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 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, LookingCloser.org. 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 facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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