Yuletide Movies? Maybe not, but…

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...here are some holiday films I'd recommend that you may not have seen before, or may not have considered as having a "winter holiday" theme. Also known as "A list of Peg's Favorite Christmas/Yuletide/Winter Solstice Movies!" I love IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, too but they are not on this list because you should be watching those, anyway, just BECAUSE.1. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999). Stanley Kubrick's last and possibly most controversial film. … [Read more...]

2013′s Top Ten Movies for Pagans

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Well, everyone loves a year's end list of favorite stuff. This columnist does try her level best to make sure lists of favorites are crafted with en eye towards pagan sensibilities. With that in mind, in no particular order, I present the year's ten best movies for you witchy, tree-hugging, candle-burning, goddess-worshipping, animal-loving, mead-drinking, bonfire-dancing types!1. MORE THAN HONEY. This fascinating and moving documentary, in German and English, begins with an elderly man who … [Read more...]

DEVIL’S KNOT: Reviews coming in from Toronto Film Festival

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Devil's Knot, the feature narrative film about the West Memphis Three (based upon the investigative book by journalist Mara Leveritt and directed by Atom Egoyan), is beginning to receive its first industry reviews from its premiere ¬†screenings at the Toronto Film Festival. It makes sense that Canadian director Egoyan's film debuted at this fest, one of the most respected international film festivals. For those who like to read reviews before attending films (I generally don't), the reviews are … [Read more...]

Disney bows down to BRAVE fans

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This astute blog post from a media studies professor (yes, there are quite a few of us out there!) shares an update on the Princess Merida brouhaha: Disney has pulled the 2D image of the new version of the doll from their website, most likely from the negative media blitz and petition with over 120,000 signatures saying we all prefer our archer princess without the turquoise eye shadow and push-up bra, thanks.The Christian Science Monitor weighed in with a piece that went directly to the … [Read more...]

BRAVE New World? Sigh. Nope, Same Old Sexist One.

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As some of you are already aware, I loved BRAVE. I thought it was artful, smart, funny, moving, and above all, a wonderful improvement in the representation of female characters in animated films. It was also unabashedly pagan in its imagery and worldview.But with every Disney movie eventually comes a line of toys, and there's already been some controversy with the planned release of a Princess Merida doll that is being referred to as a sexed-up version of the tomboyish character. I Googled … [Read more...]


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