Aaron Yap

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

Media
Dec 18, 2017

How will we remember the world of television in 2017?

At the end of every year, our Monitor columnist Aaron Yap wraps up his likes, dislikes and learnings from a shifting media hellscape. 

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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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Television
Jun 10, 2016

Monitor: The end of mainstream television's Asian evasion and why it's kind of a big deal

After years of watching white-washed television shows, Aaron Yap finally got to see his own culture represented on the small screen, and he loved it.

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Television
May 25, 2016

Monitor: Out with the old and in with the… old? The great reboot epidemic of 2016

A brand new influx of second-hand television shows has led Aaron Yap to question whether we are suffering a reboot epidemic.

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Television
May 12, 2016

Monitor: Escape series Underground shatters the museum glass on slavery

For Monitor this week, Aaron Yap tackles Underground, a escape drama that seeks to combine modern times with history.

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Television
Apr 28, 2016

Monitor: The viral premise of Containment fails to catch on

The limited run series Containment promises a healthy dose of viruses with a side of emotional trauma. After one episode, Aaron Yap was left feeling less than satisfied.

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Television
Apr 12, 2016

Monitor: How Hannibal gnawed away at the bones of traditional television

"At some point, Hannibal morphed into television’s most beautiful and downright terrifying creature" - this week Aaron Yap examines Bryan Fuller's gruesome TV masterpiece.

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Television
Mar 15, 2016

Monitor: Why The Americans is the best show on TV right now

Aaron Yap celebrates the superb Cold War spy drama The Americans, which returns next week to New Zealand screens.

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Television
Feb 23, 2016

Monitor: The Returned finds haunting beauty in the undead

Aaron Yap watches Fabrice Gobert's The Returned, a moody French supernatural series where the dead come to life in a quiet alpine town.

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Television
Feb 9, 2016

Monitor: How Louis C.K. pulled a Beyoncé with surprise new series Horace and Pete

Aaron Yap watches Louis C.K.'s new online series Horace and Pete, and asks if the off-putting, experimental style is what lies beyond the "peak TV" age.

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Television
Jan 26, 2016

How Gareth from The Office unearthed comedy gold (again)

Aaron Yap digs up gold in Detectorists, the award winning comedy written by The Office alumni that went straight-to-DVD in New Zealand. We have several copies to give away, see the end of the piece for more details.

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Television
Dec 8, 2015

Television: Monitor – Aaron Yap Picks the 10 Best TV Shows of 2015

Superheroes and socio-political champions, cold-blooded killers and murderous polar bears - the year's best television had something for everyone, says Aaron Yap.

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Television
Nov 24, 2015

Monitor: Resurrection Man – Bruce Campbell is Back in Ash vs Evil Dead

Almost 35 years after the Evil Dead franchise made its cult classic debut, has the goopy lo-fi survived the move to the small-screen?

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Television
Nov 19, 2015

Television: Throwback Thursday – How Peter Jackson’s TV Special Pranked All of Middle Earth

"Their application of tried-and-true documentary techniques was masterful, giving Forgotten Silver’s toe-curlingly weird twists the verisimilitude of historical fact."

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Television
Nov 10, 2015

Television: Monitor – Graduating From Breaking Bad to Brooding Ballet Could Be Harder Than it Looks

Aaron Yap reviews Flesh and Bone, the brooding new ballet drama created by Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett.

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Television
Oct 29, 2015

Television: Throwback Thursday – The Best of Masters of Horror From Rat People to Killer Cats

For your Halloween viewing, Aaron Yap lists the strongest episodes in the terrifying anthology series Masters of Horror.

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Television
Oct 27, 2015

Monitor: “This Thing’s Only Getting Bigger” – Why Fargo is Still Far From the Woodchipper

Aaron Yap applauds the sophomore effort of the television series Fargo, and explains how the second season has created an even richer and more nuanced world than the first.

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Television
Oct 13, 2015

Television: Monitor – Could Homeland Be Gearing Up For Another Home Run?

For Monitor this week, Aaron Yap looks at how Homeland has embraced explosive twists and stories pulled-from-headlines to breathe new life into the political thriller.

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Television
Sep 29, 2015

Television: Monitor – How Mr. Robot is the Small Screen Superhero We Need Right Now

"It’s a story about the underdog rising up to the untouchable one percenters. In effect, it’s the true 21st century superhero saga that we need more than anything from the Marvel stable."

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Television
Sep 15, 2015

Television: Monitor – David Simon Tackles a Housing Crisis with HBO’s Show Me a Hero

Aaron Yap looks at Show Me a Hero, the six part miniseries from the minds behind The Wire that examines the 1987 housing crisis in New York – and eerily mirrors our own current property strife.

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Television
Sep 10, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Before Hannibal, Before Pushing Daisies there was Dead Like Me

"In this comic fantasy about soul collectors roaming the earth, you can almost sense Fuller’s grin as he cooked up its scenes of death with Rube Goldberg-like relish."

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Television
Sep 1, 2015

Monitor: The World is in Love With Auteur Television. So Why Isn’t New Zealand Making Any?

"It’s not just that TV is more cinematic these days, with production values to match any blockbuster. It’s that those working in cinema are now attracted to the creative possibilities afforded by TV."

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Television
Aug 18, 2015

Monitor: Do Humans Dream of Electric Slaves? Society Goes to the Synths in TV3’s Humans

"We’re fascinated by its potential to better humankind, but lurking within that fascination is a deep-seated fear that we could all possibly be replaced by machines." – Aaron Yap on the sci-fi drama Humans

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Television
Aug 13, 2015

Throwback: Tight Turtlenecks, Smooth Psychics and Bad Brainwashing in Leonard Nimoy’s Baffling Pilot

Aaron Yap channels a psychic race car driver in Baffled!, Leonard Nimoy’s bizarre failed pilot with a premise more implausible than all of Star Trek.

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Television
Aug 4, 2015

Monitor: Conjuring Television Magic – How Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Casts a Surprising Spell

Aaron Yap finds an "imaginative supernatural delight" in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the BBC One mini-series packed with magic, mystery and memorable characters.

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Television
Jul 21, 2015

Monitor: Slippery Subjectivity and Bold Genre-Bending in the Liquid Reality of Louie

Aaron Yap celebrates Louis C.K.'s Louie, a surreal comedy-drama that consistently transcends the boundaries of genre and reality.

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Television
Jul 7, 2015

Monitor: Bitter Loners and Daddy Issues – Who is the Truest Detective of Them All?

Aaron Yap dissects the sophomore effort of True Detective thus far and compares it to Bosch, the old-fashioned cop show that effortlessly unfolds without the feverish fanaticism.

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