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  1. Blade Runner 2

    From co-writers of Eagle Eye...
  2. Lucky Logan, dir. Steven Soderbergh

    As expected, Soderbergh's "retirement" meant as much as most celebrity retirements. Has Coldplay reformed yet? We can thank Channing Tatum.
  3. Joe Henry - Invisible Hour

    Warm up for the next Joe Henry album with this December 7 performance from KEXP.
  4. Isle of Dogs

    I love it. I'm guessing it's influenced by The Plague Dogs.
  5. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    This interview is so good, Darren. Thanks so much. I love what they say about not looking down on their characters from above.

    I believe it's a wad of chewing gum. "That gum you like is back in style."
  7. Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    I'm much more comfortable reading this film as a critique of humankind's distorted, patriarchal religious ideas than as a critique of God Himself. This looks to me like "Okay, people who believe we should glorify God but exploit nature and all things feminine, here is your worldview mirrored back to you." I know that's not necessarily what Aronofsky is saying, but I don't put much stock in what artists say their own work means. There is too much in this film that doesn't make sense if this film is offered as a protest against the God that the artist believes in. It makes more sense to me if the art is challenging us with "Really? This is how you think the cosmos works? This is the god you believe in, and this is how you think it's best to serve him?" It feels more like an indictment of humankind and the way they engage with the god they believe in than a proposition about who God is and how he works.
  8. Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    Agreed. My immediate thought was "Oh, okay, so what is about to unfold... it has happened before. The circle of life." That is, of course, where the heart/diamond/thing came from.
  9. Downsizing

  10. The Dark Tower

    Just found this IGN report via Hollywood Elsewhere: Abrams. Hmm. That makes me think that Lost's Josh "Sawyer" Holloway just has the right kind of look for the lead....
  11. You who watch short films: I want to begin my research-paper course for art students by showing a short film that asks viewers to see the world through the eyes of someone quite unlike themselves. That's the main motif of the feature-length film-viewing for this class: Movies that make us consider how the world looks to those who are unlike us. I'm toying with possible showings of Timbuktu, either A Separation or The Past, Taxi, possibly Munyurangabo, Children of Heaven, and others that take us around the globe. (I'm open to feature-length suggestions, but it'll be a short list that I ask students to watch, because it's a writing class first and a film class second.) I wish I could show Tangerine, but no... that wouldn't fly. Anyway, for the short, I'm thinking of showing "Loin du 16e," the chapter from Paris, Je T'aime in which the young mother of an infant travels across town to work as a nanny for rich white folks. But I'm wondering if you can think of any other shorts that would fit the bill. Do you know any great short films that show us the world through the eyes of someone who is part of a neglected, oppressed, or overlooked community?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Dunkirk

    Sam Van Hallgren makes an observation that I remember thinking about during the movie (but forgot when I wrote my first impressions):
  16. 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.
  17. The Shape of Water

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

    Note: The first trailer to feature a blurb from Alissa Wilkinstruck. I mean, Alissa Wonderson. I mean...
  19. 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.
  20. Samson

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

    The ExChorcist.
  22. 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?
  23. Why is my website invisible?

    Hmm. That box isn't checked. I'll talk to my designer about this, though.
  24. 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.
  25. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Has anyone here seen this yet? I was considering making it my weekend matinee priority, but a trusted friend just warned me that it's really brutal, and that it has one of the harshest rape scenes ever. I thought I should probably post a caution here about that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eod35rfMFEc