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Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth and Evil in the Movies Paperback – February 5, 2007
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I'm also the kind of guy that likes to ponder what things mean. I don't often find this type of discussion in DVD extras. But I do find it in Jeffrey's book Through a Screen Darkly. He deftly weaves a tapestry of meaning based on movies--our national art form. He discusses faith and film thoughtfully, and personally. From his childhood with the Muppets, to his daily work as a film reviewer, Jeffrey talks about things and their meaning in a personal way--not abstract, not theoretical, but through the use of his own coming-of-age-as-a-movie-viewer story. Jeffrey is insightful on many levels--he knows many of the people he writes about, and has conversed with them over time. He watches their films and discusses their deeper meaning. He also has a lot of fun discussing what he cares so passionately about. His is not a dry read, but one filled with light and truth.
I'd encourage you to get a copy; see what you've been missing. Things mean things, and Jeffrey's insight will help you see better, too. Even in the dark.
He does so as a Christian writer. Scarcely a few decades ago, the phrase "Christian movie reviewer" might have seemed an oxymoron: entire denominations and churches shunned the theatre, believing it to be evil per se. Overstreet is a much-needed voice that helps postmodern Christians and others be fully engaged with their culture, yet move beyond its limitations to produce high-quality films. Emerging young film producers such as Dallas Jenkins, Aaron Beckum and Blake Nelson point the way toward a future in which Christian moviemakers may populate the screen with excellent, must-see fare.
The dialogue between Christianity and a secular culture draws and holds Overstreet's attention. He discovers and explores Divine images and themes in the films of Martin Scorsese, Krzysztof Kieslowski and others, finding values in these films that may not reflect the conscious decisions of the filmmakers. Overstreet is at his best as he highlights the moral conflicts and ethical choices that movies exemplify--which serve as perfect launching points for group discussions and coffee-shop conversations.
Jeffrey Overstreet draws on more than a decade of reviewing films: his work has been noted in TIME magazine and is often featured in Christianity Today. Reading through this carefully-researched and extremely well-written book is like taking a college-level course in film studies--from a Christian perspective.
Armchair Interviews says: You'll enjoy the experience of this book's message.