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 has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.