Author: Simon Mercep

Justice League: not great, but better than some

Let’s boil Justice League down to the essentials: you get lots of action, some characters who spark (The Flash particularly and Aquaman a little less so) and some who don’t (Batman and Cyborg). The story is rather predictable (hard not…

Marlon Williams: “Make Way for Love” preview, Auckland

“You can’t finish on too dark a note. I’m fine.” And so singer songwriter Marlon Williams summed up his new album “Make Way For Love”. Yes, he told us, most of it was a reflection on a relationship break up,…

Thor:Ragnarok – a hoot, and then some

Would Taika Waititi Kiwi-fy, or Maori-fy, Marvel? That was the big question leading into the release of this latest in Marvel’s string of big budget superhero movies. We were told that Marvel executives liked the look of Waititi’s previous work,…

Midnight Oil: Still Burning Bright

The Oils still have plenty of fire in their bellies. The veteran Aussie band brought their passion, musicianship, stagecraft and energy to Auckland’s Spark Arena last night, producing a powerhouse show in front of a packed audience. The band swept…

My Cousin Rachel – expertly done, but ultimately unengaging

My Cousin Rachel leads you on a merry little Victorian dance. It achieves this goal with a degree of class, but for all that, by film’s end I found myself not caring too much about the characters. Its early promise…

The Mummy – The kitchen sink applied, but to no avail

Tom Cruise throws everything into this film: action, special effects, fantasy, comedy, a little romance, Russell Crowe doing accents (truly) and a dash of Robert Louis Stephenson. Could such a heady brew make for a satisfying adventure yarn?  It couldn’t,…