Category: Films

Crave! episode 51: Harry Styles, Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, Ocean Colour Scene, Miller, Wonder

Music is to the fore again in the latest episode of Crave!, with a review of Harry Styles’ first solo concert in Auckland from our guest reviewer Debbie, and Simon and Steve’s thoughts on the recent double-bill of The Pretenders…

Crave! episode 50: Lorde, Justice League, Murder On The Orient Express, Bad Moms 2, Mindhunter, Marlon Williams

Simon and Steve celebrate the 50th episode of Crave! by giving Justice League the kicking they both believe it deserves. Debbie The Guest Reviewer gives a very favourable review to Lorde’s first concert at Auckland’s Powerstation, Steve has a few…

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…

Crave! episode 49: Thor Ragnarok, Alice Cooper, Robert Plant

Simon and Steve have been enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok enormously. Simon has a lot of very positive things to say about Alice Cooper’s most recent visit to New Zealand, although his support act Ace Frehley was less impressive. And Robert Plant’s…

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,…

Blade Runner 2049: a millennial’s perspective

Thanks to Jennifer Cheuk for an alternative take on Blade Runner 2049 The original 1982 Bladerunner is a masterpiece of cinematic nuances. The plot shifts and intertwines with other narratives seamlessly. Perhaps this was the reason for so much of…

Crave! episode 047: Midnight Oil, IT, Victoria & Abdul

The highlight of Steve and Simon’s week has definitely been the return, after more than ten years, of Midnight Oil to New Zealand; it certainly wasn’t the rather disappointing return to the screen, after a quarter-century, of Pennywise the Clown…

IT: not the worst Stephen King adaptation of the year, but that’s all

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Film adaptations of Stephen King’s writings have been, over the years, a mixed bag. When they’re good, they’re The Shawshank Redemption; when they’re not, they’re The Dark Tower, reviewed a little more than somewhat unfavourably by Simon in Crave! episode…

Crave! episode 46: American Made, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Ariana Grande, The Defenders (again)

Tom Cruise’s latest vehicle is an aeroplane in American Made, a film that’s entertained both Steve and Simon this week, but while they’ve been entertained by The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds’ new buddy-movie, road-movie, bang-smash-shoot-splat-fest, it’s…