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    Mr. Rogers on the Root of Everything

    Mr. Rogers on the Root of Everything

    It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! The official trailer dropped this week for the Mr. Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, due this June. “Love is at the root of everything—all learning, all relationships—love, or the lack of it,” says Fred into the camera, meaning we’d better bring a box of tissues to […]

    <i>Altered Carbon</i> and Why We Hate Our Bodies

    Altered Carbon and Why We Hate Our Bodies

    A quick note: Altered Carbon is a show with real theological insight, but the road to those insights is marked by lots of nudity and violence. It’s as bad or even worse than Game of Thrones or Westworld. Even though a hard-R rating applies, the sex and violence is a part of the show’s Flannery O’Connor style […]

    Jet Ski Carrots and Oscar Night Incentives

    Jet Ski Carrots and Oscar Night Incentives

    Of the Mbird readership who watched the Oscars last year, about one-fifth of us decided not to watch them this year. So say the Nielsen numbers, anyway, which showed a 19% decline in the show’s broadcast over previous years. I like to think that’s because of the growing popularity of Sunday evening church services, but […]

    <i>I, Tonya</i> Justifies the '90s

    I, Tonya Justifies the ’90s

    Where were you in 1994 when Nancy Kerrigan took the famous billy club to the knee? Can you believe that event took place nearly a quarter century ago? It’s one of those strange decade-defining events that’s lasted in our minds alongside the Milli Vanilli lip syncing scandal of 1990, the Clinton affair scandal of 1998, or […]

    <i>The Last Jedi</i>'s Last Rites: The Weight of Failure in Star Wars

    The Last Jedi‘s Last Rites: The Weight of Failure in Star Wars

    It’s really tempting to dismiss December’s new Star Wars movie premiere tradition as the same-old same-old. Three years into this new chapter, and one worries the franchise is falling into the same pattern as the Marvel movies we all have trouble keeping up with. Good guys, bad guys, heroes, villains, you’d be forgiven for writing […]

    Portal Guns, Talking Horses, and the Future of TV Comedy (Part 2)

    Portal Guns, Talking Horses, and the Future of TV Comedy (Part 2)

    Too long for one post, we’re looking at the advent of the “sadcom,” a unique TV comedy developed over recent years. Sadcoms are shows that find humor in the debauched and dysfunctional lives of lead characters, punctuating that wildness with sincere moments of sympathy. For a longer breakdown, check out part 1, with a review […]

    An Obituary from Beyond the Grave

    An Obituary from Beyond the Grave

    With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to remember the sobering reality that death comes for us all. Hooray! That’s the case for many as the streets fill up with ghosts, ghouls and zombies, though that certainly isn’t the case universally. In my neighborhood, the ghosts and ghouls are generally […]

    Portal Guns, Talking Horses, and the Future of TV Comedy (Part 1)

    Portal Guns, Talking Horses, and the Future of TV Comedy (Part 1)

    On the TV front, two new seasons of Mockingbird favorites are now out for your viewing pleasure. Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty just finished its third season, with Nielsen knighting it the most popular comedy on television, and Bojack Horseman’s fourth season is now available for binging on Netflix. Both shows are regulars in our […]

    Everybody Touch Somebody: Glory & Grace in <i>Last Chance U</i>

    Everybody Touch Somebody: Glory & Grace in Last Chance U

    The very first shot of the second season of Netflix’s documentary series Last Chance U shows a hot Mississippi sun peeking out through trees. The second shot is of a small church near the rural town of Scooba. The third shot is also of a church, while the audio of a preacher addressing his congregation […]

    Another Week Ends: Empathy Gadgets, Billy Joel, Axl Rose, Campus Sinners, Finnish Sports, and an Arvo Pärty

    Another Week Ends: Empathy Gadgets, Billy Joel, Axl Rose, Campus Sinners, Finnish Sports, and an Arvo Pärty

    The biggest news of the week is, of course, the news that Mbird is hosting a Reformation Conference in D.C. this October! Check out the conference page for details, mark your calendars for October 27-28, and get ready celebrate 500 years of the Christian tradition we love so much. Now: onto our regular wrap-up. 1. […]

    Mining Netflix: <i>Lion</i> (2016)

    Mining Netflix: Lion (2016)

    In the Mining Netflix series, we usually post the best of the internet’s films that didn’t get a wide release, or didn’t have a big marketing budget. Not the hipster obscure films, but the good stuff that falls through the cracks, movies most folks might not have had a chance to see. To feature 2016’s […]

    Acceptance is the Difference Between Evaluation and Condemnation

    Acceptance is the Difference Between Evaluation and Condemnation

    This passage comes to us from John Jacob Raub’s 1992 book, Who Told You That You Were Naked: Freedom from Judgment, Guilt and Fear of Punishment. Raub is a Trappist Monk from the Abbey of Gethsemani, the abbey Thomas Merton called home. The book, so far, is a deep dive into the helpful waters of […]