Now Available! Mockingbird at the Movies

Thrilled to announce our latest publication, Mockingbird at the Movies, just in time for a […]

Mockingbird / 12.7.15

Thrilled to announce our latest publication, Mockingbird at the Movies, just in time for a certain holiday. It’s a collection of over 40 essays about some of our favorite films, from all over the cinematic map. Edited by CJ Green with David Peterson, half the entries are brand-new, half appeared in some form on this site–and have been substantially rewritten/expanded. We’re really proud of this one, and at just $14, its 352 pages are a serious value. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:


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A movie theater is a magical place. We laugh and cry, marvel and curse–occasionally we are even transported, the projector casting fresh light on both ourselves and the world around us. Mockingbird at the Movies collects essays from a wide range of contributors, exploring the films that have touched us most. Some are beautiful, some confrontational, some silly, some sad, some all of the above; taken together, they bear witness to the power of film to move the heart and lift the spirit. Grab your popcorn and press play.

MATM is available on both Createspace and Amazon, the latter of which will get it to you faster, but the former will benefit Mbird a bit more. Spread the word!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Roughing up Wes Anderson, by David Zahl
  • How to Put on a Killer Show at the School of Rock, by Bryan Jarrell
  • Winners, Losers, and Little Miss Sunshine, by Nick Lannon
    • LIST: A Mockingbird Guide to Movies About Jesus
  • From Sadness to Gladness: Sin and Redemption in About a Boy, by R. J. Heijmen
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: The Most Terrifying Movie Ever Made, by Ron Flowers
  • Law and Grace in Frozen, by Mike Belote
  • The Lovers, the Dreamers, the Muppets, and Me, by David Zahl
  • Toy Story: A Journey of Heroic Repentance, by Jeremiah Lawson
    • LIST: Ten Great Woody Allen Movies
  • The Pomade Won’t Save You Now: Salvation and Sorrow in O Brother Where Art Thou?, by Lizzie Stallings
  • Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose: The American Lie of an Easy Rider, by Ethan Richardson
  • Put Down the Gun, Honey Bunny: The “Realer than Real” World of Quentin Tarantino, by Bryan Jarrell
  • The Comforts of Irony and the Terror of Earnestness: Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, by Will McDavid
    • LIST: Nine Documentaries for the Grace Addict


  • Holly Golightly and the Knight in Shining Armor Complex: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Emily Hornsby
  • Pathological Optimism and Crucified Lives in Silver Linings Playbook, by Ethan Richardson
  • The Common Mess of Punch-Drunk Love, by Joe Nooft
  • It’s Gonna Last You for the Rest of Your Life: Sanctification According to Groundhog Day, by Matt Schneider
  • Growing up with Grease and Ferris Bueller, by David Peterson
  • Afraid of a Love That There’s No Cure For: Trainwreck, by Charlotte Getz
  • The Sun Never Sets on the Romantic Comedy (Until It Does): Before Midnight, by Charlotte Hornsby
  • The Progress of the Human Soul in The Magnificent Ambersons: A Footnote to Orson Welles, by Paul F. M. Zahl
  • I Want You to Hit Me as Hard as You Can: Fight Club, by Nick Lannon
  • Running on Empty: Without Limits, by C. J. Green
    • LIST: Jesus Christ in the House of Horror
  • Flavors of Failure in The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, by Jeremiah Lawson
  • The Shape of Revelation and Evil: Halloween, by Blake Collier
    • LIST: Post-Apocalypto


  • The Dark Knight (Dies and) Rises, by Will McDavid
  • The Seven Sacraments of Harry Potter, by Ethan Richardson
  • Can Anything Good Come Out of Endor? Return of the Jedi, by David Zahl
  • John Ford and The Searchers, by Paul F. M. Zahl
  • The Gospel According to Hoosiers, by Matt Patrick
    • LIST: Sports Movies You May Have Missed
  • Killing (and Then) Saving Private Ryan, by Nick Lannon
  • Art Beyond Art: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, by Zach Williams
    • LIST: Moving Portraits of Christian Ministry
  • A Body on the Cross: Theologizing The Virgin Suicides, by C. J. Green
  • The Shared Loneliness of Her, by Emily Stubbs
  • The Original Sin of Joss Whedon’s Serenity, by David Zahl
  • For Those Who Love Poorly: Forgiveness in The Woodsman and Around the Bend, by Blake Collier
  • Love is Medicine: Red Beard, by John Zahl

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