Archives for October 2013

What’s “The Most Cinematic Movie” Ever Made?

A popular voice in Christian media recently described Alfonso Cuarón's movie Gravity by saying "If only because it is the most purely cinematic non-animated movie ever made, Gravity deserves to go down in history."I'm not quite sure what to make of that statement. I suspect that the moviegoer was expressing a sense that Gravity offers something only cinema can accomplish — an experience possible only through immersive imagery — and I can agree with that.But the most purely cinematic movie … [Read more...]

Did You Name Your Pet After a Movie Character?

Jonathan Mardukas cannot. Not today.Usually he can, but today he cannot.Nope, "The Duke"  just cannot deal with it. … [Read more...]

Farewell to Lou Reed

Rest in peace, Lou Reed. … [Read more...]

The Counselor (2013)

Did your plans go wrong? Did a deal go bad?No matter. You can outwit the devil. You can get away clean. You just need the right stuff. Cleverness. Strength. Resourceful friends. Enough money. Slick gadgetry. A holster at your hip. Courage and charm. Oh — and an escape route, in case you need to disappear. Don't worry... you can untangle yourself, learn from your mistakes, and start fresh.This is America, after all. For those who get wise and pull themselves up by their bootstraps, this i … [Read more...]

My Interview with World Vision Photographer Jon Warren (Plus: Some of His Favorite Images)

I love interviewing artists. And I've enjoyed a wild array of unforgettable interviews. Some of them have puzzled me. Some have inspired me. Some have become close friends.But few of those opportunities have been as exciting as this one... … [Read more...]

Gravity (2013), or Dr. Stone and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Space Walk

OCTOBER 17 UPDATE: A REVIEW OF THE REVIEWERS WHO REVIEWED MY REVIEW. "Self-indulgent.""Self-important.""Bad... just bad."The reviews are in. No... not the reviews of Gravity. The reviews of my review of Gravity. … [Read more...]

Who Won the Paula Huston Book Giveaway?

There's nothing I'd rather do than, in the spirit of Bilbo Baggins, give something away to other people on my birthday. So let's get to it, shall we? … [Read more...]

Grace Unplugged: Ken Morefield Has Written Today’s Must-Read Film Review

Sometimes artists dare to do the hard work of reaching up to catch the truth's edge in a way that enlarges our vision.Sometimes artists give in to what's easy, handing down what the audience wants to hear — and they're applauded by the choir to which they preach.Here's how Ken Morefield begins his review of Grace Unplugged at Christianity Today...  … [Read more...]

Overstreet on Tour: Nashville’s Hutchmoot, Covenant College Creative Writing Class, Lee University Film Lecture

On the Covenant College website, you can read about how Anne and I are teaching a new class there in October and November.Anne and I will also be reading from our own work — Anne from her poetry, me from my film criticism and my novels. And I'll be speaking in chapel.But wait, there's more! … [Read more...]

What a Chipotle Commercial Has In Common With My Two Favorite Films of the Year (So Far)

As some of you will remember, I was a film columnist and reviewer at Christianity Today from 2001 to 2009, and have made a few guest appearances there since then. A lot of history. A lot of learning. A lot of moviegoing. And a mountain of writing (around a thousand articles).But I must say, revisiting CT in recent weeks I have been thrilled and dazzled by the work of editor Alissa Wilkinson and the team of ambitious writers with big ideas. (Case in point: Read Jackson Cuidon's excellent … [Read more...]