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...]

Eugene Peterson, who gave us “The Message,” is in Seattle on Saturday.

Eugene Peterson will lecture, read & receive the annual Denise Levertov award, Sat. at 7:30.The event is free & open to the public.I am so grateful for Peterson. I'm halfway through his new book, Tell It Slant, and it's changing the way I think about storytelling. I'm also grateful for his words about Through a Screen Darkly, which appear on the book's back cover. And I get a little giddy thinking about how Bono carries around copies of The Message and gives them away to people … [Read more...]

Browser: Save Paste Magazine! Daniel Day-Lewis Dances! Movies Based on a True (False) Story

1. SAVE PASTE MAGAZINE.Read this urgent message from Over the Rhine and Paste magazine.2.The return of Daniel Day-Lewis. And you've never seen him do this before.Here's the trailer for Rob Marshall's new musical: "Nine." httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJpwwdOomtY In HD at Apple.3.Six "Based on a True Story" Movies that bear little, if any, resemblance to the truth. (Caution: Naughty words.) … [Read more...]

I’ve Caught Aaron Strumpel Fever

The only 5-star album I've heard thus far this year. If Nine Inch Nails sang the Psalms and invited avant garde jazzbos The Art Ensemble of Chicago to the studio, it might sound like this. - Paste music critic Andy Whitman In the last several years, I've been excited about a few artists and a few albums, and it's been easy to see. I've shouted myself hoarse here on the blog and Facebook, urging people to check them out.The records that have lit me on fire include:Arcade Fire - Funeral … [Read more...]

Is U2 stealing the title of their next album from another singer?

In short, it appears so.Bono has declared that U2's next album is called Songs of Ascent.With that in mind, it's worth taking note of this: http://bit.ly/1735Tl"Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief," Bono once sang. And it's true. No harm done here. U2's been paraphrasing and expanding on the Psalms their entire career. Why stop now? … [Read more...]


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