Twin Peaks is one of my favorites. It has to be one of the most innovative and imaginative shows ever made. In fact, that’s probably why it only lasted two seasons….it was too far ahead of its time.
Weird, creepy, funny, suspenseful, and haunting.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show as you watch it this time around.
You simply have to see Ip Man (2008): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ip_Man_(film)
It is the semi-autobiographical story of Wing-Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster Ip, who, by the way, was Bruce Lee’s teacher.
Set during the Japanese occupation of China, the film has some of the most incredible Martial Arts choreography I’ve ever seen. The cinematography is lovely and the story is great. This one’s got it all folks.
Definitely one of best films I’ve seen this year.
The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis is quite possibly my favorite work of science fiction, particularly if you define “favorite” as “books you’ve read the most”. I’ve read the entire trilogy four times, and I’ve read That Hideous Strength six times.
Book One: Out of the Silent Planet
Dr. Elwin Ransom, philologist, university professor, (Lewis based this character on his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien) is kidnapped by Dr. Weston and taken to Mars. Dr. Ransom discovers that the earth is exiled from the rest of the solar system due to its fallen nature.
Lewis presents a beautiful and thought-provoking imaginary anthropological analysis of the cultures on Mars. There is one particular scene in this book that makes me cry every time I read it.
Book Two: Perelandra
There is more of importance in this small work than in just about any contemporary work on philosophy or theology. Ransom finds himself on a type of virginal Venus. Dr. Weston is possessed by demonic forces and is attempting to destroy an Eve-like character and the wonderful world she inhabits.
Some of the best dialog I’ve ever read, Dostoyevsky-like in power and impact.
Book Three: That Hideous Strength
This one takes place on Earth, in a fictional university town in England. A think-tank like organization known as N. I. C. E. is trying to take over the world. While the leaders of N. I. C. E. talk a good game, they are opening up the world to an unspeakable evil. Dr. Ransom returns, in an albeit smaller role.
This is my favorite of the three, although it is quite different than the other two.
4. The Crucible: Watching Day-Lewis and Ryder on the screen in this very capable adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic is worth your time. Who knew Puritans could be so damn sexy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crucible_(1996_film)
3. The Boxer: I’m a sucker for any movie set in Ireland involving the IRA, boxing, guns, lots of Guinness drinking and chain smoking. Add a terrific story, well-written screenplay, some fabulous acting by Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, and Brian Cox and you’ve got me. You had me at guns, Guinness and chain-smoking.
2. The Age of Innocence: A love triangle involving Michelle Pfeiffer and Wynona Rider….Do I need to write more? Okay, the book this movie was based on, written by Edith Wharton, won the Pulitzer in 1921. More?? Directed by Martin Scorsese. That should satisfy you.
1. Gangs of New York: And you thought New York City was rough in the 1980’s. If this is anything close to what New York was actually like during the middle of the 19th century….let’s just say the movie offers you a chance to take a look at a side of U.S. History you may have missed while you were in school. Scorsese directs. DiCaprio is good, Day-Lewis is amazing.
5. Chewed Up: Louis CK
I’m a big Louis CK fan and if you are not easily offended, you will be too. He’s about as “blue” as they come, but he is incredibly smart and it’s hard not to like the guy, even when he is being very very….He is an incredibly funny and utterly unique comic.
4. Ghost Adventures: Season 1-4
One of my favorite series on TV. Whether you believe in the possibility of life after death or not this show is worth watching just for the pure entertainment value it offers. Furthermore, you can learn a lot about the history of the American sanitarium system and other various locations (prisons, hotels, saloons, honky tonks) as these guys give the historical background of each of their investigation sites. These guys are also a hoot to watch.
3. Back To School
Come on now…Rodney Dangerfield going to college what could be more mindlessly entertaining? It’s worth watching just to see Robert Downey Jr. as a young fleshy faced ultra-geek. It’s also got that blond dude who played the bad guy in just about every movie from the eighties…you know Johnny from Karate Kid (William Zabka). Plus Kurt Vonnegut makes an appearance.
I love this movie. Mark Wahlberg plays a talented “wanna be” who gets a shot to be the lead singer for the heavy metal band he’s idolized his entire life. Jennifer Anniston….how can you not like her? Dominic West (The Wire) is in it, Sebastian Bach, Zakk Wylde, Jason Bonham (if you don’t know who they are then shame on you). Good entertainment with a timeless message.
Probably the most daring and innovative film I’ve ever seen. I promise you, you’ll be thinking about this one for a long time…whether you want to or not. Warning…it is disturbing, very disturbing. Guy gets locked away in a hotel room for some 15 and has no idea why. One day he is released, given a cell phone and starts getting calls from the guy who imprisoned him. The mysterious caller starts dropping clues and our hero (Dae-Su, Choi Min-sik) gets a chance to exact some revenge. The spoilers will ruin it for you, so don’t read them.
The pineal gland, the third eye, the seat of the soul, the Ajna Chakra.
The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the brain. It is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres.
Descartes believed the pineal gland was the “seat of the soul”.
The pineal gland is believed to be the biological locus of spiritual experience (see the work of Dr. Rick Strassman, DMT: The Spirit Molecule) and is alleged to be highly “activated” when people obtain mystical states.
The pineal gland appears in the human fetus at around 49 days of gestational development.
Interestingly enough, Tibetan Buddhists believe that 49 days is the amount of time it requires for one soul to incarnate into the next. Furthermore, the differentiation of the fetus into male or female also occurs at the 49 day mark.