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

Festivals lighten winter gloom

By Nevil Gibson | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Quality films dry up in the northern hemisphere summer so the mid-winter film festivals here are a welcome alternative.

Marvel wins the double

By Nevil Gibson | June 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Box office success can never be guaranteed, even for blockbusters, but a lot of hype helps.

Tweeting with God – unpacking tradition in a modern way

By NZ Catholic Staff | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

TWEETING WITH GOD by Fr Michel Remery. (Freedom Publishing Books, Melbourne, 2017). 432pp $39.00AUD (Manual $19.95AUD 56pp) Reviewed by Sr SIAN OWEN, RSJ

Director’s sensitive look back home

By Nevil Gibson | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The theatricality of the Catholic liturgy is a natural lure for filmmakers, whether their intentions are honourable or subversive.