Here's a three-part post on Richard Linklater's movie Boyhood:1) In which I interview my 7-year-old self, my 14-year-old self, and my 20-year-old self... and it turns into a tense and uncomfortable conversation about our differing perspectives.2) Some reflections on just how meaningful this movie can be for us right now.3) What some of my favorite film reviewers are saying about Boyhood. … [Read more...]
This review of Before Midnight is Part Three of the new fiction series I call All Thumbs Video.In the first installment, I introduced a small cast of characters, friends who talk about movies in one of Earth's last video stores — All Thumbs, a store named in honor of Roger Ebert. They're members of "Sight Club," watching movies in theaters and, late at night, in the store's back room, then engaging in vigorous discussion. They argued about Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder. In the second c … [Read more...]
In January of 1995, when I first watched Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise, I think I liked the idea of the movie more than the movie itself.I loved the idea of two strangers meeting on a train, spontaneously jumping off in Vienna, and wandering through the city's night life lost in a meandering and unpredictable conversation. It was as rare a pleasure for moviegoers then as it is today. (Note: Abbas Kairostami's Certified Copy may have been inspired, in part, by this film, and it's my … [Read more...]
Before Sunrise... Before Sunset... and now, just like that, Richard Linklater has reunited Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and filmed Before Midnight.That's right. Even as some of us were still speculating as to whether this movie would actually happen, shazam! There it is!Deadline reports: … [Read more...]
It seems to be a whole new frontier... converting popular non-fiction books into big screen films. I learned last week at Biola that The Purpose-Driven Life is about to become a feature film. (Try and figure THAT out!) Now, word that Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, Waking Life, School of Rock)is taking on this essential work... Fast Food Nation!What is Fast Food Nation? … [Read more...]
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Through a Screen Darkly
Jeffrey Overstreet's Through a Screen Darkly is a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing," which has become a popular university textbook on film, faith, and cultural engagement, and which earned praise from readers like Eugene Peterson, Gregory Wolfe, Scott Derrickson, Darren Aronofsky, and Dick Staub. Publisher's Weekly awarded it a "Starred Review."