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About Overstreet

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    Sometimes, there's a man.
  • Birthday 10/09/1970

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    Shoreline, WA (home) Seattle, WA (work)

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    Novelist; film reviewer; editor
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  1. The Image Film Issue -- Help with PR

    I'll write about it on my blog and I'll share the podcasts there. I've already promoted the podcast on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. You might write to Tracy in UC at SPU, Greg, and format it as a Fac/Staff Bulletin announcement. If you write it up as a significant publication of an SPU faculty member, you could also mention in the blurb that the issue features Alissa Wilkinson (a grad of SPU's MFA program), Scott Cairns (director of SPU's MFA program), and any other SPU connections you find in there. You might also pitch it to Tracy as something to feature on the SPU home page.
  2. Stalker (1979)

    The Criterion edition is so gorgeous. I gone from admiring the movie to loving it. And as a big Radiohead fan, I'm pretty sure I've discovered the inspiration for the cover art and title of A Moon-Shaped Pool.
  3. Pilgrimage (2017)

    I thought I'd seen a reference to this film here, but I can't find a thread about it. Is anybody tracking this film about monks, which stars Richard "Thorin" Armitage and Tom "Spidey" Holland? Summary: Rotten Tomatoes responses don't exactly inspire enthusiasm here, but it might interest some of you.
  4. Dunkirk

    Sam Van Hallgren makes an observation that I remember thinking about during the movie (but forgot when I wrote my first impressions):
  5. Dunkirk

    I think that's what I admire most about this film. Next to The Thin Red Line, I'd be hard-pressed to think of a war film that felt so... truthful about war. It never succumbs to the cult of masculinity. Hardy's character is the closest thing to a traditional war hero here, but he's all business. I didn't mind the lack of an emotional center because Nolan's emotional centers tend to feel forced (for me, anyway). For kicks: The Dark Knight > The Prestige > Insomnia > Memento > Batman Begins > Dunkirk > Inception > The Dark Knight Rises > Interstellar. I jotted a bunch of first impressions as Letterboxd.
  6. The Shape of Water

    I found that Crimson Peak improves a second time around.
  7. Wonderstruck (2017)

    Note: The first trailer to feature a blurb from Alissa Wilkinstruck. I mean, Alissa Wonderson. I mean...
  8. The Beguiled

    I love Joel Mayward's note that this is a film about "the male gauze." For what it's worth, here's my review.
  9. Samson

    Has Tim Chey been approached for a role in the Trump administration? Seriously. He has all the attractive traits.
  10. The Exorcist

    The ExChorcist.
  11. Why is my website invisible?

    Hmm. That box isn't checked. I'll talk to my designer about this, though.
  12. Why is my website invisible?

    No, I mean, if you do a search on Google for my name and any of my reviews, NOTHING from LookingCloser.org comes up in a result. At all.
  13. Okay, I'm going to flaunt my ignorance about a subject that is probably common knowledge to most of you. LookingCloser.org has tons and tons of archives of my writing going back, well, *decades.* It has all of my film reviews, which are linked at Rotten Tomatoes and elsewhere. It has regular content. It has enough followers that I can hardly keep up with the correspondence, and it is supported by donors, who pay for all of its regular costs. And yet, it doesn't show up on a Google search. I'm not talking about my frustration that it isn't a high-rated search result. I'm saying... IT DOESN'T SHOW UP. For example, I posted my Baby Driver review last week. Search for "Baby Driver" and "Jeffrey Overstreet," or "Baby Driver" and "Looking Closer." Nothing on LookingCloser.org shows up. I'm sitting here with my site designer, and even he is stumped by this. We're working on a redesign of this Wordpress site. And that will be cool. But we want to know — why is this website invisible when it comes to searches? Are we missing something obvious? Or have things changed so much (my blog *used* to show up in searches) that I now need to invest heavily in resources that will make Google consider me worth noticing?
  14. A Bigger Splash

    Did anybody here enjoy this? For all of Guadagnino's characteristic sensuality and adoration of Swinton, I found the whole thing tedious.

    In its expansive reach, Episode Eight draws in material from a lurid crime thriller, an old-fashioned romance, late-90s-style Nine Inch Nails, The X-Files, Eraserhead, Malick's Tree of Life, Weir's Last Wave, and Kubrick's 2001, while carefully refraining from cutting the cord that keeps us tethered to the story of Laura Palmer. I've never seen cinema like it — and it is cinema. We're not even halfway through this series, and it has already broken the mold that the original series made, and anything can happen now.