Review: Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story

Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story is the true story of Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si’ulepa and producer Rachel Aneta Wills. They wrote, directed and produced this movie version of themselves falling in love.

Review: Under the Vines, let’s make wine

Under the Vines is a dramedy about a couple of city people who inherit a vineyard in New Zealand. It’s on Acorn TV and is one of their many light, bright, and cheerful offerings. The wonderful Rebecca Gibney stars. There are a couple of spoilers ahead.

Review: The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog, written and directed by Jane Campion, is assumed by many to be Benedict Cumberbatch’s film as he portrays a bullying, hypermasculine cowboy in 1925 Montana. Cumberbatch is terrific, I’ll admit that. But I think it’s Kodi Smit-McPhee’s film as Peter, the ‘Nancy Boy’ in the story. Hear me out.

My Life is Murder, season 2: Lucy Lawless still has it

My Life is Murder, season 2, begins on Acorn TV on August 30 (today!) with two episodes dropping. The remainder of season 2 will be released weekly each Monday. Lucy Lawless stars as a retired cop who keeps her hand in with special cases as a police consultant.

Cousins, the story of three Māori women

Cousins, from New Zealand, spans decades in the lives of three Māori women. It’s a story of family, of colonization, of the land, and of the people. It’s a beautiful, touching, memorable film now available on Netflix. The film is distributed with the help of the ARRAY collective that helps uplift women’s voices.

Review: The Wilds, season 1

The Wilds brings mystery and adventure to a 10 part series streaming on Amazon. A group of teen girls find themselves stranded on a deserted island. Their struggle to survive is interspersed with flashbacks that help you get to know the characters and the puppeteers behind the scenes.

Review: The Sounds

The Sounds is a mystery thriller set in the Marlborough Sounds area of New Zealand. It’s an 8 part series streaming on Acorn TV. Two episodes were released September 3rd, with the others coming one a week on Mondays.

Review: The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose comes from New Zealand. The first and only season of this series can be seen on Acorn TV or Prime Video and other streamers. It’s a woman powered mystery/drama with some excellent actors.

Review: Straight Forward

Straight Forward is an Acorn TV production between Denmark and New Zealand. It’s set it both places. It’s the story of a con woman and how she struggles to save herself and her family from a Danish thug.

Review: Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen is a personal journey by Merata Mita’s youngest son through his groundbreaking mother’s life as a filmmaker.