The Spinoff's resident nail enthusiast Sam Brooks dives into nail salon reality show Boss Nails, and finds someone to model his messy life after.
This week NZ First released their full list of candidates. Sam Brooks took a deep dive into the trenches of the internet to find out who these people are, where they came from, and what they bring to Team Winston.
After some scared principals blamed Westside for all their woes, Sam Brooks investigates what other carnage the Outrageous Fortune prequel has caused.
Forget the cliches of women in top hats and bustiers singing tired songs about heartbreak. Auckland Live's International Cabaret Season is full of energy, emotion, feminism and mischief, writes Sam Brooks.
Maraea Rakuraku is an award-winning playwright whose latest work is being presented in Te Pou's Kōanga Festival in September. Sam Brooks talked to her about history, playwriting and cultural commentary.
Sam Brooks dives into the new Uncharted game, The Lost Legacy, with two progressively awesome protagonists and the classic cinematic gameplay pioneered by the series.
Sam Brooks watches the new Eva Longoria vehicle Decline and Fall and finds a show more British than a pint of lager and a packet of crisps.
Ever wondered what Cobb & Co's menu looked like in the 80s? Thanks to the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Archive, Sam Brooks knows. Now he's ready to share the disturbing results.
Next up in Sam's Celebrity Game Reviews is Nicki Minaj: The Empire, in which you play a character who becomes fast friends with Nicki Minaj and ends up performing as her opening act.
Fractious Tash's new production as part of Q's Matchbox Season, The Effect, doesn't quite translate the play's complexities into a production, writes Sam Brooks.
The Good Wife is one of those show that has always seemed to be around, but you've probably never seen. Sam Brooks tells you why you haven't watched it yet, and why you should fix that immediately.
Now one of the most lauded television producers in the world, Ryan Murphy didn't start well. Sam Brooks was there in the 90s to witness the hot mess that is Popular.
Sam Brooks takes the plunge and reviews the dating sim that not only lets you play as a dad, but lets you date other dads.
Over the weekend, US Ambassador Scott Brown had what he probably thought was an interview scheduled with Kim Hill. What actually ensued was a brilliantly shady media boxing match. Sam Brooks gives his play-by-play.
On Wednesday Express magazine published an article about Paul Heard, confirming his resignation from the New Zealand Aids Foundation in the wake of a very racist Facebook post. The community reaction was immediate, vitriolic and hugely problematic, writes Sam Brooks.
Next up in Sam's Celebrity Game Reviews is Sniper X with Jason Statham, where Jason Statham problematically gets people to shoot other people with their phones.
Former Silo Theatre artistic director Shane Bosher is back in Auckland to direct two new Silo shows, Cock (co-presented with Auckland Live) and A Streetcar Named Desire. Sam Brooks talked to him about them both.
In the first in this new celebrity-endorsed-and-branded mobile game series, Sam Brooks plays the upsettingly addictive Demi Lovato: Path to Fame.