Jeffrey Overstreet

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Favorite films

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Insider

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  • Dune: Part Two

  • Raising Arizona

    ★★★★★

  • Timbuktu

    ★★★★★

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

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  • Almost Holy

    Almost Holy

    ★★★★

    I'm bumping this back into the spotlight. If you want to get to get a glimpse of what life has been like in Ukraine under the threat of Russian invasion, watch this — perhaps my favorite "superhero" movie. And it's all true.

    Here's the trailer.

    It's streaming in a variety of places including (for now) Kanopy and The Roku Channel.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★½

    What kind of art would I like to see much, much more of in the world?

    What kind of art do I believe can make a significant difference?

    Art that is curious. Art that is attentive. Art that has eyes wide open, concave like a satellite dish for discerning beauty in the world. Art that listens. Art that is a document of the filmmaker's search for something meaningful, a document of discoveries rather than a delivery of messages or a…

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    [SPOILER]

    And, as we saw five years ago, Florence Pugh is the ultimate power in the universe. The audience can spend the whole movie rooting for their It Girl to live happily ever after with Timothée Chalamet, but Miss Flo will take him by the end.

    - - -

    What a gut-wrenchingly empty hero story this ultimately is. Deliberately and meaningfully so, I think. It’s a bleak, dismal tragedy about what the world looks like to anyone for whom the…

  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona

    ★★★★★

    [Annual screening for my "Film & Faith" course at Seattle Pacific University.]

    Have you ever noticed that, at the end of the film, when Nathan Arizona picks one of his quintuplets up out of their crib, he sets his loaded gun down inside of it?

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  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    ★★★★★

    16 THINGS ABOUT GOSFORD PARK

    1. Still my favorite Altman film.
    2. Still head and shoulders above the entirety of Downton Abbey.
    3. Still the most virtuosic choreography of a large ensemble cast I've ever seen.
    4. I miss Clive Owen.
    5. That scene with Tom Hollander eating jam in the cellar. That scene.
    6. I believe that when he goes home from work, Richard E. Grant dresses and behaves just like this.
    7. All of the moments with Claudie…

  • A Man for All Seasons

    A Man for All Seasons

    ★★★★½

    I remember when this was a very popular movie among evangelical Christians — the idea being that it is sinful to compromise your devotion to God by supporting a corrupt leader and to shrug off his womanizing ways in order to gain political advantage. I guess that makes me old, that I can remember those days.