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Shadow in the Cloud

My mum asked me if I wanted to see Shadow in the Cloud with her. “I don’t think Dad would be interested.” At the time, I had just lost my fifth match of competitive Overwatch in a row, and I thought the distraction would be nice. So I said, “Sure.” “Have you seen the trailer?” she asked. “No,” I replied, “but what I’ve seen of it, it kinda looks like a trash film.” I meant that somewhat endearingl...

Pick Up Quick!

New Zealand has always been a place where dreams come true, and now a little piece of New Zealand exists within Dreams. Pick Up Quick! is a new video game where you can explore virtual versions of iconic Kiwi beaches. Like their real life counterparts, these pixelated paradises are tarnished by cigarette butts, plastic bottles and other rubbish. Players take on the role of citizen scientists, raci...

Older

The Kiwi film Older has been popping in and out of my industry periphery over the past few years. Given the size of the NZ film and TV industry, the film’s progress has often popped up on my Facebook feed and a few people I either know or know of have been involved in it in some capacity. So I was delighted to finally have the opportunity to sit down and watch it.  Older was filmed back...

TV Shows are Expensive Now and the Next 007 is a Woman

Hello! It’s the Pretty Much Weekly, your weekly digest of news from the entertainment world. This week it’s mainly TV shows: Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Cuphead! And in movies, Guy Ritchie is leaving Sherlock Holmes 3 and what’s this?! 007 is a woman?! Amazon throws heaps of money at Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t already heard, Amazon is creating a Lord of the Ring...

Pixar has a Hopeful Future and You Could Attend a Wizarding School!

Kia Ora, this is the Pretty Much Weekly! A weekly series where we sometimes share this week’s news, and other times share news that we only found out about this week. Of the latter, the documentary on the making of God of War is out, Pixar is currently only working on original films, and you can hop on a train and attend a magical school for an hour! Of the former, well, if you’re sick...

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...

Valleys Between

This debut game from indie developer Little Lost Fox is in danger of turning me into a pre-teen girl. Let’s just say that unlocking cute animals and getting upgrades for them is embarrassingly right up my alley. But even if you’re not the kind of person who squees at pretty things, please don’t dismiss this game.Valleys Between is a puzzler with turn-based strategy that feels akin to w...

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