“There Will Be Blood” – My Last Review of 2007

Christianity Today Movies has just posted an abbreviated version of my review of the best movie I've seen since The New World:There Will Be Blood.If I were handing out the Oscars, I'd be giving this Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Adapated Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. For starters.I said it when I saw Magnolia, I said it again when I saw Punch-drunk Love, and I'll say it again now: I think Paul Thomas Anderson is America's most talented … [Read more...]

Rowling: I was judged in FAO Schwarz

Here's a new TIME Magazine interview with J.K. Rowling. … [Read more...]

Into Great Silence (2005)

The present state of the world and the whole of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked for my advice, I would reply: Create silence! The Word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. And even if it were blazoned forth with all the panoply of noise so that it could be heard in the midst of all the other noise, then it would no longer be the Word of God. Therefore create Silence. - Soren Kierkegaard ... surrender to Into Great Silence as you would to a piece of music, … [Read more...]

Ask 100+ critics to name the best movie of 2007…

... and they say: There Will Be Blood.The runner-up is quite a surprise too.Here's the full list. … [Read more...]

Who should direct "The Hobbit"?

Why not Brad Bird? … [Read more...]

Michael O’Brien’s “Father Elijah”: A Malick Movie?

News that Brad Pitt is "in talks" to take Heath Ledger's place in Terrence Malick's Tree of Life spread quickly this morning. But the real news from Planet Malick was yet to arrive...Thanks to Steven D. Greydanus for alerting me to the most bizarre movie news of the week!Michael O'Brien's novel Father Elijah... to become a feature film?!Produced by... Ecky Malick, Terrence Malick's wife?! … [Read more...]

HobbitWatch – Report #3: Will Del Toro Direct “The Hobbit”?

Entertainment Weekly asks Guillermo Del Toro if he's been asked to direct The Hobbit. I've heard some rumblings, but nothing official. ... I tried my best to read Lord of the Rings, the trilogy. I could not. I could not. They were very dense. And then one day, I bought The Hobbit. I read it and I loved it. So it would be a privilege. … [Read more...]

HobbitWatch – Report #2: Doubts of Douthat, Suderman

Sharing some of my own concerns about Peter Jackson's Hobbit project, here are Ross Douthat and Peter Suderman. … [Read more...]

HobbitWatch – Update #1: Jackson Finds “Hobbit” Direction “Impossible”

In case you missed the earlier announcement, here it is... … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings: 2007

1. I'm Not There - Original Soundtrack What a marvel: a two-disc marathon of Bob Dylan songs covered by excellent artists, and almost every single attempt is a knockout. There have been a lot of bad covers of Dylan songs. Too many. But in a year when Dylan was everywhere — on the big screen, on the radio, and all over Bryan Ferry's latest record — the soundtrack to Todd Hayne's inspired new film I'm Not There turns out to be a celebration of Dylan that stands above any other tribute to a son … [Read more...]