Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

Helping our youth: a good place to start

STAND BY ME — Helping Your Teen Through Tough Times by John Kirwan, with Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell (Penguin Books, 2014); $40. Reviewed by TIM O’SULLIVAN. John Kirwan,...

Bill Murray dishes up seasonal cheer

by NEVIL GIBSON The absence of feel good films for Christmas has been previously noted in this column. It seems Hollywood now has to treat anything to do with religion...

A readable sign of hope for fairness

BUT IS IT FAIR? — Faith Communities and Social Justice ed. Neil Darragh (Accent Publications, 2014, avail- able from www.accentpublication.co.nz); $30. Reviewed by KEVIN McBRIDE. It was perhaps opportune that...

Movies could help your marriage

by NEVIL GIBSON Recent university research in the United States has studied the use of Hollywood movies in marriage counselling. The University of Rochester study found that couples who watched and...

Dictionary good but has a hard road

A to Z — A Basic Catholic Dictionary by Daniel L. Lowery, Revised and Edited by Mary M. McGlone (Ligouri: Ligouri Missouri, 2012, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $16.99. Reviewed...

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,...

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...

Italian films reflect social crisis

by NEVIL GIBSON The former glories of Italian cinema were on grand display in La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) earlier this year. Other glimpses are among the 18 features in this...

Story of Maori missionary is fascinating

HENARE WIREMU TARATOA — Noble Warrior by Patricia Brooks (Published by the author, available from 4 Briannell Valley Rd, Pyes Pa (patriciabrooks@xtra.co.nz)); $15 (including postage). Reviewed by GEMMA SINNOTT. is a...

Lucy plays loose with the truth

by JOHN MULDERIG NEW YORK (CNS) — No one can accuse French writer-director Luc Besson of having made a dull film in Lucy (Universal). But giddy sci-fi notions pepper his bizarre action...

Another treat from a well-loved author

GOULASH, GARAGE SALES AND GOD by Bernadette McCarver Snyder (Liguori Publications, 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $19.99. Reviewed by ANNA-MARIE BARRETT Goulash, Garage Sales and God is yet another...

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...

Broadway drama sizzles on screen

by NEVIL GIBSON The “golden years” of age seem no barrier to quality filmmaking. The number of directors working well past most people’s retirement is steadily growing. Just in the...

Jean Aunty has spent herself for children

by PETER GRACE New Zealand author Jean Watson was in her 50s when she started a life in India, helping orphans. She and New Zealand author Joy Cowley travelled together to India...

Timely reflections on NZ’s early Christian missionaries

Reviewed by PAT LYTHE. TE RONGOPAI 1814, TAKOTO TE PAI — Bicentenary Reflections on Christian Beginnings and Developments in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Allan Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham,...

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...

The good, the average and the awful a TV hit

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY What do Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol, The Voice Australia, and The X Factor have in common? No prizes for guessing the answer — the gruelling selection of...

A book to help us mature in faith

AS FAITH MATURES — Beyond the Sunday God by Mary Beth Werdel, PhD (Ligouri: Ligouri Missouri, 2012, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $25.50. Reviewed by DANIEL J. STOLLENWERK. century poet...

Special effects elevate Ape sequel

by JOHN MULDERIG, CNS Those super-sentient simians are back in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox). Though it’s not a film for kids, this latest addition to a franchise...

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...

Dozen of the best at yearly festival

by NEVIL GIBSON Whittling down this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival into a dozen picks, sight unseen, may seem foolhardy, given there’s a choice of more than 140 different offerings. Even the...

Irish priest tests life to the limit

by NEVIL GIBSON Like the New Zealand film industry, Ireland’s filmmakers operate in parallel to large budget international productions, with niche offerings that usually display the darker side of society. Although Jim...

When collecting ‘stuff’ gets out of control

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY Outside, the house looks normal. Inside is the greatest garage sale in history — toys, teddy bears, tennis racquets, books, clothes, ornaments, jugs, newspapers, crockery, knick knacks, cheap jewellery,...

A crowd-pleaser despite its flaws

by NEVIL GIBSON Only a handful of sports-themed Hollywood productions break through the barrier that Americans’ favourite codes do not have universal appeal. Baseball, gridiron football and basketball are minority sports...

Prayer book useful for leaders and young people

ENGLISH YOUTH PRAYER BOOK, ed. Fr Georg von Lengerke and Dorte Schromges, translated by (Ignatius Press, 2011, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $34.99. Reviewed by TERESA McNAMARA. As a youth...

Final of NZ show proves to be an anticlimax

by SUSAN FOGARTY If you’re uncertain about when the word “anticlimax” should be used, just watch the final episode of The Great Food Race (TV3). The final, which screened on April 27...

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...

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...

Old-fashioned heroes triumph

by NEVIL GIBSON As winter approaches, the movie year moves into blockbuster season to coincide with the Northern Hemisphere summer. Blockbusters are large budget films loaded with special effects and are aimed...

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...

Featured News

Celebrity chef priest to tell of food and God’s love

A priest, celebrity chef, martial arts instructor, break-dancer, award-winning author, radio and TV show host — Fr Leo Patalinghug — is coming to New Zealand in November with a message that centres around...