Aaron Yap

Aaron Yap is a film writer for Flicks and movie buyer for Fatso. He loves movies. And dogs.

Television
Oct 30, 2017

Spookfest 'Channel Zero' will chew its way under your skin this Halloween

Craving some spooky TV that isn't soaked in 80s kitsch? Try the bone-chilling Channel Zero, writes Aaron Yap. 

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Media
Sep 11, 2017

TV on the big screen, movies on our phones – does size even matter anymore?

After viewing the latest season of Top of the Lake in a cinema, Aaron Yap looks at the increasingly blurred lines between films, TV shows, and everything in between.

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Television
Aug 16, 2017

The Expanse is like The Wire... but in space

Aaron Yap plumbs the depths of The Expanse, a sci-fi space opera that's drawn comparisons to some of television's greatest. 

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Media
Aug 6, 2017

The last video stores

Decimated first by piracy and then by streaming, video stores are meant to have vanished. But some have survived, and their success signposts how they might thrive into the future, writes Aaron Yap.

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Television
Jul 21, 2017

Grim and gruesome Midnight Sun is Nordic Noir at its best

Aaron Yap reviews the new Scandi-crime drama Midnight Sun and finds it gross yet engrossing.

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Media
Jun 16, 2017

‘People still watch DVDs?!’: Why the TV box set is still going strong

Like books and vinyl records, DVD box sets are holding firm against the streaming tide, writes Aaron Yap.

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Television
May 12, 2017

Celebrating Norma Bates, television’s greatest and definitely worst mother

In the lead-up to Mother's Day, Aaron Yap collates the best moments of his favourite TV Mum, Norma Bates of Bates Motel.

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Television
Apr 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Remember that time New Zealand made its own Black Mirror?

Aaron Yap binges local series This Is Not My Life, a sci-fi mystery that could sit comfortably alongside Black Mirror and Orphan Black, and asks why we stopped making genre TV.

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Television
Apr 18, 2017

Louis C.K.’s comedic sidekick finally gets the spotlight in Better Things

Aaron Yap reviews Pamela Adlon's Better Things, the semi-autobiographical exploration of Hollywood and parenthood co-written by Louis C.K.

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Television
Mar 29, 2017

Why aren’t these awesome shows available to legally stream in New Zealand yet?

There's a bevy of great new television shows that we can't watch in New Zealand without breaking the law, and Aaron Yap has had it up to HERE.

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Television
Mar 22, 2017

Married at First Sight is a beautiful bloodbath from hell

Aaron Yap has become obsessed with the latest season of Married at First Sight Australia. He explains why the ingenious reality show puts traditionally scripted television to shame.

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Television
Feb 28, 2017

Jack Bauer is gone, the clock is still ticking, and everything else you need to know about 24: Legacy

Aaron Yap, The Spinoff's most die-hard 24 fan, tells you all you need to know about the return of 24, with a new star and a new name – 24: Legacy.

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Television
Feb 15, 2017

Could these classic New Zealand films be rebooted for the small screen?

Aaron Yap picks some classic New Zealand films that are due a television revival.

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Television
Feb 9, 2017

‘A compulsively bingeable fix’: why The Honourable Woman should be your next marathon watch

Hungry for more spy thrillers, Aaron Yap devours The Honourable Woman and finds a breathtaking performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Television
Dec 21, 2016

Monitor: Aaron Yap’s top 10 international TV shows of 2016

In his final Monitor column for the year, critic Aaron Yap lists his 10 favourite shows from 2016.

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Television
Nov 15, 2016

Monitor: What possessed TV to tackle the Citizen Kane of horror movies?

With television reboots of classic movie franchises needing a strong dose of holy water. Aaron Yap explains why The Exorcist TV show is neither a hit nor a flop.

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Television
Oct 26, 2016

Monitor: The Flash is everything you wanted in a comic book superhero show

With dozens of new television shows being aired every month, it's hard to keep up. Aaron Yap finally got around to seeing The Flash and found it to be everything he'd ever dreamed of.

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Television
Oct 11, 2016

Monitor: Why it’s a crime to watch The Night Of without Criminal Justice

For Monitor this week, Aaron Yap watches BBC series Criminal Justice, the lesser-known original version of HBO sensation The Night Of, and compares the two gripping murder mysteries.

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Television
Sep 27, 2016

Monitor: There’s a good show hiding on the man channel

For Monitor this week, Aaron Yap basks in the grinning goofiness of DUKE's Angie Tribeca, the best cop show spoof you probably aren't watching.

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Television
Sep 15, 2016

Monitor: A list of TV to movie adaptations that don’t absolutely suck

Aaron Yap rounds up some TV shows that managed to make it to the big screen without stuffing it up.

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Television
Aug 30, 2016

Monitor: Why Scandi-noir fans should be moths to The Kettering Incident flame

Aaron Yap reviews The Kettering Incident, the Tasmanian Gothic drama that has just as much mystery as it does moths.

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Television
Aug 10, 2016

Good news: Business is thriving at the Bates Motel once again

For his Monitor column this week, Aaron Yap looks at the spectrum of Psycho reboots from the terrible '80s sequels to the unhinged prequel series Bates Motel.

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Television
Aug 2, 2016

Monitor: Is Snapchat becoming the new television?

In this week's TV column, Aaron Yap looks at how social media platform Snapchat threatens to usurp traditional viewing habits.

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Television
Jul 21, 2016

A chat with the team behind the world’s first Chinese-Australian sitcom

A sitcom centred around a Chinese-Australian family became a smash hit for Australia's public-funded broadcaster SBS. Aaron Yap talks to the writer and director who made it happen.

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Television
Jul 15, 2016

‘The hacker as a 21st century vigilante superhero’ – Mr Robot returns

With the second season of Mr Robot premiering on Lightbox this week, Aaron Yap is drawn back into the to the elusive, murky world of Elliott Alderson.

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Television
Jul 11, 2016

Critic’s Day: A film reviewer on being blocked, fired and sued for doing his job

Aaron Yap is one of the most insightful film critics in New Zealand. Unfortunately his cerebral reviews have lost him friends and infuriated people. He recounts his bad times below.

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