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We’re plugging into every media fit for human consumption across Film, TV, and streaming services. We’ll report back with insights, tips, and industry developments. We’ll recommend the best and flag the rest with the appropriate mental health warnings.

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Dan is a writer and film director with a love for story, strategy, and innovation.

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Apple

This is Apple TV+’s adaptation of the legendary Sci-Fi author Isaac Asimov’s series of books. An epic story across a galaxy, with production values out the wazoo, it feels like the first wave of a new Dune-on-tv category. There are […]

Vox

As they say, “Vox helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s driving events in the headlines and in our lives.” If you’ve seen Vox’s Explainer series on Netflix, you get the deal.

Amazon Prime

Just in case you haven’t had enough of Jeff Bezos (he sells you everything, his employees have to wee in a bottle, look up – he’s in space!) here’s Amazon’s streaming service. All hail to the Nietzschean supermen! May they rule us wisely. Now, be entertained citizen

Netflix

Oh Netflix…our first, our last, our everything. The original streaming behemoth, it’s simultaneously awesome, and also a daunting scrolling labyrinth without end. Before you’re kidnapped by David Bowie in tights, let us help you through, with our current favs.

Neon

Neon started off as ‘that other streaming service’ that you didn’t bother with, but it merged with Lightbox, and now since it is chock full of HBO goodness, the Neon icon gets a frequent smiting of the index finger.

Disney

Here are the team’s top picks to help you navigate through the scroll-iverse and goggle box world. Let us know your favs, raves and avoid-at-all-costs. We need your tips – it’s a jungle out there!

Youtube

They tour the US in a motorhome and dive into the most bizarre, disturbing, and fascinating sub-cultures they can find. Straight-faced, in the cheapest brown suit available, they interview real people to often hilarious results. From the Trump world to

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VOX

As they say, “Vox helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s driving events in the headlines and in our lives.” If you’ve seen Vox’s Explainer series on Netflix, you get the deal.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdv07eIC8Wg&ab_channel=Vox

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Apple TV+

FOUNDATION

This is Apple TV+’s adaptation of the legendary Sci-Fi author Isaac Asimov’s series of books. An epic story across a galaxy, with production values out the wazoo, it feels like the first wave of a new Dune-on-tv category. There are

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Apple TV+

DEFENDING JACOB

Every parent has thought this: did my creepy-looking son stab and kill that boy found dead in the park? Even though Santa was watching? You’d hope not, and thus the intrinsic conundrum of the narrative is set. Captain America can’t

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Apple TV+

FATHOM

So what are the whales thinking about? Are they just bendy-bus-sized krill-obsessed tubes of feeding blubber? Do they have a laugh, scattering seahorses with their massive built-in underwater air-horns? Actually, it appears they have a complex intelligence, evidenced by their

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Apple TV+

THE MORNING SHOW

On discovering the first promotions for The Morning Show, our first thoughts were strictly “meh”. However, the novelty of Apple’s first big flagship show dragged us into the premiere, and there’s been no looking back. It’s a perfectly executed glossy

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SERVANT

Executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, who either makes the best film you’ve seen in ages or unforgivable nonsense – with nothing in between, Servant is a slow burn psychological horror that kept us hooked. A common Horror trope is

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Amazon Prime

GREENLAND

Even though your first thoughts are that this will have Gerard Butler shouting “This is Greenland!” as he kicks someone into an abyss, it’s actually a fair bit more thoughtful and nuanced than the average blockbuster. Lars Von-Tier’s ‘Melancholia’ is

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Amazon Prime

FLEABAG

Everyone’s favourite hot mess – Fleabag – is hilarious, inventive, poignant, and if you don’t end up slamming at least the first series in one sitting, we’d be surprised. This is our favourite comedy-drama, for which the brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Amazon Prime

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvqujH6boEI It’s better than you think. There is a genuinely skilful ensemble cast, and the cinematography is often sumptuous. A couple of times, we’ve thought, “I can’t believe I’m watching this….is it silly?” Maybe it is, but it’s a heap

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TOP THIS WEEK

THE MORNING SHOW

On discovering the first promotions for The Morning Show, our first thoughts were strictly “meh”. However, the novelty of Apple’s first big flagship show dragged us into the premiere, and there’s been no looking back. It’s a perfectly executed glossy […]

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ABOUT DAN

Dan is a writer and film director with a love for story, strategy, and innovation.

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Netflix
90%

Oh, Netflix…our first, our last, our everything. The original streaming behemoth, it’s simultaneously awesome, and also a daunting scrolling labyrinth without end. Before you’re kidnapped by David Bowie in tights, let us help you through, with our current favs.

Apple TV+
70%

With an unprecedented valuation of two trillion US dollars, Apple has found a new way to lever more NZ pesos out of us with Apple TV+, and unfortunately, we’re gladly obliging. Deviating from the Netflix formula of ‘piles-o-everything’, there is much less content, with fewer, but arguably ‘bigger’ shows.  

YouTube
80%

There’s no rabbit hole deeper or wider than YouTube. We got lost in there sometime in 2004 and still haven’t found our way out. This is what we’re watching at the moment, often at 2 am.

Neon
87%
Neon started off as ‘that other streaming service’ that you didn’t bother with, but it merged with Lightbox, and now since it is chock full of HBO goodness, the Neon icon gets a frequent smiting of the index finger. 
Amazon Prime
66.6%

Just in case you haven’t had enough of Jeff Bezos (he sells you everything, his employees have to wee in a bottle, look up – he’s in space!) here’s Amazon’s streaming service. All hail to the Nietzschean supermen! May they rule us wisely. Now, be entertained, citizen…