Braking bad


As recent Hollywood legend goes, Baby Driver director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) dreamt up his film’s high concept as a student in the mid ‘90s. Moved by the garage rock bombast of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s (JSBX) 1994 single Bell Bottoms, Wright envisioned a muscular, Bullitt-style car-chase scene set to the track’s ...

Classy comeback for Spider-Man

After two film series – totalling five movies in fifteen years – and a celebrated Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) reintroduction in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming is aptly named.

Directed with ‘80s teen movie vigour by indie filmmaker Jon Watt (Cop Car), this Spider-reboot depicts Tom Holland’s 15-year-old polymath Peter Parker as he negotiates the pitfalls of juggling web-slinging ...

Not One for All

Review by David Southwell

Book | God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, And Why Their Differences Matter | Stephen Prothero

This 2011 book, written by Boston University religious studies Professor Stephen Prothero, promises to be a polemical broadside but mostly comprises a general introduction and overview of world religions.

Page turner

Review by Penny Mulvey

Book | Off the Page | Clare Boyd-Macrae

Clare Boyd-Macrae has a gift – to turn the mundane and the routine into something of beauty, of grace, of God.

Her latest book, Off the Page, faith reflections, is a collection of her writing published in The Age Faith column and The ...

Heart’s desire

Review by Craig Thompson

Book | Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation | James K.A. Smith

James K A Smith’s, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation is an accessible and valuable introduction to the nature and purpose of Christian worship. Drawing on contemporary understandings of the nature of the human being – ...

Mission and the art of powerful questions

In my sharing with gathered communities across our Church, I am convinced we are helped by those among us who can ask ‘powerful questions’.

Powerful questions is a term made popular by Canadian business strategist Eric Vogt who was convinced that:

  • questions are a prerequisite to learning;
  • questions are a window into ...

Wonder full

Review by Penny Mulvey

Movie | Wonder Woman | M

The basic premise of a superhero movie is that good triumphs over evil. The only grey to the story is that the personification of ‘evil’ has experienced something which tipped him (evil in the genre is normally male) into the world of darkness.

Historic truth

Review by Suzanne Yanko

Book | The embarrassed colonialist | Sean Dorney

Sean Dorney is an Australian journalist who has probably been the most trusted voice on Papua New Guinea affairs since he arrived in Moresby as a rookie ABC reporter in the early 70s. His thesis in this slim volume is simply that Australia needs ...

Stranger than fiction

Review by Nick Mattiske

Book | The Stranger in the Woods | Michael Finkel

One day in the 1980s a young man fed up with the modern world abandons his car by the side of the road and disappears into the woods of the northeast United States, where he remains for the next 30 years, living ...

Pope fiction

Review by TIM LAM


In the 2000-year history of the Roman Catholic Church, there has never been a Pope quite like Pius XIII, the fictional pontiff played by Jude Law in the new HBO series The Young Pope.

Born Lenny Belardo, Pius XIII is the first American Pope and the youngest ...