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Blake I. Collier is a columnist and editor at Reel World Theology and also contributes to Mockingbird (, Daily Rise Up, & Grindhouse Theology. You can find out about him and search through all of his articles, podcasts and publications at his website:

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    The Dirty Deacon’s Top Horror Films of 2014 …And Other Related Matters

    * The Dirty Deacon is my nickname…and, coincidentally, one that has just recently been made official. If I had to pick a film genre that I invest the most time in watching, reviewing and writing about, it would definitely be horror. If you have been reading Mockingbird the last couple of years then you may […]


    Today, I was working on a rent house—cleaning baseboards and repairing cabinet doors, among other things—and I found myself needing a tool from my truck. I remember standing up and walking out of the door of the rent house and my mind just completely blanking out on the walk to my truck. The very reason […]

    “I Can Feel It Coming in the Air Tonight, Oh Lord”: Frank Darabont’s The Mist (2007)

    The fourth and final installment of Ian Olson & I’s Halloween series for Mbird focuses on Frank Darabont’s 2007 adaptation of a Stephen King novella, The Mist—which has been spoken about briefly before. The film stars Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden & Andre Braugher. Blake: The Mist is a throwback 60’s style creature flick where […]

    “Strange Fascination, Fascinating Me”: John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)

    The third installment for Blake & Ian’s four-part series is Ian’s second selection, the 1982 classic creature flick The Thing, directed by John Carpenter andstarring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley & T. K. Carter. Ian: John Carpenter’s The Thing is a masterpiece of cosmic/body horror which viscerally manifests the alien abjection of sin. Through masterful use of freezing, tension-fraught […]

    “Just The Two Of Us”: Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher (1986)

    The second film selection for Blake & Ian’s four-part series comes from Blake’s selection of favorite horror films, the 1986 version of The Hitcher, starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Blake: Jim Halsey: Why are you doing this to me? John Ryder: You’re a smart kid…figure it out. Whether it’s the rise […]

    “Is This Real Life or Is This Just Fantasy”: Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932)

    Ian Olson (who brought Mbird a wonderful reflection on Law and Grace in the new Godzilla) and I decided to put together a 4-part series in celebration of October and Halloween–Mbird-style, of course! We both chose two of our favorite horror films and wrote an article for each one and then allowed the other to […]

    In Memoriam: Robin Williams (1951-2014)

    Williams’ comedy was more settled into the gap of my parents’ generation than it really was in mine. I, however, grew up watching the best (The Awakening, Good Will Hunting) and worst (Popeye, RV) of his films. He was a household name. A comedian that was so energetic and so child-like that it was impossible […]

    New Music: French Style Fur’s Is Exotic Bait

    On the heels of obsessing over Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence, Matthew Linder and I found another target for our obsession in French Style Fur’s Is Exotic Bait. The band is made from members of We Barbarians and Cold War Kids, and most of the lyrical content comes straight out of the poetry of Thomas Merton, […]

    New Music: Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence

    Matthew Linder (who gave Mbird a delightful treatise on Willy Wonka) and I, for well over a week and counting, have been infatuated with the newest Lana Del Rey album, and conversations over Facebook and email ensued. Below are some of the highlights of our discussion of what we both consider a tremendously beautiful and […]

    The Day I Confessed My Sins To Louis C.K.

    Louis C.K.’s FX show, Louie, has been a breath of fresh air in the world of situation comedies. That fresh air, though, sometimes steals the wind out of my sails and leaves me drifting in open water, alone with my thoughts, convicted, waiting for rescue. I have noticed that episode 3—“So Did The Fat Lady”—struck […]

    The Berserker In Us All

    Berserkers were fierce Norse warriors who were thought to be invincible. They were men who would battle with rage-induced fierceness and violence. Beings so mentally unstable they would cut down their enemies without a single thread of compassion. Frenzied. Crazed. I am a bit surprised there wasn’t more commentary on the Internet about the most […]

    On TV: Salvaging This Season of Parenthood

    Like many reviewers out there (and a number of my fellow Mbirds), I’ve found this season of NBC’s Parenthood to be profoundly underwhelming. But I continue to watch because I love the characters, chief among them these past couple of seasons being Hank, played by a post-Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano. Matter of fact, I […]