Cannes-winner can’t live up to the hype

This year's top prize at the Cannes film festival is an audacious, lurid circus that leaves me not only disappointed…

Sunday Song: Von Bieker and Knathan Ryan sing their quarantine longings

Knathan Ryan and Dave Von Bieker are two friends whose music pops up in heavy rotation during my morning commutes.…

Soderbergh is suddenly back on his ‘A’-game with No Sudden Move

Soderbergh is back doing what he does best — scattering criminals like billiard balls, and then knocking down one…

If you had to pick five movies that were “formational,” what would they be?

If you were asked to name five films that have been influential in shaping your faith in some way, what five films…

Leo Carax’s Annette sparks a conversation with “Catholic Cinephile” Evan Cogswell

In the latest episode of the Looking Closer podcast, “Catholic Cinephile” Evan Cogswell makes an argument that Annette…

Quo vadis, Aida? (2021)

How does it make any sense to give our attention to the dramatization of a society's violent overthrow while we we are…

The Inner Language of Wolfwalkers – a guest post by Micah Rickard

Special guest reviewer Micah Rickard offers some reflections on a very tricky matter that Cartoon Saloon's Wolfwalkers…

In Jarmusch’s world of bus drivers and poets, Paterson inherits the earth

One of the most important discoveries of this year's Glen Workshop was this: Not enough people have seen Jim Jarmusch's…

Animator and author Ken Priebe talks about his three fantastic children’s books in the latest Looking Closer podcast episode

In this "Master Shot" episode of the Looking Closer podcast, Overstreet interviews animator, illustrator, and…

Whale Writer: Peter Wayne Moe on his passion for whales, writing, and teaching

If you are on the hunt for great books about writing, great books about teaching, great books about faith, or great…

So Much Love: a conversation with Lowland Hum about their reinvention of a Peter Gabriel album

In which I talk with Daniel and Lauren Goans of the band Lowland Hum about how and why they made the most of their…

Sunday Song: Listening Closer to Rhiannon Giddens and Nick Cave

Here are two of my favorite 2021 songs so far, one from Rhiannon Giddens, the other from Nick Cave.

A Quiet Place Part II is loud with familiar summer movie thrills

Krasinski's follow-up to his smash-hit sci-fi thriller works like a charm — mostly because it's made up of familiar…