Friday, September 21, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

Much more than an important pastoral handbook

CANON LAW IN ACTION by Brendan Daly (St Paul’s Publications, 2015); $36 (incl. postage). Reviewed by PATRICIA HANNAN. Msgr Brendan Daly is the principal of Good Shepherd College and a...

Oscar hopefuls aren’t all the best

The nine nominations for best motion picture in the Hollywood Academy Awards don’t tell the full story of last year’s viewing. The same applies to the Baftas, the British...

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...

The Catholic Voices approach to defending the Faith

HOW TO DEFEND THE FAITH WITHOUT RAISING YOUR VOICE by Austen Ivereigh and Kathryn Jean Lopez (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). 192pp. Reviewed by PAT McCARTHY. It’s a situation we’ve...

Herzog investigates the Internet

Few film-makers can look back on a career as varied as German director Werner Herzog. Now 73, he had early arthouse hits such as Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970), Fata Morgana (1971) and Aguirre, the...

Celebrating 150 years of the icon of love

FOUNTAIN OF GRACE – celebrating 150 years of the Icon of Love by Jim McManus, CSsR, (Redemptorist Publications, 2015, Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $27.50. Reviewed by Fr MERVYN...

Good things from the West Coast

GOD KNOWS WHERE THEY COME FROM! — Four Faith Stories from Hokitika (Craigs Design & Print Limited, Invercargill, 2014; www.craigprint.co.nz); $29.90. Reviewed by Bishop PATRICK DUNN. This is a fascinating...

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...

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...

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...

A worthy gift from father to child

“Six top pop-rock songs for a top son": that was the working title for this piece (my wife detested it). It’s been kicking around in my head since my boy was born several weeks...

Al Gore’s climate apocalypse

New Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has declared climate change is her generation’s “nuclear-free moment”. She may be right. The antinuclear movement was launched amid fears of an apocalyptic end to...

An intimate look at Churchill

The rewriting of history by filmmakers is an occupational hazard for audiences. Most aren’t as egregious as some of Hollywood’s biggest distortions, such as Mel Gibson’s William Wallace in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kiwi band gets on with stuff

“Seems to me that the musicians  responsible for the soundtrack to filmmaker Taika Waititi’s recent triumph Hunt for the Wilderpeople played no small part in its success. The band goes by the name...

Tweeting with God – unpacking tradition in a modern way

TWEETING WITH GOD by Fr Michel Remery. (Freedom Publishing Books, Melbourne, 2017). 432pp $39.00AUD (Manual $19.95AUD 56pp) Reviewed by Sr SIAN OWEN, RSJ Most people have at least a limited...

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...

Money, sport mix in creepy thriller

by NEVIL GIBSON The Du Pont name in American business goes back to the earliest days of the republic, and the estate belonging to one of its richest heirs is...

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...