Posts Tagged ‘movies’

The “Job” and the “Work”

One of “New York City’s finest” has a second career as an exorcist. Now there will be a movie, Deliver Us from Evil, from Sony Pictures. The movie, in turn, is based on his book. If he is right, it could threaten the foundations of the corrections industry.

1971: Witches in Bellbottoms, Talking Heads

Here is a 1971 documentary from the BBC that is supposed to be about witches. But at the time it was made, no one was making much effort to sort out the new Pagan Witches, anthropological and folkloric witches, and Satanic witches of the Church of Satan variety. So what you get is all of […]

Esotericism and the ‘Walking Wounded’

Last night I watched The Master, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Joaquin Phoenix, respectively playing an L. Ron Hubbard-type esoteric group’s leader (making stuff up as he goes), his wife and collaborator,  and an erratic alcoholic sailor who becomes, for a time, his follower. I rented it mainly because I have long been […]

Sky Full of Saucers

I watched Iron Sky last night — and then this: Must be a meme here somewhere. You can crowd-fund the sequel to Iron Sky.  This is all part of my appreciation of homegrown Finnish films — they are rare exports.

Talking like the Old Ones

Back in 2000, I was writing an article about a prescribed fire on the national forest near my home, so I hiked in with the ignition crew. Some point during the day, I heard a radio crackle with the message, “Come up that little ridge and bring fire with you.” Bring fire with you. I […]

Robin of Kent (and His Merry Men)

A British historian argues that Robin Hood was based on a guerrilla bowman nicknamed Willikin of the Weald, although he might have passed through Sherwood Forest. (A snippet of the longer article from History Today) That puts him fighting for “bad King John” (a minus) but against the French (always a plus for an English […]

Ghost Girls: Witchcrap or Pop Occulture Fun?

My old friend Oberon Zell of the Church of All Worlds is backing this show because he designed some jewelry for the characters. A Facebook commenter calls the show “the kind of CRAP our spiritual community has had to put up with for decades!” According to the projected TV series’ website, Janet, Crystle, and Tawnya […]

The Hidden Folk of Iceland

“Two nations live in this country — the Icelandic nation and this invisible nation.” Huldufólk 102 is a wonderful 2006 documentary about Icelanders’ relationship with the Hidden Folk (elves, fairies) in their landscape. You can watch it online here (74 min.) Here is the trailer. One of my favorite parts starts eight minutes in, when a […]

End of Year Lists: Books, Movies

Religion Dispatches lists five important new books on alternative and metaphysical spirituality in America — I prefer that to saying they are about the “nones,” which is a vague term — yes, well, so is “alternative.” Catherine Albanese of UC-Santa Barbara has done important work in identifying first the non-theistic “nature religion” current  in American […]

A Goddess-Movement Video with Something Extra

First, although this is not directly about “the Goddess movement,” I want to point out the blogging that Aidan Kelly has been doing, particularly about the history of contemporary Paganism in America, at his Patheos blog, Including Paganism. Another resource is Dancing with Gaia, a video subtitled “Earth Energy, Sacred Sexuality, the Return of the […]