa Girls or Boys Day Out Package! (complimentary free platter for 2 people) *Time* is the best gift of all. GIFT VOUCHER AVAILABLE NOW !!! Best Personal Business Award 2011 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL OFFER !!! PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE www.mydayspa.co.nz "all about you" 5 Brentwood Street, Ph 528 6027 for an appointment. 7 Leonards Rd, Mangaroa Upper Hutt Ph 526 4515 www.thompsonshorsecentre.co.nz THOMPSONS HORSE CENTRE MAKE YOUR CHILD'S NEXT BIRTHDAY A DAY TO REMEMBER 3489984AN Book a party and let them horse around at our place Ring today for further details Wet or fine we have it covered! Germophobia hits CONTAGION Starring Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Ehle. Written by Scott Z Burns, directed by Steven Soderbergh. 106 minutes, rated M. Showing at Ascot Cinema Upper Hutt. Breeding ground:Dr Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) helps Hong Kong authorities trace the origin of a pandemic disease in the sobering outbreak chronicle Contagion. Contagion makes for an enthral- ling, educational, but at no time enjoyable, cinematic experience. In fact, it would be fair to call it the scariest movie of the year -- and not just because of Jude Law's wayward Aussie accent. If the alleged over-reaction to and containment of swine flu eased you into a comfort zone about the threat of disease pan- demic, this movie will rock you out of it and ensure you make every attempt to avoid touching the door on the way out of the cinema. Contagion proposes what would have happened had the make-up and transmission of the H1N1 virus been a little more aggress- ive, and what would still happen should the wrong pig eat the wrong bat poo. That it has been certified accu- rate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who pro- vided advice during production, makes it all the more chilling. Scott Z Burns' script depicts a pandemic outbreak on various fronts; the infected, the scientists, the bureaucrats and the opportun- ists. It's a broad, busy structure reminiscent of Stephen Gaghan's studies on the American drug trade Traffic -- also directed by Soderbergh -- and Big Oil in the Middle East -- Syriana. Like those films, Contagion throws a lot of information at the audience, and respects us enough to expect we can keep up, but isn't quite of the same calibre. The subject matter requires a lot of white-coated characters, none of whom hold much enigma value. Once we get to the looting in the street, the picture struggles to distinguish itself from other disaster/outbreak movies. Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to the States feeling lousy after a business trip to Hong Kong. When several people she came in contact with start keeling over, it's apparent she is suffering from more than a common cold. By day three there is a double- digit body count and the virus has drawn the attention of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet) and the World Health Organisation (Marion Cotillard), who try to ascertain its source, method of transmission and rate of infection. Homeland Security fear the virus could be used as a bio- weapon, witless to the fact it already is one. In the US labs, scientists are desperately researching the virus so a vaccine can be formulated, while a blogger in San Francisco (Jude Law) builds a follow- ing on misinformation and claims a homeopathic rem- edy to be the cure. The performances are solid, but due to the in-and- out, jump-about style of the narrative, none are pro- vided much depth. They convey a situation and relay information, little more. Matt Damon, as Beth's husband, is the Everyman face of the pandemic. His ordeal as a dad trying to keep his daughter safe hit home the hardest. But the real stars'' of Contagion are its most terrifying focal points: con- tact, time and fear. Feel your skin crawl as the camera constantly lingers over bowls of bar peanuts, door handles, handshakes and the pleth- ora of other ways that con- taminated fomites' are shared. Let your mind boggle when Winslet's Dr Mears tells us how many thou- sands of times a day humans touch their face. Then consider the rapid rate of infection against the realistic time-frames for not just researching a vaccine, but its mass scale manufac- ture and distribution. The logistics, the politics, the union strikes and civil strife make it a fight-back measured in months and years against a disease that by day 18 has cities running out of bodybags and their residents looting and murdering to stay alive.
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