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

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    When Kiss Means Kill: Reflections on the Apocalypse of Language

    When Kiss Means Kill: Reflections on the Apocalypse of Language

    “As the cool stream gushed over one hand, she spelled into the other the word water, firstly slowly then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motion of her fingers. Suddenly I felt the misty consciousness as of something forgotten—a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed […]

    The Dirty Deacon's Top 10 Horror Films of 2016

    The Dirty Deacon’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2016

    Disclaimer: Pinning down actual years on films is a tricky endeavor. Some films travel film festival circuits and have limited theater releases well before they’re actually “out”. However, my list below contains the top 10 horror films that had a wide release in 2016, whether it was in theaters or through video-on-demand services. So while films like The Love Witch […]

    Ian & Blake's Terrifying Top Fives: This Season's Best Introductions to Horror For Kids

    Ian & Blake’s Terrifying Top Fives: This Season’s Best Introductions to Horror For Kids

    Welcome once again to Ian and Blake’s annual Halloween series about a genre that does what few others can. This month, keep your eyes peeled for weekly top-five horror lists–with blistering #hottakes below. Be sure not to miss last week’s installment of the series with October’s Creepiest Urban Legends, too! 5. Dead Man’s Bones’ debut album I am constantly keeping my […]

    Ian & Blake's Terrifying Top Fives: This Season's Best Horror Double Features

    Ian & Blake’s Terrifying Top Fives: This Season’s Best Horror Double Features

    Welcome to Ian and Blake’s annual Halloween series about a genre that does what few others can. This month, look out for weekly top-five horror lists–with blistering #hottakes below.  Trick ’r Treat (2008) / Southbound (2015) There is nothing better than an anthology horror film that actually attempts to weave its stories within a grander wraparound […]

    Phi-lippin’ Philippians: Tony Hale and Stephen Colbert Play Bible Games

    As someone who has intentionally watched every episode of The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert and followed the trajectory of a man who came out of one of the best examples of American satire into the “normalcy” of late night, I find the best moments of his new incarnation are when religion pops up. Thursday (Aug. 25) was scattershot with Philippians verses which started with Sen. Tim Kaine–who was a Jesuit missionary for several years–and continued when Mbird favorite, Tony Hale, called out their “Bible games.” What follows is Tony Hale potentially being the only guest to seemingly out-Bible Stephen Colbert.  The moment is full of hilarity especially when placed in the context of Hale’s creation of The Haven, a meeting place in NYC for Christian artists who were outcasts from the church in his earlier days. Check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

     

    "We Just Have to Find a Way to...(Sigh)": <i>Wallander</i> and the Memory of God

    “We Just Have to Find a Way to…(Sigh)”: Wallander and the Memory of God

    Kurt Wallander: It’s just moments, now, Dad. Everything. Just moments now. They don’t join up. Povel Wallander: What don’t? Kurt: My memories. My life doesn’t join up. Can’t remember. Povel: Someone else will remember. Someone will remember for you. While watching episode two of Wallander, series four, I began to see the writing on the wall […]

    Some Things Can't Be Solved: The Formation of the New Detective

    Some Things Can’t Be Solved: The Formation of the New Detective

    They all think any minute I’m going to commit suicide. What a joke. The truth of course is the exact opposite: suicide is the only thing that keeps me alive. Whenever everything else fails, all I have to do is consider suicide and in two seconds I’m as cheerful as a nitwit. But if I […]

    The Dirty Deacon’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2015

    The Dirty Deacon’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2015

    Pinning down actual years on films is a tricky endeavor. Some films travel film festival circuits and have limited theater releases well before they’re actually “out”. However, my list below contains the top 10 horror films that had a wide release in 2015, whether it was in theaters or through video-on-demand services. 10. The Visit [dir. by M. […]

    A Soundtrack For All Hallow's Eve, Pt. II

    A Soundtrack For All Hallow’s Eve, Pt. II

    In the second half of our short series on Halloween music, here are Ian Olson‘s selections with my commentary. ”Saignee/revelations” by Year of No Light I: Year of No Light brought their blackened sludge to bear on Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic film Vampyr (my favorite horror film, incidentally) in 2013 and succeeded in crafting a very […]

    A Soundtrack For All Hallow's Eve, Pt. I

    A Soundtrack For All Hallow’s Eve, Pt. I

    Because Ian Olson and myself could not quite leave it alone without making our devilish imprint on Mbird during the Halloween season, we decided to each choose a five song playlist, explain them and then comment on the other’s choices. What follows are Blake’s choices with commentary by Ian. “Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan B: Scottish […]

    Of Death & Southern Comfort: The Making of an Everyday Priest

    Of Death & Southern Comfort: The Making of an Everyday Priest

    Walking through an abandoned rent house and seeing the ruins of former tenants is an exercise in human connection—archaeology of life, or the privation of it. In nearly twenty years, I haven’t often found deep meaning in getting a house “rent ready,” but I find myself being taken in by the nihilistic futility of Rust […]

    The Dirty Deacon's Top Horror Films of 2014 ...And Other Related Matters

    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 […]