Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Film Review

Please note the following review does not contain spoilers. 

“It’s time for you to learn what you can do.”

Another exciting film to hit the screens this year by none other than director Tim Burton. A great mixture of boy meets girl, wry humour, spooky elements, and most importantly the theme of self discovery – because in today’s society, who are you and how do you fit in, if you don’t know yourself.

The clash of fantasy and reality makes the journey of this film mesh so well with the self discovery and hero element. It also has a good blend of dark and light elements, that won’t scare the kids too much. The film is 127 minutes long, but time flies as you are absorbed into the storyline.

The visuals and effects will amaze, however the only downside I felt the film had was the unexplored history of Abe. It’s something the adults will pick up on but kids will wash over. I feel like it would give more of an impact and make the film far more well rounded in its story telling. Also majority of the characters are touched upon, and it makes you question what really is the point of having all of them.

However… Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a great all rounder film, for all to see. Escape the ordinary and check out the trailer below. Oh and stay peculiar people, life is much more fun that way… you’ll see.

Mua O! Macbeth by Black Friars Theatre Company | Review

Something wickedly amazing this way comes.

The Black Friars Theatre Company is founded on the ideal of breaking down preconceptions and stereotypes by retelling classic literature in a way that’s relevant to Pacific communities in South Auckland- and in a wider NZ context.

Comprised of young Pacific talent, they’ve been retelling Shakespearean plays in a Pasifika context for the past 10 years.

Their latest endeavour, a magnificent, dynamic and distinctively Pasifika re-imagining of Macbeth is not only a resounding success but an experience that manages to fuse together various Pacific cultures and classic literature in an impressive hour and a half of enthralling theatre.

Under the direction of Billy Revell and Michelle Johansson, Shakespearean prose and dark magic is blended seemingly with Pacific language, music and dance within a Pan-Pacific Hawaiki.

An innovative re-staging of the traditional Shakespearean classic for Pasifika in Aotearoa set against a backdrop of imagined Hawaiki, musical direction (Siosaia Folau) and choreography (Theresa Sao) is impressive and Viola Johansson’s costumes are amazing to behold.


While Macbeth and Lady Macbeth actors Lauie Tofia and Denyce Su’a gave wonderful performances, which rendered the audience charmed, it was the three witches played by secondary school students Vitinia-Gabrielle Togiatama, Akinehi Munroe, Irene Folau (winner of the Stand Up, Stand Out vocal solo) who absolutely stole the show.

Although at times it can feel like the 14-strong choir is almost shouting into your ear, the harmonies and raw talent made up for the loudness.

Not many LOLs due to the fact that it was a tragedy, however it was a unique and well-executed production that you’d want to experience at least once.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Hunt for the DVD lol

Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows the story of a young boy, Ricky, who finds himself in a wild manhunt with his foster uncle Hec. Being on the run, they learn to put aside their differences and come to rely on each other, in order to survive out in the New Zealand bush.

In New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople hit cinemas on the 31st of March 2016, a film directed and written by Taika Waititi and based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Becoming the highest grossing New Zealand film, it has now been released on DVD which you can find and purchase here. It’s also available on Blu-Ray here.

Special features on DVD and Blu-Ray include:

  • Audio Commentary with Taika Waititi (director and writer), Sam Neil (uncle Hec) and Julian Dennison (Ricky).
  • Featurette
  • Interviews
  • Bloopers


Don’t read on unless you want to be spoiled.


My favourite scenes from the movie would include:

  • Any interaction with Aunt Bella because not only was she savage as hell, she was probably the sweetest lady ever. I actually threw a mini tantrum in the cinema when that thing (Y’ALL KNOW THE THING I’M TALKING ABOUT IF Y’ALL HAVE WATCHED IT) happened. Straight up, I sobbed angrily in the middle row, holding the cheeseburger that I’d snuck in.
  • Once rejected, now accepted,
    By me, and Hector.
    We’re a trifecta. 
  • ANYTHING WITH THAT SOCIAL WORKER, PAULA! No child left behind. Bruh, she actually terrifies me like how on Earth is she allowed to work with children hahahahahahahahaha send help.
  • Hector is cauc-asian? Well they got that wrong, because you’re obviously white. *inserts laughing emoji*
  • The Maori dad who asked for a selfie, and his beautiful daughter who sang “original” songs and had a seemingly endless supply of sausages.
  • The cute moments between Hec and Ricky where they’d bond and it’s probably the cutest uncle-nephew relationship because they both think the other is a bastard, but they protect each other and that’s true family. Tbh, they just have all these emotional moments and lessons throughout the film.

It’s actually so great. Please watch it. And buy it. And love it.


Independence Day: Resurgence | Film Review


Please note the following review attempts to not contain spoilers. 

“We sacrifice for each other, no matter what the cost.”

Twenty years after the first film, they are back. Independence Day: Resurgence, follows the storyline twenty years after the attack on Earth. It is filled with explosive moments, dramatic build ups, iconic monuments being destroyed, and alien verses human fights.

It is an action packed film from the onset, and throughout. The cast does an excellent job, but is let down by the script due to the constant duelling between the characters attempting to be the hero, and outshine one another throughout the film. In a sense, it’s good because you don’t have a single “hero” to stand behind, as it’s a fight for the entirety of the human race, however for any good story, you need that one individual, instead of having a divided focus. In the original Independence Day, we were all standing behind and rooting for Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith), especially with his epic one liners.

The film has moved on from an American focus, and includes close up views of destruction across Earth, and has different nationalities portrayed. There is a bunch of new technology in the film, which is pretty epic as it reflects how far modern technology has come – especially within cinematic effects, which are pretty awesome for this film. We get to travel between Earth and the moon.

Independence Day: Resurgence is a great film, if you enjoy things getting blown up, millions of people dying, and a pretty predictable storyline. Parts of the film, feel like they were trying to reproduce the success of Independence Day. But with the great acting, and cinematography, the film isn’t all that bad overall. The film is in NZ theatres now so you can see whether or not the twenty years prepared us, and the longer than usual extended trailer is below for you to have a look over.

Love N Stuff | Review

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While Tanika Gupta’s Love N Stuff was at times funny, and the storyline amusing, I could have done without some of the extra characters and scenes that seemed to distract from, rather than add to, the overall plot.

The script, changed slightly to better suit a New Zealand audience, offered some insights into love, friendship and the meaning of ‘home’.

There are moments where I’m wondering what relevance a certain extra has to the overall plot, however you learn to sit back and enjoy the show as is.

Mansoor (Mustaq Missouri) of Sandringham, walks  out of his 35-year-long marriage for reasons that he barks out at the audience, while his wife Bindi (Sudeepta Vyas), tries to stop him- with a ragtag trio of friends/neighbours.

Janice (Anisha Bhattacharya) a spunky recently divorced fitness fanatic, image-conscious Akbar (Prateek Vadgaonker) who’s currently hiding from an unwanted fiancé, as well as their younger neighbour Baggy (Paurus Rege) whose hip-hop slang confuses his elders and at times the audience.

It’s community theatre and good if you like a bit of humour and a live band.


Directed by: Sananda Chatterjee.
Direction: Ritesh Vaghela
From: June 23 to July 3
Venue: TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs

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**Photo Credit: Shovik Nandi

X-Men: Apocalypse | Film Review

Please note the following review does not contain spoilers. 

Forget everything you think you know.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the next film within the X-Men franchise. It delves deeper into the mutants histories, predominantly focusing on what is believed to be the first mutant – Apocalypse. The film also allows us to take a deeper look into Eric / Magneto’s past and start to, once again, see how his future self has been shaped.

It is filled with epic fight scenes, and some humorous moments – mainly from Quicksilver (Evan Peters). Sophie Turner as the new Jean Grey really is a remarkable individual and really makes the film, alongside Tye Sheridan as Cyclops. These two are the characters that make you connect most to the film.

A downside to the film is that a lot of the characters we are introduced to are skimmed over, just due to the shear number of how many come in. However, I must say that all the actors are incredible in this instalment. All in all, I would have to say that it is the actors more than the storyline that make the film. X-Men: Apocalypse definitely doesn’t feel like an end, as the closing scenes leaves it very open with the prospect of more to come.

Check out the trailer below, and see it in NZ theatres from Thursday 19th May to make up your own opinions.

Sieni Leo’o Olo | Incarcerated Outcast Review

Do you know what’s always a great way to keep an audience engaged? Harass and insult them. Or at least that’s how proud South Aucklander,  Sieni Leo’o Olo a.k.a Bubbahblacksheep The Ice Princess, likes to conduct her shows. She interacted a lot with the audience, staring directly into the windows of our souls (especially Mata) and it was a bit disconcerting at first, but it was also kind of funny, y’know?

I guess this is what we get for sitting in the front.

Awkward eye contact.

You chose brilliant seats, Mata. Thanks a buttload.

Okay, so maybe she didn’t harass us from the start (or at all, really. She only called us ugly once or twice, and that comment was made halfway through her act, anyway) but her nerves were evident in those first few minutes. As she continued earning laughs from the crowd, she seemed to settle into her zone with newfound confidence.

Once in her zone, Sieni gained many LOL’s with relatable family stories, mutual disdain for things like interviews and children (VERY MUTUAL, especially in the case of children), and horrifying fantasies.

INSIDE JOKE- those first few statements I made were the bread for the shit sandwich I’m about to make. Ha, kidding.

She delivered good jokes, executing them very well, but things aren’t always perfect, and even with Sieni being a Queen on a remote island, there were a few hit and misses with some of her material.

But not a lot.

The material that didn’t necessarily sit with me were jokes that felt very forced, and not completely thought out in my own personal opinion. She had a lot to say, but some of it felt so rushed and then in other cases they seemed to drag on for so long- but I’m not saying that it wasn’t funny, just maybe not as funny as other parts of her show.

Then again, it’s incredibly difficult to remain blank when faced with undeniably accurate reenactments of types people we all know (and wish we didn’t), hilarious skits and that self-deprecating humor I’ve always loved.

I’d also like to say that Sieni has got to have some of the big balls, particularly with her mother sitting in the crowd when she told us about her stand on relationships, sex and drugs. I don’t think I’d ever be able to say half the stuff Sieni said on stage to my mother’s face But this is mostly because I probably wouldn’t live to finish the first sentence.

Any islander that’s able to discuss sex to their mother’s face is either brave or stupid- but maybe Sieni just forgot her mother was in the audience? Ha skeeeee.

On a side note, I feel the need to mention that even though the recommended age is 13+, some of the jokes might be a bit much for a 13 year old, even if I know that 13 year olds are probably the grossest little shits out there.

Olo has great energy, a “vibrant” personality that connects well with the audience and has a refreshing approach with her very flattering facial expressions, on-point voice impersonations and characters. Her constant movement on stage was funny too, making us laugh with little actions.

I’m expecting a lot from Sieni, she’s a delight to watch and she’s honestly just super cute because you can tell that she’s genuinely happy to be up on that stage, making people laugh with her insane anecdotes. I strongly recommend checking her out, and keeping a keen eye out on her, because she’ll only get better. The few cases where she let her nerves get the best of her will only lessen, and she will be a force to be reckoned with.

This is totally unrelated to her show, but she said I have nice hair and I almost cried. No one ever compliments my hair.

I loved your hair too, Xzibit. *inserts heart eye emoji* *winky face emoji* *kissy emoji*

Mata’s thoughts throughout the show- edited for clarity and brevity:

  • I actually looked around until I remembered my mum’s not in the country right now- then I realised that almost all Samoan mums sound the same when shouting someone’s name angrily.
  • Sieni hates a lot of things, and she’s a lot more up upfront about it than a lot of us could ever be.
  • A lot of her jokes hit the mark, a couple tend to overstay their welcome- but it’s okay because it’s funny.
  • So I’m holding an imaginary scooter and I don’t know what to… okay I’m just going to set it down now.
  • Go to her two remaining shows! Shit’s funny and every so often uncomfortable but what’s a little humour without the discomfort?


WHEN: Wed 4 to Sat 7 May
WHERE: Cellar at Q Theatre

Full Price $18.50
Concession $15.00
Group 6+ $12.00

*service fee may apply



The LOL is silent.

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