Reader mailstrom, 10/16: Through a Screen Darkly; Prince Caspian; Lakeview Terrace; Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Welcome to Reader Mailstrom, a chronicle of stand-outs from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email.- … [Read more...]

Reader Mail: Ballast! Ghost Town! Ted Baehr!

BEHOLD... BALLAST! A little while back, you posted a trailer for Lance Hammer's Ballast on your blog, which I watched and decided to check out sometime. To my delight, Ballast just had its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver Film Festival, and I was able to catch that screening. I've posted my review of the film at my blog: http://filmatical.wordpress.com/Ballast is an excellent film, and I want to thank you for putting it onto my radar.By the way, I've started reading Auralia's Colors … [Read more...]

Through a Screen Darkly 2: Even Darklier

The curtain just went up on my new monthly column at Christianity Today Movies. It's named after my "memoir of dangerous moviegoing."Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Looking Closer Breaks New Ground in September

In September, I'm rearranging my weekly schedule to find a better balance.Friends have begun to point out that I'm wearing myself out. If I keep up this pace of office work, review writing, and book writing, I'm headed for serious trouble with my health and my spirit. I need more rest, more exercise, more time at home, more time with Anne. And I need some space to breathe, read, and soak up some inspiration.I also want to devote more time and attention to The Auralia Thread, so I have no … [Read more...]

WALL•E: Talking with Andrew Stanton, and the Film Forum Reviews

As I sat braced for my ten-minute conversation with Andrew Stanton, the writer and director of my favorite Pixar movie, Finding Nemo, I tried to imagine how I might make something useful out of such a short span of time.I was a bit anxious about meeting one of my heroes. There was so much I wanted to say to thank him. Not many entertainers can cast a spell over audiences of children and adults the way Stanton can — only a few other names come to mind: Jim Henson, Brad Bird, and once upon a t … [Read more...]

Reader Mailstrom, 6/18: “Your reviews are no longer of value to the Christian community.”

I'm starting a new column, chronicling stand-outs from the daily maelstrom of Looking Closer email.Most of these letters are real. Some of them are amalgalms of a variety of messages. Some of them are what I read between the lines of the things readers really wrote.Each installment of Reader Mail-strom will be updated over the course of the day, so check back to see if I've responded to you.•READER: Thanks for your blog about Ted Slater's over-the-top attacks on CT's review of S … [Read more...]

Back Through a Screen Darkly…

As recent posts have raised some of the same questions that prompted me to write Through a Screen Darkly, I think I'll provide links to...The IntroductionChapter One: How a Camel Made a Grown Man Cry (PDF)Chapter Two: Viewer Discretion AdvisedI wrote this in order to take the time necessary to explore questions that are too complicated to address sufficiently in a blog post.It's been a joy to have this book welcomed by Christian universities and colleges and film studies … [Read more...]

“You reviewed WHAT??”

Mark Moring responds to a chorus of angry readers regarding why Christianity Today Movies bothered to post a review of Sex and the City.Mark's response is calm and thoughtful, which is the best way to respond to hysteria and outrage.(And this isn't the first time CTMovies has printed an answer to mail of that sort.) … [Read more...]

The Browser, 5/27: Sydney Pollack; first Coldplay review; Phillips’ single; Springsteen’s gospel; Christians & pop culture; Lamb’s lecture notes; Indiana Jones’ most painful ordeal

Remembering Sydney PollackGreenCine Daily compiles the tributes.What's your favorite Pollack film?-Over-praising ColdplayWhat appears to be the first review of Coldplay's Viva la Vida has appeared in The Sun.It's a review by Gordon Smart.Now, I'm somewhat curious about the album. I've always found Coldplay moderately entertaining, but never truly inspiring, and nowhere near riveting. But I am very curious about the vast popularity of the band, and I keep going back … [Read more...]

“… like tears in rain …”

In today's mail, I received a note from a reader named Trace: Hello Mr. Overstreet.... I am reading Through a Screen Darkly and thought I'd share a short story with you.When I was about 20 years old I was watching the movie Blade Runner. Near the end of the movie Harrison Ford is trapped with Rutger Hauer on the roof. Hauer's character explains to Ford some of the incredible things he has seen in his short life and it becomes very clear why he has struggled so hard for more time to … [Read more...]


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