Overstreet’s Favorite Films of 2014 — So Far

faves of 2014 so far

What are your top five favorite films of the year so far?Most reviewers post their "Best of 2014 So Far" lists at the end of June, because that's the year's halfway point. But since a lot of films that qualify as 2014 films for American moviegoers because they opened in New York and L.A. in December won't be accessible elsewhere until January, February, or even March in other major cities, so, well... I figured I'd wait until the end of July to mark a more accurate cinema-year halfway … [Read more...]

Boyhood (2014): A Three-Part Response


Here's a three-part post on Richard Linklater's movie Boyhood:1) In which I interview my 7-year-old self, my 14-year-old self, and my 20-year-old self... and it turns into a tense and uncomfortable conversation about our differing perspectives.2) Some reflections on just how meaningful this movie can be for us right now.3) What some of my favorite film reviewers are saying about Boyhood.  … [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Persecuted, Noah, Wish I Was Here, Life Itself, I Origins, and A Most Wanted Man

most wanted man

Does the film about Roger Ebert get a "thumbs up" at Christianity Today? Is Persecuted an "overwrought, alarmist cog in the paranoia machine"? Is Noah "laughable and silly"? Does Wish I Was Here peddle "mushy feel-goodisms"? And how is Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man?My own movie-reviewing work has slowed down this month due to the fact that I'm busy earning my MFA. (I am, however, prepping my review of Boyhood.) But I'm listening to the chatter about all kinds of films, and I'm … [Read more...]

Trailer Mix: Which Trailer Works for You?


Okay, moviegoers... today's questions are: Which trailer is most effective? Which one makes you say, "I'm going to see that!" And why? … [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Magic in the Moonlight, The Insider, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Mood Indigo

Magic in the Moonlight

Here are clips from a few intriguing things I've overheard at the movies this week, regarding Woody Allen's new movie; my favorite Michael Mann film; Disney's latest talking-vehicle adventure; and the latest fantasy from Eternal Sunshine's Michel Gondry... … [Read more...]

The Prince of Egypt Returns…


Didja hear? Disney's asked the writer of Transformers to pen the script for a live-action version of... Dumbo. Seems to be the thing to do now: Turn animated classics into live-action versions that nobody wants.Along the same lines, remember Dreamworks' animated epic The Prince of Egypt? Well... doesn't this look an awful lot a live-action version of that? (Here's a better high-rez version of  the trailer.)Yes, Ridley Scott — director of Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Kingdom … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Bargain: Auralia’s Colors is Less Than $5 at Amazon


Are you ready to go back... to the Expanse?Do you remember the colorless city called House Abascar?Do you recall the mischievous artist who emerged from the woods, revealing colors no one had ever seen before?Did you glimpse that shadowy behemoth that lives beneath the surface of Deep Lake? … [Read more...]

Five Years Later: Pixar’s Up Remains an Achievem- … SQUIRREL!


This summer is the fifth anniversary of the theatrical release of Up, and it is standing the test of time as one of Pixar's greats. If it weren't for the "dogfighting" at the end, which took things a bit too far for me (talking dogs — okay, I'll go there, but talking dogs that fly airplanes?), I'd be tempted to call it a masterpiece.Here's my original commentary on the film, which was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image, on July 24, 2009. … [Read more...]

A Novelist, A Horror Filmmaker, and Two Critics: Conversations Worth Hearing

Derrickson and Greydanus

I love it when people I love interview people I love. … [Read more...]

Viewer Discussion Advised! 12 Steps to More Rewarding Moviegoing


Well, the secret is out.I've been hosting a secret church-basement movie club. It's controversial. It's lively. It's unpredictable. It's populated by a wide range of people, from film students to casual moviegoers to people who are extremely suspicious about movies. And... … [Read more...]