The Mummy: dull, pointless and uninspiring

It’s not often that a film manages to review itself, but there’s a moment toward the end of The Mummy, Tom Cruise’s latest narrative-free stuntfest and the first in a threatened series of Dark Universe films, when one of the…

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…

Baywatch — agreeable, and not much more

There are two films at work in Baywatch, the feature-length adaptation of the 1980s soggy soap opera. There’s the story of Brody (Zac Effron), a disgraced former Olympic swimmer who wants to join the Baywatch team, and Mitch (Dwight “The…

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…

Green Day at Spark Arena, Auckland — photo gallery

Green Day played the first of two shows at Auckland’s Vector — sorry, Spark — Arena last night, and Steve was there to photograph the show for Crave! Opening act The Interrupters also put on a great show:

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…