Thor:Ragnarok – a hoot, and then some

Would Taika Waititi Kiwi-fy, or Maori-fy, Marvel? That was the big question leading into the release of this latest in Marvel’s string of big budget superhero movies. We were told that Marvel executives liked the look of Waititi’s previous work,…

Oskar Herbig EP review: a promising debut from a thoughtful songwriter

If you’ve heard Oskar Herbig’s guitar work when he’s played with his cousin Skyscraper Stan Woodhouse’s band the Commission Flats, then Oskar’s first solo EP won’t come as too much of a surprise. It’s a short affair, five songs that…

Crave! episode 48: Star Trek Discovery, Westworld, Blade Runner 2049, Adam Ant, The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye, Skyscraper Stan

Simon and Steve are back from a couple of weeks away, but they’ve been busy catching up on TV, books and music. Star Trek: Discovery, the latest chapter in the astonishingly long-running Star Trek universe, is proving to be popular,…

Blade Runner 2049: a millennial’s perspective

Thanks to Jennifer Cheuk for an alternative take on Blade Runner 2049 The original 1982 Bladerunner is a masterpiece of cinematic nuances. The plot shifts and intertwines with other narratives seamlessly. Perhaps this was the reason for so much of…

Adam Ant: still the King of the Wild Frontier

Stuart Goddard has no intention of going old gracefully. At 62, Goddard, better known to the world as Adam Ant, has had to decide if he’s going to plough the easy, but boring, legacy-act furrow, and smartly, he’s chosen not…

The Vamps at the Powerstation, Auckland — a sweet but very, very short show

Brad Simpson can’t help being pretty. But pretty he clearly is, and as a result he and The Vamps, the band he’s been fronting since their formation in 2011, have struggled to escape the label of “boy band” for much…