The Movie That Harry Can’t Tell You About. Plus: Win a Wall-E poster!

Is this the year that an animated movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

Here’s hoping…

Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool…

I can’t tell you about arguably the best film Walt Disney has ever had its name on – and I certainly can’t go into how it is one of the absolute best hard science fiction films made in my adult life – and I won’t be able to go on and on about how it’s an incredible work of speculative future mythology the likes of which, I’ve never seen… whilst also being wildly entertaining and thought-provoking to literally all ages.

I wouldn’t say PIXAR has done it again, because honestly… They’ve never ever made a film this great before. Don’t get me wrong – I love love love the TOY STORYS, MONSTER INC, RATATOUILLE and THE INCREDIBLES… but this… This was gasp inducing.

This single handedly made me forget every other film I’ve seen this year. I’ve seen WALL*E and I can’t wait to do so again.

And so, in honor of this classified project, I am hereby announcing…

The Wall-E poster contest!!

Here’s what you must do to get your hands on a BEAUTIFUL new Wall-E poster:

Write a review (600+ words) of a feature film released in 2008 that I have *not* reviewed here at Looking Closer and turn it in by June 30. (You can see which films I’ve reviewed here.) Send that review to joverstreet [at] gmail [dot] com.

Consider what I like in a Looking Closer review: Consideration of the film’s artistry and meaning.

My favorite entries will be published here, with a link to the website of your choice.

If your review is my favorite of the stack, I’ll send you a Wall-E poster in the mail!

Selected reviews will become part of the Looking Closer archive. It’s okay with me if you’ve already posted the review elsewhere, but if you submit a review, you’re giving me permission to use it at my website as I see fit. (And if it’s already been published elsewhere, you must have permission to republish it.) But don’t worry, I won’t re-write your review. You won’t find your name on a review that’s been rewritten to reflect the reviews of someone else, like I keep hearing from the critics who have quit working for Movieguide.


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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.

  • teleguy2

    For a guy that can’t tell us anything about the film, he sure said a lot.

    I’m sold.