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Racial spin on Vietnam war

By Nevil Gibson | July 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The wave of global protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement would have been no surprise to African-American writer-director Spike Lee. Since his debut feature, She’s Gotta Have It in 1986, he has provoked black and white audiences alike with movies that range from the highly personal and … Read More about Racial spin on Vietnam war

Putting theory into practice

By Nevil Gibson | July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Critics of the creative arts occasionally attempt their own artistic expression, while others try the reverse.  Hollywood filmmaker Paul Schrader was brought up in a strict Protestant household that banned access to movies and television. He studied movies in his university days, resulting in a 1972 book, Transcendental Style in Film. It … Read More about Putting theory into practice

A worthwhile investment for daily spiritual nourishment

By Catholic News Service | June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Who Do You Say I Am?: Daily Reflections on the Bible, the Saints and the Answer That Is Christ”, by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Image, New York, 2019). 369 pp, US$26. Reviewed by BRIAN OLSZEWSKI (CNS). Anyone who has ever heard Cardinal Timothy Dolan – in personal conversation, interviewed on TV, … Read More about A worthwhile investment for daily spiritual nourishment

‘Hollywood’ reinvents its past

By Nevil Gibson | June 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Viewing habits are adapting to post-Covid-19 conditions. One is the acceptance of “limited series” formats on streaming platforms that resemble standard-length features made for the big screen. These are not the padded-out crime stories using formulaic characters. At their best, series of four-to-eight episodes allow greater plot nuance and character development. … Read More about ‘Hollywood’ reinvents its past

Vatican publishes free book in response to pandemic

By Catholic News Service | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Vatican has published a free downloadable book of Pope Francis’ prayers and homilies responding to the trial and suffering of the coronavirus pandemic. Titled “Strong in the Face of Tribulation”, the book also contains suggestions for Catholics who are unable to receive the sacraments due … Read More about Vatican publishes free book in response to pandemic

Action galore in lockdown

By Rowena Orejana | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The outlook for the reopening of cinemas remains uncertain with local operators worried about the supply of new Hollywood features. Many major attractions have been delayed until late this year or even next year. Production of new movies is also in abeyance, leaving a hiatus of popular box office fare. … Read More about Action galore in lockdown