Thursday, November 15, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

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...

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...

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...

Socialite singer spotlighted

Hollywood ’s most honoured actress, Meryl Streep, has more than met her match with France’s Catherine Frot in their latest roles. Probably more by accident than design, both of their latest films are about the same person. Many dozens of  successful French films...

Authenticity drives duo’s music

“Help me out / My friends and I, we’ve got a lot of problems ... While you’re doing fine, there’s some people and I/ Who have a really tough time getting through...

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...

Drone drama flies on moral dilemmas

War films typically come in two kinds: straightforward action shows that depict heroism or have a satisfactory outcome, and those where conflicting motives produce uncertain outcomes.  History also judges specific wars  into those that had...

For those with a desire to be affected by music:...

One place I go looking for ideas for this column is the several boxes of CDs which have survived recent downsizing efforts in our house and are now residing...

Sky-high choices get better

by NEVIL GIBSON Nearly 800,000 long-distance trips were made by New Zealanders last year. They travelled to Asia, Europe and across the Pacific on flights lasting at least nine hours. In-flight entertainment (IFE) systems have become a...

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...

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...

The passion of the Coens

by NEVIL GIBSON Distinct comedy styles are usually based on genres rather than those of individuals who specialise on a smaller palette. A few examples are the droll and self-effacing concoctions...

Lorde’s lyrics a timely reminder to keep it real

by SAMUEL HARRIS Singer Ella Yelich-O’Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, was in the news recently for her purchase of a flash house on a flash street in a...

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...

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 —...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Faith in letters and memories

VALLEY OF FAITH — Sisters of Mercy in Pawarenga 1927–1990 (Available at St Mary’s Convent, New Street, Auckland, ph. 360 8009); $25. Reviewed by BEATE MATTHIES. The cover picture Tangiwai...

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...

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...

Worship: A wonderful testament to our nation’s faith

WORSHIP — A History of New Zealand Church Design by Bill McKay (photography by Jane Ussher) (Penguin, Random House, 2015); $85. Reviewed by TERESA WACKROW. In September this year...

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...

Moralities clash in Cold War drama

by NEVIL GIBSON One of the most educative roles for movies is to bring history to life. Although Hollywood has treated some historical events egregiously, those usually deal with events...

A fitting tribute to school’s founders

ON THIS ROCK — 75 Years of St Peter’s College, Mountain Road by Matt Elliot, 2015 (Available from St Peter’s College, (09) 524-8108, admin@st-peters.school.nz); $35, plus postage (if required)....

American drug drama puts action above morality

by NEVIL GIBSON Like heaven and Earth or black and white, the borderlands between the United States and Mexico depict opposites — the contrast between the rule of law and the...

Space saga sets new heights

by NEVIL GIBSON It’s hard to believe premium space adventures just keep getting better — not just in their technical quality, but in their story ideas. Most blockbusters of the comic...

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...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...