Slant Critics: Two Intriguing Year’s-Best Lists.

I’m listening to the critics at Slant Magazine this year.

Why? Well, because both of them picked The New World as the best film of 2005, having seen only a hastily fashioned awards-consideration version.

Looking at their picks for this year, I’m already agreeing with several of their choices. And some of them I haven’t seen yet, but I’ll have to get out to track them down now.

I’ll be publishing my list on New Year’s Day, but that’ll be just an early version. Several key 2005 films are still on my must-see list.

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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.

  • jasdye

    i actually want to see ‘blades of glory’ now. and then turn to my right and ask Jesus if he thought it was funny enough.

  • Stephen

    Yep, those big screen crotch grabs cause me to stumble everytime…

  • Phill Lytle

    If you scroll down the list, one reader states that he did not watch The Nativity Story because ” How can you look at Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) who is knocked up by her boy friend and feel a true portrayal of the Virgin Mother?” I hope he was joking.

    Did he feel that Jim Caviezel as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ was a true portrayal of Christ? There is so much wrong with that line of thinking. How did we (Christians) get like this?

  • Nate

    I’m still not a huge fan of Miami Vice. I enjoy their lists though and I’m finally convinced that I need to see L’Enfant.

  • Stephen

    Interesting! It’s done in a really nice format too. I’m glad to see THE PROPOSITION mentioned. It deserves to be seen, more than Mel’s latest does imho…

  • Christian Hamaker

    I’ve been reading a lot of Slant this year, and I enjoy the way it takes delight in going its own way, unapologetically endorsing films that other critics can’t stand, and slamming those that are critical favorites.

    But still, Ed Gonzalez has “Little Children” on his “worst of 2006″ list? Another Slant writer told me he was avoiding that movie, based on what some of his colleagues had to say about it.

    Nobody’s perfect. It’s their loss.