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

Diversity dominates year’s best films

By Nevil Gibson | November 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

The response to calls for more diversity and racial balance in casts dominates this year’s best film lists. The comic-based blockbusters have started running out of steam and are also trying to change their gender stereotypes. November provides a convenient gap to sum up the year as the pre-Oscar season … Read More about Diversity dominates year’s best films

Race drama BlacKkKlansman packs punch

By Nevil Gibson | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Far from ignoring American race relations, Hollywood  filmmakers have been in the thick of it for decades. The rise of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, most recently depicted in LBJ, was accompanied by such classics of the liberal conscience as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967) and In the … Read More about Race drama BlacKkKlansman packs punch