Chattaway on "The New World." And no, we’re not the same person.

Today, for the first time in our… golly, ten-year friendship? … I received an email from someone asking if Peter Chattaway was one of my pseudonyms.

Wow.

We do show up in a lot of the same places online and in print. But we frequently disagree on films, and sometimes clash mightily.

This time, though, we’re both recommending that you rush out and see The New World. My review was posted earlier today. In 2006, it’s going to be a hard movie to beat on my Year’s Best list.

Now, here’s Chattaway’s review. But his is cool because he got to interview Pocahontas. Lucky devil.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Hey, Jeff, for what it’s worth, I’ve got Sam Phillips listserv archives going back to February 14, 1995, and the first post of yours I can find there is dated July 23, 1996 — so, yeah, almost ten years sounds about right! :)

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Ten years? Possibly. I do know that the first time I met you in person was almost exactly eight years ago — on February 9, 1998 — when we saw The Apostle in Seattle together. I guess it’s possible that we knew each other online for a couple years before that… (FWIW, I first got an e-mail account in September 1994.)


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