The Wicker Tree Live Discussion with Peg Aloi and Alastair Gourlay

Peg Aloi, of The Witching Hour, and I decided to take Google Hangouts On Air for a test drive and explore The Wicker Tree film. Thanks to the power of social networking Alastair Gourlay, executive producer of The Wicker Tree, joined our discussion!It's two hours long, longer than we intended, but we hope to revisit the subject in a future Hangout On Air, maybe with spoilers next time.I hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

Analyzing The Wicker Tree: Spoilers Ahead

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Religion can quickly become a gruesome business.Forget whatever you think The Wicker Man and The Wicker Tree are about. They are not "Pagan films" or even proper horror films. They, with tongue grimly planted in cheek, remind us where our theologies can lead us unchecked and unfettered. They are not pro-Pagan, pro-Christian, pro-religion or pro-secularism. They are not meant to make you feel better about your faith. They are cautionary tales that say: There but for the grace of critical … [Read more...]

Agora: A New Film In The Pagan Cinematic Pantheon

I think I've mentioned before that I'm not a weeper. I can squeeze out a tear, maybe two in a sad movie, but crying isn't something I do often or easily. I wept softly all through Agora. *There may be spoilers ahead.*I'd been waiting to see Agora for months. Finally the little art-house cinema in midtown decided to show it for a week, and some friends of mine decided to make an urban adventure of it. The nature of our adventure actually added to the experience of seeing the film. We first … [Read more...]


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