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.
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.
A brand new influx of second-hand television shows has led Aaron Yap to question whether we are suffering a reboot epidemic.
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.
"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.
Aaron Yap watches Fabrice Gobert's The Returned, a moody French supernatural series where the dead come to life in a quiet alpine town.
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.
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.
Superheroes and socio-political champions, cold-blooded killers and murderous polar bears - the year's best television had something for everyone, says Aaron Yap.
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?
"Their application of tried-and-true documentary techniques was masterful, giving Forgotten Silver’s toe-curlingly weird twists the verisimilitude of historical fact."
Aaron Yap reviews Flesh and Bone, the brooding new ballet drama created by Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett.
For your Halloween viewing, Aaron Yap lists the strongest episodes in the terrifying anthology series Masters of Horror.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
"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
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.
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.
Aaron Yap celebrates Louis C.K.'s Louie, a surreal comedy-drama that consistently transcends the boundaries of genre and reality.
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.