Through a Screen Darkly 2: Even Darklier

The curtain just went up on my new monthly column at Christianity Today Movies. It’s named after my “memoir of dangerous moviegoing.”


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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.

  • pongman

    About The Island, you wrote,
    “The Island is one of the most provocative parables to reach American moviegoers in years.”
    After watching the movie and reading this, I was wondering what the story is a parable for. Who represents who/what? Even though I didn’t catch the parable part, I did love the movie and saw it twice! Thanks for finding the “diamonds in the rough.”

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    That may be… but then you don’t get to keep the movie. And the short film that comes with each release. And the extras…

  • facesunveiled

    Actually, it turns out that Netflix has an exclusive partnership with Film Movement, so maybe it’s ok. Read their press release here:

  • facesunveiled

    Not to discourage anyone from subscribing to Film Movement, since it sounds like a good company, but it looks like all of their movies become available as Netflix Watch Instantly titles after their public release.

  • facesunveiled

    I saw the headline and thought for a horrifying moment that you were praising the Michael Bay movie The Island. But this Russian Island sounds good. I’ll have to check it out sometime.

  • Timothy Grant

    Congrats Jeffrey. Based on your Tweet I posted a blog entry commemorating the occasion.

  • volck


    I’m delighted you wrote about The Island (AKA Ostrov), the movie which has been on my mind for weeks now, ever since I watched it twice through in short order. Superlatives miss the mark. For all its quiet lack of pretension, this is an astonishing film in every way.