Reviews from June, 2019
Parasite (Korean: Gisaengchung) - (2019)
Parasite is the seventh feature film from the acclaimed Bong Joon-Ho, following on from Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Mother (2009), Snowpiercer (2013), and Okja (2017).
Reviews from February, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Alita: Battle Angel is a remarkably entertaining and heartwarming sci-fi adventure film, with performances by Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz propelling the film through minor stumbles across its 122-minute runtime.
Shapeshifting and mesmerising performances by Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson create an elegant and graceful update on 1970’s Suspiria that manages to elevate itself beyond straightforward remake into a highly enjoyable and watchable homage.
Lovecraftian menace, claustrophobia, and desperate survival. The Forest is a magnificent achievement of desktop and VR gaming that proves once again that the terror inside ourselves is often the greatest horror narrative.
Vapourium Stratus Pods
Whether you want to cut down on your smoking, give up entirely, or have spent years - like me - searching for the perfect vaping solution, the Vapourium Stratus Pod System is the evolution of vaping in its purest and most approachable form.
BEING. - Feb 9, 2019.
BEING. took the stage at Kingsland’s The Portland Public House and barely 15 seconds had passed before the crowd was in the palm of their collective hand. Described as ‘melancholy indie surf pop’, I was pleasantly taken aback by how effortless and natural their performance is.
Vulcan Lane Cafe
The intimate and welcoming coffee and sandwich shop, Vulcan Lane Cafe, at 16 High Street (located on the upper part of Vulcan Lane, between High Street and O’Connell Street) is one of Auckland City’s hidden treasures.
Cinéma du corps filmmaker Gaspar Noé, alongside a flawless and undeniably captivating dance ensemble, delivers unrelenting and drug-infused manic horror in Climax that dissects humanity at its most fearful, feral, and primal.
Cable Ties - Feb 28, 2019
Cable Ties kicked off their New Zealand tour at Whammy Bar, supported by psychedelic, dark-surf 3-piece, Echo Ohs, and emotive-pop-punk duo, Carb on Carb, delivering an absolutely hypnotic performance, displaying musical precision and powerful, stamina-defying vocals.
Maloney’s Barber Shop
If you're searching for the best haircuts in Auckland, look no further than Maloney's Barber Shop at 1/192 Victoria Street West. Classic men's cuts, hot-towel shaves, and consistently exceptional staff at unbeatable prices.
Captain Marvel (2019)
Captain Marvel takes the MCU to new heights, new worlds, and a new level of superhuman ability. Interstellar performances, a kick-ass 90s soundtrack, and our new favourite Avenger make this the perfect Infinity War / Endgame interlude.
Reviews from March, 2019
Red Hot Chili Peppers - March 8, 2019
Six years after their previous New Zealand headline tour, Red Hot Chili Peppers saturated the Spark Arena crowd on Friday with the same psychedelic rock-funk magic they’ve been sharing with the world for more than 35 years.
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes - March 15, 2019
With a 24-song, genre-bending setlist, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes provided Friday’s Powerstation crowd with unwavering banter, irresistible punk covers, and a timely reminder that music is our universal language of joy.
The Vault Film Review - Highlander (1986)
The 1986 fantasy, action-adventure film, Highlander, is still as wonderfully bizarre, ridiculous and entertaining as ever, more than 30 years after its initial release. Intentionally and unintentionally hilarious, Highlander is an undeniable, must-see cult classic.
John Mayer – March 23, 2019
John Mayer and a phenomenal supporting band gave an intimate two-hour performance at Spark Arena on March 23, 2019, showcasing both his songwriting history, and how far he has come as a man and a musician.
Reviews from April 2019
Ocean Alley – April 4, 2019
Blending their powerful, psychedelic surf-rock sound with outstanding vocals and individual musicianship, Ocean Alley delivered a magical performance for their final Auckland show at The Powerstation on April 4, 2019.
She Loves You – April 5, 2019
Alternative-rock heavy hitters She Loves You thrashed out a lyrically venomous and musically furious set at Anthology K Road on April 5, 2019, celebrating the launch of their new single, Dirty Orlean.
The California Honeydrops - April 11, 2019
A vibrant mix of funk, soul, and blues filled The Tuning Fork on April 11, 2019 as The California Honeydrops weaved charisma and playful crowd engagement through their two-hour set.
Flogging Molly - April 12, 2019
Celebrating life in all its beauty and tragedy, Irish-American seven-piece Flogging Molly blended punk rock and Celtic folk into a set of hope, inspiration, and pure joy at The Powerstation on April 12, 2019.
Mermaidens 7” Release Tour - April 13, 2019
Dreamy gothic pop, spooky psychedelics, and sharp indie rock made short but very sweet work of the Mermaidens 7″ Release Tour on April 13, 2019 at Neck of the Woods.