Yikes! Five years, and I Missed the Anniversary!

Last month, I had no idea that I was celebrating the five-year anniversary of this blog.But it's true. The Looking Closer Journal made its debut on May 11, 2004. The first post was a welcome. The second noted that Tilda Swinton just might be cast as the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.We've come a long way, baby.Thanks so much for making the journey with me. We've discussed so many great films, albums, and stories, and I've enjoyed your company as dreams like … [Read more...]

Laura Bramon Good on “The Girlfriend Experience”

I've been following Laura Bramon Good's writing since she spent some time at SPU as the year's Milton Fellow, leading the Milton Center writers' group. She's an excellent writer with a big heart, and I love her contributions to the Good Letters blog at Image.This week, she's written on the new Soderbergh film, The Girlfriend Experience. Here's an excerpt: I’ve seen The Girlfriend Experience twice: once, under the guise of professional development for my anti-human trafficking day-job, and a … [Read more...]

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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