A Chat With Stu G: God at the Bottom of Life

A Chat With Stu G: God at the Bottom of Life

We sometimes envy those with successful careers, but – as public figures from Tony Hancock to Caroline Aherne have shown us – inside their skin, they may be living in a far more fearful world than their public face reveals. Stu Garrard had lots going for him. Guitarist with trailblazing worship band Delirious?, he had […]

A portrait of the artist Giacometti

A portrait of the artist Giacometti

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Final Portrait (cert. 15) tells the story, slowly, of how in 1964 artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asked American writer James Lord (Armie Hammer) to pose for a portrait. It was for one afternoon at Alberto’s Paris studio, but three weeks later, he was still working on it – […]

Music Choice: Stu Garrard – Beatitudes

Musical projects that draw in various artists seem rarer at the moment, but this one certainly sells the value of getting good musicians together to make a statement. There can’t be a much better statement than highlighting Jesus’ culture-shifting words in the Sermon on the Mount – hence the title of the accompanying book: Words […]

Another Inconvenient reminder

Another Inconvenient reminder

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Ten years on from An Inconvenient Truth, mostly a film of Al Gore’s lecture on global warming, Gore revisits the issue in An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power (cert. PG). The Paris Agreement is a highlight, and even Trump’s official withdrawal of the USA from its goals […]

Besson helms another sci-fi epic

Besson helms another sci-fi epic

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (cert. 12A) is a futuristic epic written and directed by Luc Besson, adapted from a French comic book series. Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997) has become a favourite sci-fi film for many, and this is likely to repeat that, albeit it’s […]

A romcom with a different angle

A romcom with a different angle

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   The Big Sick (dir. Michael Showalter, cert. 15) is hardly a title designed to entice, but it’s a fine and emotionally charged romcom, based on the writers’ own story. In Chicago, stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani, son of Pakistani Muslim immigrants, falls for student Emily Gordon – that’s the […]

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