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Motu is the shiz. Just saying. Don't judge. You know my swag, not my story. But if you knew my AFF account, or my bookmarked fanfics, then you may judge all you want because I judge me, too. Teen correspondant.

Hibiscus & Ruthless|”It’s Not That Much Magic, Just A Little Bit”

“It’s not that much magic, just a little bit.”

Please go watch the trailer and the film so the reference makes sense and isn’t nonsensical. Also, this film is a lot of magic. Truly.

New Zealand film Hibiscus & Ruthless, the second project of SQS (Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa) has been out in cinemas since January 25th. And I’m well aware that this review is very late, but y’all should’ve been at the premiere- I guess we all running on island time.

This is SQS’s follow-up to his big hit Three Wise Cousins and I’ve been eager to catch it on the big screen since the trailer popped up on my Facebook newsfeed. Following the life of Hibiscus (Suivai Pilisipi Autagavaia) with her best friend Ruth aka Ruthless (Anna-Maree Thomas), SQS directed a humorous film that evoked nostalgic memories of mum’s lectures, her hidings, the family events- I’ve never related so much with a film until now. Which I believe is one of the greatest things about SQS’s films. They’re a celebration of our culture and our people. He did this with Three Wise Cousins, and did it again with Hibiscus & Ruthless. It’s encouraging to be able to see people like me on screen. It’s uplifting. It’s empowering to have experiences similar to mine (and other Poly’s) on a screen in cinemas, selling tickets and drawing massive amounts of support. Yaaaaassss, I’m proud af.

And it’s the juxtaposition of Hibiscus and Ruthless that drew out my loud as laughs in the middle of The Civic- their friendship is something so familiar, so comfortable and so easy on screen. It made the film so enjoyable because it’s just natural. I’m encouraging everyone to go out and watch this film. Other than being a film that comes through with the laughs, it will appeal to all audiences. Check out the trailer below and my sister’s review-





You’ve been warned.

Also from this point, my writing is going to be even more informal and whack so bear with me- or don’t. I don’t care tbh. My review, not yours.

Guys guys guys- I loved this film. I feel like I might’ve liked it a little more than Three Wise Cousins if their soundtrack was as catchy, but for now they’re pretty much on the same level. Both fantastic.

The children who featured in the film were too cute- And kicking off the New Year on the table, making ipu ki’s? Y IS THAT MY LIFE HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA Straight up, I remember being really young and wishing I was a part of a white family so we could watch our money burn and not think twice about it. Is that offensive? Slightly. Weh.

As soon as I saw Hibiscus’ disaster of a date with Mr. I Speak Success (aka Steven), I knew that things were gonna turn to kaka because of drama with a dude. And boy did things go to kaka.

Steven turns out to be a grade A douchebag which sucks because I was rooting for him from the beginning. Heck, I was rooting for him since the trailer. Bible I thought I would just marry him when Hibiscus said her favourite colour was red and he said, “Mine’s blue! Would you like to fight? Ha ha ha ha ha I kid, I kid. Just a bit of street gang humour there.” That line had me crying with laughter. Sorry, my humour is so dry guys.

Then that other dude who isn’t even a potential bae. I feel like he would’ve been the safest option though.

Hibiscus is spending all her fa’alavelave money on dresses for when she’s going on her dates with Anthony. But boy was sooo smooth, with his words and his dancing *fans self* *heart eye emoji* WEH!! When he took off his shirt and the band stopped playing? Had me crying in my seat, for real. Don’t worry Hibiscus, I’d spend all my imaginary money to look good for him, too. Hol’ up while I quickly contact my bank and ask whether I’m eligible for an overdraft HAHAHAHA I kid I kid. No man will ever have that power over me.

Things turned so ugly. They weren’t ready to be together. They were both at different stages in life. Honestly, Hibiscus just needed those experiences because she’d been so sheltered her entire life. Doesn’t it make you think that by sheltering someone so much, your efforts to protect them is for naught because they aren’t prepared for the real world? They haven’t lived or seen enough of the world to know how things work in order to handle it on their own. Not blaming the mother at all for Hibiscus getting hurt, but it’s a teaching moment. The world is hanging and people will always learn from their mistakes. Let them make mistakes. That’s one of the things I felt that the film conveyed.

The whole film is so much deeper than it seems. I had so many questions, like where’s Hibiscus’ dad? OH DAAAAAAANG! While writing this, I just realised how absent male figures were in this film?? The only ones we really looked at were Hibiscus’ potential baes. This film clearly celebrates women, Polynesian women in particular, so maybe they did this so our focus would just be on the women of the film and their lives? SQS, slick af.

Also where does Ruthless live? Especially since my favourite characters were Ruthless and good ol’ G-Ma- I was stuck trying to figure out more of Ruthless’ backstory because she was basically adopted into this small Samoan family, quickly adopting their culture and teachings. I feel as though this small Samoan family shaped her in such a significant way and the moment this really showed, for me, was when Hibiscus went off at her mother and Ruthless was sat at the table. In all honesty, Hibiscus’ meltdown was bound to happen. And so when Ruthless slapped her, I felt that had been because she grew up with them. It was her saying, “Don’t you dare speak to mum like that. Don’t blame anyone else for your mistakes. Don’t wallow in self-pity. You hurt me. Pull yourself together.”

When Hibiscus’ mother (portrayed by Nafanuatele Lafitaga Mafaufau Peters) had her heart to heart with her daughter, I had to blink back tears. It was slightly awkward and stiff, and I’m not sure if it was purposefully done that way, but it was realistic, for me, anyways. In my experience, our Samoan mother’s are headstrong and not overly emotional people (unless it’s anger because they so quick to show you their death stare lol). They don’t show weakness, they don’t coddle or baby us, and they always give it to us straight. And despite talking to her daughter who’s heart’s just been broken, who’s failed her last year of Uni and also let down her best friend, I didn’t feel like Hibiscus’ mother had suddenly become this super duper nice and totally not intimidating and strict parent. She just stopped being so harsh. She was sad about her daughter being sad, and that’s real. I don’t even know if what I just typed up made any sort of sense. Oh well.

This film was some next level stuff, and it really lived up to Three Wise Cousins. I walked out of the theatre trying to plan when I would next watch it. I also walked out and immediately went in search of the cast because I wanted selfies with them. I’m so cool.

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Don’t mind the quality, guys. I don’t know how to fix it.






Frickin Dangerous Bro | They’re Frickin Funny Though

If y’all are avid readers of our website/blog/whatever, y’all will know of Frickin Dangerous Bro, but this time you’ll know a bit more about them from me! We caught one of their Frickin Dangerous World Tour of Tāmaki Makaurau shows in Glen Innes at Te Oro.

Honestly, one of the best things I found about Frickin Dangerous Bro is their interaction with the crowd. Y’know how there are comedians who are mean to the audience? Well Jamaine, James and Pax aren’t like those other comedians who gotta belittle, harrass or embarrass their audience to get some authentic laughs. They’re funny without being mean, and that’s pretty cool.

Frickin Dangerous Bro’s sketches offer some on point social commentary.

I like that it wasn’t preachy, but also doesn’t overstep into being offensive for no reason- I for one am genuinely sick of unapologetically problematic comedians.

It’s refreshing and relatable ya know?

Although the crux of their shows are sketches, they manage to improvise and make other jokes.

Not even joking, they kicked off their show and had to restart three times because Jamaine wanted to mock the late comers (dw, it wasn’t in a rude way okay). The swearing was minimal and it could’ve been because of the 8 year old in the front row, or maybe they know that you don’t have to be crude to be funny as f%^&.

Please, go check out their show. Watch them mock and destroy stereotypes, and get turnt tf up. Also, they’re sponsored by Sprite sooooo they’re a pretty big deal.

Catch their shows that are $15 a ticket- but hurry y’all!! Before they raise the prices to $30 because they’re worth AT LEAST that much and also the seats are limited! I think y’all can also get a selfie at the end!!

September 30th – Birkenhead College, Northshore

October 6th – Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Mangere

October 14th – New Lynn

October 21st – Q, Auckland CBD

Get more information here on their Facebook page.


James, Motu, Jamaine, Mata and Pax. Jamaine said I’ve got jokes sooooo that basically means- catch me in the next show??? sk- just them. Source: FDB’s Facebook Page

Mata’s mentions:

Because you just can’t escape me.

  • The boys run the risk of over playing their sketches, too much of a good thing- you know? But nah I still pa’d my aka (you know if you translate that literally it means popped my laugh- but um a sensible translation would be ‘cracked up’) and I’ve seen a few of those sketches a few times
  • Comedic timing on point- even the adlibs lol
  • 4.5 Jawkwardlols out of 5 … they lost out on a .5 because- okay there’s no real reason tbh.


Spookers | The story behind the scares

The documentary, Spookers, directed by Florian Habicht, has recently hit cinemas as of the 14th of September and Mata and I were lucky enough to be invited to a preview screening.

Now, before going into the cinema, I had watched the trailer and from the get-go, I was stoked. We get to see behind the scenes, we get to see what sort of people worked in this sort of environment and why. My curiosity about this place sky rocketed because last year in early December, the 11th of December to be exact, I had gone to Spookers with Mata and some other family members. It had been one of the most frightening experiences of my life. Idfw clowns… or loud, inhuman screeching.

Fast forward to the preview screening, we were lucky enough to have one of the Spookers actors there, IN FULL MAKEUP AND COSTUME. Juneen (I think that’s her name) walked out and I sacked my metaphorical nuts. She walked towards me and I swear, I thought she was that demon Valak from The Conjuring 2. I wasn’t even in front of the screen and I was already scared.

Walking into the cinema 11 or whatever, it was hard to ignore the looks the rest of the audience cast our way because I may have freaked out louder than I had originally thought (lol). But once the film had started playing, I couldn’t stop thinking Juneen was going to pop out at me. So throughout the first 20 minutes, I was sitting there tense af and hella jumpy.

Now, Spookers, the documentary was everything I thought it would be and more. It was scary (for me) but it was so unbelievably funny. It almost had a ‘Shaun of the Dead’ feel, and I couldn’t understand how I could be scared and laughing at the same time. One of the greatest things about Spookers is they let you into their world and where that might sound incredibly unappealing, it’s heartwarming watching the way the actors and the family who runs the place interact. They really are a close-knit unit that not only supports each other in the workplace, but also through personal hardships.

This documentary was insightful and we were able to look at the history of Spookers, or more the history of the former psychiatric ward, Kingseat Hospital. Founded in 1932 and closed in 1999, the hospital held over 800 patients for various reasons. And it was good to see the different perspectives on the infamous haunted attraction, Spookers.

Please, anyone who has gone to Spookers or wants to go should definitely watch this. Anyone who enjoys watching people get the crap (code brown) scared out of them should watch this. Tbh I reckon everyone should watch this, it’s just great.

Special Mentions:

  • Shout out to the amazing cast, y’all are epic and the dramatisations on the rugby field are A++
  • How’s about The Sausage Song had me crying. SAUSAGES. Really??!?

  • Peep our cute ass family photo at Spookers loooooolScreen Shot 2017-09-18 at 8.50.03 pm
  • When ‘Ia Lava Lava’ started playing at the end, and Mata and I couldn’t help but hum/sing along because wow what a bangaaaa. Ad libs, trills and everythaaang.
  • We didn’t see our friend Two Chainz (although he only had one chain) in the doco. We met him at Spookers and he haaaaaaaated us, especially Leilani (the one in the stripped top). I swear he wanted to drop kick her hahahahaha!!!
  • I think everyone should enjoy our photos, ay.
  • This has nothing to do with the film, but like, there was this super cute priest when we went last year????? Um???? Hook us up please???? Hahahahahaha just joking. Or am I?

Mata’s Mentions:

  • Hi guys, miss me? A few things from me- I thought the dramatisations were a bit dramaatz- but I suppose you can’t have a dramatisation without the drama.
  • I do appreciate that the documentary had input from a former Kingseat nurse and patient, it gave the doco a somewhat balanced approach.
  • I’d give the doco FOUR JAWKWARDLOLS out of FIVE- because the slowmo scares and the sausage song had me in stitches.







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He’s the priest hahahahaha 😉


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.



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




Princess Hours/Goong Review – JiHoon & EunHye are Goals

Princess Hours (2006)

Hangeul: RR: Goong; lit. “Palace

I’ve been meaning to write this post for months now (since Mata first brought up me writing it), and haven’t done so due to my laziness. We’re going to be reviewing some old-school (ish) K-dramas because why not?

Now let’s get started, shall we? I’ll state it right now that this review will be hella biased, so deal with it.

Goong’s plot is pretty cliche, a forced marriage with the two main leads, the Crown Prince, Lee Shin (Ju Ji-hoon) and commoner, Shin Chae-kyung (Yoon Eun-hye). Immediately you know these two are going to end up together at the end of the show, because they’re END GAME. But just because they’ll obviously end up together, it doesn’t mean they won’t make us ship them with other people along the way or make us want to just kill the main leads, *cough cough* Lee Shin *cough*.

From the beginning of the show, Lee Shin is in love with ballerina Min Hyo-rin (Song Ji-hyo) and Shin Chae-kyung overhears him proposing to Hyo-rin, only to be rejected and now forced to enter a marriage with Chae-kyung (who he can’t really stand, and I still don’t fully get why).

Chae-kyung only agrees to help her family’s financial situation, because she’s a caring person. But does that matter to Lee Shin? Clearly not because 90% of the time, I wanted to punch him in the freaking face. Chae-kyung started to like him (duh -_-) as she spent more time with him, and he started to realise she wasn’t all that bad (HOORAY), but Hyo-rin in all her bitchy self realised she wanted Lee Shin back and weasels herself back into his life, despite having rejected him for ballet and ignoring the fact that he’s now married to someone else!?!?! And you know what else? She didn’t even care that she would be the side-chick. Like??? Freaking damn this all to hell.

Now, I didn’t have a problem with her rejecting him for ballet, because ‘YOU GO GIRL! I’m so proud that you thought about your life and career before a damn boy!’ but then she decides to drop everything(!!!! THIS MEANS HER BALLET, TOO LIKE REALLY?!) once she realises he’s not gonna sit around and hang on to her. And Lee Shin doesn’t exactly make up his mind on whether he should get back with Ballerina Bitch or be with Chae-kyung. I hella disapprove.

Chae-kyung doesn’t want to get caught up in all that, and I get that, because she only agreed to this marriage for her family and now, because of this marriage, she rarely gets to see them. Along with struggling to fit in at the palace, and liking a prick who’s giving her mixed signals along with continuously hanging with Ballerina Bitch, Chae-kyung relies a lot on her friend Lee Yul (Kim Jung-hoon) who was the original Crown Prince, before he was cast out. And yes, he’s the SLS (second lead syndrome).

Lee Yul, the person Chae-kyung should really be with, falls for her. And it’s hard not to, because if you ignore all her horrible hairstyles and outfit choices, she’s really beautiful and loving and disgustingly cute. And Chae-kyung would return his feelings, if she wasn’t falling for Lee Shin. And Lee Yul knows that, so he decides to cut in, much in the same way Ballerina Bitch does.

Really guys? Do y’all not know that this marriage was for TWO people? Y’all are so freaking extra. Bye.

This was really upsetting for me, because Lee Yul was such a great guy, y’know? But because he’s stuck wanting to be with Chae-kyung, he suddenly feels cheated out of a marriage that was originally set for him and her and tries to pry them apart. Again, I hella disapprove.

Lee Shin eventually realises how much he loves Chae-kyung, and how much he needs to stop being a prick, and how hard everything is for her. He steps in and acts more worthy for her which is something she’s been needing for a while because she was suffering due to of all of them, and the least he can do is finally be with her and love her the way she loves him.


.-. side eyes the director and writer.

I got so attached to all the characters, and all the SLS feels destroyed me because Lee Yul was the complete opposite of Lee Shin, y’know? He was kind and caring, and he matched Chae-kyung so well, but the heart wants what it wants, and Chae-kyung wanted Lee Shin. If Lee Shin wasn’t in the picture, it would’ve been Lee Yul.

And Lee Shin is a real idiot, because he would take one step forward, only to go slamming backwards into an ocean of shit because he didn’t know how to make up his mind and be good. But when he finally ditched the bitch, and stepped up, I literally cried tears of joy, because fina-freaking-lly!!!

Goong was a really enjoyable kdrama, with all the feels and gross cutesy stuff, but be prepared for the terrible outfits and hairstyles, butt-faced friends and screaming because half way through it, I was just about ready to skin somebody. Lol jk, I’m not that psycho.

Another plus, was the kissing scenes because Yoon Eun-hye really knows how to kiss and she’s goals af and her chemistry with Ju Ji-hoon was lit!! They slay me.


And on that weird note, I’m out.


The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Are Epic

Miyazaki Set

Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of Studio Ghibli, one of the most famous directors in his field and a renowned artist has a box set of 11 of his feature films. At age 73, Hayao Miyazaki retired after stating that 50 years is a long time in his industry. So his films like Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro released in 1979 to The Wind Rises, his latest to date in 2013 can be found in his collection, which can be purchased here.

As expected of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most admired animators ever, all his films were great with strong female characters that develop throughout the film which contrasts in comparison to other animated females who too often portrayed as weak, and one-dimensional with no character development.

And the absence of the typical “bad vs good” plot in his animations is replaced with ones that show characters surviving among the “bad” as realistically, the “bad” is not something that can be so easily gotten rid of.

The animations themselves were well done with it’s characters moving with human-like movements, and drawn either by hand with the use of water colours with little computer graphics used.

The environment in his films are always so detailed and they’re so beautiful, especially the sky. The sky in Hayao Miyazaki’s films are absolutely amazing.

And of course I’m being completely biased when I say that Spirited Away was my favourite film as it was the first animated film I ever remember watching. It made me want to be just like Chihiro, a strong and kind girl. I was in love with the colours and I never really understood a lot of the characters until now. The themes are so well thought out and carefully shown throughout the film. Hayao Miyazaki’s films always leave a strong impression and he more you think about the meanings of his films, the deeper they seem.

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki is a box set that I’m super happy that we have and I’ve grown so attached to the characters with well thought out storylines. I highly recommend it and they’re never boring.