MALEFICENT: Full of pagan imagery

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You gotta love when a fairy tale actually has lots of fairies in it. That's the conceit behind MALEFICENT, Disney's new retelling of SLEEPING BEAUTY. It's a kind of alternative theory on how the Wicked Queen/Evil Fairy got so damn wicked/evil. Although the "w" word is never used, Maleficent is adept at magic and curses. And her name, which seems to be a play on "malevolent" and "magnificent" (or "malefica" which means evil deeds") is fitting on both counts. The character is a complex portrayal … [Read more...]

Review: PLAIN JANE: THE SHOCKUMENTARY

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Jane Hash is an artist, healer, blogger and activist. She is also barely three feet tall. Born with a genetic condition that left her with multiple fractures, her health was compromised for most of her youth, and her mobility limited by the fragility of her bones. As an adult, Jane seems like a powerhouse of energy, humor, and no-nonsense ass-kicking. Her podcast "Hash it Out with Jane" gives voice to her activism and consciousness raising.But don't take my word for it: see her hilarious and … [Read more...]

Happy Fifth Birthday Patheos!

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Well really it was yesterday but boy, has it been a busy week! Yesterday was also the cross quarter day of Beltane (for this who like to observe the exact cross quarter in addition to the traditional festival day of May 1st) so that seems fitting. The cross quarter days fall nicely midway between the season changes, but seem, in the Western Hemisphere, anyway, to signal the "true" beginning of the season, hence, Beltane is really when spring begins! Sure looks like it here in upstate NY with … [Read more...]

Horror-inspired Apparel! THE SHINING and TWIN PEAKS, now in scary wearable form…

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And I don't mean schlocky t-shirts...Despite Facebook's increasingly annoying propensity for not showing me very much of anything I want to see anymore, I did happen upon two interesting items this week.First, some sneakers inspired by TWIN PEAKS. (Here's a bunch of them on Ebay: you will note some of them have a black and blue color theme, while some have red, black and green; the latter ones seem to have that crazy zig zag pattern from the Red Room on the bottom soles).If you … [Read more...]

THE WICKER MAN meets THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Really?

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I am not a fan of movie teaser articles that use the word "meets" in this way but the trailer for this new film APOCALYPTIC does seem to justify the headline from movie pilot.com that has just come over the transom today...It's from Australia, and very low budget (less than $10,000, which is CRAZY!), and in one of my favorite (if beleaguered, these days) categories of horror, the found footage genre. Though it wasn't the first film to use the found footage conceit, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT … [Read more...]


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