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Stylish remake

Stylish remake

Volume 17, Issue 11The OmenStarring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Mia Farrow. Directed by John Moore. Rated MA 15+. 110 mins.I THINK I HAVE HEARD IT ALL now. A print journalist recently interviewed me about the release of this film on the 6/6/06 and informed me that some Australian mothers were not wanting to deliver their babies, especially their sons, on that date. I didn’t believe her so I rang an obstetrician friend of mine who confirmed it. He had no elective caesarian sections scheduled for 6 June, and told me that people whose babies were due around that time were “very conscious...

A global village

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If the World were a Village: A Book about the World’s People
David J. Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, Allen & Unwin, $16.95, paperback, 32 pages

THE CONCEPT OF THE WORLD being a ‘global village’ has been around for some decades now. Technologies such as television and the internet have given us unprecedented access to the rest of the planet. Given the known effects that the actions and lifestyle of one group of people can have on people elsewhere (such as the excessive use of resources by the First World), and also on the transformation of the planet’s ecology, being informed on our global ‘neighbours’ now seems part of our responsibility regarding having an informed conscience.

Meditation school

Christian MeditationVolume 17, Issue 10

Christian Meditation
Laurence Freeman OSB and others, ABC Audio, $24.95, compact disc, 73 minutes

BEGINNING IN THE SIXTIES, there was a disillusionment among many Western people regarding their own culture and religions, as well as a spread of fascination with Eastern spirituality. The practice of reciting a single word, or mantra, as a form of meditation became widespread.

Mixed blessings

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The Da Vinci Code
Starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany and Jean Reno. Directed by Ron Howard. Rated M. 149 mins.

THE DA VINCI CODE BOOK has been a mixed blessing for Catholicism. On the one hand it has started people talking about the origins and history of Christianity at the pub, over dinner and around the ‘barbie.’ No one or nothing else I know has been able to achieve that laudable outcome.

A journey of self-discovery

Volume 17, Issue 9 

Two for the Money
Starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughy, Rene Russo, Armand Assante, Jeremy Piven and Jaime King.
Directed by D.J. Caruso. 222 mins. Rated M.

SCRIPTURE IS OFTEN QUOTED as saying that ‘money is the root of all evil.’ That is not quite exact. The actual quotation is that ‘the love of money is the root of all evil.’ That is certainly the text for Two for the Money. It is a film about gambling, more specifically about gambling addiction. This reviewer had to react carefully as gambling is not one of his favourite pastimes.

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