Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

Radicals spur right to vote movement

by NEVIL GIBSON The best based-on-fact historical recreations are those that reveal new insights into episodes that are framed with faded notions of the past. The beginnings of the British...

Overcoming the cringe factor on TV

by SUSAN FOGARTY There are a couple of channels we’ve started watching that are showing old TV programmes — ones we used to watch way back when. Some of them are...

Massive Attack an interesting destination for a brief trip

by SAMUEL HARRIS English group Massive Attack enjoy a place in popular music as pioneers of and flagbearers for a genre that arose in the 90s and is sometimes labelled...

Fission limit before critical mass point

Last month, around the anniversary of the sinking in 1985 of the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior and the death of crewmember Fernando Pereira, many New Zealand publications carried...

Love story for modern morals

by NEVIL GIBSON The Hollywood awards season is in full swing and culminates on February 29 (NZ time) with the Oscars, or Academy Awards. A few years ago the category for...

Twenty One Pilots open hearts and minds

Last issue I discussed Twenty One Pilots’ excellent recent show in Auckland: easily as good as anything I’ve seen in 25 years of live concerts.  Their latest record is something of a concept album that...

Bowie grew through his tough times

by SAM HARRIS “Society,” wrote Pope St John Paul II at the beginning of his 1996 Letter to Artists, “needs artists ... to probe the true nature of man, his...

Damon’s rogue agent returns

The North American summer blockbuster season is running out and looks like being the most disappointing ever, in commercial terms. The reason is not hard to find –  too many sequels and not...

A worthy gift from father to child

“Six top pop-rock songs for a top son": that was the working title for this piece (my wife detested it). It’s been kicking around in my head since my boy was born several weeks...

Time to act on the words of this wonderful encyclical

LAUDATO SI’ — An Encyclical Letter on Ecology and Climate by Pope Francis (St Paul’s Publications, Australia, 2015); $14.99. Reviewed by SUSAN SMITH. Recently I was talking with a parishioner...

Money, sport mix in creepy thriller

by NEVIL GIBSON The Du Pont name in American business goes back to the earliest days of the republic, and the estate belonging to one of its richest heirs is...

France’s first black clown

A few years ago, the lack of non-white faces in the Hollywood Oscar nominations was a matter of major controversy. This year, a film with only black faces, Moonlight, was the winner.African-American themes also featured...

Walk in the shoes of Jesus’ first followers

AROUND THE TABLE: Retelling the Story of the Eucharist Through the Eyes of Jesus’ First Followers by R. Scott Hurd. (Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2017). 160 pp.,...

Ukulele, one of music’s humblest but happiest sounds

by SAM HARRIS So, it’s Easter! I hope your heart is joyful and that you are “mak this day a living hymn of praise” as the Divine Office’s intercessions for...

Conscripts show army’s underside

by NEVIL GIBSON Like the best wines, many filmmakers improve with age. But it can also have side effects, such as awareness that perfection can never be achieved. In an interview...

Festivals lighten winter gloom

Quality films dry up in the northern hemisphere summer so the mid-winter film festivals here are a welcome alternative.The task of choosing from up to 155 features is daunting and it’s hit or miss...

Marvel wins the double

Box office success can never be guaranteed, even for blockbusters, but a lot of hype helps. As my April 22 issue column pointed out, no studio has come closer to...

Holmes on a par with Hamlet for actors?

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY Years ago when I was working as a steward on the HMS Maori I got into an odd discussion about Sherlock Homes. My fellow stewards insisted that...

Gang drama scores cheque mate

by NEVIL GIBSON It is customary to describe a group of films that have common characteristics as a “genre”, and it can now be fairly claimed that this country has...

Power play among shearing gangs

by NEVIL GIBSON Last year’s hiatus of local films is about to end. Their absence was a huge contrast to 2014 when cinemagoers bought $2 million worth of tickets to...

Movie Review: Son of God

By John Mulderig Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- As the first wide-release film in nearly 50 years to focus on the life of Jesus as a whole, "Son of...

Jobs: too much of a good thing

by NEVIL GIBSON Two films in the past few years about a legendary American businessman Steve Jobs would normally be considered excessive. But Apple Computer cofounder is no ordinary man. He...

Sink or swim in the murky waters of politics

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY Although America may be the world’s most powerful enforcer of “democracy”, both world policeman and world bully, it is the internal power institutions such as the FBI and the...

Late priest has written well about 20 great mystics

AN INNER MUSIC — Living a life in God by Craig Larkin, SM (Fitzbeck Publishing, 2016; available from good bookshops, or the Society of Mary); $35. Reviewed by LYNDSAY FREER.  In this most...

Helping youth to go even deeper into their faith

YOUCAT STUDY GUIDE by Jack Kersting, Paul George, Mark Brumley, Vivian W. Dudro (Ignatius Press 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $19.99. Reviewed by TERESA McNAMARA. Pilgrims who came home after...

Appetiser served with spicy notes

by NEVIL GIBSON India is one of the world’s biggest film producing nations, but Bollywood’s prolific output doesn’t thrive beyond the Indian diaspora. For a period from independence to the 1960s,...

Tweeting with God – unpacking tradition in a modern way

TWEETING WITH GOD by Fr Michel Remery. (Freedom Publishing Books, Melbourne, 2017). 432pp $39.00AUD (Manual $19.95AUD 56pp) Reviewed by Sr SIAN OWEN, RSJ Most people have at least a limited...

Vampires fight US civil war

by NEVIL GIBSON Myths about vampires, formerly-dead humans who have come back to suck the blood of the living, go back to the ancient Greeks. But apart from some admonitions against...

Aliens dialogue with linguist

The more challenging end of the science fiction spectrum should offer as much reward for the mind as for the senses.  In the past few years, some of the most creative work...

A romance that takes time

by NEVIL GIBSON All romance films need an element of fantasy, if only to sweeten the realities of everyday life. But too much fantasy can undermine the premise of a good...

Featured News

18,000 volumes moved in diocesan library shift

Auckland diocese’s library has completed a move to its new home at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby.In a sense, it is something of a homecoming for the library, which used to...