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About Persona

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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. I saw this full-length stop motion animation last week, and it won’t leave my mind. I will probably track down the DVD when I can and watch it again, and I have a feeling it will be one of those films I watch quite a few times. As I understand it, much like Saint Maud, which I was talking about here a few days ago, the film for whatever reason sat for years without distribution. Maybe the big whigs at the top have grown tired of fighting for these artier films. Hard to say. “Artier” is the word to say, though. And while this thing screams “foreign art house production!” it also ble
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    La Llorona

    That is exactly what I have been thinking of. Thanks for helping me get that straight!
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    La Llorona

    So weird... I saw you posting on this, I believe both here and on fb(?) maybe? And I thought to myself, huh. I don’t remember that movie being all that great. And I thought that for quite a while. Weeks or months? And then I saw the trailer for this film, and whatever I saw, it wasn’t this. I am getting old. I need to check this one out.
  4. Oh, wow. Ok. That’s a cool observation.
  5. Nice! What was the Bergman sequence you didn’t mention?
  6. It went on “epix now” last night at midnight. I stayed up for it. I believe it’s $1.99 a month for your first two months. I will most likely unsubscribe and consider this a pretty good deal.
  7. This one should be in the conversation in the future for any lists made about horror, or spiritually significant horror. It is definitely about the mystery in one’s faith. Maybe a problem (?) with the film would be that it can’t wrap up the mystery — or, if it does, it certainly tends to sway toward the struggle of that mystery rather than any celebration of it. On Facebook, I wrote: A24 is really a special company. It is getting to a point where its horror roster is so good that it deserves its own category. Like, subcategories in horror are: New French Extremity, 70s slasher
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    Here is Our second video, Manifest(o). A couple of things have happened. The first video got a TON of views from a “west side” forum here in Grand Rapids. We couldn’t believe it! We delayed the Kickstarter due to a lack of faith in it (for now). We fell in love with this guerilla-style filmmaking on YouTube. So we are getting better at it as we go, it has become such a fun project, and we have been organizing excitedly for future endeavors. This one has less of that retro 80s/90s vibe I was going for — I’m not even sure what vibe this is. We will get back to that pre-
  9. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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