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Adelaide Will Plant 100,000 Square Meters of Greenery by 2020

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Only a few years ago, if you mentioned the words sustainability, green, or global warming you were probably met with an eye roll and maybe some sort of off-handed remark about being a hippy. Now, the opposite has happened: it’s totally uncool to be disinterested in the environment…read more.

 

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Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2014, Arts Reviews

Soul Night at the Cinnamon Lounge by Move Through Life

cinnamon-bannerIf you are yet to see a show by Move Through Life Dance Company, then you’re missing out! The company has been around for 10 years since its inception in 2004, providing an opportunity for adults to learn and love to dance, while also informing audiences of social messages through movement.

Their latest production for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe season, Soul Night at the Cinnamon Lounge, sees them twisting and jiving on the bandwagon of the 1960s, a decade having a popular resurgence thanks to TV shows like Channel Nine’s Love Child.

The show depicts the best and worst of what the decade had to offer. Amongst the cool clothes, fabulous makeup and hair and awesome music, the so called “decade of love” also had the Vietnam War, conscription, non-existent domestic violence laws, and substandard rights for women and Aboriginal Australians.

Dance performances depicting the sexualisation of cigarettes in the 60s advertising, while simultaneously showing their subsequent health detriment is well done, although the gentleman doing the voiceover lacked emotiveness in his voice to match the choreography.

More performances about being the “good wife” and how it was fine to beat your wife, along with touching performances, including actual audio of nurses and soldiers forced to participate in a war that should never have happened, are portrayed with maximum sensitivity.

My only criticism would be that some of the dancers lacked experience, so timing of choreography was a little off, but for a dance company who has a mission to inspire and enable adults to perform, I think this can be excused, because it will only get better with time, and in fairness – it was opening night – the kinks will be ironed out!

That small criticism aside, for these performers to fuse all these social issues and events together, in an original and moving performance, and still keep the vibe up-tempo, is no mean feat. With an absolutely flawless backing band The Special Guests, and a troupe of dancers who clearly understand and empathise with the subject matter, it makes for an overall outstanding performance.

More kudos needs to be given to “The Special Guests” though, with lead vocalist Jayde McSeveney nailing the 1960s Soul Club vibe with ease. Then you get hit with the “where did that come from?” performance of Eliza Dickson, not content to rest on her back up singer role, she busts out the finale song, guaranteed to have you out of your seat on the first 1-2-3. Adelaide often has an aversion to audience participation, but these guys had almost all the audience out of their seats and doing The Pony and Bony Moronie, as if they were transported back to an actual Soul Club in 1960 with songs like Chain of Fools, I Can’t Help Myself, Respect, Heard It Through the Grapevine and more – willing audience participation at The Fringe is rare!

So whether you’re a Greaser, Mod or Hippie, throw on your white boots, tease your hair high and wing that eyeliner and get set for a fun night of music, with a hint of social message thrown in. No matter what you’re age, this is a Fringe show that is guaranteed enjoyment.

Soul Night at the Cinnamon Lounge runs from 26 February  – 1 March 2014 at the Marion Cultural Centre.

– Suzanna Parisi, DB Mag

Posted in Movie Reviews

Labor Day

Labor DayLabor Day
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet
Rated: PG

Adele (Kate Winslet) is a single mother, whose divorce from her husband has left her a depressed and lonely woman. On a visit to the supermarket with her son Henry, escaped convict Frank (Josh Brolin) takes the family hostage over the Labor Day weekend before he can make his escape to freedom.

The news is full of women who, for whatever reason, depression, loneliness, gullibility, just plain crazy, fall in love with criminals while they’re behind bars. It takes a ‘special’ kind of woman to form such an emotional attachment, with a man capable of a hideous crime. Labor Day is one of those stories, and to watch it requires a small suspension of reality.

For those of us not in the emotional states listed above, you’re asked to believe someone could be so charismatic that over the course of three days, could have a woman and her son fall so deeply in love with them that they’re willing to forgo all reason and their life as they know it.

My suggestions is suspend that reality and go with the flow of Labor Day, because what you watch will be a truly wonderful story about the bonds we can form with one another, when kindness, care,  love and understanding are part of our lives.

Part of why this scenario works so well is Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Their relationship, whilst moving quickly from kidnapper/hostage to something else entirely, is heartfelt and to be honest…hot!

Kate Winslet portrays perfectly, a woman who so desperately wants to feel what it’s like to be loved again. From her shaky hands to her slow breathing to her pensive yet calculated movements, Winslet will have you wanting Adele to give in to her emotions like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

Josh Brolin also brings the heat. He is charismatic and soulful, but not in that creepy, brainwashing criminal way, more as a man conflicted with his past, yet determined not to let his convict status, change the person he is at his core.

Whilst, Labor day isn’t perfect, at its heart it is a tender story about how regardless of the mistakes a person makes in their life, showing compassion and resisting judgement, can open up a world you never thought possible.

– Suzanna Parisi, DB Magazine

Posted in Movie Reviews

Top 5 Movies of 2013

Now I should stress, that these are the Top 5 Movies of 2013 that I’ve seen. There are still about 50 movies I haven’t seen but I’ve heard were fantastic, and the years not over yet, so we could have some rippers in the next 3 weeks for example Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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Nevertheless, I was asked to submit my Top 5 to DB Magazine for their last issue of 2013, with a short sentence as to why the film was in my Top 5. So, as per Rob Gordon (John Cusack) in High Fidelity here are my Top 5 Movies of 2013.

1.    The Way Way Back – A slow burner, but emotional and clever, with a stellar cast, including Steve Carell like you’ve never seen him before.
2.    Gravity – The performances are mesmerising and the film itself is visually stunning, I have a new respect for Sandra Bullock.
3.    The Great Gatsby – Was a great homage to the book, with Baz Luhrmann capturing all the decadence and delight of the era and Leo DiCaprio doing what he does best, F. Scott Fitzgerald would be proud.
4.    This is The End – It’s stupid, over the top and utterly ridiculous, but it’s absolute fun! “Hermoine, just stole all of our shit”…enough said!
5.    Star Trek into Darkness – A fitting sequel that was equally as funny, action packed and lived up to its legacy.

A special bonus for you The Worst Movie of 2013 goes to Movie 43, if you haven’t seen it don’t bother and don’t let the star studded cast fool you either. How they got people like Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslett, Uma Thurman, Emma Stone, Richard Gere and so many more great actors, to be in quite possibly the worst movie of all time, is beyond me and totally incomprehensible.

Feel free to comment below and tell me your best/worst movie of 2013.

Posted in Movie Reviews

About Time

about-time1Director: Richard Curtis
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Rated: M

We all have those moments in life where we think: Why did I say that? Why did I do that? I am so embarrassing. I am never going out in public again….anyone? …Maybe it’s just me.

Personally, being given the gift of time travel would be a massive help to fix some of my own social blunders, and for Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), that’s exactly what happens. After turning 21, Tim’s dad (Bill Nighy) lets him in on the family secret that he and the rest of the men in his family can travel in time. But can the power of time travel really change what happens in your life? Tim decides a good place to start would be to see if it helps him get a girlfriend.

I think I may have mentioned it before that I’m not the type of chick who likes to watch a romantic comedy, with the exception of the Notting Hill and Love Actually. What seems to be transpiring, however, is not a love for romantic movies, but in fact a love for the brilliant and touching writing style of Richard Curtis.

Written and directed by Richard Curtis, About Time is a beautiful blend of some good old fashion “courting” rituals and mishaps, with a message on the importance of living each day to its full potential and seeing the beauty we often miss as we rush past with our lattes on the way to another meeting or picking up the kids, but all without the preachy side that often comes with these types of films.

Don’t get me wrong About Time has its flaws. For starters, some of the dating scenarios have been done and dusted, a million times over, for example the dreaded meeting the parents and talking about sex with their daughter, but for some reason theses scenes don’t diminish the sweetness of this loved up rom com. It’s also a little too long, probably symptomatic of having the writer as the director. You feel as if Curtis was just too in love with his own work that, sending some scenes to the cutting room floor, was akin to a really bad breakup. The lull in the middle of the film leaves you wondering as to where the films going and how it could possibly end.

Rachel McAdams is as expected in a rom-com. There’s no deviation here from the same character she’s done again and again, although the chemistry between her and Domhnall Gleeson is adorable, and can be attributed to you watching past the middle lull right to the end. As usual, Bill Nighy puts in a great performance. He is a brilliant mix of English humour, charm and poignancy as the dad trying to steer his son into love and family, with his new powers, rather than money and fame.

At its heart though, About Time it is a sweet and funny, sometimes a little too mushy, but overall a touching film about the importance of love and family. Expect the tears to flow you won’t be able to avoid it.

– Suzanna Parisi, DB Magazine

 

 

Posted in Movie Reviews

Runner Runner

runner-runner-film (2)Director: Brad Furman
Starring: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton
Rated: MA 15+

I like to approach watching Ben Affleck films as if they’re all going to be Gigli, that way I’m never really disappointed and, if it turns out to be The Town or Argo, then my mind is suitably blown. With Runner Runner though, taking this stance is probably a good one, because although it’s not mind blowing, it’s no Gigli either, it’s just…average.

Burdened with constantly rising student loans and the prospect of expulsion from Princeton University for his role in an online gaming site, college student Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) risks his entire life saving on the site which could have him expelled, in order to win his college tuition. When Richie realises the site has cheated him of his winnings, he arranges a face-to-face with the man behind the site, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), but Ivan’s money and charm isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

This is a solid film, but that’s all it is…solid. It has little pockets of laughter, the action is ok, the suspense is ok, the acting is ok…it’s just all ok. There’s just nothing stand out about this film at all and the ending, whilst predictable and typically Hollywood will leave you suitably satisfied that everything’s been rounded up nice and neatly.

Justin Timberlake, is surprisingly good, obviously working with legend Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve, worked well for him. His role as financial whiz kid Richie Furst is likable, and almost makes me forget he’s awkward sex scene with Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, although he still has leagues to go to prove his acting chops. However, he is believable as a naïve kid, who just wants to get rich quick, and believes his boss is the nurturing mentor he’s always wanted.

Seasoned pro Ben Affleck though, holds back a little. You get the feeling he just wants to let Ivan Block go from Mr Nice Guy to complete psychopath, but he is restrained, in an uptight way. You hoping Ivan just goes completely nuts, so the at least with a simple, predictable ending you’re left saying…well you did deserve it you crazy bastard…but no it falls very short.

Even Gemma Arterton, usually a stand out in the likes of Tamara Drewe and Quantum of Solace, who plays Richie’s “love” interest, is neither outstanding nor terrible. She plays the ‘is she or isn’t she’ trustworthy role with effortlessness, perhaps maybe just a little too much effortlessness. Like Affleck, she misses the mark of truly making you wonder whether she’s in it for the cash or the love of a good man.

Like I said this is solid. It will probably be one of those films you’ll watch on DVD one quiet Saturday night and you’ll be satisfied it was a good choice in the end.

– Suzanna Parisi, DB Magazine

Posted in Movie Reviews

The World’s End

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Ok so DB Magazine, are not the best in updating their website and considering I went to the preview of this film and it’s still not on their website, I thought you’d better have it before 2014 rolled around. So here is my review for The World’s End.

The World’s End
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman
Rated: MA 15+

From the creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz comes what some are calling the final film of the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy.

In an effort to reunite his childhood mates, Gary King takes his friends back to their home town to try to top the best pub crawl they ever had as teenagers, only to realise it’s not just each other that has changed in 20 years, but the entire town and its citizens too.

As a massive fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, liking this film was always going to be the final outcome for me, it’s highly entertaining and funny. However, it is in no way as funny, clever or creative as the previous two films.

Whilst Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright clearly make a formidable movie making team, the downside is they’ve now made two films that take a Quentin Tarantino-esque turn, as in From Dusk Till Dawn, and for the audience it means that quirky and spontaneous twist of the story is no longer as much of a surprise as it has been in the past.

It’s possible even they realised that, trading their usual witty and well written script, for one too many ‘dad’ jokes, a bit of Hollywood predictability and extended action scenes that are just that little bit too long, leaving the audience waiting for the inevitable over the top conclusion.

The upside though is that once again Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are stand outs, this time getting to show off their true emotional chops, as the storyline enters into quite serious and dark subject matters, which to their credit are dealt with sensitively and seamlessly, in what is ultimately a comedy action film.

With cameos from Pierce Brosnan, The League of Gentleman’s Reece Shearsmith, No Heroics’ Nicholas Burns, otherwise known as The Hotness to fans of the TV show, this is an enjoyable and easy to watch film. If anything, watch it just to get your final flavour of the three cornetto trilogy.

– Suzanna Parisi

Posted in Dear Sooz

Dear Sooz….I’m having a birthday but…

Adult Birthday Party Supplies 3Question:

Dear Sooz…

I’m having a small get together for my birthday that’s just me, my partner and my parents. I’m also thinking about inviting a small group of friends along, so do I need to invite my in-laws?

The reason I ask is because my mates and my parents don’t like them, so can I get away with not inviting my in-laws?

Thanks
Anonymous

Answer:

Hi Anonymous,

Firstly, thanks and congrats on being the first person to be a part of Dear Sooz…you do have a bit of a dilemma here, but I think the answer is easy. You have two options:

OPTION ONE: Keep the gathering to yourself, your partner and your parents. That way the in-laws can’t get upset if they weren’t invited because it will be perceived as a ‘minor’ birthday celebration with just your family alone, and there won’t be any issues if in the future your partner decides to do the same thing and only invite his parents and not yours.

OPTION TWO: Invite all the people you want to invite PLUS your in-laws. Frankly, if your parents and your mates don’t like your in-laws they need to SUCK…IT…UP! It’s your in-laws, they’ll be in your life forever, there’s no escaping them, so everyone needs to learn to get along…or at least pretend to get along in each other’s company. Also, it’s not about them, it’s about you and forcing you to NOT invite people to your birthday, because THEY don’t like them, is pretty unfair and dare I say it…just a little bit childish.

Hope that helps in some way.

Thanks
Sooz

Posted in Dear Sooz

Dear Sooz…an introduction

Dearsooz

When I was younger my mother once said to me, “you should start a column in The Advertiser called Dear Sooz, because people are always asking for your advice.”

I realised a few weeks ago, when a friend of mine asked me a “what should I do” question about her personal life, that my mum was right….people do always come to me for advice.

I’m not entirely sure why this has carried on into my adult life and why people come to me for advice all the time.

I’ve only just turned 33, I’m single, have no kids, and although I am very well known for being devoid of an “inside voice” and extremely opinionated, it’s only about issues that I’m passionate about. If anything I try REALLY hard to stay out of other people’s personal dramas, because let’s face it, we all have our own stuff going on and the last thing we need is everyone else’s drama to add to our own.

Now I’m not saying my age, status or lack of kids makes me useless to society – I’ve never been one to care about those things – I’ve always just thought a kind heart and non-judgemental attitude will get me further in life with people (call me naive). Plus, I just prefer to let me people come to me when they need advice or a listening ear and when they want me to intervene, I will. Maybe, a combination of all those things, plus the fact I have killer smile, is what makes people asking me for advice, so inviting.

The point I’m trying to make is that, I’ve decided to start that column, here on my blog.

It will occasionally feature questions posed by people, in complete anonymous form, but I assure you are very real. It could be a minor piece of advice or even a life changing piece of advice.

Hopefully, it will be a nice cathartic way for me to let go of everyone elses drama, and subsequently help the person in question and potentially somebody else reading my posts.

Also, for those of you I don’t know personally, I can still help if you want and I promise not to judge, so feel free to email me at dearsooz@hotmail.com

I’ll also welcome comments or additional advice on my column, but please remember bullying isn’t cool and neither is negative comments, so if you don’t have anything nice to say about the people asking for advice (or me for that matter), don’t say it at all.

Stay tuned for Dear Sooz…column one…I promise it won’t be anything like those one’s we all used to read in Dolly Magazine…bless them to bits!

Sooz

Follow me on Twitter @Suzanna_Parisi and use #DearSooz

Posted in Inside Adelaide

Inside Adelaide | Autumn 2013 | Issue 03

Autumn 2013 - Inside AdelaideI’m excited to present you the first edition of Inside Adelaide that I have been involved with for the Adelaide City Council.

I personally wrote the articles: Go Green (pg. 9), The Fun Continues (pg. 20) and Awesome Customer Service (pg. 21), but I edited the entire magazine and worked with the designer for layout, as well as organised the printing and distribution.

This is a massive deal for me and one I’m very excited to be a part of.

The next edition will feature more of my writing, but for now please enjoy reading the autumn edition of Inside Adelaide here.

For other articles featured online you can visit insideadelaide.com.au