Posts tagged "NYT"

Your Future has been Adjusted? Free Will and the Adjustment Bureau

Attempting to strike while the iron is hot, I figured a quick review of the Adjustment Bureau might be helpful given this morning’s earlier NYT post. We posted the trailer for Bureau waaay back in June of ’10, chuckling at the movie’s tag line: “If you believe in free will, will you fight for it?” After seeing the movie, I figured I’d share a few non-spoiler observations about the movie, which turns out to be less preachy on the subject than you might imagine. The movie surprisingly presents a sympathetic understanding of the bound will. The…

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Voodoo Child: Classic Rock, Celebrity, and Idolatry

A fun NYT article about a link between celebrity and idolatry: In trying to discover why somebody would pay $959,500 for Eric Clapton’s signature Fender Strat named Blackie, or thousands still for a “replica” of Blackie, a team of researchers at Yale have theorized that the same urges that drove our ancestors to magic and voodoo make us think that the celebrity artifacts are somehow “contagious” (though you might instead be thinking of “The Pearl of Great Price” if you love rock-n-roll!). The article is short and worth a quick read- especially for anybody who a) loves Clapton, b)…

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Narrative and the Grace of God: The New ‘True Grit’

Stanley Fish is doing our job for us over on the New York Times Online OpEd Section. Fish, an academic known for his postmodern literary criticism (think interpretive communities) and guest writer for the NYT, wrote a piece entitled Narrative and the Grace of God: The New ‘True Grit’ which sounds like something Nick Lannon would write about here at Mockingbird. Be Warned: Dr. Fish’s article contains spoilers though this post does not!

I haven’t seen the new Coen Brother’s movie yet, but rest assured that will be remedied in the next few days. Until then, I figured…

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Coming Attractions

Here are seven movies being released on DVD in Jan/Feb (most of them on Jan 11 or 18). I haven’t seen them yet — but they all feel like home runs.

Get Low. “A deft blend of dark humor and poignancy” and a huge standout from a MB perspective. Read this great Christianity Today interview with Robert Duvall about it.

The Social Network. Making either #1 or #2 in many of critics’ Top Ten lists around the country. Our DZ and the NYT comment here.

The Town. Great action/thriller. Also making many critics’ top ten lists.

The Other Guys and Cyrus. Two…

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The Ministry of Food (Revolutions)

As someone who is “big-boned”, I’ve been struck by the wave of recent reality television shows that revolve around heavy people. There is the one that is truly inspiring, The Biggest Loser, as well as many others that seem to be a bit more exploitative, e.g. Dance Your Ass Off and More to Love. Either way, I love to watch them all, bowl of ice cream in hand.

This Spring, ABC is looking to continue the trend with a new reality television show revolving around America’s “fattest” city, Huntington W.VA. The show, entitled “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” will follow British Celeb…

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