Films on Cults: Colonia (2016)

The isolated community of Colonia Dignidad (“Dignity Colony) was headed by a charismatic Evangelical “preacher,” pedophile, and ex-Nazi named Paul Schafer. In addition to physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual abuses within the cult, Schaefer both personally engaged in or directly aided and facilitated the practice of child molestation and rape, kidnapping, weapons trafficking/money laundering, torture (including medical “experimentation”), and murder. The disappointing, flat, hodge-podge film that is Colonia/The Colony (2016) is not worth viewing. It’s a shame, since the true story of Colonia Dignidad is a fascinating one. 

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Walls and Bridges Burning

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Jean-Baptiste Toussaint, Shore Fire Media

I haven’t been this enthralled by a music project since the first time I heard The Boatman’s Call in my basement room as a teenager. Although I’d heard a bit of Timber Timbre before (yes, while watching everyone’s favorite meth cook) I’ve only recently explored their catalog and can’t get enough. Here is a small sample of their music, some of my favorites.

From the 2009 self-titled album, first up is Lay Down in the Tall Grass. “…its twitching groove combining Dr John, Tom Waits and Elvis Presley before breaking out into the kind of guitar solo that Duane Eddy might perform in his nightmares.” – Wyndham Wallace, BBC:

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Orthodox Arts, Museums, and Russian Cheesecake: Catching up…

…on Art, Art History, and Art Projects:

I can’t stress enough the importance of Orthodox Arts Journal. It’s especially valuable for Orthodox artists and craftspeople in the West.
Right now my studies are narrowing in focus on Russian iconography, but I still have quite a few general Art History classes to take. Naturally, they are primarily focused on the West, the post/modern, and post/structuralism. It’s been invaluable to have the wider perspective of articles such as:
The Degraded Iconicity of the Icon: The Icon’s Materiality and Mechanical Reproduction,
On the Gift of Art…Part III: Clashing Worldviews, and
The Icon Painting Tradition and Modern Art: Hermeneutical Considerations.

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Films on Cults: Kumaré (2011)

Reviews of films on cults: fiction, docu-drama, and documentary. See all reviews in the tag.

  • Overall: 8/10
  • Outline: “A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all (IMDb).” 

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Films on Cults: Wild, Wild Country (2018)

This is the first in a series of reviews of films on cults. See all reviews in the tag. Enjoy!

  • Overall: 8.5/10
  • Outline: (Documentary.) The “Rajneeshee” cult moves their compound adjacent to the small rural retirement town of Antelope, escalates in aggression and antagonism against the townspeople. Also, the spokeswoman for the cult (“Sheela”) is a violent sociopath.

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