On Overstreet’s short list of Class A film reviewers, you’ll find Steven D. Greydanus, who writes for The National Catholic Register, Crux, and his own site — DecentFilms.com. Here’s Greydanus‘s excellent review of Mad Max: Fury Road.
While Jeffrey’s been too busy with school-related deadlines to compose a proper review just yet, he did post some first impressions of Fury Road on Letterboxd. But keep your eyes open — I’m told a full review is coming.
Meanwhile, thanks to author Pete Peterson for drawing our attention to this: an interesting lesson in action filmmaking from the makers of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Overstreet also posted first impressions of the film Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender.
As he put it on Facebook—this is kind of like Alien vs. Predator: It’s the makers of 2016: Obama’s America fighting the makers of God’s Not Dead.
Turns out that when the guys who make today’s “Christian movie industry” blockbusters aren’t making terrible, preachy movies that promote right-wing political extremism and run counter to the spirit of the gospel, they’re suing each other. Well, at least they’re consistent: Their behavior has as much to do with the gospel as their movies do.
As one person commented in response to Overstreet’s tweet about this: “Dinest D’what now?”
Looking Closer’s patron saint and muse Sam Phillips has been blogging again. That’s good news.
Good creative endeavors can lead you, and sometimes leave you, in-between cultures, categories, and careers. There is a lot of interesting work to do in those spaces…..
Here’s a reminder from Jeffrey about how you can access his favorite tracks of 2015 playlist:
I’ll let you in on a little project in progress. In my deep dive into the music of 2015, I’m adding to a Spotify playlist of the tracks that get my attention, compel me to listen closer, and end up in frequent rotation. Anybody who makes a contribution to the survival of this in the months of May and June will get that link as a “Thank you.” I’ll go on adding my favorite tracks to that list through to the end of the year. You can get into the act here: http://www.patheos.com/…/looking-closer-the-opening-credits/
Jeffrey did a short capsule review of Tara M. Owens‘ new book Embracing the Body. It was published in Image Update.
Laura Turner reviews Lauren Winner‘s new book Wearing God:
The God of Christianity is often made to seem abstract and inaccessible, and images can only tell us so much about a thing before we run up against some sort of obstacle. But a composite of Scriptural images of God can create a helpful mosaic; where before we saw only two or three pieces, now we see something approaching a whole.