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Back in the day, I used write a regular film review column for Wellington’s free community newspaper Capital Times. My intention was to review everything released theatrically in the city and – from 2006 to 2013 – I did just that. Except, for some reason, Beverley Hills Chihuahua.

It was a pretty popular column, winning the readers’ choice award for Best Capital Times Writer three years in a row.

All of those reviews – and lots of my other work for FishHead Magazine and RNZ – are archived at funeralsandsnakes.net.


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The Friday edition will be the big one, resembling those Capital Times columns of old.

Monday to Thursday will be a brief recommendation: Something to watch tonight. And, maybe some links to new free content of mine on the RNZ website. There will be no updates on weekends or public holidays.

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Rancho Notorious

Rancho Notorious was a podcast that I produced and co-hosted between 2014 and 2022 that for a time was part of the RNZ stable of podcasts and series.

I would love to bring a version of it back from hiatus and make that free content for anyone but I don’t want to do that unless I can reimburse contributors for their time. Hence, paid subscriber numbers have to reach a certain level before that is feasible.

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Dan Slevin has been a professional film critic for twenty years and is currently a regular contributor to RNZ on air and online. His daily recommendations newsletter is essential reading for film and TV fans.


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