Saturday, January 19, 2019

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

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...

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...

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...

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...

Beatty wants to be a billionaire

It’s hard to believe Warren Beatty has been one of Hollywood’s fixtures for nearly six decades since he first appeared opposite Natalie Wood in Splendour in the Grass (1961). Just...

Remember the needy and vulnerable

“Christmas . . . all the treasure and the trash,” sings Australian musical icon Paul Kelly in his song How to Make Gravy. Go and look it up online now,...

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...

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...

Worthwhile and sound, solid advice

LETTER TO MY BROTHERS — Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests by Stephen. J. Rossetti (Ave Maria Press, 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $32.50. Reviewed by Fr MICHAEL...

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...

A realistic look at family life

by NEVIL GIBSON Life in the movies can’t be much more realistic than using the same cast over a dozen years playing their characters as they age. Documentary makers have used...

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,...

Leading a revival of biblical blockbusters

by NEVIL GIBSON It’s two generations since major Hollywood studios produced blockbusters based on biblical themes. So the release of Noah (Paramount) will be watched with keen interest in its commercial fortunes as...

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...

Visual feast from Japanese master

by NEVIL GIBSON Japan is a giant in the world of animation, but has followed a different path from Hollywood’s pioneering Walt Disney and, more recently, the use of computer generation by...

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...

Business trip leads three astray

by NEVIL GIBSON A top 10 list of the best films about business is unlikely to have any from the past year or so. In fact, such a list of...

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...

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...

Diversity dominates year’s best films

The response to calls for more diversity and racial balance in casts dominates this year’s best film lists. The comic-based blockbusters have started running out of steam and are also...

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...

The feminist who made Versailles

by NEVIL GIBSON The Church undergoes its annual renewal during the lenten period and much the same is happening in moviegoing. The feast of Hollywood award winners is over and the...

Monk’s mission at summit

The global political agenda each year is studded with summits of world leaders. Some are more interesting than others, depending on which issues are topical at the time. The meetings...

Codebreakers raise topical issues

by NEVIL GIBSON Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the gathering of military intelligence has moved from being the difference in victory or defeat to one...

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...

Rugby ‘doco’ kicks for effect

by NEVIL GIBSON At their best, fly-on-the-wall documentaries reveal more about their subjects than they would admit, while also reinforcing their own self-beliefs. Kiwi husband and wife team Christopher Pryor and Miriam...

Too much of a good thing?

by NEVIL GIBSON The British magazine Sight & Sound reported this month that cinemas and their audiences are becoming overwhelmed by too many films. A couple of decades ago, a typical...

World War I’s ‘lost generation’

by NEVIL GIBSON The trenches and field hospitals of World War I have already occupied much TV and cinema screen time this year. TV has shown two similar series of young women...

Rawness of prose suits topics

ALWAYS A GRUNT by Mike Ledingham (BMS Books, 2014. Available from BMS Books, Rotorua: www.bms.co.nz, or inquire at booksellers); $29.95. Reviewed by PETER GRACE. This 150-page paperback consists of 14...

Songs that are measured, honest and true

“This collection of songs came out of a hard time, including loss and relocation,” singersongwriter Grant-Lee Phillips told music site Noisetrade, talking about his latest album The Narrows. That “hard time” has produced a...

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Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is a Member of The New...