Adaptation (2002)

May 2010 Update: This review is eight years old. It's been off of the website for a while because it needed some slight revisions. My first encounter with the movie was very, very different from my second viewing. I've watched it several times since then and come to appreciate it much, much more. So here is an updated version of my original review of Adaptation.-Here’s the pitch:Jeffrey Overstreet is a film critic with an assignment to review the bizarre, relentlessly clever movie A … [Read more...]

Days of Heaven (1978)

[This brief review was written as a summary for the Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List.] • Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick’s 1978 story of adultery on the Texas Panhandle, is set just before World War 1, but it resounds with echoes of Old Testament drama.In it, blast-furnace worker Bill (Richard Gere) gets in a fight with his foreman, ten goes on the run with his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) and little sister Linda. They settle as field workers for a rich farmer (Sam Shephard), who eve … [Read more...]

Greydanus: “No Movies, Please. We’re Catholic.”

Steven Greydanus is on a roll. His latest entries at The National Catholic Register are worth your attention. … [Read more...]

Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

An abridged version of this review by Jeffrey Overstreet was published earlier as a summary for the Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List. - “Ponderous”? Yes.“Slow”? Indeed.But Robert Bresson’s 1951 film Diary of a Country Priest is an undisputed classic. It was the third of thirteen films by Bresson who, according to Francois Truffaut, is to French movies what Mozart is to German music. And it may be the best entry point for appreciating his unique style.If this were a "Christian movie … [Read more...]


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