Specials: CT Readers Choose Best of ’07. The Passion of the Screenwriter. Is Juno Overrated?

Where does Evan Almighty rate higher than No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood?

In the Readers’ Choice Awards at Christianity Today Movies!

(Earlier, the CT Movies Critics Choice awards.)


The Passion of the Screenwriter

A screenwriter sued Mel Gibson and his production company on Monday, claiming he was misled by the actor-director into accepting a small payment for writing “The Passion of the Christ,” and was refused extra money when the film became a blockbuster.

More at Peter Chattaway’s FilmChat.


Juno needs to know that it’s possible for two people to agree on her Oscar chances…

Juno continues to win praise in this article by A.G. Harmon on the (newly redesigned!) site for Image journal.

…what Knocked Up begins, director Jason Reitman’s Juno perfects. The latter is a comedy in the way Flannery O’Connor meant comedy: as the best vehicle for the most profound of things. For the dialogue alone, Juno would be a triumph.

But the reviewer at Louisiana State University is not so dazzled.

“Juno” is a harmless delight, but in retrospect, it is a scantily sketched picture. On closer inspection, it fails to say anything significant about the travails of a pregnant 16-year-old, the effect of the pregnancy on her family or the difficulties in securing an adoption. Its success lies in keeping audiences entertained for 90 minutes; after that time, its hold on the mind wanes.

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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.

  • http://lookingcloser.org Jeffrey Overstreet

    Indeed, the very same Carolyn Arends.

  • http://www.danbuck.blogspot.com/ danbuck

    And I have a question. Is the author of the review of “The Ultimate Gift” the same Carolyn Arends who recorded that relentlessly catchy Christian tune called “Seize The Day”?

  • http://www.danbuck.blogspot.com/ danbuck

    WOW! To see “The Ulitmate Gift” on the same list as No Country and Once gives me a feel for the enormous diversity of your audience’s tastes. Holy smoke.