Inception (2010)

My review of Inception is published in two parts at Good Letters, the Image blog.Here's Part One.And here's Part Two.  … [Read more...]

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010)

My review of Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen is published on the site for Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine. … [Read more...]

Fight Club (1999)

UPDATE 2010: Looking back at my original review for Fight Club, I find my feelings haven't changed about it... except in one significant way. The conclusion of the film is much, much more disheartening. It portrays a calamity that, at the time of the film's release, seemed over-the-top and incredibly bleak. Apocalyptic, even. Well, a couple of years after the film came out, we came to know calamity just like that. And so, what was once a sort of absurd comedy is now a very real scar on the … [Read more...]

The Secret of Kells (2009)

Here is a two-part conversation about The Secret of Kells, published in the Good Letters blog at Image journal: Part One and Part Two … [Read more...]

Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (2010)

My two-part review of Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky has been published at Image journal's blog Good Letters.Part One. Part Two. … [Read more...]

Adaptation (2002)

May 2010 Update: This review is eight years old. It's been off of the website for a while because it needed some slight revisions. My first encounter with the movie was very, very different from my second viewing. I've watched it several times since then and come to appreciate it much, much more. So here is an updated version of my original review of Adaptation.-Here’s the pitch:Jeffrey Overstreet is a film critic with an assignment to review the bizarre, relentlessly clever movie A … [Read more...]

Days of Heaven (1978)

[This brief review was written as a summary for the Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List.] • Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick’s 1978 story of adultery on the Texas Panhandle, is set just before World War 1, but it resounds with echoes of Old Testament drama.In it, blast-furnace worker Bill (Richard Gere) gets in a fight with his foreman, ten goes on the run with his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) and little sister Linda. They settle as field workers for a rich farmer (Sam Shephard), who eve … [Read more...]

Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

An abridged version of this review by Jeffrey Overstreet was published earlier as a summary for the Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List. - “Ponderous”? Yes.“Slow”? Indeed.But Robert Bresson’s 1951 film Diary of a Country Priest is an undisputed classic. It was the third of thirteen films by Bresson who, according to Francois Truffaut, is to French movies what Mozart is to German music. And it may be the best entry point for appreciating his unique style.If this were a "Christian movie … [Read more...]

Three Colors: Blue, White, and Red (1993)

This brief review was written as a summary for the Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List. - The great and final act of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s remarkable career was the production of a trilogy called Three Colors — Blue, White, and Red — that represents the colors of the French flag, and the values they represent: liberty, equality and fraternity.This symphonic, poetic trilogy intrigued me in my first encounter with its opening chapter, Blue. Then it began to haunt me, and I returned to see that … [Read more...]

Playtime (1967)

A review by written as a summary for the Arts and Faith Top 100 Films List. - The great French comedy director Jacques Tati starred in four of his own films, playing one of cinema’s most beloved comic figures, Monsieur Hulot. … [Read more...]


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