Category: Television

Shtisel is back fo another series–unorthodox television that’s utterly compelling.

Trying to convince my friends to watch שטיסל‎ (Shtisel) in was always going to be a bit of a tough sell—”So it’s a soap opera, but not really, and it’s set in an ultra-orthodox Haredi Jewish community in Jerusalem, and…

Crave! episode 98: Black Hands, Des, Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Dobbyn, The Beths.

It’s been a while, but Crave! is back, and better than ever. In a heavily Kiwi-centric comeback episode, Steve and Simon talk about Black Hands, the new dramatisation of the Bain family killings, and about local acts Dave Dobbyn at…

Crave! episode 97: Radioactive, Eurovision, True Detective, Taylor Swift’s new album

As Simon and Steve inch ever closer to their hundredth episode, the emphasis remains on films. Radioactive is the story of Marie Curie, and a film that both our reviewers found quite engaging. Less so Eurovision Song Contest: The Story…

Crave! episode 96: Greed, The High Note, Money Heist, Shtisel, The Sinner, and a chat with James Reyne.

Crave! is finally back, after months of lockdown and carefully managed isolation. In this first post-lockdown edition, Steve and Simon disagree on Greed, the satire on the nasty wealthy from Michael Winterbottom, but agree on The High Note, a film…

Crave! episode 91: Knives Out, The Irishman, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lauv, and Khalid

Knives Out is the new Daniel Craig black comedy-thriller, and it’s delighted both Steve and Simon, who also have a few thoughts about where the first official trailer for what’s likely to be Craig’s last Bond outing, No Time To…

Crave! episode 85: Men In Black, Sometimes Always Never, Years And Years, the new Bruce Springsteen album Western Stars, and a chat with Skyscraper Stan

Men In Black: International should have been so good. And yet it wasn’t. Neither Steve nor Simon can find many positive things to say about this disappointing film. Sometimes Always Never, on the other hand, the new Bill Nighy outing,…

Crave! episode 84: The Monkees, Aladdin, Rocketman, and a preview of ATC’s A Fine Balance

The Monkees — well, two of them, anyway — came to Auckland this weekend. Simon and Steve were both keen to enjoy some nostalgic, feel-good pop songs; Simon and Steve were both just a little disappointed. Rocketman, on the other hand, is…

Crave! episode 82: Avengers Endgame; Black Grace; and even more Game Of Thrones reckons

There’s only one topic on Simon and Steve’s minds right now, and that’s Game Of Thrones. With only one episode left, we dissect everything we’ve learnt in episode 5 of the final series, The Bells, and try to figure out…