Reconsidering Basterds, and Catching Up with Rightwing Film Geek

Is it wise for me to tell you that my opinion of Inglourious Basterds has changed dramatically over the past few weeks?I don't have a review yet to back up that claim. I keep starting to write one, and then my thoughts and feelings continue to evolve. … [Read more...]

Good news from Pixar

Box office is no indication of quality, but it's a joy to see great work that achieves success.Lee Unkrich at Pixar is on Twitter, and he just posted this: … [Read more...]

With email like this, who needs reviews?

An email from my dear friend Bryan Rust (CAUTION: "Mild" spoilers.) : … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Tyler Petty, Winner of the “Up” Review Contest!

It was a tough decision. … [Read more...]

An Elevating Contest: Looking Closer Readers Review “Up”

Okay, I'm going to pick the poster-winner  on Wednesday. But these are the three considerations of Up that came in. I present them warts and all! … [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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Up, Up… and a Rave!

Hey, guess what! Looks like this new Pixar movie might be worth seeing!Yep, the latest film from the most consistently impressive filmmaking team at work in the world today is almost here. I'm so thrilled to be reviewing movies in the age of Pixar. What a joy to get to see their films with audiences while the paint is still fresh on the canvas.I said it last year, and I'll say it again: If this thing is worthy of a Best Picture nomination, let's start making noise about it. Last year was … [Read more...]

Browser: ArtsandFaith.com, Pixar Wine, Nick Cave’s Gladiator 2, St. Vincent… and Love.

I'm sorry that things have been slow on the blog lately. I've just wrapped up an essay for an upcoming issue of Image, and I'm burning the midnight oil as I revise Raven's Ladder for an early 2010 publication.But I've collected a few links I thought you might enjoy:1.Speaking of Image...ArtsandFaith.com is, to my knowledge, the busiest, best, and longest-running online community for people interested in movies, music, visual arts, literature, politics, and faith. I was there for … [Read more...]

Pixar’s “Up” at Cannes; Pete Docter Talks Faith and Filmmaking

I'm happy to see Pixar's new film opening on the kind of platform that the studio deserves. Up is opening the Cannes Film Festival with a presentation in Disney Digital 3-D on Wednesday May 13th, 2009. That marks the first time an animated film has opened the festival. Wish I could be there.Writer/director Pete Docter was interviewed in Radix (thanks to the CT blog for the link) back when Monsters Inc. was released. Here's an interesting excerpt: Radix: How would you say that being a … [Read more...]


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