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Grace in Molly's Game

Grace in Molly’s Game

This one was written by Anna Nott.

If you haven’t seen the action/drama/thriller/hint of comedy that is Molly’s Game, I suggest that you stop reading this article, and investigate a way to watch it.

Spoilers to follow.

I have been a subscriber to MoviePass, i.e. I have access to unlimited movies in theaters (no more than one movie per day) for 10 bucks a month, since October. So far, Molly’s Game is the only film I’ve made a point of seeing twice.

Molly, played by the exquisite Jessica Chastain, is an Olympic skier for the U.S. women’s team, who, due to an unlucky fall…

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Another Week Ends: Negatively Positive Thinking, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Love and Friendship, Fun Families, Facebook Sociology and Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories

Another Week Ends: Negatively Positive Thinking, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Love and Friendship, Fun Families, Facebook Sociology and Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories

1. Think positive! The New Yorker this week pushes back against the “think I can” trend, famously espoused by Thomas the Train – and even in adult media, too. While it’s certain that confidence often sometimes helps (Seahawks defensiveback Richard Sherman self-imputed the title “best cornerback in the league” and subsequently grew into it), it tends to break down in the long run, ht TB:

According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one experiment, the social psychologists Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer asked eighty-three German students to rate the extent to which they “experienced positive thoughts, images,…

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On TV: The Strange Grace of BBC's Luther

On TV: The Strange Grace of BBC’s Luther

“Seems to me your conscience has killed more people than I have.”– Alice Morgan

DSU Schenk: “Miss Morgan, I must remind you that I am a police officer and you are a fugitive of justice and, just by walking in here, you have by default surrendered.”

Alice: “You are entitled to send me back. I wouldn’t take it personally, besides, I’d only escape.”

DSU Schenk: “I have no doubt.”

Alice: “Meanwhile, John will be in prison…or dead at the hands of Tom Marwood. Now, me, I’m as guilty as sin. Name it, I’ve done it, but John’s as innocent as I am culpable. So,…

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On TV: When Grace Reaps A Whirlwind

On TV: When Grace Reaps A Whirlwind

Warning: if you have not caught up to the third episode of series three of BBC’s Luther, then wait to read this until you have. Spoilers ahead.

The third episode of BBC’s Luther’s third series/season is a highlight of the season and, maybe, the whole show. John Luther’s second case begins as we come into contact with a vigilante who has decided to take the law into his own hands by killing off criminals who have been spit out of the British criminal system. This man, Tom Marwood, has taken on his own version of justice in reaction to the murder…

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On TV: Why BBC's Luther Is The Scariest Show On TV

On TV: Why BBC’s Luther Is The Scariest Show On TV

I am coming up on my one-year anniversary of Mockingbird graciously allowing me to become a contributor. It all started with my series on the intersections between horror cinema and Christianity: “In the Event of a Cosmic Horror”. So I couldn’t leave the Halloween season alone without some sort of post dealing with horror and the faith. In that spirit, I would like to present my case for why BBC’s Luther is the scariest show on TV.

Television has broadcast its fair share of horror over the years—The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The X-Files, Supernatural, Fringe, American Horror Story, just…

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On TV: Love Is A Many-Splintered Thing

On TV: Love Is A Many-Splintered Thing

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. – I Corinthians 13: 4-8a NKJV

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” – I Peter 4:8 NKJV

The second episode of the third season/series of BBC’s Luther continues the series-arching crusade…

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On TV: A Hero Lies Down Under His Past, A Villain Rises Up From The Dark

On TV: A Hero Lies Down Under His Past, A Villain Rises Up From The Dark

“God moves in a mysterious way
his wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.”

-William Cowper, “God Moves In Mysterious Ways”

As the hero lies down under the burden of his toil; the villain rises from underneath to do his deeds in the dark. This is the visual juxtaposition that introduces the third series of BBC’s Luther. We know what the villain looks like a la Peter Falk’s Columbo—an intentional homage to that series from writer Neil Cross—but we don’t know who he is, why he is killing people, or how John Luther will catch him.

If it…

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On TV: John Luther Suffers For Us All

On TV: John Luther Suffers For Us All

“No, much as we would hate to admit it, we love to watch heroes suffer. And the greater the suffering and the more emphatic ability of the hero, the more we admire the hero…. I love to see heroes who fuel some kind of moral furnace inside them, who are driven to take on the evils of the world, despite the fact that the evils of the world are more powerful than them. And essentially can never be defeated, but they refuse to bow down. And in order to enjoy that aspect of the hero, you’ve got to put them…

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