Author: Wal Reid

Mountain Review “You’ll only feel high after seeing it.”

Words Amy Mansfield Well, let’s just cut to the chase: Go see this movie. Whether you’re feeling up or down or roundabout, you’ll only feel high after seeing it. What makes it? It’s the poetry of it: in words and cinematography and music. Words first (call me biased; I know it’s an unexpected start). Willem Dafoe does a damn fine job of narrating Robert Macfarlane and Jennifer Peedom’s script, with just the right lilt and croak in his voice. Not the voice of authority, but of simple truth, older than even the mountains. These mountains are pretty damn old,...

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Success Review “Enjoyable From Start To Finish”

Words Wal Reid Success is a strange beast of a play, and one that pleasantly surprised me. I mean, I’m no theatre fanatic or musical zealot, but now and then like to partake in a bit of the dramaturgical. Kiwi playwright Stephen Sinclair’s wears a myriad of hats, his latest show Success is a precocious jab at the comedy fraternity while exploring the kindred connection between three comedian mates, Derek, Jules and their famous friend Carl. This comedic story has mass-market appeal written all over it and like previous Sinclair outings Blowing It & the Full Monty-esque Ladies Night...

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American Assassin Review “Try To Enjoy The Ride”

Words Glenn Blomfield American Assassin, stands for action-thriller-blockbuster, starring new cinema heart throb Dylan O’Brien in a more mature role than his previous ‘Maze Runner’ films. Also starring the ever cool Michael Keaton, acting up a storm, or should I say “hamming up a storm”? and God bless him, he is always a pleasure to watch. Alright, let’s get straight to the point.  This is an ok, passable action thriller film, not inventing the curve here, but it just feels like another Jason Bourne style film. The film actually kicks off, really well, with an effective opening scene, which...

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Midnight Oil Review “Midnight Oil’s love affair with Aotearoa.”

Words Wal Reid If someone had told me in 1989 that I would lose my sacred long locks and sport a coiffure like singer Peter Garrett, I would have balked at the idea. But this was the predicament I (and others in the crowd) faced watching one of Australia’s most iconic bands on their The Great Circle Tour. Held in the same esteem as classic acts Cold Chisel, Aussie Crawl or Hunters & Collectors, the band’s political and social injustice oozed from their songs, as Garrett’s imposing figure dominated the stage with his trademark algospasmic dance moves, perfecting the...

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IT Review “The Goonies meets Freddy Krueger- but darker”

Words Wal Reid Argentinian director Andy Muschietti has done a wonderful job of revamping Pennywise the “dancing clown” into the 21st century, the likes not seen since Tim Curry played the circus performing maniac in Stephen King’s nineties miniseries of the same name. Is he scary? You bloody bet. I was a bit dubious of Atomic Blonde’s young Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård pulling this one off, but my worse fears were allayed as the opening scenes cemented this performance as one of the best scares I’ve seen in a long time. Think of it as ‘The Goonies meet Freddy Krueger’...

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