October 31, 2010 at 2:38 am (art, culture, drama, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, history, life, movies, photography, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, black and white film, Carl Dreyer, culture, entertainment, film, history, horror, life, movies, opinion, photography, random, review, Vampyr
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Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 Vampyr is a true visual beauty in black and white film. The film presents incredible imagery dealing with themes of life and death – and illusions of reality versus truths of the dream state. Light and dark are employed with lush detail and texturing. Expressive actors’ faces are full of character rather than the bland prettiness often prized these days. The doctor reminds of an evil incarnation of Mark Twain. Indoor and outdoor scenes are each full of a richness of depth and textures that no amount of color could duplicate nor match. I had the treat of seeing the film on the big screen at the Tivoli Cinema ( www.tivolikc.com ) as part of a series silent films (and not so silent like Vampyr) presented by UMKC’s Department of Communication Studies and the Westport Regional Business League. It was an eerily gorgeous and thought-provoking experience. You can view it on a small screen online via Google video, Hulu, and YouTube–take your choice.
Clicking on the image above will take you to Wikipedia’s article about the film.
A teaser via YouTube–just a taste of the film’s creative visual complexity. Have shadows ever been more evocative?
Clicking on Allan Grey’s wide open death eyes will take you to rotten tomatoes’ film rating and information. Ever consider what the view is from inside a coffin with a window?
October 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm (culture, drama, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, history, journalism, life, photography, poetry, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: Arundhati Roy, culture, Democracy Now, education, ethics, events, India, Issues, journalism, life, media, news, opinion, poet, poetry, politics, random, Winter Soldier, women, writer, Writing
The Indian author of ”The God of Small Things” faces possible arrest for sedition. Visit Democracy Now! for Amy Goodman’s recent interview with her that aired today. Click on the b&w photograph for a brief profile of Roy.
Is there anything more terrifying than a person who speaks their mind to stand up to injustice? When did speaking truth become a crime? When did confronting reality become a criminal offence? Is the message of the leaders of this world: ”Lie! Lie! Lie!”
From the insanity of oil spills to the tragedy of winter soldiers why is the truth so terrible to face? When did dishonesty become a virtue? When did “spin” become the religion of all politicians?
“Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to quiet those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor roam free.”
October 27, 2010 at 7:31 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, Native Americans, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: abstract, art, cultuure, energy-scape, entertainment, environment, eva, landscape, life, nature, random, Sakura, The Man In the Land
The Man In the Land
Yes, there is a man’s face in this energy-scape. His expression is not the happiest, but then, he is in and part of the land. All things considered he’s probably got a few issues. One hint for locating him, he’s looking up. I’m wondering what else you all might find in the landscape. Please share your discoveries.
October 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm (culture, drama, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, humor, journalism, life, music, nature, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Banana Slug String Band, birds, clegyrboia, culture, Dutch, Earth, earth science, education, English, environment, ethics, gulf of mexico, Issues, journalism, Land artist, life, Magda, migration, moonpond, music, nature, Oil, opinion, rain, random, rant, Science, snail, video, Wales, water cycle
This is my effort today to remind us of a basic Earth Science concept or two in defiance of the dumbing down efforts of the media at large. Information is so easy to find via the internet. No corporate produced textbooks required for learning. Even an oil executive can do the google search trick. Though I do have my doubts about certain talking heads with bright white smiles. Yep, guilty until proven otherwise—hey, that is the current American way, is it not? Okay, onto what is really important. After taking a good look at the water cycle illustration (btw, clicking on the image will take you to a written definition of “water cycle”) what do you suppose will happen with all those invisible toxic chemicals of that oh-so-top-secret-dispersant competing with spilled oil for the top kill score of all things living in the watery habitats of the Gulf of Mexico? What will happen when billions of birds migrate to, through and into the area? Is there no end to this scenario? Apparently not. Our environmental system is all connected–water, clouds, rain, wind. What a beautifully complex system it is. Who will you thank when toxic rain waters your garden? Oh please do post your choice of culprit(s) for a real list here–if you’re so inclined. “Somewhere over the rainbow” has taken on a whole new meaning for me since the BP spill and destroy events.
Leslie has ‘responded’ with a wonderful piece of art titled “For Water”. Please take a gander at it
Oh and do note the photograph of the child being bathed in the plastic container outside in my post, What Will Winter Bring to Pine Ridge. Yes, running water is an ISSUE on Pine Ridge and other reservations.
Land Artist Magda has posted how to create a “moonpond’ over at clegyrboia. Instructions are in English and Dutch. There are snail photos too. Yes, little water creatures enjoying water.
It’s all about that water thing……oh yeah…
And for the young at heart–the one and only Banana Slug String Band–you do NOT want to miss this!
October 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm (culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, journalism, life, nature, random, satire)
Tags: "Water", Amy Goodman, BP, coyote, Democracy Now, Dolphins, environment, exploring interconnectedness, gulf, Issues, journalism, life, media, nature, news, Oil, opinion, Orion, random, satire, Terry Tempest Williams, The Gulf Between Us, trickster, Writing
So how silent is the mainstream media regarding substantive coverage of environmental issues? Deadly silent is my assessment. Respect is earned in any profession. Mainstream media talking heads earn no respect as journalists because they’re just faux reporters reading teleprompters. Several of these pretty faces revealed the shallow depths of their knowledge and understanding last week right at the end of prime time news hour which I witnessed as I went in search of other viewing fare. Ah yes, the local channel 5 news team was laughing about the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes as a critical protest and then wound up JAILED. Yeah, that clean-cut bunch of smiling bright perfect faces will never wind up in any jail–unless a law is passed prohibiting willful ignorance of other cultures and issues. I don’t see that happening any time soon–so they’re all on the loose to buy all the teeth whitening and hairspray they can consume. For real reporting and journalism one of the sources I turn to is Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman. This is seldom a pleasant listening experience because DN! goes where the channel 5 news team will never go—in search of what is often very scary truth. One truth it’s not letting disappear is the never-ending horror story of the BP oil spill which continues to spread its deadly legacy through the waters, over the sands, and to the humans. Thursday’s show featured Terry Tempest Williams’ and her article for Orion magazine–”The Gulf Between Us.” Those gulf beaches may look as pretty as the faces of the channel 5 news team ladies–but it’s all surface level beauty–for the moment. It’s like the term ‘blue sky’ for nuclear radioactive testing—it’s all picture perfect image but deadly nonetheless. If you’ve been wondering about the state of that supposedly magically disappeared BP oil then surf the cyber waves to Orion Magazine for Williams’ heartbreaking article
and “Where is our outrage?” asks Terry Williams on Democracy Now!
I wonder what that pod of dolphins who watched the water BURN thought of us. Yes, they watched–as do all the other living, sentient, intelligent entities that we humans often disparaging refer to as “dumb animals.” It’s very clear to me which species is either ”dumb” or is just totally ignorant that it is nature too. Yep, we humans are indeed part of the web of life we so callously exploit, destroy, devalue, denigrate and despoil. We’re hanging ourselves with our own ropes. Cutting off our noses to spite our own faces. Yep. Where’s that coyote going??? I bet she knows where there’s some water that’s safe to drink. But wait, as coyote she could be a trickster too. What would a trickster want with a human? Do you think those dolphins took out a contract on the humans? Why not?
October 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: Alaskans, culture, education, ethics, history, Indian Law Resource Center, Indigenous, Indigenous Rights, Issues, law, media, Native Americans, news, people, politics, random, Self Determination, UN Declaration, uncatergorized
If you’re a supporter of the rights of Indigenous People then consider taking a few moments of your blogging time to visit the Indian Law Resource Center to send an e-letter of support to the White House before the end of October. The Indian Law Resource Center’s site has further information about the currently evolving scenario involving the USA and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. White House Officials say they’ve received 2,000 letters of endorsement for the UN Declaration. Only 2,000. Think about that number in relation to the population of the USA. Clearly our support is needed to make a positive impression. The site is easy to navigate. The e-letter is polite and clearly written. And there is plenty of space for individual commentary/contents. Shouldn’t everyone’s right to self-determination be respected and acknowledged?
October 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm (culture, drama, entertainment, ethics, history, journalism, life, music, politics, random)
Tags: culture, education, entertainment, freedom, history, Issues, journalism, KKFI, Lennon, life, media, music, news, people, politics, Power to the People, random, Tank Man, Thursday Night Special, video
If you’re a Lennon lover than stream into www.kkfi.org for the Thursday Night Special at 7pm CST–USA. It’s a celebration for solo John Lennon. Incompletehistory’s posting of “Imagine” on One Earth for All reminded me of this radio program. While searching for some video for this post I came across this one which has some news footage that includes the incredible Tank Man. If you don’t know who Tank Man is—well, just watch for the segement featuring the young Chinese man facing down a line of tanks.
October 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm (culture, drama, entertainment, fiction, history, life, movies, music, play, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: culture, entertainment, H.G. Wells, history, KKFI, LA Theatre Works, life, media, music, Nimoy, Orson Welles, radio, random, Star Trek, War of the Worlds
Who is up for some way cool radio this Wednesday night? Tonight at 7pm KCMO time KKFI is offering LA Theatre Works presentation of The War of the Worlds! Yes–streaming online via www.kkfi.org everyone can tune into Leonard Nimoy’s–and other Star Trekers–performance of the radio show that terrified people with its soundcast reality created by Orson Welles based on H.G. Wells’ 1938 novel. If you’re game, pop some corn, turn off the lights, stream KKFI online for LA Theatre and see how scary radio can be in the dark!
If you click on the orange & white poster the link will take you to a radio site where you can get an earful of the original broadcast.
October 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm (art, entertainment, environment, life, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, culture, energy-scape, environment, eva, life, Mountain Sweets, mountains, nature, pen/ink, random, Sakura, watercolor paper
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