Sometimes you watch a trailer, then see the film and realise you saw all the best bits already. Sometimes watching the film reveals so much more than the two minute advertisement. Steve McQueen’s new film, Widows, is just such a film.Read More
Adolescent years are a challenge for the best of us. Questions about self-identity, our place in the world, who to love and how to express that swirl around as hormones surge and ebb.Read More
Some films can't be ignored... Human Flow is one of these.
What's it about? Spend 2 minutes with the trailer above to get an idea...
How do you deal with pain in your life? Two films that explore answers to this question are showing now…Read More
If one aspect of great art is an ability to enable us to deal with interior questions, then the genre of science fiction fits neatly. Whether in print or on the screen, science fiction has always had a capacity to deal with larger issues, sometimes in a way that other narrative based modes could not.Read More
2017 has well and truly started and we’ve seen some great films released already (LaLa Land anyone?) But you might have missed these in the heady rush of 2016. Look out for them on DVD or through your streaming service of choice...Read More
There's no doubt the work of encouraging the faith growth of everyone in the diocese is important. A measure of this is that some funding has been located to enable us to get more done!
Fiona Hammond has been employed for three days a week to...Read More
Carpenter Daniel Blake is a survivor. He’s had to be; his wife has died leaving him bereft but he must go on. Even a heart attack couldn’t stop him. But one thing just might: being caught between the fangs of a welfare bureaucracy that seems constructed to rob him of his self-respect and means of living.Read More
Read this sentence: In Texas, two brothers, one just trying to do the honourable thing, one just a little wild (and doomed to a dark end) stage bank jobs whilst being pursued by a day-before-retirement lawman. It sounds like a cliché, doesn’t it? Yet Hell of High Water takes that simple plot and...Read More
It can be easy to sum up the work of Spanish director Almodovar in a few words: Gaudy, loud, controversial, melodramatic. Yet Julieta confirms new strings to the director’s bow while maintaining some links with his past.Read More
Whilst some may claim The Beatles: Eight Days a Week tells us nothing new, that's churlish in the extreme. The Spotify generation for whom music is a digital abstraction deserve to experience the cheek, the chemistry, the wonder of The Beatles in full flight, on stage, in the studio and before the press where their wit is infectious. With more personality than any current chart toppers can muster, Ron Howard's Eight Days a Week captures a musical, social and cultural phenomenon with joy and wonderful verve.Read More
During a Marrakesh holiday to rekindle a fractured relationship, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) make acquaintance with loud Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgard). University lecturer Perry in particular falls under Dima’s spell, yet it is his desire to do the right thing that has him agreeing to...Read More
I haven't seen this film but it was recommended by a number of people over the weekend of Synod.Read More
Add one measure of Pixar’s Up and a few teaspoons of Thelma and Louise and you are on your way to understanding the recipe for New Zealand writer/director’s Taika Waititi’s latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. If that’s baffling, think on-the-run buddy movie with odd couple protagonists. The results? A lot of laughs!Read More
Ever sat in church during the bible readings and felt pictures forming in your mind’s eye as you listen? I don’t mean daydreaming about what chores you need to do when you get home! No, I mean mental images of the goings-on in the bible readings themselves; imagining the events as they happened. If you’re like me that happens almost every week. And more often than not, these pictures come to me from cinematic depictions of the narratives.Read More
David Hockney’s famous pop art painting of understatement and stillness, A Bigger Splash provides the name for this remake of the 1969 French film La Piscine which starred Alain Delon. Hockney’s painting, a masterpiece of restrained motion and clinical design couldn’t be further from the French original that revitalised Romy Schneider’s career. So where does this new version fit in?Read More
Doing some research into resources for preparation for Confirmation, I was reminded of this project a number of us worked on a little while back. Developed by a group of Brisbane Anglicans, this series of engaging and thought provoking videos exploring...Read More
Harking back to a simpler age, Brooklyn is film-making in the classic style: a well told story with beautiful performances that touches the heart and leaves you with some things to think about. But what are those?Read More
For a generation weaned on Game of Thrones, Justin Kurzel’s new version of Macbeth comes along at just the right time. Where that show’s author, George R R Martin seemingly gets more than his fair share of plot twists from the likes of Shakespeare, this version of the Scottish play takes a lean, bleak approach that matches the icy decline of its two main characters.Read More
In the wake of public accusations and murmuring about the director, is it possible to ignore an artist’s private life and appreciate the art?Read More