Trailers for Paranorman

I’ve been loving all the trailers for Paranorman. Most of them try to give the classic “go see this quirky coming of age movie that will be great for kids and grown ups alike” kind of vibe. Then there’s this Olympic themed one. I particularly like this one with the mumbling zombie (with subtitles), known [Read More…]

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New Releases and Premieres: PL3, Kill List and Paranorman

This week sees the release of a number of DVDs that many pagans and pagan-friendly folks will want to have in their collection. Most significant is the release of the Oscar-nominated documentary film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. This third film in a trilogy ties up the story of the West Memphis Three, although it did [Read More…]

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BACK TO THE GARDEN

This documentary film completed in 2011 will be shown on PBS tomorrow at 7 pm (Check your local PBS affiliate website for times or screening dates in your area). Back to the Garden is a film project that began in 1968, chronicling the “back to the earth” movement that was such closely related to the [Read More…]

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Crazy World…Just Add Religious Confusion

I am back from a lengthy hiatus, hope you’re still with me! I was away camping for two weeks at festivals (Sirius Rising and Summerfest at the Brushwood Folklore Center) and have been getting caught up, and caught up in, all kinds of new and exciting things in my life. Festival season was very relaxing [Read More…]

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BRAVE: Pixar’s Pagan Princess is Perfect Pleasure

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like this very much. The fact that this free-spirited spitfire had to be a “princess” in order to appeal to audiences really rubbed me the wrong way. There is way too much “princess” branding aimed at little girls these days, and it’s annoying. It also seemed Pixar was having trouble figuring [Read More…]

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Casting of DEVIL’S KNOT near complete

Devil’s Knot, the film based upon journalist Mara Leveritt’s book exploring the case of the West Memphis Three, will begin shooting next week. Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) is directing, which promises and intelligent and sensitive rendering of the material. One of the first casting decisions announced was Reese Witherspoon as [Read More…]

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‘Ritual’ Mutilation in Mexico Inspires Sensationalistic Headlines

This story has made the headlines today: A Mexican woman has been charged with gouging our her son’s eyes with her fingers during some kind of “ritual” or “ceremony” performed by an unknown group in Nezahualcoyotl, a suburb of Mexico City. Though no specific group or cult has been named yet, the media coverage is certainly [Read More…]

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THE WICKER TREE: Not a sequel, nor a remake, but a grab bag of vibes and moments

Perhaps few films in recent years have been the subjects of more anticipation than Robin Hardy’s THE WICKER TREE. The director (who helmed the cult horror classic THE WICKER MAN, now nearly four decades old) struggled for several years to obtain sufficient funding, and rejected several previous working titles (COWBOYS FOR CHRIST, THE MAY QUEEN [Read More…]

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“Satanic” Mutilations of Horses

Well, these stories have been making the rounds for years. But to have a respectable media outlet like the BBC report on it and quote a Lincolnshire horse owner babbling about Satan is starting to get ridiculous. “Nobody knows why someone would do something like this, but you can look on the internet and there [Read More…]

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