Ashton Brown

Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is a visual marvel. Famously 20 years in the making and the product of writer/producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez, Alita is based on the graphic novel series Gunnm by Yokito Kishiro. When something has been “in the making” for a long period of time it usually goes one of two ways. Either it is an exceptional film, perfected and refined with years of hard work a...

Mandy

What people say about Mandy : “Mandy is F***ing nuts “Finally a good Nicholas Cage movie “The most insane Nic Cage movie ever made What I say about Mandy : “What? Look, I didn’t like Mandy okay. Yes, I know that heaps of film buffs, critics, reviewers and 2018 Top Ten Youtube lists liked it. Yes, I was super excited about watching it. Yes, it is artistic and interesting in parts and it’s the kind ...

Stan & Ollie

Laurel & Hardy are one of the iconic comedy duos that despite passing away well before my time is still a comedy duo I have always understood to have shaped the way comedy is today. Like The Two Ronnies, Monty Python and more recently Key & Peele and SNL, they are an iconic sketch comedy team. Rising to popularity around the same time as Charlie Chaplin, many of the older generation no dou...

Office Uprising

The zombie film industry has certainly had its fair share of horror/comedy offerings. When done correctly, this mix of black comedy soars and we find ourselves crying with laughter and horror as ordinary people deal with the extraordinary situation of the living dead. Shaun of the Dead is arguably the Godfather of this genre but Peter Jackson’s very own Braindead certainly set the bar in the...

3 Reasons You Should See Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

You might have already seen it, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse officially comes to cinemas January 3rd! And if you haven’t already seen it, well, you better get your act together and go ASAP. Ben and Ashton have three flippin’ good reasons why!

Vice

A few years ago, when director Adam McKay announced his star studded drama about the financial crisis I was super intrigued. It was a change of direction for this hilarious writer/director who had brought us such genius comedic feasts as Talladega Nights, Anchorman and perhaps my favourite comedy of all time The Other Guys – the latter suggesting that McKay could pull off a comedy with a sli...

My Friend Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer isn’t a very nice man. In fact, he is one of the most violent and sadistic men to ever walk this Earth. Not only did he rape and murder 17 men and young boys but he kept their skulls, ate their flesh, drilled holes in their skulls and poured boiling water in (while they were alive). Jeffrey Dahmer isn’t a very nice man. My Friend Dahmer, written and directed by Marc Meyers, has take...

Fahrenheit 11/9

Before going to watch the pre-screening of left-winger documentarian Michael Moore’s latest doco I decided to have a wee look on IMDB to see what people were saying about the film. With a surprisingly low user rating of 5.8 I was intrigued to see the breakdown of votes. In classic political documentary style the film has an overwhelming number of ‘1/10’ scores. Now for a film to be a ‘1/10’ ...

The Breaker Uppers

NZ comedy films have such a specific style about them, a tone, a feel, that is so intrinsically Kiwi. Just like the films of Taika Waititi or an episode of Flight of the Conchords, The Breaker Upperers (written and directed by Madeleine Sami & Jackie van Beek) is no different. From the moment I saw the very first teaser trailer for this Kiwi (un)rom-com it immediately scratched that spot of sl...

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels…”. A fitting quote to open my review of Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web. In one of the opening scenes of this action/thriller/drama from the director of the brilliantly violent Evil Dead remake, I couldn’t help but think how much Lisbeth Salander (played for the first time by Cla...

Venom

When director Ruben Fleischer was first attached to Venom and the rumours of an R-Rated, more grown up superhero story (Logan anyone?) were floating around, I was pretty excited. The Zombieland director was potentially a great choice for the film and when Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams were attached as the leads – my excitement understandably grew. Hardy and Williams are two of my favourite...

Night School

Kevin Hart is an extremely likable guy. The first movie I remember seeing him in was my favourite film from the Scary Movie franchise – Scary Movie 3. Flicking through his IMDB page he has certainly had an interesting career (interesting being the key word – Epic Movie?! You’re better than that Kevin!). He’s not one of those comedians I specifically follow but he’s one who I always enj...

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