The making of jihadists

By Nevil Gibson | April 21, 2020 | 1 Comment

Moviemakers have long been attracted to extremes in religious faith. This has ranged from hellfire and brimstone preachers in westerns to clerical abuse in more modern times.  Cults, too, have attracted much attention, with the emphasis on scams that prey on people’s vulnerabilities.  By contrast, genuinely inspirational movies have usually … Read More about The making of jihadists

Netflix’s top 10 of the year

By Nevil Gibson | January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than one in three New Zealand households subscribe to Netflix, the global heavyweight among streaming services, to watch movies and TV series. That is some 1.7 million adults, or four in 10 people aged 18 and over. They are heavy viewers and don’t exclude watching free-to-air television. In fact, … Read More about Netflix’s top 10 of the year

Friendship of convenience

By Nevil Gibson | December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hollywood keeps its best films until last — most years — as the annual awards season looms. Judges’ memories are considered short, so fresher is considered better. The arthouse and festival circuit operates differently, starting with Sundance and then Cannes in May, followed by other influential launch pads such as … Read More about Friendship of convenience

12 historic, inspiring homilies delivered in times of crisis

By Catholic News Service | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

by GEORGE MATYSEK, Jr. BALTIMORE (CNS) — As the Nazi regime systematically killed those it deemed mentally ill or “unproductive”, a fearless bishop of the Diocese of Munster, Germany, took to the pulpit in 1941 to denounce and challenge what was happening. If the right has been given to kill … Read More about 12 historic, inspiring homilies delivered in times of crisis

Koreans star on world screen

By Nevil Gibson | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Korea is not well known as a source of movies for New Zealand audiences, but that is changing. A growing market exists among Korean speakers — as it has for Chinese, Filipino and Indian movies — and distributors are meeting that need. But for non-Korean audiences, many of these fall … Read More about Koreans star on world screen

Hard dreams of Nashville

By Nevil Gibson | August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Music-related movies, as opposed to generic musicals, havebecome a box office juggernaut in the past 12 months. Elton John’s Rocketman ($2.6 million) has jumped to fourth place behind two Marvel blockbusters, Avengers: Endgame ($9.5 million) and Captain Marvel ($4.2 million), and the Disney musical Aladdin ($2.8 million). Last year, Bohemian … Read More about Hard dreams of Nashville