Oscars, Schmoscars.

Look what Roger Ebert's adding to his Ten Greatest Films list. … [Read more...]

Blue Like Jazz (2012): A Conversation with Steve Taylor

My review of Blue Like Jazz was published at Filmwell.org several days ago. But that was just the warm-up. My conversation with director Steve Taylor has just been published on the website of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine. Enjoy. We talked about the movie, how the good people at Reed College responded to it, and more. Steve opened up about his feelings on The Hunger Games, The Tree of Life, and his upcoming rock album. … [Read more...]

"It is competent and sufficient, and … that’s what’s truly, dismayingly disappointing about it."

Here's an excerpt from a thorough, excellent review of Gary Ross's The Hunger Games by Roderick Heath: "If I’m sounding a little jaded about Collins’ creation, which I enjoyed reading, it’s because the more I thought about The Hunger Games, the less and less satisfied I was. It’s a novel that carefully sets up a situation that is, by definition, a zone of moral nullification, and yet contrives to have our heroine emerge smelling like a rose without ever having to make a genuinely hard … [Read more...]

Hello, Moody Radio Midday Connection listeners!

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Melinda Schmidt today on Moody Radio's "Midday Connection." If you've come here after listening to that, here are some things you might want to know: You can email me at joverstreet [at] gmail.com. You can follow me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq (please *don't* bother trying to connect to my other Facebook profile, which I'm currently in the process of dismantling). … [Read more...]

Journey into Poetry

I come from a family that read hungrily and constantly; there was music—banjo to clarinet to piano—and hikes beside copper-colored ponds, beneath the huff and shrug of spruce at places like Peaks of Otter, reciting the names of deciduous trees. In between, stillness, time to reflect. And within that, Walter Farley’s novels and Webster’s Dictionary, the 1970 edition, I Capture the Castle and World Book Encyclopedia, which opened up the universe and made me hungry to understand why a … [Read more...]

Taylor-Made: Why You’re Missing Out If You Don’t Go See Blue Like Jazz

Of all the movies playing in theaters this weekend, I encourage you to choose Blue Like Jazz. Why? … [Read more...]

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Les Couleurs d’Auralia could be yours…

I know many of you love French-language movies. How many of you read French-language literature? I happen to have just received some French-language editions of my novels Auralia's Colors and Cyndere's Midnight and I can't wait to give some away... … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games (2012)

My review of The Hunger Games is up! … [Read more...]

You never know who might be sitting next to you at The Glen Workshop

In 2010, I had the privilege of leading the Film Seminar at the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was a student posing as an instructor, a film enthusiast more interested in learning about movies from classroom discussion than in expounding upon my own movie-going experience. Still, it caught me by surprise to learn that the “workshopper” with the most cinematic expertise was enrolled not in my seminar, but in the songwriting workshop. ...  … [Read more...]


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