Category: Films

CHiPs: a weak adaptation of a B-list television series

CHiPs

It’s hard to understand how CHiPs came to be made. There has been, in recent years, something of a trend toward slightly ironic, somewhat knowingly mocking film remakes of American telly from the 1970s and 1980s — 21 Jump Street, Starchy &…

Ghost In The Shell – Not as good as you’d like it to be

This science fiction movie had controversy saddled to it before its release, all tied up in how authentically or not these filmmakers would treat the Japanese source material. This was especially so given they’d hired several European actors, such as…

Crave! episode 36: Justin Bieber, Kong: Skull Island, Broadchurch, The OA

Neither Simon nor Steve was quite brave enough to make their way to Mount Smart Stadium last night to see Justin Bieber on his Purpose world tour, so we’ve enlisted the help of Debbie, our favourite Guest Reviewer, who last…

Kong: Skull Island — a monstrosity of a monster movie

Imagine the out-takes from Apocalypse Now, badly edited into the out-takes from Jurassic Park. Now mix in half a dozen top-end actors, but tell each of them they’re acting in a different film. Tell your CGI people just to do…

Crave! episode 35: Logan, Fist Fight, Stampede Music Fest

In this week’s episode of Crave!, Simon is significantly more impressed by the rawness of Logan than Steve is by the inanity of Fist Fight. Simon still has a few more words to say about the Bruce Springsteen show he…

Logan – serious stuff, seriously

Logan introduces yet another sub genre of superhero movies – the serious, adult drama. It’s full of graphic violence and expletive-laden language. Its tone is light years away from the Avengers, and even though Deadpool also contained the language and…

Crave! episode 34: The Great Wall, T2 Trainspotting, Silence, Pork Pie, Split, Fifty Shades Darker, Simple Minds & The B-52s

In a very film-heavy edition of Crave!, Simon and Steve are a little puzzled by what to make of The Great Wall, the new Matt Damon vehicle set in mediaeval China. Steve is utterly blown away by T2 Trainspotting, the sequel…