A Witchy Walk Through the Neighborhood

Hallowe’en was a sensory holiday for me as a kid, and still is. The colorful costume parades, the chill air, leaves crunching underfoot, juicy apples and home-made doughnuts, the smell of burning leaves: these sensual memories mean autumn to me. I loved carrying that plastic pumpkin for trick or treating, feeling it grow heavy with [Read More...]

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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory at the New York Film Festival

Although it won’t be shown on HBO until sometime in early 2012, and has not yet had any theatrical release, the third film in the Paradise Lost series has had two major premieres at film festivals so far. The first was in Toronto, in its original version, and more recently in New York, with the [Read More...]

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The Secret Circle: review

Well, it was about what I was expecting: derivative, not very well-written, and obviously designed to appeal to teenage viewers. But that’s okay: it’s been over a year since the premature cancellation of Eastwick with no new shows about witches in all that time, so we’ll take whatever we can get, right? I felt like [Read More...]

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THE SECRET CIRCLE premieres tonight!

This new show about young witches premieres tonight at 9 pm EST on the CW network. The Secret Circle is the story of a young woman named Cassie (Brittany Robertson) whose mother dies in a mysterious house fire, prompting Cassie to move back to her mother’s small hometown, Chance Harbor. There she meets some new [Read More...]

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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky didn’t know, when they started filming the documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, that after they’d finished editing and submitted the film to festivals, that the story of Damien, Jason and Jessie would, after eighteen long years, suddenly take a dramatic turn. Purgatory is that place where people are stuck, [Read More...]

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The West Memphis Three: Now What?

In the wake of sad jubilation, of righteous anger at justice deferred, of wild speculation about true guilt and feature films and celebrity activism and monetary reparations, I imagine that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. have little else on their minds beyond holding their loved ones close, eating a decent meal and [Read More...]

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THEY. ARE. FREE.

More detailed analysis soon. But for now: This is the breaking story on CNN. This day is the finest day I’ve seen in almost 18 years. The news of course is still using that word “satanic” to describe these crimes. May justice be done and the actual killer be apprehended as soon as possible. Rest [Read More...]

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Breaking News on The West Memphis Three!

The last time I posted on the West Memphis Three here, a new hearing was in the works. But in a shocking turn of events, it was announced today that a hearing will take place tomorrow in Jonesboro circuit court that could possibly result in the RELEASE of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, [Read More...]

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Deadline Approaching for Starhawk Film Donations

Just four more days remain for making donations to Starhawk’s film project, The Fifth Sacred Thing, based on her novel. The Kickstarter page has many donations but more are needed! The $60,000 goal has been met but since films of this scope will surely need a much larger budget than this (even small indie films [Read More...]

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