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

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
Mar 14, 2016

Video: Backseat Driver featuring Wallace Chapman

A gamer gets his instructions from a non-gamer. What follows is a journey into futility.

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Gaming
Mar 9, 2016

Video - Time shenanigans: a Quantum Break demo

The Spinoff demos Quantum Break, a new timey wimey video game

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Television
Mar 9, 2016

TV Mum: Episode 6 – Flesh and Bone

The final episode of TV Mum season 1 sees mother and son discuss hardcore ballet drama, Flesh and Bone.

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Gaming
Mar 1, 2016

Five reasons 10,000 BC is the next hot holiday destination – a Far Cry Primal couch travel guide

There's no better time to book a holiday to 10,000 BC. We explain why you should get in now before the tourist hordes arrive.

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Gaming
Feb 25, 2016

Mobile Game Review – Color Switch (contains swears)

José Barbosa reviews the fast paced mobile game Color Switch. Warning: contains swears.

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Television
Feb 24, 2016

Podcast: TV Mum, Episode 4 – Dianne enthuses over Defiance and Grant Bowler’s stubble

Welcome to TV Mum, a weekly podcast starring Brendon Green and his Mum, Dianne. Every week Brendon will try and get Dianne to remember the details of a TV show …

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Gaming
Feb 19, 2016

The Auckland bus strike explained via the latest bus simulator

The bus drivers are striking in Auckland. But what does it mean to sit behind the wheel and drive Auckland to work? José Barbosa investigates

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Media
Feb 19, 2016

“I’m a jobs creator” – Tim Batt on creating a podcast empire

The comedian Tim Batt talks to José Barbosa about his nascent podcast network, the Little Empire Podcast Network

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Television
Feb 19, 2016

Parliament TV – NZ’s most unhinged television

José Barbosa watches Parliament TV and comes away with his mind roughed up and bleeding.

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Television
Feb 17, 2016

Podcast: TV Mum, Episode 3 – can Brendon convince Dianne to watch Mr Robot?

Brendon Green is very enthusiastic about Mr Robot, the critically acclaimed drama about hackers and cyber security. His mission: convince a very technologically illiterate Dianne to watch a show about computers. Can Brendon do it?

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Television
Feb 16, 2016

Filthy Rich – the premiere in live doodles

The premiere of TVNZ's premium drama Filthy Rich as live tweeted by José Barbosa in fevered doodles

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Television
Feb 14, 2016

For Valentine’s day – TV’s most screwed up couples

The Spinoff presents in animated form: the very worst, most toxic, unhinged TV couples ever.

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Television
Feb 10, 2016

What dark secrets does Newshub’s 360 degree studio video reveal?

Mediaworks has released a 360 degree video tour of the Newshub studio. We took it, had a poke around and can now expose the disturbing truths behind the gleaming new set.

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Television
Feb 10, 2016

Podcast: TV Mum, episode 2 – Brendon is traumatised forever

One man bravely discusses Masters Of Sex with his mother. The result is scarring.

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Television
Feb 9, 2016

“Every new film is like creating a member of your family” – Hautoa Ma and the inexorable surge of Māori film

A new documentary, Hautoa Ma, interviews key filmmakers about the rise of Māori film. José Barbosa speaks to its director Libby Hakaraia.

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Television
Feb 5, 2016

Video – The Spinoff watches news coverage of the TPP protests and is sorely disappointed

How did TV news cover the anti-TPP protests? José Barbosa has a real good look and comes away bleeding from the eyes.

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Gaming
Jan 29, 2016

Neko Atsume – Into the abyss of misery

Everyone's playing smartphone game Neko Atsume and digging its chill vibe. Everyone except currently sedated and restrained staff producer José Barbosa.

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Television
Jan 28, 2016

Video – The Spinoff salutes television’s most gravelly voices

Join José Barbosa on a journey of the larynx as he celebrates some of TV's lowest, most gravelly voices. Warning: may rattle windows and loosen bowels.

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Television
Jan 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday – When New Zealand news goes pear-shaped

When TV news is disrupted by unforeseen factors the result can be completely bananas. José Barbosa looks back at New Zealand television's most notable news disasters.

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Media
Jan 19, 2016

Audio vs video – two takes on the new Checkpoint with John Campbell

José Barbosa watches Checkpoint's flash new live stream while Duncan Greive listens to John Campbell's return to RNZ on the good old AM radio.

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Television
Jan 14, 2016

The Spinoff Vs The 73rd Golden Globe Awards

Inert human José Barbosa sits down to watch the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. It's a journey through chicken excrement, 90s masturbation and Cher.

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Television
Jan 3, 2016

Summer Reissue: José Barbosa’s Meat and Mead-Fueled 10 Hours As a Viking

Brave couch warrior José Barbosa journeyed 10 hours across the televisual seas to consume the first season of epic Norse saga Vikings in one sitting, accompanied only by meat soup and mead.

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Television
Jan 1, 2016

Summer Reissue: How Real is the Hacking in Mr Robot? New Zealand’s Former ‘Mr Internet’ Explains

Hacking thriller Mr Robot was undoubtedly one of the most critically-acclaimed TV shows of 2015. Upon its release, José Barbosa tracked down the man who once ran the internet in New Zealand, and asked him to assess its realism.

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Television
Dec 29, 2015

Summer Reissue: “A Show for the People” – Witnessing the End of Homai Te Pakipaki’s Māori Karaoke

José Barbosa watches the Grand Final of Homai te Pakipaki, as the karaoke show shuts down for good – the latest in string of endings at Māori Television which are altering the channel's DNA.

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Television
Dec 24, 2015

Summer Reissue: Why the 1981 Finale of A Dog’s Show Remains the Greatest Piece of Local TV Ever Made

2015 has been a year of stunning new local television. José Barbosa still argues that the 1981 finale of A Dog's Show is the greatest piece of TV that has ever aired on our screens.

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Politics
Dec 4, 2015

Politics: Unveiled – John Key At The Birth Of Christ

It's an age old question: what would John Key be like if he lived around the time of the birth of Christ? Today The Spinoff can provide the answer.

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