Saturday, September 22, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

Hope and love in Avalanche City

Dave Baxter used to be in a metal band. He wanted a change, “wanted to write music that you can walk along the street humming to”, so he taught himself to sing, started...

Women’s lives before feminism

It’s difficult to turn great works of literature into great films. But that doesn’t stop many from trying, particularly when themes still resonate in modern times. One is the subordination...

Mutants battle at world’s end

This year’s crop of comic book-based superhero blockbusters has so far proved disappointing, with the exception of the quirky Deadpool. The Marvel Universe is well out in front under the control of the Walt Disney studio. Its latest...

Odd pair solve maths theory

The movies’ fascination with gadgets and those who invent them has not overlooked the importance of theory and ideas. Back in 2001, the success of A Beautiful Mind, in which Russell Crowe was cast as...

Reflection and prayers from Auckland church ‘legend’

by Pat Lythe On the Saturday of Labour weekend, an assembly of people, mainly Catholics, gathered at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Herne Bay, Auckland, to witness the launch of Jocelyn Franklin’s...

Best year ever for Kiwi movies

by NEVIL GIBSON The New Zealand feature film industry can take a bow for its best year ever. Not just for the number released — at least 10 had decent cinema...

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...

25 years as a Catholic apologist sees empathy grow

Apologetics is that branch of theology that defends the faith with reasoned arguments. St Stephen was doing apologetics before Christians were even called Christians and St Paul seems to savour his intellectual jousts with...

NZ history returns with a vengeance

by NEVIL GIBSON It’s not often a film gets a second life after 30 years and can be presented as something new. In the case of Utu Redux (NZ Film Commission),...

Fuelled by the good music we love

“This music makes me sad: can you put something else on?” asked the sous chef.  Funny how the same piece of music can produce different responses in different people. I was head waiter in...

Moving book that emphasises God’s loving mercy

THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY by Pope Francis (McMillan Publishers NZ Ltd, 2016); $37.99. Reviewed by PAT LYTHE. This book is the result of a conversation Pope Francis had...

This 100-page book packs a powerful punch

 Reviewed by PAT LYTHE. Love's Urgent Longings, this slim (100 pages) book, packs a powerful punch as retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, whose book Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church (2007) caused...

Music that values craft and soul

“I remember all of it … Let me take you back,” said musician and producer John Simon at the start of the Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Concert at the...

Live a life lit up by love’s splendour

On our fridge sits a daily desk calendar with quotes from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Retired prayerfully and peacefully to a former convent in a corner of the Vatican with his books, piano and...

Obedience tests seek limits

by NEVIL GIBSON A recent article on Middle East issues in Atlantic magazine by foreign policy expert David Ignatius starts with an observation made by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard...

Unearthing the secret weapon of the Somme

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY If the atomic bomb was the most terrible weapon of World War II, then probably heavy artillery or the machine gun were the worst weapons of World...

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...

Holocaust denial case revisited

Courtroom dramas demand a full quota of theatrics and two compelling sides of an argument. The defamation case brought in 1996 by British author David Irving against an American academic,...

Fullbrook’s latest is excellent barbecue time listening

by SAMUEL HARRIS Like any good New Zealander I spent a bit of time last month ensuring my barbecue was char-ready for Waitangi Day. What with one thing and another —...

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...

Cult, family clash in science fiction thriller

The use of parallel universes, sometimes known as alternative reality, is a common feature in science fiction and its movie spinoffs. A couple of good recent examples were Another Earth and Source Code, both released in 2011. The latest, Midnight Special...

Life is messy, yet God is present

MARY’S WAY — the power of entrusting your child to God, by Judy Landrieu Klein, (Ave Maria Press, 2016, Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $36.99. Reviewed by SHANNON ROBERTS Mary’s...

Bishops publish new policy booklet on Christian funerals

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has published a new booklet on liturgical policy for Christian funerals and guidelines for tangihana. The 36-page booklet is entitled For Those Who Believe:...

This lady’s no plain Jane

The works of Jane Austen have created about 60 screen adaptations from just six novels. That doesn’t include her first short work of fiction, written in the epistolary form around 1794 when she was 18. It was never...

Alpine setting lifts backstage drama

by NEVIL GIBSON Quality screenplays written with particular actors in mind are relatively rare. Yet that appears to be the case with Clouds of Sils Maria (Pinnacle Films), which is...

Annual box office reviews: Quirky humour, wars, spies excel in 2015

by NEVIL GIBSON The annual box office reviews show young adult fantasy and comic-book heroes are still the most popular fare at the cinema. Fast-paced action and real-life dramas are...

Movie Review: Noah

By John Mulderig NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Noah" (Paramount), which begins as a fairly straightforward recounting of the biblical story of the flood, eventually veers off into a grim, scripturally...

Pixar delves into the mind

by NEVIL GIBSON The phenomenal creative and financial success of the Pixar Animation Studios was never guaranteed. In the early days, co-founder Ed Catmur recounts in his book Creativity Inc,...

Two great minds in a turbulent age

THE DEBATERS by Barth Hoogstraten (Lulu Publishing, rev. June 2015, supplied by Amazon); $29.52. Reviewed by DANIEL J. STOLLENWERK. The late 15th century was a turbulent time in Europe. An...

Encouraging action on ecological issues

Reviewed by PAT LYTHE Living in the Planet Earth, the latest by Accent Publications, speaks right into one of the major issues of our time and challenges those of us who live and worship...

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Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...