Today at Filmwell: Meet Lee Isaac Chung! A 2-Part Conversation

I'm thrilled to share my interview with Lee Isaac Chung, director of Munyurangabo, today at Filmwell.Part OnePart TwoChung also shared an essay, published at Filmwell, about his experiences and approach to filmmaking.You can bet his movie will be in my short list of favorites for 2009. It's easily my favorite so far.My review will be up at Image next week. … [Read more...]

What Movies Are in Your Top Ten List That Aren’t in Anyone Else’s? What Albums?

Looking Closer reader Tyler Petty just came up with a good idea for a discussion starter.I mentioned in my first installment of 140 Characters that the movie Midnight Run is on my list of personal, all-time top ten favorite films. I include that film for many reasons. Some of those reasons have to do with the film itself, and some have to do with the friendships in which the film played a memorable part.So Tyler suggested a conversation about what titles we'd include in our lists that … [Read more...]

Jeffrey Overstreet’s 140 Characters…. #1

Lately I've been thinking about how rare it is that I find myself thinking about a movie's main character.Usually, when I leave the theater, I'm already talking about the supporting character who won my attention. I think it's time to draw your attention to some of these memorable characters. Most of them are so intriguing, I'd love to see them lead their own TV series. They just have that magic that makes them irresistible. I can't get enough of them.And, since Twitter has made it clear … [Read more...]

The Song of Sparrows (2008)

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This review, which also covers the film Departures, was originally published at Christianity Today Movies. For further exploration of this film, read "Departures: Journeys with Asian Filmmakers" in Image.-Layoffs, bankruptcy, skyrocketing unemployment. Tough times, busy days for job hunters, and everybody's got an opinion about what went wrong and how to fix it.Movies about employment tend to give us rags-to-riches success stories: Young people with a dream overcome impossible odds … [Read more...]

Departures (2008)

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This review, which also covers the film The Song of Sparrows, was originally published at Christianity Today Movies. For further exploration of this film, read Jeffrey's essay "Departures: Journeys with Asian Filmmakers," published in Image.-Layoffs, bankruptcy, skyrocketing unemployment. Tough times, busy days for job hunters, and everybody's got an opinion about what went wrong and how to fix it.Movies about employment tend to give us rags-to-riches success stories: Young people wi … [Read more...]

Browser: Lee Isaac Chung; “Departures” and “The Song of Sparrows”; David Carradine

A good Thursday to you all.1.In the next week, I'll be posting a series of pieces about Munyurangabo and director Lee Isaac Chung. The first, an essay contributed by Chung himself, is now posted at Filmwell.org.2. Also online today: CT Movies has published my commentary on two films: "Departures" and "The Song of Sparrows".And, speaking of "departures" ...3. David Carradine has died. At IFC, David Hudson is compiling the tributes and developing reports. Chris Willman has … [Read more...]

Review contest: A Poster is “Up” for Grabs

Review contest!Send me your 600- to 1200-word review of Pixar's Up.My favorite entry wins an Up poster & publication here at Looking Closer. (I may publish more than one if I get some good ones.)Email joverstreet at gmail.com.Deadline: Monday at noon, Seattle time. … [Read more...]

Yes, You Should See It

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Terminator Salvation (2009)

This review was originally published at Filmwell.-When Arnold Schwarzeneggar first uttered the words "Ahl be bach!", people laughed and cheered. James Cameron's The Terminator was suspenseful,  exciting, and funny in a way that only the best B-movies can be. We loved the idea of an android assassin from the future hunting down a pregnant SWF who had no idea that her son would grow up to be humankind's savior during an onslaught of rebel machines. Arnie's wicked killing machine quickly … [Read more...]

Let’s Save Paste!

Those of you who know the substantial piece of publishing that Rolling Stone once was have probably been saddened by what the magazine has become: an ordinary catalog of advertising, occasionally interrupted by an article worth reading.Even worse, music-lovers lately mourned the loss of  No Depression's print magazine.But Paste?Paste? … [Read more...]


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