Welcome to the Pretty Much Weekly! A weekly series where we give you the latest news in film, games and tech. This week, Taika Waititi hosts a Mother’s Day screening, Nintendo isn’t the underdog we thought it was, and the US politely declines Jacinda’s party invitation.
Gamers make the switch
When talking about who’s winning “the console war” in years past, it’s only ever been between PlayStation and Xbox. But with their latest console, Nintendo has made a pretty great comeback.
According to our friends at PriceSpy, the Nintendo Switch was the most popular console last year, and still is as of May 2019. In January, it was the number one most searched for product on the fully impartial price comparison website.
Over the years, the price of the Switch has remained about the same, drifting anywhere between $469 and $548. Compare that to the Xbox One S, whose pricing has swung between $659 and $295 since its release in 2016.
The Christchurch Call
On Wednesday, the two month anniversary of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a meeting in Paris. It was a call to governments and tech companies to discuss how to better fight the spread of terrorism online.
Australia, India, Jordan, Google, Twitter, and YouTube were among the 17 governments and various tech companies that signed the non-binding agreement to eliminate online extremism. The US, while saying they support the idea, did not sign because it may cause a problem with free speech.
When the meeting finished, all the journalists were so focused on Facebook’s global policy head Nick Clegg that the president of Microsoft had to introduce himself and ask if they wanted to interview him.
Mark Zuckerberg, while not being able to make the meeting in person, fully supported Ardern and the call. Facebook has since made a few changes to its livestreaming. If users break Facebook’s “most serious policies,” they will be banned from Facebook Live for 30 days. Under these changes, the Christchurch shooter would not have been able to livestream.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Merata Mita was the first woman in New Zealand to write and direct a dramatic film, releasing Mauri in 1988. She directed and produced other films and documentaries over the span of 25 years, including Patu! which was about the anti-apartheid protests during the Springbok tour in 1981.
In her honour, her son Hepi Mita created a film depicting her story, called Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen. Released on Mother’s Day, you can catch it at Rialto and Academy Cinemas as well as arthouse cinemas scattered across the country.
What did you do for your mum this Mother’s Day?
We got some friends to share pearls of wisdom that their mother once told them. What did your mother once say? See #Merata from 12th May, Mother’s Day and keep watching here for some more #MyMotherOnceSaid wisdom. @TaikaWaititi @TwoPaddocks @Simone_Kessell and @bicrunga pic.twitter.com/N3fOS6Slvi
— decolonisethescreen (@decolonisthesc1) May 9, 2019
Taika Waititi teamed up with Ava DuVernay (director of A Wrinkle in Time) to host a special screening of the film in Los Angeles on Mother’s Day.
Taika’s next adventure!
In other Taika news, the Kiwi actor/director posted a pretty cute tweet of some pretty cool people!
He joins Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Shawn Levy (director, Night at the Museum), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Detective Pikachu) on Levy’s upcoming film Free Guy, which is about a background character in a video game.
Dream come true to work with Ryan Gosnolds for the first time ever! https://t.co/0rMbuGgPuk
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) May 14, 2019
Waititi has apparently forgotten about his actual first time acting alongside Ryan Reynolds. Perhaps he blocked it out? We don’t blame him.