1940s: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1940s.  Clearly, I have a lot to learn about this decade. But give me a break, I was born in 1970 and didn't start exploring movies much until I was in college.In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.• 1940sTreasures: The Red Shoes (1948), Pinocchio (1940), La Belle et la Bête, Sullivan's Travels (1941 … [Read more...]

1930s: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1930s. Clearly, I have a lot to learn about this decade. But give me a break, I was born in 1970 and didn't start exploring movies much until I was in college.In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.• 1930sTreasures: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Favorites: Grand Illusion ( … [Read more...]

1920s: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1920s. Clearly, I have a lot to learn about this decade. But give me a break... I wasn't born until 1970, and didn't start really exploring cinema until I was in college.In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.• 1920sTreasures: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Favorites: Metropolis ( … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Albums of 2001 (10 years later)

Listening to music is, for me, a treasure hunt. The whole journey is worthwhile, with highs and lows, unforgettable discoveries and a whole lot of unremarkable scenery.What I love most is an album that just keeps opening up, like a house full of secret doors, so that ten years later I'm still enjoying it like it's brand new.Here, for example, are ten albums from 2001 that I'm still playing frequently and finding new reasons to appreciate... … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Albums of 2011

I didn't hear any records this year that filled me with a zeal to shout from the rooftops. (Last year's The Long Surrender by Over the Rhine did that, and it remains my favorite record of the last several years.)Nevertheless, 2011 was still a year full of extraordinary music. Here are a number of albums that I spent time with over and over again in the car while driving and under headphones while writing.... … [Read more...]

Your favorite films of 2001?

So, it’s been ten years…Now that you’ve had a decade to chew on these films, I’d be curious to know what you would now choose as your top 5, 10, or 20 of 2001.It’s a list that includes titles that weren’t accessible in the U.S. until 2001, with the exception of a festival or two. It’s quite a bit different than how I’d rated my favorites in 2001, although my favorite is *still* my favorite. … [Read more...]

The Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time!

Image has just posted their list of the Top 25 Horror Movies.I participated in the vote, and I'm pleased with the results (although I now have to update my Netflix queue with those titles I haven't seen).You might ask, "What in the world are these people thinking, recommending horror movies?! I thought that Image was a journal of Christian thought on the arts and religion!" … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Films of 2010

This is a revised, expanded version of a commentary that was originally published as a two-part series at Image's blog Good Letters. You can read the original series here and here.]•2010 was a year full of unforgettable movies.And I still have many on my must-see list. For example, Carlos (by Olivier Assayas, who directed my favorite 2009 film), The Kids Are All Right, Animal Kingdom, Get Low, 127 Hours, Another Year, Mother, White Material, Somewhere, and Vincere, to name a f … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Films of 2010

Part One of my list of favorite movies of 2010 has been posted at Image's Good Letters blog.Part Two will be up on Tuesday morning. … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Recordings of 2010

Here are my favorite recordings of 2010. … [Read more...]


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