Fingertips – February 2011 #1: “Submarine”; “Micmacs”; Aronofsky; and Saying Farewell to Brian Jacques

Here is the first February batch of Fingertips:

I’m adding this to my must-see list. Echoes of Harold and Maude, Rushmore, Flirting… all good things.

Anne and I watched Micmacs this weekend. I love Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s films, especially Delicatessen and Amelie.

Micmacs is a lot of fun, but I admit, my favorite moment was the unexpected, fleeting appearance of two major characters from one of those two earlier films. Anne and I cheered. Did you catch the surprise?

Farewell to the prolific, beloved fantasy author Brian Jacques.

Darren Aronofsky is still thinking about making a movie about Noah.

Finally! Shatner is recording a heavy metal album.

A boredom conference? I think I would find this riveting…

“Brace yourself for five piping-hot minutes of inertia,’ said William Barrett. Then he began reciting the names of every single one of 415 colors listed in a paint catalog: damson dream, dauphin, dayroom yellow, dead salmon…and on and on and on. Mr. Barrett’s talk was titled, “Like Listening to Paint Dry,” and … it was a hit. He was speaking … at a conference of boredom enthusiasts called Boring 2010…

And here is a reminder of just how good life can be: Johnny Cash on The Muppet Show.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at