Have You Ever Changed Your Mind About a Movie? (or How I Got “Dead Poets Society” Wrong)

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Alissa Wilkinson, chief film critic for Christianity Today, asked me if I've ever changed my mind about a movie... and would I write about that? So I'm asking you. What's a movie you loved the first time, or hated the first time, and then experienced a total change of mind? I chose to write about Dead Poet's Society. He's how I began my response to Alissa... … [Read more...]

U2′s Songs of Innocence: Not Bad for Four Guys in Their Mid-50s!

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Okay, for the one reader out there who doesn't know: You can download the new U2 album for free right now on iTunes.In something just short of a resurrection, U2 is back and — to my surprise and delight — they sound reinvigorated, inspired, and amazing.Thanks, my brothers.This was a generous surprise, a big blast of sunshine and joy during a season of shadow and heartbreak.And after one listen, I'm a happier U2 record-listener than I've been since March 4, 1997.... And appare … [Read more...]

She’s Growing Up So Fast! Auralia’s Colors is 7 Years Old

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My first novel Auralia's Colors — currently on sale at Amazon for a bargain price — is 7 years old today!She's growing up so fast.  … [Read more...]

Q&O: What I’d Change in My Memoir. My Favorite Moviegoing Companion. Top Albums of 2014 So Far. Why You Rarely See Me Smile. More “Noah” Bashing. And More!

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"You're going to a movie: Who do you call and invite to go with you?""Why are you such a movie snob?""What's your favorite album of 2014 so far?""Why do you rarely smile in pictures?"Questions are coming in, so... time for another Q & O = Question and Overstreet! … [Read more...]

Best Use of Music in a Movie: Share Your Favorites

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On Twitter, the poet Amy Newman asked me to share my pick for "Best Use of Music in a Movie."When a poet as gifted as Amy Newman asks you a question, you answer it. … [Read more...]

First Impressions of Steve James’ Film About Roger Ebert: Life Itself

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"Drama holds a mirror up to life, but needn't reproduce it."Roger, Roger, Roger. Here I am watching a film about your departure, and I'm still jotting down things you said that will be worth quoting in my own film reviews. … [Read more...]

Snowpiercer (2014): A Few First-Impression Notes

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Terry Gilliam's Brazil + Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen + Peter Weir's The Truman Show + Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men + John McTiernan's Die Hard.Link those cars together and, wow, what a helter-skelter train! … [Read more...]

Boyhood: The Podcast!

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It has arrived: The epic podcast conversation about Richard Linklater's Boyhood (and his other films as well). … [Read more...]

From the Director of “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco”

Recognize these lines? You know that Shakespearean admonition, 'To thine own self be true’?It’s premised on the idea that ‘thine own self’ is something pretty good, being true to which is commendable.But what if ‘thine own self’ is not so good?What if it’s pretty bad?Would it be better in that case not to be true to thine own self? … [Read more...]

Critics Vs. Audiences: Whom Shall We Trust?

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When I shared some reviews that question the quality of a faith-based film, I received a scornful comment.  … [Read more...]


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