Category: Films

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…

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…