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Isovival Guide 2020 – Part 10

By Emma Wilson

We’ve entered week 4 and it’s a little chilly outside. Get cosy, it’s……

Friday Night – Iso-date Night:
Movie Night!

Movies and real estate don’t have a lot in common until… the beautiful Arcadia Station.
Arcadia is one of New Zealand’s best known movie locations and has played host to some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Here are a few suggestions so you can check out this gem from the safety of your bubble.

First up, I’m gonna bring in my boy, Hugh. (Let’s be honest.. this movie and this man… Winning!)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released worldwide on May 1, 2009. While critics praised the cast’s acting (particularly by Jackman and Schreiber), humor and the musical score, they disliked what they considered to be poorly-rendered CGI, a convoluted plot, overabundance of characters, and deviations from the source material, particularly the portrayal of Deadpool’s character. Despite this, the film opened at the top of the box office and grossed $179 million in the United States and Canada and over $373 million worldwide.
You can view this online on Disney+ or YouTube (for a small fee – it’s worth it!)

If your date night needs to include your kids, these are for you…

Chronicles of Narnia: Both ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and ‘Prince Caspian’

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the novel of the same title, is the first film in the series. Directed by Andrew Adamson, it was shot mainly in New Zealand, though locations were used in Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. The film was released theatrically on 9 December 2005 and grossed over $745 million worldwide.

Prince Caspian, based on the novel of the same title, is the second film in the series and the last distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was released on 16 May 2008. It grossed $419 million worldwide.
You can view both of these on Disney+

And one that is compulsory viewing if you live here (how can you give a proper tour if you don’t know where Beorn’s fortress is?!)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and produced by WingNut Films in collaboration with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film was preceded by An Unexpected Journey (2012) and followed by The Battle of the Five Armies (2014); together, they act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (which you also have to see). It premiered on 2 December 2013 in Los Angeles and was released internationally on 11 December 2013 and grossed over $958 million at the worldwide box office, surpassing both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, and making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2013.
You can view this on YouTube for a medium sized fee

Happy watching. Stay cool till after scho…. lockdown!

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