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Mockingbird (Conference) at the Movies: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Love

C.S. Lewis described four kinds of love (based on the four Greek words): affection, friendship, romance, and charity (unconditional love). Since I’m about half as smart as him, I’ll say that, at the root, there are two kinds of love: love that requires something, and love that requires nothing. In this break-out session at the […]

May I Interject One Notion at This Juncture? Betrayal and Grace in Broadway Danny Rose

Broadway Danny Rose is something of an anomaly in Woody Allen’s filmography. Released 1984, it came smack dab in the middle of his golden period (1977-1992), right after Zelig and just before The Purple Rose of Cairo, when Woody could do no wrong. His increased confidence as an actor and filmmaker showed itself in his […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: The Descendants

It’s been a while since Alexander Payne made a movie.  He’s one of my favorite directors, and I’ve loved all his films. Sideways (2004) was probably his most successful work, and in the 7 years since it came out, I’ve been anxiously awaiting his next offering. I loved The Descendants. It’s not an overwhelming film, in […]

Steve Bartman: Sacrificial Lamb

ESPN recently aired a piece of original programming, a documentary called Catching Hell. It was directed by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) who, apparently, loves colons. I wish I could say […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: Days of Thunder and “You’re Out of Control!”

Days of Thunder is such a fun movie. For any who haven’t seen it, it’s Top Gun in race cars. Literally. Despite its therefore necessary fluff and Tom Cruise preening, Days of Thunder has at least one moment of true profundity. Here it is: I would argue with Claire (Nicole Kidman) on one point: I […]

Looking Tobey Maguire Dead in the Eye: Heroes and Villains and Brothers

The latest installment of our “Mockingbird at the Movies” column comes to us from Addie Jenkins: “Grace knows I would do anything to get back to her.” These are the first words spoken by Captain Sam Cahill, played by Tobey Maguire in the 2009 wartime psychological drama, Brothers. Though referring to his wife, the line […]

The Law and The Reaction: A Stan Daniels Turn

A “Stan Daniels turn” is a joke. A convention of comedy film and TV, the Stan Daniels turn is named after the acclaimed televison writer and producer, best known for his work (and his eight Emmys) on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi. He was apparently so good at crafting a certain kind of […]

A Descending Savior: The Gospel and The Time Machine

In George Pal’s 1960 classic The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (Rod Taylor) invents the titular contraption and travels thousands of years into the future. There, he does not find the Utopian society that he wished for, but a sharply divided “human race,” which has evolved into, on the one hand, vicious, subterranean Morlocks, and, on […]

You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To – C’mon, REALLY?

I watched The Astronaut Farmer the other night. I got it for $1.99 in a bargain bin at a local record store. It was cute. Worth $1.99, but maybe not $6.00. Billy Bob Thornton plays Farmer, an ex-NASA astronaut who builds a rocket in his barn. He intends to use it to go into space, […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: Welcome to the Rileys (RIP James Gandolfini)

Amidst all the well-deserved hubbub surrounding Blue Valentine in 2010, another long-gestating, emotionally excoriating indie drama got lost. Namely, Welcome to the Rileys. The two films almost work as companion pieces. Instead of chronicling the collapse of a marriage, as Blue Valentine does, Welcome to the Rileys depicts the rebirth of one – arguably the […]

Another Year Ends: Mockingbird at the Oscars

Insert idolatry-related caption here. As you all know, this Sunday brings us the Academy Awards. I was too far behind to comment on the best films of 2010 in December, but a few months grace-period(!) has allowed me to catch up and compile some Mockingbird Oscar picks: films that succeed on their own terms artistically, […]

Conference Preview: Bride of Mockingbird at the Movies!

How do we go from “I don’t even believe in Jebus” to “Save me Jebus!”? We need to be impacted. Whether you’re looking for new insight about faith and the Gospel for yourself, or looking for new ways to share it with others, come to the “Bride of Mockingbird at the Movies” breakout session at […]