February’s Viewing

I know that it’s already March … but I’ve been busy.

Hubby and I have been very happy customers of Fasto for over six years and highly recommend their service. All the movies reviewed this month were sourced from Fatso.

The highlight of my viewing was definitely Boy, with The Invisible at the lower end of the scale.


A ‘girls rule’ movie. Small town girl secretly joins Roller Derby League and is awesome at it. How does she tell her parents? Although a chick flick, I think the husband enjoyed the skimpy roller derby outfits between falling asleep on the couch. The movie stars; Ellen Page (Juno), Drew Barrymore, and New Zealand’s own Zoe Bell.

In a nutshell: It’s light hearted entertainment, but I enjoyed it and have since discovered that an all girls roller derby exists in Auckland. May have to check it out. Chicks rule!


Okay, so husband wasn’t that impressed that the first two movies off the rank this month were my picks, and not up to his usual thriller/suspense/horror standards. But bare with me…

Adventureland is set in 1987. It’s a slice of life/coming of age comedy, following a geeky college graduate, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), who is forced to take a Summer Job at his local amusement park. The movie also stars; Kristen Stewart (who acts just as bleak and depressed in this movie as she does in Twilight) and Ryan Reynolds.

In a nutshell: Average. A few good one liners, but save for a rainy winter’s day when you have nothing else to watch.


Set in 1984 in rural New Zealand, you can’t get much more Kiwi than this New Zealand coming-of-age movie. The Valiant, full of Maoris, pulls up in front of a dairy – “Faaa, mean car” – love it. With brilliant characters such as Chardonnay, the girl Boy is trying to impress, little brother who does the cutest drawings and believes he has superpowers, and the loser dad, who just happens to be the writer/director Taika Waititi. Add to the mix classic lines such as “too much”, “you’re an egg” and “there’s that mental fulla” this movie will remain a cult Kiwi classic. Throw in rich fantasy scenes, a goat and 80’s icons (ET, the Fonz, the Hulk and Michael Jackson), and you’ve got one funny movie.

In a nutshell: Classic Kiwiana and by far the funniest, most wonderful I’ve seen in ages.Boy


A New Zealand spoof following stuntman Randy Campbell as he follows in the footsteps of his father to become “NZ’s greatest daredevil”. I’m glad I didn’t pay to see this film in the movies, but it did provide entertainment for a couple of hours, and it seems to have a pretty cool soundtrack. I wonder how much V and The Rock paid to receive such great product placement during the film. Look out for Tysen, from Kiwi Band Steriogram, who is cast as one of the stunt crew.

In a nutshell: Save this for a rainy day, or a night when you’ve had a few drinks – you’ll appreciate it more.


From the producers of The Sixth Sense and co-writer of Batman Begins,this movie is a supernatural thriller about a high school student trapped in limbo (not dead, but not alive) who has to figure out what happened to him and why before he dies completely. It’s pretty average, but I liked how it was a little different from anything we’d watched recently, plus it has a good ending.

In a nutshell: Hum ho.


About Celeste

Kiwi girl. Mum of twins. Passionate about New Zealand, wine, travel and social media. New to California. View all posts by Celeste

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