Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Netflix spent $5 Million on a replica Sistine Chapel then destroyed it

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Netflix spent US$5 million to construct a replica of the Sistine Chapel for the movie The Two Popes.  Immediately after the shooting, that majestic set was destroyed. The film’s writer, Anthony McCarten, described its destruction as a “crime.” Read more

Young people make short films about hope; huge response

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
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The theme “Moved by Hope” inspired hundreds of short film submissions from young people from across the world to a new Catholic-run international film festival. The festival strives to embrace, encourage and empower every young person to become the voice of hope and solidarity. “You, young people, are the architects of the future, signs of Read more

James Bond thought about being a preist

Monday, October 18th, 2021

In the last Bond film, Spectre, 007 tell his love-interest, Madeleine Swann, that if he had not joined the intelligence service he would have become a priest. Many critics have felt he’d become too far removed from Fleming’s initial character. But maybe this was a reflection on the actor who has incarnated Bond for the Read more

Roll out blue carpet for drive-in screening of movie ‘Fatima’

Monday, August 10th, 2020

More than 70 cars lined up last Tuesday night for a screening of “Fatima” — a new movie about the Virgin Mary’s reported 1917 appearances to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal — complete with photographers to capture cars arriving on the blue carpet and some screening-day swag — “Fatima” face masks. Read more

The 10 best Irish movies of all time

Monday, April 6th, 2020

What makes a movie stay in your memory and you watch it over and over again? Ireland has a proud tradition of producing some of the industries finest films; films that have gained worldwide popular and critical acclaim. Read more

12 Catholic movies to watch during social distancing

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

With picture theatres shutting down across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, people are turning to streaming platforms to occupy their time during social distancing. Here’s a list of quality films that are perfect to engage Catholics in thoughtful reflection. Read more

Ōtatki hosts biggest indigenous film festival in southern hemispere

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
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The small town of Ōtaki, in New Zealand, is hosting the largest indigenous film festival in the southern hemisphere, The Māoriland Film Festival. The festival runs from 18 to 22 March. The theme is Me Reretau – Be in Balance. It offers stories that seek harmony in an increasingly discordant world. The seventh annual festival Read more

Hawking, Churchill, Queen and now The Two Popes

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins take a lighthearted look at papal authority in a “buddy” movie. Critics say their performance is a “masterclass” in acting. The Two Popes is a Netflix movie written by novelist and screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Born and raised in New Plymouth, McCarten attended Francis Douglas Memorial College and went on to Read more

Silent films awoken with live organ score at Feilding church

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

A pair of antique instruments brought each other new life in Feilding. A collection of silent films was played with a live organ accompaniment at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church last Saturday. Read more

Mary Magdalene has some NZ connections

Monday, March 19th, 2018
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Australian movie director Garth Davis is looking forward to visiting New Zealand over the next few days to promote his new movie, Mary Magdalene. He says he has a deep affection for New Zealand. “I’ve got the time to enjoy the process of releasing this movie, so I’m going to enjoy being able to talk Read more