Category: Films

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…

Crave! episode 42: The Ultimate Eagles, Lorde’s new album, The Hippopotamus, The Mummy

Since The Actual Eagles aren’t touring any longer, the only way to hear their classics performed is to catch a show by The Ultimate Eagles, which is exactly what Simon and Steve did on Saturday night, and they were both…

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,…

Crave! episode 41: Wonder Woman, Baywatch, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Simon and Steve have three blockbuster movies to review this week. Simon is considerably more impressed than Steve is with Wonder Woman, the first film in either Marvel’s or DC’s comic universes to be led by a female superhero. Steve is only…

Wonder Woman: starting to wonder why

People have been crying out for a female-led superhero film for a very long time. In Wonder Woman, it’s not entirely clear that that’s what has been delivered. The story, a simple and linear thing, follows Diana, Princess of Themyscira…

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword — kings, swords and dodgy geezers.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword contains, maybe, 40 or 50 minutes of a very good film. Sadly, though, the thing lasts a good two hours. Charlie Hunnam is Arthur, the Born King, orphaned by his very, very bad uncle…

Crave! episode 40: Alien: Covenant, Their Finest, Graham Brazier, Harry Styles, New Zealand Music Month

The latest episode of Crave! sees Simon and Steve trying, with limited success, to unravel the tangled mess that is Alien: Covenant, the latest, but almost certainly not the last, instalment in the ongoing, the ever ongoing, Alien saga. They’re…

Alien: Covenant – good enough, but let’s talk about Prometheus

My interest in Alien:Covenant was not so much about how it looked, or how well it was acted and directed. Having followed the Alien saga through the first four films, and then the first prequel, Prometheus, my concern going into…