Favorite Recordings of 2022: Part One — Honorable Mentions

As I'll need some time to prepare my post on my Top 30 Favorite Recordings of 2022, I hope that…


Twas the season of “comfort food” movies…

A flashback to the '80s: Here's a new reflection on a "comfort food" movie worth revisiting during…


A conversation with Frederick Buechner in my quiet, snowbound house

Wondrous things can happen at Christmastime. And so it was that I found myself in deep conversation…


Overstreet Archives: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Ten years ago, I wrote about The Muppet Christmas Carol for another website, marking the film's…


The Wonder: a film about what we believe and why it matters

On the week that I watched The Wonder , I had a challenging encounter with a stranger that brought…


All-Stars: Steven D. Greydanus and 20+ years of extraordinary writing on film

Star-gazing again, I'm pointing to one of the brightest in the cosmos of criticism: Steven D.…


Sparks but no fireworks from My Father’s Dragon

The source material, a 1948 children's book by Ruth Stiles Gannett, is whimsical and funny, and has…


A loud recommendation for All Quiet on the Western Front

Do we need another epic war movie in 2022? Yes, if it serves to strip away any sense that…


Stuck in the middle with Tár

Director Todd Field's return to the big screen is an unforgettable spectacle. And it is, almost…


Looking Closer All-Stars: Sarah Welch-Larson on The Rings of Power

Star-gazing, I'm highlighting Sarah Welch-Larson as the first Looking Closer "all-star" — a writer…