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Today’s specials:

  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars in Capote.

Feedback:
This letter came in to Christianity Today this week and made my day:

The Brothers Grimm. Too few movie reviewers give such attention to critical analysis, but Overstreet’s reviews are insightful, both because they tastefully express his opinions AND provide plenty of supporting evidence. As a fellow editor and writer, I’m impressed. – Kelly Tait

Thanks, Kelly!! I’m glad to hear you like what’s happening over at CT Movies. I’m so glad they’re giving room to Christian film critics who see beyond the sex/violence/profanity checklist that has been the basis of Christian “reviews” for so many years. The times, they are a-changin’.

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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.

  • Neb

    That trailer for Capote blows me away. Well, PS Hoffman blows me away. Isn’t he kind of tall to play Capote? Doesn’t matter, though, he’s got the guy nailed. Every time I see this guy he just impresses me again.

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    I am definately going to Read Too Pagan, Too Christian. Looks brilliant.

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Jeff, thanks for the update. I am sorry, I admit that up until recently with you and http://www.Millinerd.com and a hand full of others I was not aware that there were so many people out there actually interested in Artistic Expression and Faith. As a poet and would be comedian I am glad to know I am not in such a minority as I thought. I appreciate the info and will make sure to check him out.

    Joel, I agree with you man. I just want to go and enjoy the movie. Though I hope the subject of faith will arise from it with my un-saved loved ones, I just want to enjoy the movie. I’ve been jonesing this bad boy for a long time!

  • Joel Buursma

    The main item on Reel News was the site hyping “Narnia as evangelism”. My first reaction is “yaaaaggghh!” I have this fear that religion-hating watchdogs in the mainstream media will spoil it for all of us and turn it into this big deal.

    But I suppose it’s more likely that people will say that different people will be able to interpret the symbols & metaphors in Narnia differently. Which might be OK if it diffuses tension & allows reasonable dialog to occur, as well as the working of God in hearts.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    He’s also on the board for Image journal, and he’s involved in the restoration of C.S. Lewis’s home, The Kilns. He just got back from Oxford, in fact, where they dedicated a new garden there to Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw.

    Don’t tell me you don’t know who THEY are!

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Who’s Dick Staub?

    He’s one of the most passionate speakers one of the most eloquent writers on issues of faith and art that I’ve encountered. He’s a generous and wonderful guy, and a good friend. He teaches a course at SPU called “The Culturally-Savvy Christian.” (I’ve had the privilege of speaking to that class. He’s got a good thing going there.) He’s also hosted radio talk shows and interviewed a long list of distinguished guests.

    Look around here: http://www.dickstaub.com/

    Look up these Amazon items:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0787978949/qid=1125338621/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-1237349-4007868?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0310233151/qid=1125338667/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_2/103-1237349-4007868?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Who is Dick Staub? I don’t think I have heard of him before this, but amen to what he says. We are in desparate need of a modern renaissance.


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