Reviews

Marvel’s back in business

By Nevil Gibson | July 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Cinema operators feared for their industry when the major Hollywood studios withheld movies during the height of the Covid-19 closures. Now that most cinemas have reopened in North America and Europe, as well as in the major Asian markets, those fears have subsided.   This year’s box office trends in New … Read More about Marvel’s back in business

De Gaulle’s darkest hours  

By Nevil Gibson | July 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Unlike their World War II allies, the French produced few movies about their military and political leadership before and after the German invasion of 1940. Instead, they tackled tricky subjects such as collaboration with the Nazis, the deportation of Jews, and the role of the Resistance.  Britain, by contrast, has … Read More about De Gaulle’s darkest hours  

Festivals make comeback

By Nevil Gibson | July 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Festivals have returned to cinemas and look here to stay. The New Zealand International Film Festival has moved to later in the year, hoping to get newer entries, but leaving a gap filled by France and Italy. French festivals have long been strongly supported by its government-backed industry. Last year, … Read More about Festivals make comeback

A life of faith commitment covered

By NZ Catholic contributor | May 28, 2021 | 1 Comment

ADVENTURES OF A PILGRIM, by Don Brebner (289pp, 2020; available from the author at 12 Vantage Place, Omokoroa  3114, price $30). Reviewed by PAT McCARTHY. In 2019, Rod Orange published his See Judge Act, a New Zealand history of the leadership training movements developed by the Belgian priest (and later … Read More about A life of faith commitment covered

Frontier drama needs patience

By Nevil Gibson | May 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Productivity Commission recently defined the country’s top 10 exporting companies as frontier firms. They were progressive, innovative, forward-thinking and outward-looking. America has produced a rich vein of frontier films to depict the expansion of foreign settlers into lands occupied by indigenous peoples. New Zealand, too, has depicted its frontier … Read More about Frontier drama needs patience

Time for every purpose

By Nevil Gibson | May 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

If every day seems to be like yesterday, and the one you might have tomorrow, you are in a “time loop”, or sensing what the French call déja vu. It’s popped up several times lately in movies, perhaps reflecting or coinciding with the past year of lockdowns and people working remotely … Read More about Time for every purpose