Saturday, September 22, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

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...

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...

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...

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...

History creates Oscar bait

Movies “based on actual events” are often sure bets in the annual Hollywood awards season. Dunkirk set the pace with a midyear release, while many think leaving that as late as possible creates a fresher...

Anti-heroes of the lone star state

Few  would argue that the big open skies and arid landscapes of Texas have produced some of the best classic and modern westerns. As far back as the 1950s and...

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...

Greek myth inspires thriller

The French theory of “auteurism” has proved a valuable way to view and analyse films. Though it originated in France as far back as the late 1940s, it has...

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...

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,...

What to do with fading resolutions

“Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer / My dear acquaintance, a happy new year,” sings Peggy Lee on her Winter Wonderland collection. In writing this piece I was surprised to discover so...

A fascinating read of the early Church

STORIES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY — Creative Retellings of Faith and History by van Thanh Nguyen, SVD (Liguori Publications, 2013, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $25.50. Reviewed by ANNA-MARIE BARRETT. Stories of...

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...

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...

A work of extraordinary tenderness

THE GIFT OF GRIEF — One son’s story following the death of his father by Andrew Stringfellow (Redemptorist Publications, 2015, Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $25.00; reviewed by DELIA...

Valuable resources to help us grow in personal prayer

PRAYING ON EMPTY: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Prayerful Self by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND. TwentyThird Publications (New London, Connecticut, 2017). 104 pp., US$12.95. THE TRANSFORMED HEART: Spirituality, Religion...

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...

Life behind the Iron Curtain

Living behind the Iron Curtain is distant history to those born after 1990. That includes a large proportion of cinema audiences and is perhaps the reason for a swag...

Fission limit before critical mass point

Last month, around the anniversary of the sinking in 1985 of the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior and the death of crewmember Fernando Pereira, many New Zealand publications carried...

Human-ape saga reaches climax

When French science fiction writer Pierre Boule’s Planet of the Apes was first filmed in 1968, it tapped into a widespread concern that civilisation was endangered by racial and...

The Internet’s real capacity to help form communion

FRIENDING GOD by Fr Antonio Spadaro, SJ. Crossroad Publishing Co. (New York, 2016). 90 pp., US$12.95. Reviewed by DAVID GIBSON (CNS) What hath technology wrought? With the Internet’s creation a...

Featured News

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...