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Music, film and entertainment reviews from Simon Mercep and Steve McCabe — your weekly update from Auckland.
Feb 24, 2022
Crave! talks to Jamie McDell
Kiwi singer Jamie McDell releases her latest album today, and she’s take a few minutes to talk to Crave! about family, recording, and the musicians she’s been fortunate enough to work with in Nashville making her record. Read more →
Sep 28, 2021
Crave! episode 102: Clickbait
Netflix continues to turn out classy, high-budget dramas. The latest is Clickbait, a stylish, engaging thriller that manages to make a few interesting points about modern life and wrap itself in a clever narrative structure. For all that, it has… Read more →
Sep 15, 2021
Crave! episode 101: Money Heist is back!
Aotearoa finds itself back in lockdown, and so Kiwis are looking for things to keep us entertained. One of last year’s great breakout hits was La Casa De Papel, the Spanish thriller better known in the English-speaking world as Money… Read more →
Sep 3, 2021
Crave! episode one hundred
Crave! has finally reached three figures! Steve and Simon refuse to let a pandemic hold them back, and Crave! returns, with a slightly updated format. We’re just looking at one thing per episode for a while, and for our one… Read more →
May 7, 2021
Crave! episode 99: Wrath Of Man, Locked Down, ZeroZeroZero
Crave! is back, and this week Simon and Steve are doing their best to contain their frustration—they’re not angry, they’re just very, very disappointed—at Guy Ritchie’s latest, Wrath Of Man. Significantly less disappointing is Locked Down, surely the first of… Read more →
Nov 7, 2020
Crave! episode 98: Black Hands, Des, Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Dobbyn, The Beths.
It’s been a while, but Crave! is back, and better than ever. In a heavily Kiwi-centric comeback episode, Steve and Simon talk about Black Hands, the new dramatisation of the Bain family killings, and about local acts Dave Dobbyn at… Read more →
Aug 6, 2020
Crave! episode 97: Radioactive, Eurovision, True Detective, Taylor Swift’s new album
As Simon and Steve inch ever closer to their hundredth episode, the emphasis remains on films. Radioactive is the story of Marie Curie, and a film that both our reviewers found quite engaging. Less so Eurovision Song Contest: The Story… Read more →
Jul 8, 2020
Crave! episode 96: Greed, The High Note, Money Heist, Shtisel, The Sinner, and a chat with James Reyne.
Crave! is finally back, after months of lockdown and carefully managed isolation. In this first post-lockdown edition, Steve and Simon disagree on Greed, the satire on the nasty wealthy from Michael Winterbottom, but agree on The High Note, a film… Read more →
1 hr 2 min
Mar 18, 2020
Crave! episode 95: Alien Weaponry, The Book of Mormon, Bombshell, The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Emma, and a few thoughts about what’s next.
In what could be the last episode of Crave! to fully feature live entertainment for quite some time, Simon and Steve share a few thoughts about what lies ahead. But in more positive thoughts, Steve has a lot of good… Read more →
Feb 19, 2020
Crave! episode 94: Elton John, Parasite, Queen, La Belle Epoque, Birds Of Prey
Simon and Steve were very fortunate to be at the first scheduled Elton John concert in Auckland this weekend, because it turned out to be his last at Mount Smart Stadium, Elton having abandoned the show almost two hours in.… Read more →
1 hr 18 min