07 Feb 2017

My favorite film critic’s top 10 of 2016

Steven Greydanus of Decent Films and The National Catholic Register has published his Top 10 films of 2016. It’s definitely worth your attention. But of course it is — he’s my favorite film critic. And now I’m frustrated that I haven’t finished and published my own list yet, because people are

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07 Feb 2017

Bazannouncement!

You may have noticed that I included David Bazan’s album Blanco in my top records of 2016 this week. So you can see why I’m excited about today’s news. This just in: DavidBazan’s fourth full-length studio album — Care — arrives on March 7. You can pre-order the vinyl, CD, MP3 or hi-res WAV

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06 Feb 2017

The first great album of 2017?

Something remarkable happens when a writer with a golden voice and a gift for lyrics falls head over heels in love. 2016 brought us Radiohead’s most sumptuously beautiful album, A Moon Shaped Pool — but those songs bled from wounds of disillusionment, filling deep wells of sadness. As I read

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05 Feb 2017

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings of 2016: The Top Ten (Post 3 of 3)

And so we’ve come to the final list: my top ten favorite recordings of 2016. (If you want to read the list that leads up to the Top Ten, well… here’s Part One and here’s Part Two.) I’ve recorded short videos that feature my personal reflections on each of these

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04 Feb 2017

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings of 2016 (Post 2 of 3)

This year, difficult circumstances at home and work — and, let’s face it, all across America — delayed my annual Favorite Music marathon. I know, I know… you’ve all been sitting there, postponing meals and sleep and self-care, just waiting for this to be published. Well, here it comes! These are

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21 Jan 2017

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings of 2016 (Post 1 of 3)

I’ve been publishing lists of my favorite albums annually since I was eleven years old. In the early days, I published them in little magazines that I wrote for an audience of one. Today, I offer them to you as treasure maps. You’re invited to explore. This year, I’ve recorded

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18 Jan 2017

Silence According to Scorsese: a Looking Closer interview

“I believe you are previewing Silence today,” said the email. I blinked. I had only just opened my laptop on a Tuesday afternoon in order to prepare my notes for my film class at Northwest University. But everything else vanished in a moment. All I could do was study the

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14 Jan 2017

Paterson (2016)

1. It’s as if director Jim Jarmusch heard about the year that I just survived and somehow decided to bless me, so he studied the movies that have given me particular blessings in the past, and then he went and made a movie that makes make me laugh and cry

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13 Jan 2017

Scorsese’s sympathy for the devils

Some Christians recoil at the name “Martin Scorsese” just the way that the two priests in his new movie Silence are repulsed by their untrustworthy guide Kichijiro. (I know this first hand, I get angry mail from evangelicals whenever I review Scorsese’s work.) In many Christian minds, this former Jesuit seminarian

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06 Jan 2017

Cameraperson (2016)

[UPDATE: Cameraperson is now streaming on Amazon Prime.] “Things means things.” That’s what my high school poetry teacher used to say as I blinked at seemingly unrelated elements of a poem. Now I know what he means. The details of our lives, however arbitrary, will talk with one another if

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