Have You Ever Attended a Birthday Party… for a Book?

Auralia s Colors - The Red Strand of The Auralia T

On September 4, 2007 — five years ago Tuesday — Auralia's Colors, the first book in my four-volume fantasy series called The Auralia Thread, was born. It was quite a reason for rejoicing at Overstreet headquarters, as I'd dreamed of sharing my stories with the world since I was a small child, and I'd been "in labor" on this particular story for over a decade. It was a life-changing experience in many ways. As people have discovered the books, read them, and responded, I've been … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Walked Out of a Movie? Which One? And Why?

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Maybe you've done this very thing. If so, I'd love to hear about it. Last night, I walked out of a movie. I wasn't going for popcorn. I didn't need to visit the Men's Room (although the movie did make me sick to my stomach). … [Read more...]

Happy 30th Anniversary to a Man and a Woman!

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Last Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the marriage of Paul Hewson and Ali Stewart. If those names aren't familiar to you, then you're probably not much of a U2 fan. … [Read more...]

From the Widsom of St. Cinemas, Excerpt 1

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St. Cinemas, or St. Criticus Cinemas of Cineplexia (as he is also known), is one of the first and most revered film critics. Some find him to be "snooty" and "elitist." He remains reviled by many on the right and on the left, and this applies if you take me to refer to political leanings or mere geographical location. But I quietly hope that his views will be reconsidered in this age of cinema, in which success has more to do with accessibility, politics, money, and fleeting trends than … [Read more...]

Zoe Kazan “Sparks” an Epiphany

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Lately , in writing about Brave and movies that focus on big-screen female characters, I've been thinking about how movies can reinforce harmful stereotypes of women, or set bold, truthful, and liberating precedents. Looks like Lauren Wilford, over at Filmwell, has been thinking about some of the same things. Here she is, passionately describing her gratitude for a new film that many of us might otherwise have overlooked. … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part Three: Oh, My Aching Skulls!

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[This is Part Three of a series. Don't miss Part One and Part Two.] As the summer of 2008 approached, you could hear the Internet crackling with energy like the Ark exploding with the wrath of God. Fans were having anxiety attacks, racked with worries and questions about the new episode in Indiana Jones' adventures. Would Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull enhance the trilogy's legendary status? Or would it, like the Star Wars prequels, tarnish a beloved franchise? Would … [Read more...]

Will Martin Scorsese Ever Give Us Some Silence?

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To be frank, I hope nobody tries to make another movie of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence. The experience of reading this novel is so harrowing, so moving, that I would prefer to have people experience the story on the page, and in their own imaginations, rather than have them spend two hours watching how someone else pictured it. Participating in this novel, and living in it for a while, by reading it... it's an incredibly personal experience. Nevertheless, I can't help but wonder what … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part Two: The Biggest Loser

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[This is Part Two of my series on the heroism of Indiana Jones. If you missed it, here's Part One.] - Perhaps it’s not so much Indy’s virtues or successes that distinguish him. Consider, instead, his failures. Has there ever been a hero so prone to failure as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Let’s review: Indy gets the golden idol from the temple, then promptly loses it to his nemesis, and never gets it back. He gets his old girlfriend back, then gives her every … [Read more...]

Mystery and Message, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Art

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No one has taught me more about considering and making art than "Mr. D." That's Michael Demkowicz, who was my high school English teacher, and who remains a dear friend to this day. Demkowicz is a photographer, and several of his prints hang on the walls of my home. But he has also influenced what I read, how I watch movies, and how I listen to music. I'm making it an annual event to feature my favorite single article on art, an essay called "Mystery and Message" that he contributed to … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part One: King of Heroes?

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My favorite adventure movie of all time is coming to IMAX screens for a short while, a special release to get consumers charged up about the approaching Indiana Jones blu-ray collection. Since the movie has risen again, I thought I'd resurrect something of my own... an essay that I wrote about Indiana Jones for a Christian publication a couple of years ago. The editor decided this wouldn't suit his publication's purposes, so I put it away and forgot about it. Stumbling onto it this week, I … [Read more...]


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