My prediction: Avatar will be the film that finally undoes the reportedly wicked, egomaniacal, James Cameron, who has yet to make a singe, goddamn, good picture. (Hey, I started hating the guy after Cameron was rumored to be calling Kate Winslet, Kate Weighs-a-Lot.)
My Second Life avatar, Oscar Finsbury, will eat his three-cornered hat, if I am wrong:
Executives at Fox, the company which has put up the majority of the money, are “very scared, nay terrified, that it is all going to go wrong,” one movie insider told me.The question is, has Hollywood’s most monstrous genius finally gone mad?
I enjoyed a chat this afternoon with two of my wonderful neighborhood pals, in a suitably natural setting: beside Pine Tree Brook in Milton. I was telling my friends about this:
Isabella Rossellini talked with Tom Ashbrook yesterday about her series of 18 shorts, Green Porno. It’s a great interview about these gorgeous little pieces, which feature simple sets and cool, paper costumes.
Five hundred magazine covers — Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair. Famous screen roles — “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart,” “30 Rock.” Famous parents — Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini. Famous lovers — David Lynch, Martin Scorsese.
Now Isabella Rossellini has taken her talents, humor, and iconoclasm to the sex lives of the animal kingdom.
Great CGI stuff, makes me feel better for moving away from SF, knowing it is clearly now under Imperial occupation.
Also, here’s a chestnut from Alan Watt, last night on RBN, about the “scientific dictatorship,” and its attempts to blind us with science: “When you really see the truth of it all, it’s beyond science science fiction. It’s hell.”
Isaac Hayes, the musician who soinhabited the role of The Duke, “A Number One, The Big Man,” in John Carpenter’s dystopian thriller, “Escape from New York,” died today while exercising at his home. (That’s Hayes on the left, with costars Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau.)
Hayes’ musical influence is apparent in Carpenter’s soundtrack for the film, which features soulful, heavy bass lines accompanied by the sounds of steel drums.
Exercise was one of the famed Scientologist’s favorite pastimes. His treadmill was still whirring when a family member found him on the floor beside it.
My wife, Lisa, has already spiked this idea for our living room: an Alien-inspired table. I think the most dangerous of this is the giant sheet of glass, unimaginatively plunked on top of a beautiful sculpture made from recycled car and bike parts.
Sadly, this link (see below) links to another, which is unavailable at the moment, as it is getting slammed with traffic. Thanks, Ted! — mb
Alien tables: Not recommended for night time use – SlipperyBrick
These Alien tables are pretty awesome sculptural pieces. If Ripley went into the furniture business, this would naturally be the result. Who wouldn’t love to own one. Thing is, there’s no way this thing is in my house at night. Who wants to walk by this thing in the dark?
The secret behind the film “The Secret,” a cheesy round-up of C-list motivational speakers, is Rosicrucianism, according to a recent commentary by Terry Melanson at Conspiracy Archive. The speakers in the film include one chiropractor, one-or-two New Age religious figures, and several self-described scientists. All make non-scientific connections between physics and psychic powers.
They insist that by thinking “I will be a millionaire,” you can become one.
Terry draws a tight, detailed timeline of movements from “The Secret” (i.e., “the power of attraction”) back to positive thinking movements in the mid-20th century, even the mid-18th century. He also notes the subliminal use of the word, “Rosicrucian” (see still image, above), throughout the film.
“The Secret” is nothing new. But its production values should be high enough to bring a fresh batch of suckers into “the movement.”
Going to the official site, and viewing
the flash presentation on the past secret teachers, the
importance of Rosicrucian thinking is elaborated upon.
On Beethoven, they say: “In his personal life Beethoven was known
to support the views of Pantheism, which included the idea of
natural law and the universe being equivalent to, and inseparable
from God. He is also considered to have been a member of the
Rosicrucians, a legendary and secret order that espoused many of
the ideas of The Secret.” (emphasis mine)
There you have it; Rosicrucianism is linked to the teachings
espoused in The Secret.