Pagan Pride Day NYC

Hello readers! I've been remiss in posting for a while, owing to starting a new job on top of my already full schedule of teaching and my cottage industries. I hope to be able to post more regularly once my landscaping business goes dormant for the season. It's great to be busy though! Just wanted to give you a heads up and let you know I will be speaking at Pagan Pride Day in New York City this Saturday September 29th. The event takes place in Battery Park and there's all kinds of workshops … [Read more...]

Witchy Media Notes (Blue Moon Edition)

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As we get ready to leave August and enter September, that "back to school" feeling is of course being enhanced by all of the hype around the coming presidential election, as well as some powerful astrological activity that's been brewing for weeks. Today is also a Blue Moon, or the second full moon in a calendar month: a fairly rare occurrence and one believed by some to be potent and magical.There are a few developments in media-related news this week.The latest news in Arkansas … [Read more...]

PARANORMAN Review (We Have Met the Bully, and She is Us)

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Norman is a lonely small town kid who seems normal in every way, except for the fact that he sees dead people. Oh, wait that was another movie. No, this one is about a kid who is bullied and has no real friends but ends up becoming a hero to his whole town. No, wait, that was that other movie. Anyway, Norman's mom and dad and snotty teenage sister just roll their eyes when they hear Norman taking to his dead grandmother. Kids at school write "Freak" on his locker and shove him down the hallway. … [Read more...]

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 simply as "Movie Guy." Geez, I really am looking forward to this. Negative premature reviews be damned! I have not read any of them yet, though. Watch this … [Read more...]

New Releases and Premieres: PL3, Kill List and Paranorman

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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 not intend to do so (hence the title. suggesting an unsure outcome). The film's premiere at the prestigious Toronto film festival was a version that did not include the release of … [Read more...]

BACK TO THE GARDEN

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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 pagan revival. In 2006, the filmmaker, Kevin Tomlinson, looked in on the subjects from the original film to see what they were doing. The resulting documentary film has been shown at a number of … [Read more...]

Crazy World…Just Add Religious Confusion

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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 and fun. There were some challenges as well, and I was forced more than once to ask myself, what on earth is this thing we call the "pagan community" any do these people act like such asshats? … [Read more...]

BRAVE: Pixar’s Pagan Princess is Perfect Pleasure

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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 out how to market this: changing the title (It was originally called The Bear and the Bow; Brave seems like a faint echo of Braveheart, no?) and it seemed recent trailers … [Read more...]

Casting of DEVIL’S KNOT near complete

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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 Pam Hobbs, mother of eight year old Stevie Branch, who was murdered on May 5, 1993. Then British actor Colin Firth was … [Read more...]


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