Heed the Whedon.

We’re at the 2/3rds mark in 2012, and something doesn’t feel right.

Normally, I have a pretty solid “top ten list” of favorites by now. But in 2012? I look around and I see a bunch of “corporate spectacle.” But I can’t recall many movies that have meant anything to me. I’ve spent some enjoyable air-conditioned hours in the theater watching some better-than-average superhero cotton candy. But stories that surprised and challenged me? Performances that captivated me? Cinematography that took my breath away? I can only think of three, maybe four, films that have really impressed me.

You?

Who’s to blame?

Why… heartless villains like Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers, of course! Just listen to his latest marching orders for the general moviegoing public!

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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