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Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

Here are seven movies being released on DVD in Jan/Feb (most of them on Jan 11 or 18). I haven’t seen them yet — but they all feel like home runs.

Get Low. “A deft blend of dark humor and poignancy” and a huge standout from a MB perspective. Read this great Christianity Today interview with Robert Duvall about it.

The Social Network. Making either #1 or #2 in many of critics’ Top Ten lists around the country. Our DZ and the NYT comment here.

The Town. Great action/thriller. Also making many critics’ top ten lists.

The Other Guys and Cyrus. Two…

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A Mini-Conference Preview, Pt 4: Paul Zahl’s New Persuasive Words, Talk 2

As part of the preview for our upcoming mini-conference in Pensacola (Nov. 19&20), we are pleased to offer the second talk from Paul Zahl’s wonderful New Persuasive Words DVD. Dr. Zahl will be speaking in Pensacola on the subject of “Revisiting the Gospel Message: Grace Again” and “Connecting With the Gospel In and Through the Culture Around Us.” Believe it or not, these are the only public speaking appearances Dr. Zahl will have made (or will be making) in 2010! He will also be leading a pre-conference seminar on preaching.

Talk two happens to be our favorite in the five-talk…

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Walker Percy on New Persuasive Words

Walker Percy on New Persuasive Words

From Conversations with Walker Percy (ht MS):

“The main difficulty is that of language. Of course the deeper themes of my novels are religious. When you speak of religion, it’s almost impossible for a novelist because you have to use the standard words like ‘God’ and ‘salvation’ and ‘baptism,’ ‘faith,’ and the words are pretty well used up. They’re old words. They’re still good words, but the trick of the novelist, as the Psalmist said, is to sing a new song, use new words. You mentioned Flannery O’Connor. She got around the difficulty through grotesquerie and exaggeration and and bizarre writing….

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Stiffelio, Cards From Another World, and A Great Eucatastrophe

Stiffelio, Cards From Another World, and A Great Eucatastrophe

Earlier this summer, Mockingbird recommended an 1850 Verdi opera entitled Stiffelio. If you managed to catch this on DVD, you were no doubt confronted as I was with a theme as old as the Gospel, a theme that is the Gospel: the theme of our brokenness and God’s unmerited favor reaching out to us in that brokenness in order to rescue us.

Stiffelio deals with the infidelity of a pastor’s wife, the pastor’s subsequent discovery of it, and the way in which forgiveness unfolds, which comes in a way that could only be from God.

The most crushing scene takes place in…

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Another Week Ends: Conan, Benefits of Tears, Don Miller, Romantic Comedies, TRON

Another Week Ends: Conan, Benefits of Tears, Don Miller, Romantic Comedies, TRON

1. An insider’s perspective on Conan O’Brien’s final days on The Tonight Show by Todd Levin at GQ. Beautiful stuff. It would appear that, freed of all expectations, creativity and fun thrived on the set. Go figure (ht JD):

We produced some of the show’s most memorable moments in those last weeks, like the $1.5 million Bugatti Veyron dressed as a mouse, and Andy’s public plea for work. It was a relief to be freed from the tight constraints of format and the ebb and flow of the daily news cycle—now our show was creating, rather than following, headlines. That’s when The…

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Speaking of Thornton Wilder...

Speaking of Thornton Wilder…

The great author expressing a similar sentiment as the one which inspires PZ’s new DVD (below), slightly elucidated, and touching on some of Mockingbird’s core concerns. This comes from the final paragraph of the foreward to his book of short plays The Angel That Troubled The Waters:

“The last four plays here were written within a year and a half. Almost all the plays in this book are religious, but religious in that dilute fashion that is a believer’s concession to a contemporary standard of good manners. But these four plant their flag as boldly as they may….

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Lady And The Tramp and The Last Days Of Disco

I’ve posted a transcription of this before, but it’s so much better on screen:

For our interview with writer-director Whit Stillman, go here.  To purchase the DVD of The Last Days Of Disco (highly, highly recommended), go here.

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

A month from now I’ll be reviewing Paradise Postponed. It was shown here in the US in the mid-80s and has been unavailable ever since.

It releases in the US on DVD on Oct 6 and I can’t wait! Run to your NetFlix queue and add it now… 🙂

One of the many reasons to see it is that it is a long gripping story with a Church of England rector at the center of it. Imagine that, a really long movie (10 hours) that all turns on the character of a clergyman — and he’s neither wacky nor a psycho nor…

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History Is Made At Night: An Interview with Filmmaker Whit Stillman

History Is Made At Night: An Interview with Filmmaker Whit Stillman

To celebrate the release of his first new film in fourteen years, Damsels in Distress, here’s the interview we conducted with filmmaker Whit Stillman in 2009.

Good Times! – Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco has finally made its long-awaited DVD debut in an exquisite edition from the Criterion Collection. The final (and some might say finest) entry in his “doomed bourgeois in love” trilogy, Disco received nowhere near its proper due when it was released in 1998, getting swallowed up instead by a media-fabricated “disco revival” (an especially tragic fate for a film that’s not really about disco) and left…

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Mockingbird at the Movies: Fantasy, Dreamlife, and Childhood

Mockingbird at the Movies: Fantasy, Dreamlife, and Childhood

Come away O human childTo the waters and the wildWith a fairy hand in handFor the world’s more full of weepingThan you can understand.— W.B. Yeats, by way of Steven Spielberg’s AI

“…if we’re to be helped, it’s got to be by magic.”— Woody Allen, by way of Mockingbird (7/21/09)

This week I’d like to talk about five movies where fantasy and dream and magic and childhood meet: Coraline, Paperhouse, The Innocents, The Red Balloon, and AI.

Coraline

This movie was just released this week on DVD. Very worth seeing.

Check out R-J’s great review of it five months ago. Now that I…

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In Memoriam

A belated post for Memorial Day:

A friend of mine who is a Marine Lieutenant Colonel asked me recently if he had ever told me why he felt so strongly about coming to adult Sunday school and learning about the gospel. I told him that no, he had never mentioned it. I will never forget what he said next, and I hope he does not mind me sharing it here.

He turned to me squarely and said, “It’s because after two tours in Iraq, I want to understand why: why I came home, and so many men and women that I knew…

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The Curse In All Its Beauty!

Today, I received this video and I think it is beautiful. However, at the same time I can’t help but think of the curse:

“The Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field on your belly shall you go and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.

To the woman he said, I…

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