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The Expendables is a light hearted movie to the good old action movie formula. The Hero(s), the big guns, the fist fights, the fiery explosions and the girl in distress who needs rescuing. Add to this an ensemble of stars including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, David Zayas, Gary Daniels and Mickey Rourke with appearances by Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charisma Carpenter. Rumours are that some other well known actors where considered or offered roles and declined, what a pity.
It’s a story presented very entertainingly about a team of elite mercenaries known as The Expendables who get hired to overthrow a ruthless dictator, which does not take itself too seriously, with some good one liners as well as poking plenty of fun at itself, the characters and the Action Hero. Stallone co-wrote the screen play which is by Dave Callaham and also directs with himself as the main hero, of course. Both old, those that grew up with the 80’s & 90’s action movies, and young will enjoy this flick.
The only let down of the movie is the budget, which is unfortunately very obvious in the special effects.
Dolph Lundgren sums it up well as “an old-school, kick-ass action movie where people are fighting with knives and shooting at each other.”
Kryztoff Rating 4K
Mother Africa opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre Wednesday night to a full house with the crew just returning from a two week break after having performed at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast for 4 months. Adelaide is the second Australian stop for Mother Africa, performing until the 15 August, before moving on to New Zealand.
From the start to finish, what calls itself a circus is what I would rather label a journey of energy as it goes way beyond circus. So, from start to finish it is a two way performance between the artists and audience. The energy on stage is reflected by the energy of the crowd’s response. It is a pleasure, a joy to be part of this electrifying experience. The energetic, enjoyable, entertaining and enthralling show takes us on a journey of music, traditional dance and powerful acrobatics with a mixture of mesmerizing colour of the traditional looking costumes.
The world touring show which promotes itself as 100% African, 100% Joy and 100% Party. I must say I 100% agree. It is a party of music, dance and acrobatics. And it is a joy to see the artists enjoying themselves while doing their performance and soaking up the audience’s joyful response. The 40 artists are 100% African, from many different countries of the second-largest continent such as Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and South Africa. Let me add 100% energy and 100% entertainment.
Thank you Mother Africa. Not often that I would give a full 5K, but this must see show deserves it. With ticket prices starting at $59.90 for adults there is no excuse to miss Mother Africa.
Kryztoff Rating 5K
Another teaser from Kryztoff‘s 11th Edition…
Welcome is a true drama, without romance or happy ending. Directed by Philippe Lioret, it is simple, yet very well produced.
Expect some impressive cinematography that presents the story in a powerful and captivating way.
The language of film is key to increasing the appeal of this multilingual film.
For the full review, check out the next edition of Kryztoff… in the mean time, see our current edition here for more film reviews.
György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre is a very dark look at a modern, perverse, lost society in terminal decay about to be wiped out by Nekrotzar. It grotesquely, sarcastically takes a mocking, ironic look at mortality and death. Set on, inside and around a giant female body, complete with tongue movement, which adds to this bizarre opera, sure is a grand opening to this years Adelaide Festival.
The music score just adds to this insane artwork, opening to jarring car horns, yet so fitting, brought with enormous energy and force, conducted exemplary by Robert Houssart. The only critique on the music would be the pit not allowing the true sound of all instruments to carry to the audience.
The set piece, the crouching body, brilliantly built with arms, legs, buttocks which reveal inner organs and a moving head, is also used as a projection screen for video footage and lighting effects giving 3D a new or should we say true meaning.
The performers pull this 4 scene, anti-anti-opera, off in a way that makes it all seem real and a perfectly told drama, yet obviously enjoying themselves.
Kryztoff Rating: 4K
Before Madonna, before Marlene – there was the one they called the Last of the Red Hot Mamas.
Sidonie Henbest accompanied by Matthew Carey bring us Sophie Tucker’s autobiography carbaret style.
Sophie Tucker was the original provocateur – an undisputed super star in an age before radio and television, she was a legendary singer and performer. Her love of the double-entre and risqué comic songs, her trademark. She defined the vaudeville and early jazz era for female singers and influenced some of the great female performers of the 20th century, including Judy Garland and Bette Midler.
Henbest’s voice has a rich range and the two performed this tribute well together. The energy building as the show went on, to the hight where you wished it would never end. However every good show must come to an end as the audience sadley realised with thonderous applause.
Kryztoff Rating: 3.5K
Philip Escoffey’s show sure is a mind bender. From the first impossible sketch to the moment you open your fortune cookie after leaving, you wonder, is this possible?
Philip does not claim to be a psychic nor does he want you to believe that he cheats, so how does he do it? And by the end you are certain he can’t be cheating? Is this possible? you will ask again and again.
A very entertaining show with a fantastic level of energy. Another not to be missed even though you will be left wondering until you open your fortune cookie, just to be stunned once again.
Philip deserves a top rating for top entertainment.
Kryztoff Rating: 5 K
Liz Skitch puts a lot of effort into her solo show, Skitch Tease. Quite litteraly starting of with a bit of a strip tease and then covered only with her accordion she presents an entertaining blend of stand up, stories and song. Liz decided to try it in the nude after reaching the conclusion that stand up comedy isn’t scary enough, she says. And she asks not to tell her mother.
The engaging Liz manages to keep a good pace with entertaining lines and a great level of energy.
Kryztoff Rating: 3 K
Most times when you leave a show you know what the show was about and you pretty much have an idea what you would tell your friends about it. This however is not the case with Red Bastard. Is this the point, that you are left wondering, wondering was that supposed to make sense or did this really just happen? I wouldn’t describe it a show without a story line, the story is the Red Bastard, and a bastard he is. The audience was raised to some laughter, some a little strained.
At times the Red Bastard managed to bring the energy level extremely high. And some attempts of audience interaction are made however it still all revolves around the Red Bastard. At the end of though you do wonder, what did I just see? I was entertained but was there a point to it all?
Kryztoff Rating: 2 K
To describe this entertaining and engaging act with one word would have to be ‘Phenomenal’. Rarely do you see an act which engages the audience so deeply as well as giving everyone in the audience a part.
Don’t be mistaken, even though the boy has tape on his face, it is not a mime show. One of the amazing talents of this must see show are the simple items used as props in simple yet wonderfully entertaining gags and a number of good old musical pieces are included to make this a well rounded great hour.
Did I mention, this is a must see show and filled to the max every night.
Kryztoff Rating: 5 K
A hilariously entertaining hour by a crew of three acrobats as they clown around on stage with some impressive tricks, a lot of teasing, a bit of a jive, some clumsiness, some jealousy, some rivalry, a lot of flirting and not just one tantrum. Meet a sensitive new age strongman and Miss Tinkle who are constantly at each other trying to steal the limelight and a clown who’s show is overshadowed, literally, by backstage shenanigans. The audience appreciated the energy of this unique circus’s crew and the acrobatics performed with skill and strength and plenty of humor.
Kryztoff Rating: 4 K
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