STARS BY LILITH ARIES: Before taking umbrage this week, first breathe, then make a commitment not to let past experience dictate your reactions. Think of problems as opportunities in bad outfits. Try a new response. This is your chance to do what you enjoy: be amazingly creative in revamping an unproductive habit pattern.
TAURUS: Your boss planet Venus swanning into glamorous Leo can sometimes be a bit of a drama queen, but no need to get caught up with histrionics. A sense of humour’s this week’s best accessory, along with who you know and what they know, because your supportive crew has vital insights and advice. GEMINI: Mind-organiser Mercury in the sign of sensitivity has you finding precisely the right thing to say to make others feel good this week. Late-week Gemini new moon signals your time to get very clear about what you feel, what you want, and even more importantly, what you know you need. CANCER: Mercury moving into your sign likes to talk things through, so expect a plethora of chat about this and that plus animated debate, productive brainstorming, all the way up to panoramic trajectories that shatter a few preconceptions. If intimate discussions reach stalemate, a sensitive or generous gesture could bridge the gap. LEO: This week’s differences can blow out of proportion quickly, so before flare-ups escalate to a point of no return, rather than get feisty at challenges, try getting curious instead. The newangle view could bring a breakthrough in your thinking about a problem, along with a solution you’d never have imagined. VIRGO: Sudden change can be upsetting, but the repetitive mind loops of your planet mentor Mercury in sensitive Cancer need you channelling them in positive directions. A spirit of curiosity and adventure works well this week, ditto keeping plans flexible with enough wiggle room for unexpected pleasure opportunities to squeeze in.
AS SUN AND NEW MOON IN MENTALAS-ANYTHING GEMINI OFFER A PRISMATIC PERSPECTIVE, NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT THINGS SUDDENLY BECOME POSSIBLE: EUREKA! LIBRA: While celestial chefs concoct a bubbling broth of ideas and associations, Venus your totem planet in the sign of splashing out on luxury big ticket items isn’t the best time for compensation bingeing, so be discerning this week in what you buy. And what you do, because taking sides, however well-meant, could backfire. SCORPIO: This week that elephant in the room might finally get talked about. At length. And while everyone juggling variables to the best of their ability can start to feel draining, according to Scorpio poet David Whyte, the antidote to exhaustion isn’t rest: it’s wholeheartedness. But you probably already knew that…
SAGITTARIUS: This week’s social rollercoaster is anything but dull as you meet new people to share ideas with in both face time and online: connecting, networking and spreading, as you so love to do, the word. Which new moon amplifies the effects of, so use your mental and verbal superpowers for the good of all. CAPRICORN: You’re not usually keen on taking maybe for an answer, but it could be the best on offer as you weigh up the cost/reward ratio of expenses against benefits for a pivotal decision. On the lighter side, it’s a peak week to share what you know: the wisdom of your accumulated personal experience. AQUARIUS: With dynamo Mars in Aquarius corner you’re at your most enterprising, wearing a variety of hats to keep up with changing demands. Late week’s lively, sprightly new moon swirls people and possibilities into your orbit to press your professional restart button. During which hectic revelry, remember that everything you say has repercussions. PISCES: If it’s been hard to make yourself heard lately in the general flapping of lips and airing of opinions, this week’s communications gradually grow more receptive. With the present planetary picture calling for discrimination, you might consider limiting or cancelling plans, bowing out of overload commitments, giving yourself some sweet reprieve.
36 June 13, 2018 The Byron Shire Echo
ENTERTAINMENT BY JOHN CAMPBELL
It’s not only letter-writing that has gone the way of the dodo in our miasmic digital age. Ironically, as more people than ever take pictures with their phones (millions every minute – if you didn’t snap it, it didn’t happen), old-school photography, on film and with prints, is now virtually extinct. Kodachrome’s last remaining processing shop, in Parsons (Kansas), closed its doors in 2009. A J Sulzberger wrote about it for the New York Times and now Mark Raso has made a movie inspired by the epochal event. An internationally acclaimed photographer, Ben Ryder (Ed Harris), is dying with liver cancer. His estranged son, Matt (Jason Sudeikis), is on the verge of being sacked by the New York record company for which he has been a long-term talent scout and agent. He is at first unmoved when Ben’s carer, Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen), asks him to join her and his father on road trip to Parsons so that four rolls of film that Ben has hung on to can be developed before the service is terminated. Rapprochement, redemption and romance – you know what you are going to get here, but the bleedin’ obvious can still work if delivered with sincerity and love. The problem for Matt and the viewer is that the obnoxious old bloke is extremely dislikeable. Rude, selfish and crude, the character
arc that might lead Ben to be forgiven for his nasty ways is a steep one, but Harris pulls it off – but only just. Sudeikis convinces with the filial affection he is able to find for his irascible Old Man, while Olsen is a delight throughout, bringing essential warmth to a scenario that might have been consumed by bitterness and resentment. The question of Art, as pursued by both men in their respective careers, is fleetingly dealt with, but it’s not until the end credits are rolling that photography’s unique ability to help us see the world with fresh eyes is exposed. Shot on Kodachrome 35 mill, it gets better the longer it goes.
GRINGO Nash and Joel Edgerton, the brothers from Blacktown, in Sydney’s West, have combined in a glossy scam-flick that has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and an acceptable infusion of graphic violence to ensure that the tone is not too tongue in cheek. There is even an indulgent but funny debate between two characters at the scene of a crime over the actions of the disciples Peter and Judas. With a background as a stuntman, director Nash brings plenty of raw physicality to the story of hapless Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo), who is played for a stooge by his unscrupulous boss, Richard Rusk (Joel). An over the top Charlize Theron is Elaine, Rusk’s ruthless partner who will do whatever it takes, in the office and the sack, to feather her nest. Things go awry for them when they send Soyinka on an assignment from Chicago to Mexico, his mission to deliver the formula for a cannabis pill. As the innocent abroad, Soyanka finds himself in hot water with a number of shoofty characters, including a brutal
cartel boss who wants his head on a platter – and this is where the movie’s intrigue kicks in. Does Harold stay one step ahead of those who are hunting him down by accident or design? It’s a clever performance from Oyelowo, balancing the bathos of being dumped by his wife (Thandy Newton) with humour, naivety and rat cunning. Countering the outright nastiness of Rusk, Elaine and the drug baron Villegas (Carlos Corona), who has a murderous affection for the Beatles, as well as a shady bloke who might or might not be working for a US government agency (Yul Vazquez), Harold is easy to like as the battler in a big bad world. The location shots in Mexico City and Vera Cruz are lurid and earthy Harold’s el cheapo hotel and the two chancers who run it are fantastic - and the plot, if convoluted, arrives at an outcome that is satisfactory to all. Great fun.
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