José Barbosa

José Barbosa has previously worked as news director at 95bFM and as reporter for TVNZ7's Media7. Email him on jose@thespinoff.co.nz

Politics
Oct 20, 2020

Election night 2020: All the misery, all the tumescent joy

Freebase election night with this video stimulant.

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Politics
Oct 16, 2020

WATCH: The last-and-final-never-again Election 2020 leaders' debate in 2.5 minutes

Well, that was a grind, wasn't it?

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Politics
Oct 6, 2020

WATCH: The Spitting Image Jacinda Ardern sketch really gets NZ right

These British sock puppet wags definitely know Kiwi culture.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

Which New Zealand politician has the best dad jokes?

Who is best using the funny groaners to their advantage this election?

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Politics
Sep 21, 2020

How to win an election debate: A simple 20-step guide

This week sees the first televised debate between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins. What are the techniques and tricks they'll need to win the nation's love?

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Politics
Sep 11, 2020

Politicians are the best video influencers

José Barbosa has trawled through the top five parties' social media feeds to learn their secrets of going viral. 

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Politics
Sep 3, 2020

WATCH: 2020 Election results revealed using traditional soothsaying techniques

José Barbosa reaches into the occult ether and delivers a complete and accurate forecast of the October 17 election. 

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Society
Feb 9, 2020

How Cats made me love the movies again

The film adaptation of the hit stage musical Cats has been described as a true work of depravity. But could it become an ironic cult favourite?

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Food
Jan 16, 2020

Eight simple rules to make the most of a restaurant buffet

The buffet offers up a grand opportunity to stuff one's face, but what is the best way to optimise your buffet-going experience and eat all the glorious things?

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Gaming
Jan 17, 2019

Just Cause 4: Lots of boom but still a bust

People have flocked to the Just Cause series drawn by its OTT action mayhem. But how long can mindless fun keep people engaged?

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Gaming
Jan 9, 2019

Red Dead Redemption 2 might be a hit, but Rockstar’s star is waning

Red Dead Redemption 2 is still creaming it and José Barbosa is still playing it and loving it. But Rockstar is fast losing its sparkle.  

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Television
Dec 24, 2018

The best Christmas episodes from the best TV shows (WATCH)

There's nothing quite like settling down to watch a holiday-appropriate episode of your favourite TV show. Here's some of The Spinoff's best-loved yuletide episodes.

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Sports
Dec 24, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 24

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

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Beverage
Dec 19, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 19

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Today: José Barbosa on the perfect milkshake.

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Auckland
Nov 13, 2018

Haters back off: Auckland’s giant Santa is awesome

Every year an 18 metre tall Santa is pieced together and bolted to the front of the Farmers Building on Queen Street. Aucklanders seem to love him, outsiders not so much.

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Television
Nov 6, 2018

The greatest hits of Suzanne Paul’s beautiful life

She's touched all our lives in some way, but she's only been able to do that by being a totally-up-for-it chameleon. José Barbosa pays tribute to perhaps New Zealand's brightest …

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Television
Nov 2, 2018

José Barbosa watches Meghan and Harry take New Zealand TV by storm

Tune in to a carnival of royal waves and welly wanging.

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Television
Oct 28, 2018

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #73: My new bum bag

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, José Barbosa speaks the gospel of fanny packs.

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Gaming
Nov 17, 2017

Assassin’s Creed Origins: time for Ubisoft to chuck it all in?

The latest Assassin's Creed game reviewed, and a thinkin' on the future.

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Gaming
Nov 3, 2017

Review: the Xbox One X – should this be on your list to Santa?

There's a new version of the Xbox out and its makers reckon it's the most powerful home console out there, complete with 4K output and very high FPS. José Barbosa gives the One X a hoon.

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Gaming
Sep 21, 2017

Return to Dayz Standalone: is it going anywhere?

After a good long hiatus, José Barbosa comes back to the granddaddy of the zombie survival apocalypse video game.

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Gaming
Sep 21, 2017

Top of the Pile #9 – Armello

Our half arse video game series returns and what rubbish awaits inside?

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Television
Sep 9, 2017

The Spinoff vs the Election 2017 Leader Debates

José Barbosa has watched the Election 2017 debates in his bunker and slaved deep into the night fuelled by only canned tuna and the odd dart to bring you this special report.

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Gaming
May 4, 2017

How I became a Jedi: Looking back at gameplay training forum The Jedi Academy

A tale of a man and the online Star Wars community that kept his brain intact.

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Music
Apr 29, 2017

Can Mikey Havoc and bFM make each other great again?

Seven years after he hung up his headphones at bFM, Mikey Havoc – musician, trouble maker, radio talent extraordinaire – is back at the station that made him. Ahead of his first Breakfast show on May 8th, Havoc sat down with his former producer José Barbosa to explain what lured him home.

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Gaming
Apr 28, 2017

Grinding Gear Games: the studio that prefers to go with its gut – and it’s working

A visit to NZ's biggest video game studio and their amazing selection of soft drinks.

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