Reviews

Horror movie full of meaning

By Nevil Gibson | December 7, 2020 | 1 Comment

A series of real-life terrors has given the year’s output of horror films a fresh sense of relevance. While Covid-19 pandemic is still claiming lives it has yet to make a big screen presence. That is partly due to the sustained damage to the cinema industry, among others, of the … Read More about Horror movie full of meaning

Reddy stays steady

By Nevil Gibson | November 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Female-centred musical biopics seldom stray from the path of a shining star that fades due to male jealousy, lousy personal decisions, and some form of addiction. The gold standard is A Star is Born, which has been made three times since the original 1937 non-musical version. Its story of an … Read More about Reddy stays steady

Devil makes mayhem

By Rowena Orejana | October 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The link between endemic poverty and religious practice has dug a deep furrow in modern literature, particularly in the genre known as American Gothic. Though the term is specific to Grant Woods’s 1930 painting of a pioneering farming couple, it is now more descriptive of the rejection of rationality and … Read More about Devil makes mayhem

The art of confusion

By Nevil Gibson | October 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Most years produce an incomprehensible movie that is celebrated by critics and audiences alike. The year of Covid-19 looks likely to have more than its share since the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which many are hoping will lead to an industry recovery. Nolan is a leading practitioner in the … Read More about The art of confusion

How Catholics are responding to the leadership of Pope Francis

By Catholic News Service | September 29, 2020 | 1 Comment

“Can Francis Change the Church?” by Thomas Sweetser, SJ. Crossroad (Chestnut Ridge, New York, 2019). 174 pp., US$16.95. Reviewed by MITCH FINLAY (CNS).  What impact is Pope Francis having on the Church? This is the basic question on which this book reports. Rather than being a summary of wishful thinking on the Church’s future, it is based … Read More about How Catholics are responding to the leadership of Pope Francis

Makeover for movie miracles 

By Nevil Gibson | September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

by NEVIL GIBSON  When faced with a story of faith and miracles, moviemakers are likely to steer a middle course between scepticism and belief.  While overtly Christian films are readily accepted as mainstream fare these days – recent examples include Risen, Son of God, The Nativity Story – those based on miracles face … Read More about Makeover for movie miracles