Overstreet

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  1. Great news. Kristen Stewart is going to work with Olivier Assayas again, starring in his next film: Personal Shopper.
  2. Spielberg has set in motion a Dreamworks plan to bring this series back to the screen as a live-action production.
  3. This article on the renewal of the PBS/BBC contract for Masterpiece Theater has information on a new Sherlock Holmes series, set in present-day London, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson. Why do I picture Danny DeVito's Penguin whenever I say "Benedict Cumberbatch"?
  4. Here's a new interview with John Lasseter about Pixar, its origins and style.
  5. http://imdb.com/name/nm0654830/' target='_blank'>Fran
  6. The excerpt Brian posted above works just fine as a review of Knight of Cups, in my opinion. (I revisited that last night.)
  7. Totalfilm: So... what's your guess?
  8. Streaming on Netflix in the U.S.
  9. Must. Remain. Calm. So I can type this properly. According to Nikki Finke: Terrence Malick is working on another movie.
  10. I've seen all kinds of stories about characters who suffer severely. Some of them were characters who seemed real to me. Others didn't. Chiron didn't. It's a matter of characterization. He seemed contrived to me. I also haven't seen particularly compelling evidence of how Chiron "resonated so deeply with the Black and gay community." I've seen a lot of enthusiasm from moviegoers who talk a lot more about how excited they are to see a well-crafted film about Black characters and about gay characters — and that is, indeed, something worth celebrating. But most of the buzz has been about how "we finally have a well made movie of this kind" and the socio-political significance of that than about the details of Chiron's character. This is now "Sheesh, stop hurting so much." This is about storytelling. Teaching fiction, I see a lot of stories coming from students which are the same story — a cipher-like character suffers the outrageous behaviors of crazy parents, intolerant neighbors, abusive lovers, etc., etc., and it's my job to help them find a *story* in there. Please keep in mind — I did not dislike this movie. I just found aspects of it frustrating and disappointing, so that I did not experience much suspension of disbelief. That's not a fact I can turn back the clock and change. Don't make me into Moonlight's enemy.
  11. One of my students is aiming to write a research paper on the films of Mel Gibson and his inclination to focus on characters who suffer injustice, persecution, and rejection. She wrote to me after searching for sources, saying, Have any of you come across (or written) substantial studies of Mel Gibson's body of work outside of the usual Passion of the Christ pieces?
  12. Now streaming on Amazon Prime in the U.S.
  13. Nicolosi has a seizure when she hears the news.
  14. Spoiler-ish footage.
  15. One of my students is aiming to write a research paper on the films of Mel Gibson and his inclination to focus on characters who suffer injustice, persecution, and rejection. She wrote to me after searching for sources, saying, Have any of you come across (or written) substantial studies of Mel Gibson's body of work outside of the usual Passion of the Christ pieces?
  16. My research-paper students, who are focused on writing about film, are beginning work on their major projects. I've introduced them to Arts & Faith, hoping that some of them might venture into this community with some questions related to their research, to draw upon your expertise. So... as a test case: Let's say I'm writing a research paper about the experience of children raised in a Buddhist tradition. What films would you recommend I watch as preliminary research? Kundun? What else? Have you come across any interviews with filmmakers who discuss portrayals of Buddhism in film? Are there particular texts you would recommend — both about Buddhism on film, and about the experiences of children raised in that tradition?
  17. The new film from the director of Munyurangabo is at Tribeca '10. IndieWire: I'm looking forward to seeing this very soon.
  18. Loved it. Here's my review. I'm trying to figure out why there's a B- / A- gap between SDG's review and mine. I suspect it's because he has much more invested in the Batman legacy than I do, so he's grading this one with considerable concern for the quality of this Batman narrative. I'm thinking of it first and foremost as a sendup of comic book superhero movies, and only secondly as a Batman story. And, as I've never been able to take Batman seriously as a character, I'm more inclined to like a movie that laughs at him than I am to like one that doesn't.
  19. Now streaming on Amazon Prime in the U.S.
  20. And now it's streaming on Netflix in the U.S.
  21. Olivier Assayas is going back to work with Juliette Binoche, according to Deadline.
  22. Now streaming on Amazon Prime! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VSQ5TJ4/
  23. Good heavens. That's what they call "a departure."
  24. On Wednesday, February 25th, The Passion of the Christ opens and the world finally gets to decide for themselves regarding the Burning Question... ARE ALL OF JESUS DISCIPLES REALLY PLAYED BY JOHN RHYS-DAVIES? Your responses, reviews, gripes, and raves are welcome here. But be aware, there are about 40 pages of discussion that have already happened, previous to the film's release. They include the responses of several of us who saw the film early. And they are located... here.