Off-topic: A Letter from Fallujah

I came across this link through Andrew Sullivan, who never ceases to offer challenging and insightful views (even if I often disagree with him.)

Here’s a letter from a U.S. soldier in Fallujah, recounting his experience of the battle and what the U.S. soldiers found there. A riveting read. And all the more reason for us to keep our troops supported with prayer.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Rob

    Jeffrey, read your own words:

    “Pokes fun at itself, and then turns on a dime to deliver some profoundly moving scenes near the end. Sure, it’s a hyperviolent revenge flick, but it never puts on airs to be anything more than a genre flick, and it plays that game with groundbreaking style, and a brilliant mix of fusion, homage, and parody.”

    Your thoughts on Kill Bill 2. Hmmm, could have applied to Sin City in my book. :-)

  • Adam Walter

    I haven’t seen the film yet (probably will tomorrow). But the question I have is this: can it really be that much more violent and disturbing than the films of Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” trilogy?

  • Christian

    Check out David Edelstein’s surprising rave over at Slate.

  • Anders

    Poland, as usual is an interesting read, but I find it hard to be lectured on “style over substance” by a guy who found Man on Fire to be a “good” example of this.

    I enjoyed bits of Man on Fire, but in the end Tony Scott’s films are almost unwatchable due to his “visual stylings”, which usually involve tons of jump cuts, high contrast elements and spinning cameras (see his BMW short “Ride With the Devil” to see how he can take a good idea and ruin it.

    As for blowing off Sin City merely because you don’t want to be “assaulted with sex and violence”: fair enough. I wouldn’t recommend the film to everyone. But at the same time, it’s not because “it’s something we’ve never seen before.” I’ve seen plenty of noir and plenty of Tarantino-esque stuff, but Sin City boils these things down to their elements and I think illuminates some of the things that make noir a popular genre. IIRC, you really liked Sky Captain. I think this film is similar, but instead of old pulp adventures we have a pulp noir.