The “Best” Films of 2013 So Far: Name Your Favorite!

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Yesterday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center published a list of  the best films of 2013 so far, determined by a group of 59 accomplished film critics. The result? ... … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 2012

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Here is the current list of my favorite films from 2012. Notice, I didn't say "the best films of 2012." Nobody, not even the most experienced and devoted cinephile, can claim to report that. We experience, interpret, and remember art as individuals with particular strengths, weaknesses, memories, loves, and fears. When we share what moves, inspires, challenges, discomforts, and offends us, we reveal a lot about ourselves. I share this list so you know what meant the most to me in 2012, and if … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings: 2012

Welcome Wagon Precious Remedies

Happy New Year! I'd invite you all to a New Year's Eve Listening Party, but there are just too many of you, and frankly... I'm tired. I need to sit quietly with Anne, listen to some music that will instill in us a sense of gratitude, and help us lean forward into all of the changes God will bring in 2013. (Anne and I are hoping for some big changes. It feels like it's time to step through a door and begin some new chapter of our adventure together.) Anyway, since I can't invite you all to … [Read more...]

1920-2011: Overstreet's Favorite Film Lists

This is a work in progress: a running list of my favorite films by year. 2012  2011 2010 2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002  2001  2000 1999  1998  1997  1996  1995  1994  1993  1992  1991  1990 1989  1988  1987  1986  1985  1984  1983  1982  1981  1980 1970s  1960s 1950s  1940s  1930s  1920s AN INTRODUCTION: Organizing any film list is a challenge. Should I catalog films by year, like most people? If so, how do I  determine the release date? By its … [Read more...]

2011: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2011. In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here. • 2011 The Tree of Life (reviews) Pina* (review) A Separation* The Mill and the Cross The Kid With a Bike* Buck Martha Marcy May Marlene (review) Nostalgia for the Light Tuesday, After Christmas* War Horse (review) The Muppets (review) Film … [Read more...]

2010: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2010. In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here. • 2010 Certified Copy* (review) Toy Story 3 (review) Of Gods and Men* (review) Lucky Life* (review) True Grit* (review) Winter’s Bone (review) The Social Network (review) Another Year* (some comments) Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives* … [Read more...]

2009: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2009. In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here. • 2009 The Secret of Kells* (two-part review: Pt. 1, Pt. 2) Up (review) Where the Wild Things Are (review) A Serious Man (review) Coraline (review) Lourdes* A Town Called Panic* The Fantastic Mr. Fox The Girlfriend Experience Bright Star Moon The Maid Mary … [Read more...]

2008: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2008. In order to understand the color-coding, the purpose, and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here. Red = Treasures Purple = Favorites Blue = Achievements Gray = Decent/Noteworthy Green = Unseen or Undecided * = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision. 2008 Summer Hours* (review) Séraphine* … [Read more...]

2007: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2007. In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here. • 2007 In the City of Sylvia* There Will Be Blood Shotgun Stories* (review) Munyurangabo* (review) Flight of the Red Balloon* My Kid Could Paint That (review) Ratatouille Hot Fuzz Lars and the Real Girl Times and Winds* (review) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 … [Read more...]

2006: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2006. In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here. • 2006 Children of Men Pan’s Labyrinth Little Children Paprika Once Syndromes and a Century Army of Shadows* The Lives of Others Little Miss Sunshine Paris Je T’aime United 93 The Queen Babel This is England Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s … [Read more...]