Paying tribute to pop culture influences - especially old TV shows -was common practice for The X Files. The Night Stalker himself, Darren McGavin, appeared on an episode as the agent who first discovered the X Files.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The larger part of the Delta Cycle retelling in The X-Files began with the episode "Per Manum' and then took off with "This is Not Happening," which I think is the greatest single episode in the series' history. But immediately before "Per Manum" was "Medusa," which I never could wrap my head around.
Monday, February 25, 2008
This past weekend, Chris Carter reiterated that The X-Files was "about the search for God." Interesting statement for a show about the search for extraterrestrial life. What did Chris Carter happen to discover about God in this search?
I was wondering why I put in my observation about the hidden 33 in the Bank of America logo in my Oscar sync post, but it turned out to be quite prescient; the entire stage set was filled with pairs and sets of threes.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Academy Awards certainly don't seem to have the same cultural cache they once did, but we can say the same about Hollywood itself. But it wasn't always this way.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I'll be doing some more work on The 40 Year-Old Virgin when I delve into the Solar love stories, but I wanted to point out some timely symbols that I noticed tonight. This movie may seem like a trifle to many people, but I found it to be absolutely jam-packed with esoteric references.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Still from "Skull and Bones"
Now that Ten Thirteen Productions is back up and running, making its grand re-entrance on the day before one of the more overtly Masonic Academy Awards ceremonies in recent history, I wanted to finish some long-brewing posts on the ostensible use of Masonic and Templar themes in Ten Thirteen programs.
Friday, February 08, 2008
More troubling news, this time a video rental franchise teetering on the brink of insolvency. Video stores were great places to go and immerse yourself in our once-vibrant movie culture. With that culture on the ropes, it's no surprise to see those stores begin to evaporate, joining independent bookstores and record stores.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Not only is it no accident that a Jung stand-in pushed Captain America into the ether just before Kirby's return, it may have even been intentional on the part of the writer, Marv Wolfman.
The 70s were a pretty dreary decade, but it didn't lack for pop intellectualism. Marvel was full of writers who came in from the counter-culture, and a smart cookie like Marv Wolfman may well have realized that Kirby's obsession with the gods resonated with Jung's work.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
You may have tuned into the Grammy Awards the other night and witnessed this tribute to the Beatles by none other than the Cirque Du Soleil (which can be roughly translated into "Sun Disk").
Jack Kirby may not be a household name, but we all are immersed in his visions. So many of the Hollywood wizards people celebrate today - not to mention video game makers - were raised on his comics.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Well, the story is out: Leave it to Page Six, the gossip page of Murdoch's New York Post to go there first. But given the eerie parallels between Heath Ledger's death and that of former Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven, the fact that Page Six ran a shot of Ledger wearing a knit cap made me sit up and take notice, since that was Raven's trademark look.