The Departed (2006)


You might be a cop. You might be an undercover agent. You might be a crime kingpin, or a sexy psychiatrist. No matter who you are, it's like the Bob Dylan song says... "You gotta serve somebody."In The Departed, Martin Scorsese's hyper-violent remake of the Honk Kong crime classic Infernal Affairs, everybody has secrets, agendas, and a willingness to pull the trigger. And underneath their carefully composed disguises, all of them are devoted to the service of somebody-either a criminal, a … [Read more...]

The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet · Directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern Directors of photography - Jerry Risius, Phil Cox, Tim Hetherington, William Rexer II, Anne Sundberg and John Keith Wasson Editor - Joey Grossfield Music - Paul Brill Producer - Anne Sundberg, Ricki Stern, Gretchen Wallace, Jane Wells, Ira Lechner, and Eileen Haag and Cristina Ljungberg International Film Circuit. 85 minutes. This film is not rated. ·We've seen a lot of American heroes saunter across the big screen w … [Read more...]

Distant (2004)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet, originally published in The Other Journal, April 2005.·Writer, producer, director, director of photography - Nuri Bilge Ceylan.Editor - Eyhan Ergursel and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.Art director - Erbu Ceylan.Released by New Yorker Films.110 minutes. Unrated. In Turkish, with English subtitles.STARRING: Muzaffer Ozdemir (Mahmut), Mehmet Emin Toprak (Yusef), Zuhal Gencer Erkaya (Nazan), Nazan Kirilmis (Lover), Feridun Koc (Janitor), Fatma Ceylan (Mother) and … [Read more...]

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

Perhaps you think this photo is funny.And it is, in an "Oh, I feel sorry for that guy" kind of way.But would you think it was funny if the joke went on and on, at the expense of the fat girl? Would you think it was funny if that poor young man collapsed with her on top of him, so that his face became stuck in her crotch?If you think that's funny, then this, I'm sorry to say, is the movie for you.I'm convinced that the guys who made Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story are not the … [Read more...]

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) – A conversation with Scott Derrickson

An interview and commentary by Jeffrey Overstreet, originally published in SPU's Response magazine. • Do You Believe in Demons? In "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," a Christian filmmaker challenges audiences to face the horror of the devil. Do you believe that people today can be possessed by demons?That's a question you might not want to toss out during the family dinner, or on the bus with strangers. Most Christians would not hesitate to say they believe in spiritual warfare, but when it comes t … [Read more...]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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[This first draft of this review was published at The Phantom Tollbooth on January 5, 2002. It was soon revised and re-published at Looking Closer.]Merry Christmas, readers and moviegoers.It would be good, in these days of frenzied merchandising, to remember the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, which he included in a letter to his son Michael in 1962: … [Read more...]

Doubt (2008)

Jeffrey Overstreet's initial comments on Doubt are posted at Image. … [Read more...]

Frost/Nixon (2008)

My initial comments on Frost/Nixon are posted at Image.An expanded review will be published soon. … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Ron Howard; writer - Akiva Goldsman; based on the book by Sylvia Nasar; director of photography - Roger Deakins; editors - Mike Hill and Dan Hanley; music - James Horner; production designer - Wynn Thomas; producers - Brian Grazer and Ron Howard; released by Universal Pictures. Starring: Russell Crowe (John Forbes Nash Jr.), Ed Harris (Parcher), Jennifer Connelly (Alicia Nash), Paul Bettany (Charles), Adam Goldberg (Sol), Judd Hirsch (Helinger), Josh L … [Read more...]

Batman Begins (2005)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Christopher Nolan; writers - ; Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, based on a story by Mr. Goyer and "Batman" characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics; director of photography - Wally Pfister; editor - Lee Smith; music  - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard; production designer - Nathan Crowley; producers - Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Larry Franco. STARRING: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred), Liam Neeson ( … [Read more...]