24 Frames (2018)

In which Overstreet returns to writing about movies for Good Letters with a celebration of Abbas Kiarostami's final, enigmatic, meditative movie.

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A Pledge of Allegiance: In Search of Beauty at Good Letters

Here is an index of all of the Good Letters posts I turned in. Some of the time I offered reluctantly at the deadline, as I still wasn't quite satisfied after half a dozen drafts. Others I wrote in one swift draft and was completely satisfied. But overall, when I look back at two decades of film reviews, this is the body of work that best fulfills the goals I've set for myself as a reviewer.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The filmmakers took one children's book and expanded it into three movies. So I'll take this one movie and expand it into two movie reviews...

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Holy Motors (2012)

Whether you call it inspiring, baffling, offensive, or exhausting — I suspect you'll describe it as "all of the above" — I think you'll agree with me that this film is truly unforgettable. Despite the millions of dollars fueling 2012’s special-effects extravaganzas, I doubt I’ll experience anything as exhilarating as this.

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Father-Figuring It Out: "Margaret," "Moonrise Kingdom," and More

What does "Moonrise Kingdom" have in common with "The Master," "Sinister," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and "Margaret"?

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