Ashton Brown

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...

Why BoJack Horseman is the best show on Netflix

Trying to explain BoJack Horseman to people who know very little about it is almost impossible to do without making it sound stupid. It is a very difficult show to explain to people without underselling it’s brilliance. To the Netflix viewer who is simply scrolling through titles deciding what to watch it might look nothing more than a cartoon laden with animal puns, cartoons doing adult things an...

The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special

Robot Chicken has had a cult following since it started in 2001 (holy crap 2001?!) and I remember when I first got hold of it on DVD shortly after the turn of the millennium as some friends and I sat around laughing at brilliant stop motion animation bringing toys to life in hilarious sketches. The brainchild of Seth Green and friends Mike Fasolo and Matthew Senreich, Robot Chicken is a bizarre an...

The Midnight Man

The horror genre has become increasingly popular over the last ten years to the point where, as horror aficionados, there is always something new to watch. My passion for horror films is huge and I am one of those viewers who enjoys such a myriad of styles within the genre. From high budget, well scripted mainstream horrors right through to indie productions and cheap jumpscare laden b-graders. I ...

Ben and Ashton review The Real Housewives of Orange County and Atlanta

It’s 2006. The world is reeling from the news that Pluto is no longer a planet; teens everywhere are finally ‘Breaking Free’ from social expectations thanks to Troy and Gabriella’s burgeoning romance; and a media franchise is about to launch that will become a sprawling epic, lasting over 12 years and spawning eight U.S. spin-offs and another 10 internationally from New Zealand to Hungary. The Rea...

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