Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool.

The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy.

In the film, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable.

The sequel to the 2016 original is bigger, longer has more bad language and action appropriate to the larger budget ($58m vs $110m)

It’s good to see a young kiwi actor Julian Dennison in a big film, but by the end he just gets annoying and you wish he was added to the death count.

The film suffers a bit from the excessive script, often stopping for conversations, jokes and meta-analysis of the genre. Better to keep the action going and the jokes and references flying by.

Unfortunately, by the third act when things should be reaching a climax and a quick wrap up, things just go on and on. This could have been edited from 2hrs to slightly shorter first film (1:48). It gets just too melodramatic and lacks the satire and bite of the first film.


Lost in Space 05

The surviving colonists build a light tower to try to signal the Resolute.

Maureen, noticing strange weather phenomena, conducts an experiment using a weather balloon. She discovers the sun is paired with a deadly black hole, and that the disturbances will only get worse until the planet gets entirely unhabitable.

A decent episode that slowly moves multiple plots along.

That is, until a confrontation with a CGI creature and the robot turns up  in the nick of time for a neat CGI battle. Dr Smith is beginning to look like an ineffective villain, wandering around and poking into everyone’s business.


Royal Wedding


Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Date: 19 May 2018 (Midday)
Venue: St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Groom: Prince Harry (b 15 Sept 1984 – 33)
Bride Meghan Markle (b 4 Aug 1981 – 36)

On the morning of the wedding, Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred upon him the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

On her marriage, Markle became known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated at the wedding using the standard Anglican church service for Holy Matrimony published in Common Worship, the liturgical text of the Church of England.

Lost in Space 04

Stuck without fuel, the family initiates Jupiter 2’s colonization expansion protocol.

Don West and Angela are rescued by the Watanabe family; Hiroki Watanabe reunites with John and Maureen at Jupiter 11 where Judy treats Angela. She tells Judy about the attack on Resolute.

The Robinsons learn none of the other surviving families can fly due to the giant eels consuming fuel. John notices that one crash site is not a Jupiter ship. Maureen, John, and Don go there and discover the Resolute’s comm dish.

They realize the Resolute can’t hear them. Maureen also discovers contraband whiskey that Don smuggled aboard.

Judy confronts Will about the robot, and he reveals he knew it attacked the Resolute. They decide to hide the robot in a nearby cave, unaware Smith is following them.


Next Room

In the Next Room
by Sarah Ruhl

A Court Theatre production

The play is set in a prosperous spa town outside of New York City at  the dawn of the age of electricity and after the Civil War.

A doctor finds that a vibrating device, applied to parts of the body  can relieve  women of  “hysteria.”

The play deals with themes of Victorian ignorance of  motherhood, breastfeeding, and jealousy.

The play was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards.

This has lots of laughs, mainly due the the rather intimate nature of what happens in the doctor’s ‘surgery’. The doctor appears as a legitimate scientific proponent. However anyone looking at him from the 20th century would see him as a charlatan and quack.

There are interesting references to Thomas Edison and his electrocution of an elephant.

Jonathan Martin plays Dr Givings, with Amy Straker as his wife Catherine. Hannah Wheeler is the doctor’s patient and Matt Hudson is her husband.  Eilish Moran id Annie, the doctor’s assistant. Bianca Seinafo is Elizabeth, a wet nurse and Fergus Inder is Leo Irving, another of Dr Givings patients.

Press Review

Backstage Review


Peace Force 1

Harriet Walsh 1: Peace Force
by Simon Haynes (2018)

Harriet Walsh is desperate for work, but when an intergalactic crime-fighting organisation offers her a job she’s convinced it’s a mistake. She dislikes puzzles, has never read a detective mystery, and hates wearing uniforms.

So why did the Peace Force pick her?

Simon Haynes (of Hal Spacejock) is back with a new character, This appears to be in the same universe as Hal’s although this isn’t stated. It’s a fun story, with most of the humour coming from the robot who is very pedantic and takes things literally. The main hero, Harriet is a young woman profiled for the job on the Peace Force. She is likable and gung-ho.

The story takes a few unexpected turns and ends up in a place ready for the next two books to come.


Two women cynical in love, set up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives.

At last, a kiwi comedy I liked. Sure, it’s from a women’s point of view and not laugh-out-load funny. But it is observant and quirky.

A lot of the actors are recognizable NZ talent:

Madeleine Sami & Jackine van Beel are on the comedy sketch TV show’Funny Girls’.

Jaquie Brown has had her own show. Rima Te Wiata is a well known actor. Executive Producer is Taika Waititi.




Final Finger

The Final Fish Finger
(Space Police #2)
by David Blake (2018)
Capstan & Dewbush visit the British Museum where the last ever fish finger is the key exhibit. But it’s about to be stolen, and the evidence leads them to Ganymede, a moon orbiting Jupiter, where they come face-to-face with the mysterious Gorgnome Obadiah.

This follows a similar format to the first book. The two detectives are given the task of looking for something missing. Meanwhile the president is negotiating a trade  deal with the very place the detectives are heading to.

This is more witty banter and silly shenanigans than outright comedy. It’s fun and enjoyable to read. Recommended.

While I have been reading, David has been writing and released three more in the series, one every month.

Nojn 4

Nojn Quadrat

How the hell do you pronounce that !
Who knows, but these guys come from Hamburg, Germany and play some sort of post-rock closer to the jazz end of the scale. The production is open and clear, reminding me of Agent 22.
With such titles as ‘No 1’ to ‘No 8’ and minimalist cover art, everything has gone into the music.

Stoned NZ

Doomed & Stoned in New Zealand
Who would have thought – an album full of Stoner/Metal from NZ and from bands I had never heard of…….

(and put together by a label from Portland, Oregon)