Category: Films

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…

Crave! episode 39: Get Out, Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2, Blondie & Cyndi Lauper, Broadchurch

Episode 39 of Crave! sees the return of Debbie, our favourite guest reporter, talking to Simon and Steve about the recent Cyndi Lauper and Blondie concert at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Steve and Simon both had a great time with Marvel’s latest cash…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Fun, then more fun. After that? A little more fun.

People laughed. They laughed out loud. A lot. So did I. A lot. And at one point, as Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” filled the cinema, a group of young Pacific Island guys to my left burst…

Crave! episode 38: Denial, The Fate Of The Furious, and a few words about John Clarke

Denial

Steve’s finally got his computer fixed, and so episode 38 of Crave! is sounding a lot better. All the more reason, then, to tune in for Simon and Steve’s discussion of Denial, the brilliantly powerful telling of the story of…

The Fate of the Furious -silly fast fun with a Kiwi twist

Let’s start with a totally surprising scene in the first part of the film that blew everyone in the audience away. It caught everyone off guard, it was delightful, it brought a smile to everyone’s face, and it was a…

Crave! episode 37: The Lego Batman Movie, Beauty And The Beast, CHiPs, Ghost In The Shell

The Lego Batman Movie has been entertaining Steve and Simon enormously this week. Simon has been enjoying being transported back to his younger days by Beauty And The Beast, the new Disney live-action remake of its 1991 animation classic, while…