Category: Films

Fifty Shades Freed: thank God it’s finally over

Fifty Shades Freed

The definition of insanity, as Albert Einstein famously did not observe, is doing the same thing again and again, and expecting different results. I have, then, managed to retain some tattered shreds of sanity by having no expectations that Fifty…

BLACK PANTHER: stirring adventure, and social document of our time

There’s a Black Panther movie to review, and there’s a Black Panther phenomenon to discuss. If you’ve been surfing American news outlets in particular over the last few weeks you’ll have found a great deal written about this latest Marvel…

HIBISCUS & RUTHLESS – Heartwarming, and a tad hokey

There’s a lot to like about this local comedy, both in the big picture it’s presenting, and in its central performance. As the Hibiscus of the title, Suivai Autagavaia displays natural talent, poise and grace. She shows herself to be…

Crave! episode 54: Foo Fighters; The Stranglers; Laneway 2018; Darkest Hour; I, Tonya

Steve and Simon both find themselves slight disappointed with largely impressive musical events this week, for very different reasons. Steve just couldn’t quite engage with Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters at Mount Smart Stadium, while Simon hugely enjoyed The Stranglers…

DARKEST HOUR: a stirring film, stirring controversy

Joe Wright’s take on Winston Churchill’s first days as Prime Minister, has, to use a military phrase, copped a lot of flak. It’s inaccurate, critics say, inventing scenes which didn’t occur, changing the way certain characters behaved, and portraying Churchill…

Crave! episode 53: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; The Post; The Shape Of Water; The Greatest Showman

Simon and Steve are back for another year of entertainment reviews and comment, starting off 2018 with a few words about the utterly superb Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the excellent The Post, the very good The Shape Of Water,…