This is Reality

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I’m rapping with a friend of mine at the anemic Wizard World LA comic book convention, a sad song of an event that’s dangling off the cliff-edge of the world and loosing its grip more and more with each passing year. We’re at a booth where they’re pimping some short film that seems to be about yet another “badass chick” who solves all her problems like a man (could babes with guns be any more Freudian for fuck’s sake?).

In time we’re approached by a short woman who is shackled down with all the technological trappings of a TV Production Assistant. She leads with her strategically revealed, nuclear cleavage. She tells us that Gene Simmons and the crew of his new reality show is coming around the corner and that we should just “act natural” if he deems us worth talking to.

Then, like a great cry for attention personified, Gene walks into view. He is the nexus of self-important activity, orbited by his camera and audio crew. He is desperate to be the king of something, anything. He feeds on adoring, curious and even mocking glances like some massive, old, American car sucks on gasoline. In fact, in every way he is a 1957 Buick Road Master, languidly tooling by on a Sunday afternoon. He is something that was designed for majesty in a time when there was more space and less practicality. A mechanism fashioned before the age of irony. The very benchmark of a value system that, long, long ago, went off the tracks.

“Be cool” Nuclear Cleavage whispers to us proudly, “This is reality”.

– Joshua Dysart


Masterworks of Alejandro Jodorowsky to see the light of day.

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Up until now Alejandro Jodorowsky’s masterpieces “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain” (my personal fav. of the two) have been completely unavailable except in poor bootleg Japanese versions for decades.

Enter Anchor Bay. In their infinite wisdom, they have seen fit to release a special limited edition collector’s DVD box set of one of the great mystical artists. The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky hits on 5/1/07 (SRP $49.98). The set will contain “El Topo”, “The Holy Mountain” and “Fando Y Lis” on DVD, fully restored and remastered from new HD transfers in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio. The box set will also include 2 music CDs with the soundtracks for “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain”, as well as a DVD of Jodorowsky’s never-before-released first film, “La Cravate”.

Murder scene from SANTA SANGRE

Since “Santa Sangre” has been widely available for some time and, only recently, “The Rainbow Thief” (staring Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif & Christopher Lee) was made available – for the first time ever all of Jodorowsky’s work in cinema will be viewable.

The true great alchemists who have used film as their focus for transformative experiments are few and far between… I can think of only two off the top of my head who profoundly identify themselves with spiritual or magical movements (Kenneth Anger & David Lynch) but with THE HOLY MOUNTAIN Jodorowski joined that small club and, arguably, became its most powerful member.

For those who love comics as well, Jodorowsky has also made a profound mark on the European comics culture. You can get a bead on his sequential work here


Sandow Birk’s DANTE’S INFERNO trailer (Thanks Den!)

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More info here.

The Mouth Of Hell

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“In 1962, a little fire in Centralia (Pennsylvania) migrated into an exposed vein of anthracite coal under the town. The flames on the surface were successfully extinguished, but the coal continued to burn underground for many years, so that in 1984 the fire was completely out of control and the city had to be evacuated.

“Nowadays, Centralia is an abandoned and ghostly place. The fire still burns beneath the town and there is enough coal to feed the fire for up to 250 years.”


– Full story, more photos and video here.


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Short by Shane Acker that’s now being produced by Tim Burton as a feature film with Acker to direct.