Category: Television

WELLINGTON PARANORMAL : Episodes 1-3. Good, but you want better

A demonic possession, aliens in crops, and 70’s poltergeists prompting noise complaints: the first three creepy cases confronting the new paranormal unit at Wellington police. “Wellington Paranormal” has been credited as being the brainchild of both Jermaine Clement and Taika…

Crave! episode 62: Deadpool 2, Solo, Steven Adler and his Mum, The Handmaid’s Tale

Steve and Simon have both been to the pictures this week, and while they’re by and large in agreement that Solo: A Star Wars Story is perfectly serviceable but ultimately less than remarkable, they’re a little more divided on the…

Crave! episode 53: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; The Post; The Shape Of Water; The Greatest Showman

Simon and Steve are back for another year of entertainment reviews and comment, starting off 2018 with a few words about the utterly superb Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the excellent The Post, the very good The Shape Of Water,…

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,…

Crave! episode 43: Despicable Me 3, My Cousin Rachel, The Journey, The Handmaid’s Tale

In episode 43 of Crave!, Simon is a little disappointed by the lack of depicability in Despicable Me 3. Steve and Simon are both more taken with The Journey, the fictionalised account of how a central hatred in Northern Ireland’s…

Crave! episode 39: Get Out, Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2, Blondie & Cyndi Lauper, Broadchurch

Episode 39 of Crave! sees the return of Debbie, our favourite guest reporter, talking to Simon and Steve about the recent Cyndi Lauper and Blondie concert at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Steve and Simon both had a great time with Marvel’s latest cash…

Broadchurch finale: serious, compelling, and the whodunnit wasn’t bad either

This third series of Broadchurch provided seriously good crime drama, with a confronting subject, dealt with honestly and compellingly – sexual assault. In fact the series did much more than detail a specific crime of rape, but rather used its…

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.…

Crave! episode 20: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Miller, Paul Simon, Big Country

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Steve has been to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, but Simon wisely saved his money. Steve has seen Big Country at the King’s Arms in Auckland, while Simon has been talking to newcomer Miller about his…

Crave! episode 19: The Nice Guys, X-Men Apocalypse, Bad Neighbours 2

Steve’s been highly entertained by The Nice Guys, Shane Black’s new film-noir pastiche with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, while Simon’s been a little less impressed by the somewhat formulaic X-Men Apocalypse. In music news, Simon has a clutch of…