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What Do Dave Eggers, Dirty Toes and Shampoo Have in Common?

What Do Dave Eggers, Dirty Toes and Shampoo Have in Common?

If God was interested in being clean, I wonder if he might have stalled the incarnation a millennium or two until the days of close-toed shoes or indoor plumbing. He would then have had the fortune of choosing from fifty different kinds of shampoo at Kroger, or the experience of a soothing pedicure to rinse out the Palestinian dirt from under his thick yellow toenails.

Cultural progression, it seems to me, moves increasingly anti-dirt. Dave Eggers’ newest book, The Circle, focuses on a not-so distant future in which the latest form of social media, TruYou, has usurped all other internet big…

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Another Year Ends: Mockingbird at the Oscars

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, without turning a blind eye to our favorite themes (judgment and love, guilt and absolution/forgiveness, the quagmire of identity formation, redemption in suffering, the level-playing field of original sin, the bondage of the will, addiction, Jesus, resurrection, grace, grace, grace, etc). Fortunately, the two are seldom…

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Happy [Social Network] Christmas!

This doesn’t work so well for the crucifixion…
Jesse Eisenberg: Crazy Cat Lady?

Jesse Eisenberg: Crazy Cat Lady?

I love it when the first guest on a talk show, always a FAR bigger name than the second guest, stays for the second guest and the musical act. A classy move. What usually happens, though, is that the star’s handlers get them there, shove them onto the set, they respond to a set of pre-approved “questions” (“I understand you recently had an interesting experience on an airplane…”), pimp their latest project, and get out of town.

Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale, Zombieland, and most recently, The Social Network) was on Conan on Thursday, and…

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Exclusion, Inclusion and Identity in The Social Network

Exclusion, Inclusion and Identity in The Social Network

An insightful piece by A.O. Scott over at The NY Times that touches on identity, self-worth and the failure of “works” to assuage the accusing voice of the Law – in this case, the inner critic/persecutor –  as seen through the lens of The Social Network and Wall Street 2. Enough to make one wonder whether the word “drive” is actually a synonym for “socially acceptable yet ultimately counterproductive pursuit of self-justification”:

Every Facebook user, friending and unfriending at will, can travel freely in intersecting circles of his or her own design. In the utopian version of this resulting horizonless…

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Another Week Ends: Green Guilt, Agnostic Knowledge, Tearjerkers, The Social Network, Damsels in Distress

Another Week Ends: Green Guilt, Agnostic Knowledge, Tearjerkers, The Social Network, Damsels in Distress

1. Such a fascinating article about Green Guilt in Wednesday’s NY Times (ht BZ). Substitute the eco-language with discipleship-talk and you have a nigh perfect allegory for the double-edged sword of self-righteousness/despair that comes from living by the Law (or  any attempt to live consistently). Again, nothing against the environment – I ride a bike to work after all 😉 – and I know it’s an easy target, but the religiosity lurking behind the movement, especially in its most radical, overtly self-justifying forms, is just so obviously toxic. Pun intended. That is, it’s hard not to chuckle a little when…

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I Wish that I Could Hate Justin Timberlake

He’s also supposed to be amazing in “Social Network”

Another Week Ends: Tron, Club Monaco (T. Farah), Robin Wright, NRP & Disco

Another Week Ends: Tron, Club Monaco (T. Farah), Robin Wright, NRP & Disco

1. It’s hard to read Hebrews 11:13 without thinking about the movie Tron:

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

That said, the trailer for the new Tron Legacy premiered at Comi-con last week to an understandably positive response. It looks like we’re dealing with a full-fledged sequel to the greatest movie ever made about the realities of Christian Spirituality (note: other than Xanadu and Clash of the Titans).

Other…

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Mockingbird at the Movies: I've Loved You So Long

Mockingbird at the Movies: I’ve Loved You So Long

Last week while choosing a movie to rent, I stumbled upon one that I have been wanting to watch since its release last year, the French film I’ve Loved You So Long. I had thought it was a romantic comedy, but I was completely blown away by what it actually was – a story of despair and redemption, of our own inner prisons and the freedom of unconditional love, of law and pure gospel, of the grace that breaks into our world as light into darkness. I abreacted twice with tears.

The story is a mystery that unravels subtly and intelligently,…

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