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The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism

The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Follow RD on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates and be sure to check out RD’s cool, new science section, The Cubit, which examines the intersection between science, religion, technology, and ethics. By Lauren Sutton What do the Mad Max franchise, protests of the Keystone pipeline, and […]

June 16th

Jodorowsky’s Quest for the Mythical City of Tar Alejandro Jodorowsky, the filmmaker/mime/writer/Tarot expert/etc., has made a spiritual journey of his entire body of work. This applies to both the body in its entirety and each of its individual parts. In the book Anarchy and Alchemy, Ben Cobb uses this quest as an underpinning for his discussion of each of Jodorowsky’s films, citing […]

October 4th

Values in Trivialism: “Songs From the Second Floor”

Performing a trick on stage, a magician accidentally saws directly into his volunteer. Flagellants slowly march through city streets, past an endless sea of traffic, whipping themselves with rope. A man burns his furniture store down in the midst of an economic crisis. He goes to a church, where the vicar complains that he has […]

July 23rd

Kurosawa and His Trinity of Human, Spirit, and Nature

Akira Kurosawa, the legendary film director, likes triangles. I’m not an expert in his work, or enough a fan to know how much he’s talked directly about geometric shapes, but having seen a few of his movies, I believe he enjoys the the three-cornered formation. Kurosawa’s fascination with triangles seems most obvious in the most […]

May 16th

“Only Lovers Left Alive” Teaches Us How to Live

What would you do with immortality? The question was asked by a few filmmakers during the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. And now Director Jim Jarmusch is asking it again with “Only Lovers Left Alive,” a loose adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve. In the film Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve […]

May 7th

SXSW Film Festival Showcases Immortality

While attending this year’s SXSW Film Festival, I noticed several themes, including time travel, yetis, and — the one that popped up most in my viewings — immortality. Here, I’d like to talk about the two films that address that topic most directly. One of the best documentaries I saw, The Immortalists, depicts two leading […]

March 26th