Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth and Evil in the Movies Welcome to the confessions of a Christian moviegoer. Jeffrey Overstreet, film enthusiast and movie reviewer, takes readers on a journey that spans the globe. From a desert scene in Mongolia to a galaxy far, far away, you'll explore the power of cinematic journeys to introduce life-changing new insights. While visiting the angels of Wings of Desire and the inquisitive British newcomers of The New World, he'll show you how different characters, different worldviews and different experiences offer pieces of a larger truth. Examining methods and styles employed by Martin Scorsese, Tony Scott, Paul Thomas Anderson, Akira Kurosawa and Krzysztof Kieslowski, he highlights the ways in which art and entertainment can both harm and heal. You'll find excerpts from his conversations with directors Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) and Patrice Leconte (The Widow of St. Pierre), and producer Ralph Winter (the X-Men series). What makes some films timeless rather than merely popular has everything to do with the way these artists whether they know it or not have captured reflections of God in their work. Trade Paper.
Author Bio: JEFFREY OVERSTREET calls upon a decade of experience as a film reviewer and columnist for his popular website lookingcloser.org. He is a weekly columnist and critic at Christianity Today's movie website, and his perspectives are regularly published in Risen and Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine. His work has also appeared in Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion and Paste, and he frequently speaks about the arts at Seattle Pacific, in churches and on radio talk shows around the U.S. His film reviews were celebrated in a front-page feature of The Seattle Times' Sunday magazine (Pacific Northwest), and his work has been noted in TIME Magazine. He and his wife, Anne, a poet, can be found writing in the coffee shops of Shoreline, Washington.