A Coen Brothers Easter

It’s Easter — hallelujah! — and signs of life and hope are rising up all over.

They’re even rising in unexpected places like indieWire, where Matt Zoller Seitz abides… and where he oversees the relentlessly intriguing Press Play blog. Matt recently invited me to talk with him about whether or not we can find God, goodness, and hope in the movies of the Coen Brothers.

And the result was posted this morning…

I’m grateful. Matt’s work has been inspiring me for many years, and his enthusiastic celebration of Terrence Malick’s The New World told me that he and I were, in some ways, very kindred spirits. That he would invite me into this discussion is an honor and a privilege.

The Coen Brothers have yet to make a movie that I find less than interesting, and they’ve only made one that I don’t need to see more than twice. (Here’s a list of how, if pushed, I would list their films in order of preference.)

Now, let’s celebrate some Easter, the truth of which has a way of changing a person’s priorities.

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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.