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An in-depth lyrical analysis Eminem’s theme song for the movie ‘Venom’

Last year, Marvel's Venom came out and was a huge hit, and you can watch it on Lightbox right now. But the real killer? Eminem's rap over the credits.

An essential guide to the secrets of the M. Night Shyamalan universe

Alex Casey guides you through the M. Night Shyamalan universe, and shares some tips on how you can live in it. 

Music sounds better because I got high: Now that’s what I call one hit wonders

Henry Oliver reminds himself of eight songs from the Now That’s What I Call Music collection that hit once and never again.

Fight the power! The technology giving consumers control of their electricity

For a very long time the electricity market has been dominated by providers. The Spinoff spoke to a company shifting the balance towards the consumer.

What’s the Electricity Pricing Review, and will it mean cheaper power?

The government is digging deep into the price of electricity in New Zealand with a review of the entire energy sector. What will the review look at, and does it mean you might pay less for power?

‘I look after my mental health every single day’: John Kirwan on living his best life

Simon Day spoke to Sir John Kirwan about what he's learned about living well – and why he’s determined to help young Kiwis learn, too.

2019 is our year of being grown-up about money. We mean it this time

Four Spinoff writers share their New Year financial resolutions and some tips on how to actually make them happen this time.

Meek Mill, out of jail, is a champion again

Meek Mill, rapper and former Drake adversary, had one hell of a 2018, culminating in his long-awaited fourth album. Jogai Bhatt reviews Championships.

Everything you need to know before you go see M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

Alex Casey takes you on a guided tour of the M. Night Shyamalan superhero universe to prepare you for the final piece of the Eastrail 177 Trilogy.

A tale of tū cities: The role of Māori thinking in shaping our urban future

In her ceremonial inaugural lecture to mark her appointment as a professor, University of Otago Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett (Ngāti Whātua) examined the concepts of "identity in place".

They were dropped by their label (twice!) but Broods have never been happier

Broods on being dropped, getting back up again, and their new album Don't Feed the Pop Monster.

The average Kiwi bloke who’s breaking the influencer marketing mould

How does a new meal kit delivery company break into the New Zealand market: they call up a handsome Kiwi fireman that we can all relate to. 

Ambergris, the whale poo worth more than your car

Sought after for thousands of years, and worth upwards of $10,000/kg today, ambergris washes up on beaches across New Zealand all year long. Don Rowe goes looking for it.

All hail the curveball king: Power ranking M. Night Shyamalan’s buzziest plot twists

Ahead of the release of his new film Glass, Alex Casey looked back at the best twists in director M. Night Shyamalan's back catalogue.

New to Lightbox in January: Stop the presses, it’s Venom and Mariah!

It's a scandalous journalism drama, the darkest Marvel film yet, the thirstiest show on television and Queen Diva™ Mariah herself - it's January on Lightbox.

Newspaper drama Press is black-hearted, tar-brained fun

The business of news is as dirty as the ink its printed in – or at least that's what Press thinks. Sam Brooks reviews the news drama from the BBC, which drops on Lightbox today.

‘Carousing and frolicking’: 20 years of Splore

Simon Day explores the journey of his favourite festival.

Summer reissue: Meet the Ukrainian nuclear engineer making spirits in Puhoi

In an unassuming spot just outside of our biggest city, exacting standards and secret methods are producing some of the smoothest spirits you’ll ever try.

Certified classic TV guaranteed to save your family Christmas

Occupy the annual family Christmas chasm between lunch and dinner with Freeview's guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

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.

The definitive, very best New Zealand music of 2018

For the first and last time, Henry Oliver gives his definitive account of The Spinoff's best New Zealand music of 2018. Read it and get angry. 

Why aren’t more big businesses signed up to the Living Wage?

Corporates shouldn't think of the living wage as an expense, but rather as an investment in their business and people.

Best Music 2018: The third annual Spinoff Music Survey!

We asked you, our loyal readers, what your favourite albums and songs of the year were, both from here and from elsewhere. This is what you told us.

A night away that feels like a holiday: Emily Writes goes to Picton

Emily Writes decides to take a trip on the Interislander to Picton for a night away with her good friend and three kids under six. What could go wrong?