The Secret is a straight-to-DVD supernatural soap opera starring David Duchovny and Lili Taylor and Olivia Thirlby. It's kind of a paranormal Freaky Friday - Duchovny plays an optometrist whose wife and daughter are killed in an traffic accident, but the daughter then returns to life possessed by the spirit and personality of her mother.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Say, have you heard about the Event Horizon open-air
mass ritual art display?
... 27 naked men, all anatomically correct, have been bolted to rooftops and ledges as part of installation Event Horizon. But concerned locals have been calling 911 because they believed the statues, by British artist Antony Gormley, are real people on the verge of jumping off the buildings.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I'm not going to speak as to the veracity of the statistics or the science presented here, or comment on whatever political agenda is at work.
Environmentalism is like religion and politics- it's been grossly distorted and exploited by rich and powerful interest groups across the spectrum, particularly now with the climate change agenda and its attendant controversies.*
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Before we start looking at a movie made a quarter-century ago, it's important to establish exactly why the film is still relevant. It comes down to this; Cocoon is centered on two memes that have become increasing prominent on this blog - and in the culture at large - ancient astronauts and the Sirens.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
There are no two ways about it- King Tut is an international superstar. There are two touring exhibits of his tomb's treasures (minus the priceless sarcophagus) that have been record sellouts across Europe and North America, moving hundreds of thousands of tickets during a global recession.
If I were to create a new religion, I'd do so as a performance art exercise. Congregants would be told from the start that this was all fiction, it was all art. And believe me; I'd go whole hog with the liturgy. The smells, the bells, the chants, the vestments- all of that great ritualism that the Church stole from the Mystery religions.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
A couple of people have asked me if I saw the Eye of Horus in the McCain campaign logo, as some have claimed. It could be an inverted udjat but the vertical and arc elements are missing (and there's no star in the Eye of Horus, either), which means it's just an eye, perhaps the Masonic Eye of Providence.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I don't know how I didn't hear about this before - Christopher Nolan's brother is wanted on murder charges:
It's the sort of story that puts Christian Bale's un-Batman-like rant into perspective -- Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan's brother may be a murderer. Matthew Francis Nolan, 40, is wanted in Costa Rica for the kidnapping and murder of a Florida businessman.
Monday, April 05, 2010
One of the great and dangerous myths of America is that the "New World" was settled by brave and devout pilgrims, yearning to breathe free and practice their faith. The fact is that the Puritans (or "Separatists," as they called themselves) were little more than indentured servants to European corporate interests.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Spend Good Friday in Vancouver with The Outer Limits as they do their own spin on Solaris. A heaping helping of Secret Sun memes on hand, as you can see in the title. The Outer Limits reminds me a lot of old school X-Files, even if the writing isn't quite on par.