Best of the web: July 23, 2016

by Fiona Rae / 25 July, 2016
What the hell is Pokémon Go? And what's going on at Gloriavale?
LS3016_69_SUP_Pikachu_Pokémon

POKÉMON GONE: What the hell is Pokémon Go, you ask, and why are there kids running around your neighbourhood looking for creatures that don’t exist? Only the world’s No 1 app, and the thing that is saving Nintendo, which has seen its shares rise. For once, it’s not a passive video game: players must proceed to a real-world location to “capture” a Pokémon, although this has raised safety concerns. The next step is a Bluetooth device that players can wear, rather than staring at their phones and tripping up on stuff. Game­spot has an informative video for anyone over 20 who just doesn’t get it.

GLORY BE: The Christian community of Gloriavale has captivated our attention ever since a Country Calendar documentary aired in 1982. If you want to catch up before Gloriavale: A Woman’s Place airs on Wednesday, the preceding two documentaries are available on TVNZ OnDemand, along with the Country Calendar doco and some extras. More extras updating Dove’s life will be available after Wednesday.

Scream Queens.
Scream Queens.


SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. Ryan Murphy’s twin obsessions of horror and high school come together in perfect harmony in Scream Queens, available on Lightbox. There’s a serial killer on the campus of Wallace University and Kappa Kappa Tau sorority sisters, including Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande and dean Jamie Lee Curtis, are the target.

Follow the Listener on Twitter or Facebook. 

Latest

In a Time of Monsters: Emma Sky's attempt to shed light on the Middle East
108292 2019-07-24 00:00:00Z Books

In a Time of Monsters: Emma Sky's attempt to shed…

by Peter Calder

A diary of adventures in the volatile Middle East is diverting but hardly illuminating, writes Peter Calder.

Read more
The sum of our fears: The literature of climate change
108842 2019-07-24 00:00:00Z Books

The sum of our fears: The literature of climate ch…

by Jenny Nicholls

The most interesting books on climate change.

Read more
The bad news about tattoo removal
108205 2019-07-24 00:00:00Z Health

The bad news about tattoo removal

by Ruth Nichol

Tattoo regret is rising, but removal of the offending ink isn’t painless – for the person or their pocket.

Read more
Former inmate Paul Wood's insights on improving NZ's criminal-justice system
108325 2019-07-23 00:00:00Z Profiles

Former inmate Paul Wood's insights on improving NZ…

by Clare de Lore

As the Government spends millions reforming the criminal-justice system, Paul Wood says crime would be reduced if we taught our children emotional...

Read more
Camino Skies: An inspiring Kiwi doco about grief and determination
108733 2019-07-23 00:00:00Z Movies

Camino Skies: An inspiring Kiwi doco about grief a…

by Russell Baillie

A New Zealand-made documentary about those who walk the 800km Camino trail is heartbreaking, blistering and terrific.

Read more
Funny As is a hilarious and horrifying look at NZ's comedy history
108591 2019-07-23 00:00:00Z Television

Funny As is a hilarious and horrifying look at NZ'…

by Fiona Rae

Five-part series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy shows just how far our humour has come.

Read more
Eyes front: My advice for those seeking retinal surgery
108209 2019-07-23 00:00:00Z Health

Eyes front: My advice for those seeking retinal su…

by Mark Broatch

If flashes of light or spooky shadows suddenly appear in your vision, see your optician or doctor without delay.

Read more
Jacinda Ardern supports, does not commit to 'climate emergency' declaration
108769 2019-07-23 00:00:00Z Planet

Jacinda Ardern supports, does not commit to 'clima…

by Jo Moir

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has stopped short of committing to a declaration of climate emergency in Parliament.

Read more