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    You said you'd wait... 'Til the end of the world.

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    Ex-musician on the global road for over a decade, ex-worker of two jobs for seven years, ex-republican, ex-democratic socialist, ex-evangelical. Interests: Film, an invigorating sermon, a great class, a challenging book, snow skiing, roller blading, sky diving, things that bring PEACE in a BUSY BUSY world. Currently seeking a Sabbath. Always desiring to learn and experience more, gaining insight from the knowledge of others.

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    I am back to Faust.
  • Favorite movies
    Bergman Stan Brakhage Kieslowski Dreyer von Trier Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Kristian Levring Thomas Vinterberg Susanne Bier Aki Kaurismäki Lukas Moodysson Gaspar Noé Ki-duk Kim Majid Majidi Paul Thomas Anderson Lynne Ramsay Haneke Winterbottom Coppola Murnau Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Nimród Antal Martin Scorsese Brian De Palma Theo Angelopoulos Tom Tykwer Joel & Ethan Coen Clint Eastwood Magnolia, Apocalypse Now, Dogville, Sunrise, Ordet, Citizen Kane, Babettes Feast, Pieces of April, In This World, Tarnation, Lilya 4-Ever, The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days... Vinyan (Fabrice Du Welz) Head-On (Fatih Akin) In My Skin (marina de van) Lord of the Rings.... All kinds of documentaries..... ...and non-cheesy horror! (Them, The Strangers, Vacancy, Inside, Calvaire, [REC], Eden Lake, Mum & Dad, Martyrs, Haute Tension, P2, and I will NEVER watch The Exorcist AGAIN! never!!)
  • Favorite music
    Iron and Wine, Bon Iver, Beirut, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, U2, Glassbyrd, I'm From Barcelona, Loney Dear, Nyles Lannon, M. Ward, Innocence Mission, Portishead, Son Lux, Moby, The Postal Service, The Choir, Sufjan Stevens, Damien Rice, The Waterboys (basically only one album), Sixteen Horsepower & Woven Hand, Nick Cave, Michael Knott, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Sundays, 10,000 Maniacs, Blonde Redhead, Coldplay, and most things disco and zydeco!!
  • Favorite creative writing
    McLaren Bell Buber Buechner Manning Copeland Apostle Paul
  • Favorite visual art
    Redon. Brakhage. Chagall. Hofmann.

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  1. Yes, the dramatizations were a bit hokey, but I found this one an entrancing watch, and thought that perhaps the dramatizations might pull in some of the less-informed viewers. Like myself. I was blown away by the idea that the “singularity” as referred to in other docs in the past few years, perhaps has already happened — that it came in with a whisper and not a roar, not that the machines are conscious of their own choices but that their choices, or path, has the potential to take over. Seeing what many people accept for “truth” these days, it is apparent that a Terminator or Matrix st
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    Wow. I hadn’t even thought about posting here, as most of you have probably already seen my FB, but might as well post for anyone who wants to see. Last year I started playing around town (Grand Rapids, MI) with my two teens, Genesis and Elijah. We were mostly just playing covers in breweries. But there were a LOT of family and friends coming out to see us, and it was the most fun I’ve had playing live in years. We have wanted to kind of up the ante a little bit, so I wrote ten songs over the past year and got hold of musicians from previous bands I have been in and asked for their
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    The Game

    It is interesting to me how years pass and you see something one way, and then time itself seems to change that thing and reshape it and give it new meaning. I really think this is true with The Game, and I know that many in the ARG community (alternate-reality gaming, or “Unfiction”) would reference this work as an earlier piece that stood for things they now find most rewarding: the experience of something being more important than whether what you are experiencing is fact or fiction, and the drive to solve the puzzle more important than whether the puzzle has any real world meaning, other t
  4. I didn’t see a dedicated thread on this one. Feel free to correct me if there is one. I admittedly don’t see as many movies as I once did when I frequented these boards more often. Some of that is due to other interests — there are some absolutely astounding graphic novels and old comic mini-series I’ve fallen in love with — and some of it is my own deal: just general boredom with movies, and probably a 2020 social issue with anything that I can’t scroll on holding my interest. ARGs in YouTube have been an exception to this, as the interactive nature of them has been so much fun to
  5. Such a nice list you all have made this time around. I look forward to seeing the page and the write ups.
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    I first heard of them here, if I remember correctly. I’m not really much of a metal guy. In fact in my old age, I have very little tolerance for much of the new stuff. I liked some metal as a teenager and even played in a Christian metal band for a year or two in high school that gigged quite a bit around the Chicagoland area. But I find much metal to be very restricting, kinda in a sense that if you want to grow at all, musically or even just in the sense of growing up, you tend to leave behind some of the infantile nature of hard rock and metal. Then something like this comes alon
  7. Thank you. I miss you A&Fers. It has been a little while, and trying to do this on the phone is a real change. But I hope to slither around here, at least a little bit.
  8. Hi. I don’t care for this network or these people and come to this story with a total bias. I didn’t know much about the scandal beforehand, most likely because I didn’t pay attention in the news cycle, most likely because even when/if I saw some of the headlines, I wrote it off: They’re a network of slimeballs. Of course there are stories like that. So my problem with this film is that it looks like a second grader with a digital camera shot and edited it. The hard zooms (remember the Duplass boys and how much they suck at filmmaking too?) are gratuitous, unnecessary, and take me
  9. Has it been noted in this forum that the IMDb message boards are going dead in two weeks? I know it is the last place one should go for serious discussion, or rather good discussion, but it's also the quickest and the easiest. IMDb basically announced that the bulk of what was happening on their boards wasn't positive. I find this move highly interesting.
  10. Both of the docs "Lost Soul" and "The Otherworld" are available on Netflix, and they each give off a Herzogian vibe. In both films, Stanley himself is as important as the subject matter of the film. He is an odd one, a mystic -- and the delivery of his stories is worth your time.
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    I stumbled upon these guys (this guy?) a few months ago via NPR First Listen. The new CD is "Darling Arithmetic," and it is fabulous, acoustic-driven folkie type stuff. Great melodies, passion with restraint, Bon Iver-ish perhaps. I stumbled across a YouTube video of an acoustic "Everything I am is Yours," which just had the lead singer on acoustic with a - gasp - harpist(!) - again, lush. Beautiful. It made sense. What didn't make sense to me was the discovery of some of their older tunes, which rock, and even sound a bit like the Black Keys.("Occupy Your Mind.") I'm going to have to fu
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    The Helio Sequence

    I have been listening to this a lot at work. I have no idea how two guys could ever pull this together live.
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    Wilco - Star Wars

    I really love this recording. I haven't been a close follower of Wilco over the years, but I have liked the bit that I've heard here and there. I have a great cover of "How to Fight Loneliness" that my friend and I play at least once a week - one of our favorites to play live. What really surprises me when listening to Star Wars is how often the lead singer reminds me of Thurston Moore. Sometimes I think this is what Sonic Youth might sound like if they kept things in standard tuning and had an alt-country background. Is that a strange observation? Is that comparison true to past Wilco recor
  14. Oh my word, SP. Thank you for that -- one of the more fun articles I have read in a while.
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