Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

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...

An enlightening and inspiring focus on prayer

by Delia Ruane I found this book by Richard Leonard, a Jesuit priest, the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office, consultant to the Australian Bishop’s Media Committee, film critic and international...

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...

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...

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...

Desert trek sparks life of fame

by NEVIL GIBSON Robyn Davidson’s epic 2700km desert trek from Alice Springs to the west coast of Australia accompanied only by four camels and a dog is the stuff of...

Better ways to sell us self-seal bags

by SUSAN FOGARTY Instead of looking at a programme, this week Monitor’s going to look at what goes, sometimes annoyingly, frustratingly, around the shows we love. pop up endlessly, right...

Revisiting Rome’s dolce vita

by NEVIL GIBSON The annual best foreign language film award in the Oscars is considered a hangover from the days when world cinema needed special recognition amid the dominance of Hollywood. But like...

3-Mile Limit : How radio pirates changed broadcasting

by NEVIL GIBSON For most people, the acceptance of privately owned commercial radio and television stations is not a matter of contention. But just over four decades ago that was not the...

Migrants story heads Italian film festival

by NEVIL GIBSON Although its heyday as a force in world cinema is behind it, the thriving Italian industry continues to make several dozen films a year. At its best, Italian...

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),...

Fathers, sons in male melodrama

by NEVIL GIBSON The latter half of the 1950s in Hollywood were times of big budgets and big ideas that reflected a period of relative prosperity after decades of war...

Whisky heist holds up a social mirror

by NEVIL GIBSON Kenneth Loach is one of the few British directors whose name in the credits means more than his cast. He first attracted attention with a TV play, Cathy...

School’s out, so let the fun begin

by ADAM SHAW NEW YORK (CNS) — School’s out, and the local country club is the focus of fun in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Fox 2000). This...

Prodigies play for their lives in war drama

by NEVIL GIBSON The best war movies these days are less about the horrors of conflict than the effects on people. Cinema technology has also moved on so that combat is...

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...

Hunter becomes prey in Nordic thriller

by NEVIL GIBSON Sociologists, cultural critics and, no doubt, even theologians have tried to explain why Nordic crime thrillers have become so popular in the English-speaking world and elsewhere. Crime rates...

Clooney avoids Caesar’s fate

by NEVIL GIBSON American politics, at least to outsiders, is an extravagant and expensive business. Over the years, Hollywood has risen to the occasion with many excellent films that have depicted...

Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business

Knockabout Pacific humour thrives on stereotypes and having fun. This doesn’t translate easily to the big screen. But Sione’s Wedding was a hit and the gang is back in...

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...

Documentary drives to extremes

by NEVIL GIBSON Brazilian racing car driver Ayrton Senna sought perfection in challenging the world’s best Formula 1 circuits — and publicly linked his success with his closeness to God. "If...

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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...