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 36A (for Adele, of course…)

Episode 36A is a special edition of Crave! featuring an exclusive interview with Sue Wells, who was among the many tens of thousands of Adele fans who enjoyed the British singer’s first ever New Zealand performance at Auckland’s Mount Smart…

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…

Pixies at the Vector Arena, Auckland: guest review

Pixies came to Auckland last night. Steve and Simon couldn’t make it to the show, but guest reviewer Teylor Moss filed this review for Crave!: Like moths to a flame, I watched as the growing crowd swarmed into the Arena.…

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…

Broadchurch Series 3 – Good, but don’t fall into the old storytelling habits

This was very popular here, and in the UK, for both its first two series, so expectations are high for the return of detectives Hardy (David Tennant) and Miller (Olivia Colman) in the southern English coastal town of the title.…