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Tiny Terror: Roman Polanski

Roman PolanskiOne of my favorite movie-going experiences of 2012 was spending four Saturday and Sunday afternoons watching Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: A 15-hour history of cinema that A.O. Scott of The New York Times called  “a semester-long film studies survey course compressed into 15 brisk, sometimes contentious hours…stands as an invigorated compendium of conventional wisdom.”

Before taking on such an ambitious project, Cousins had established his reputation as a film critic as well as the host of the BBC show Scene by Scene. The program found Cousins in coversation with some of the world’s best film directors, discussing their most iconic images and sounds.

This episode of Scene by Scene features Cousins in a bristly interview with Roman Polanski. Besides Polanski’s personal horrors, the gifted director has made important contributions to the horror/thriller/supernatural genres including: Knife in the Water, The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Tenant, The 9th Gate and the classic, Rosemary’s Baby.… Read the rest

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Coincidence Control Network: Ep. 52 – Groovin’ with L. Ron

Coincidence Control Network: File #052 – Grooving with L Ron

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This week: Area 51 ain’t no thang, bring on Area 52!, Diana conspiracy: The people say ‘meh’, L Ron Hubbard: Jazz Legend, Some Space News from the mouth of Kim Monaghan, and Film Taaaalk.

PersonnelJoe Nolan, Kim Monaghan, Joseph Matheny, and Ken Eakins

Linkywotsitnows:

Area 51 declassified Link

Too old. Don’t care – Link

L. Ron Hubbard’s musical hubbub -Link

Black hole action – Link

Interludes

April March, BS 2000, The Apollo Stars, and Cloroform

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Censored Space?

Pioneer10-plaque_1200-1024x811When we talk about travelling to the stars, we often talk in terms of technological development and pushing past the current limits bounding the horizons of space science. However, one thing a space-bound race will always have a hard time hurdling are the strictures on their own understanding of themselves and their culture.

Terrestrial earthlings and space travelers must be categorically different entities even if they’re part of the same species. The courage to traverse the stars must mirror the boundlessness of space itself — how can one cross that void without becoming a void and emptying oneself of earthbound prejudices, expectations, superstitions and beliefs? It’s the only way.

When people ask why we’ve never gone back to the Moon or why we’ve never put a man on Mars, tell them to look at the small mindedness that surrounded the Pioneer plaque and then look no further. It turns out that there is more than gravity keeping humanity’s feet on the ground: self-loathing, prudishness, war paranoia and the fear of sex.… Read the rest

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John Carpenter’s ‘THEY LIVE’ Turns Twenty-Five

They Live!John Carpenter’s They Live (1988) doesn’t sound like a classic movie: A drifter wanders into Nowheresville USA — a Los Angeles neighborhood devastated by an economic recession. After witnessing some suspicious activity surrounding a strange church, the man discovers a box of special sunglasses which reveal that the reality he’s come to take for granted is anything but what it seems. Add a starring role for professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and one would assume They Live was potboiler sci-fi with a clever gimmick and a B-list “star.”

The problem with this assessment is that it forgets that this is a movie made by a man who practically created slasher films with Halloween and whose ability to infuse cliche-filled genres with deep, emotional and subversive content made him a legend.

They Live is a conspiracy-laden masterpiece of popcorn paranoia that manages to be as entertaining as it is startling. A class war battering ram of a movie, the flick makes the moneyed into monsters while elevating its blue collar lead to the status of a revolutionary hero.… Read the rest

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Coincidence Control Network, Episode 51: Moorish Tech Hacks

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This week: Get off Facebook and read a book you dumbdumb, Why tech isn’t the solution to surveillance – you are, Bradley Manning’s fate, Blood surveillance a good thing?, The Moorish Americans are awesome, and Kentucky Alien gunfighters.

PersonnelJoe Nolan, Joseph Matheny, and Ken Eakins

Linkydinks

Tech Hacks won’t fix our Big Brother issues – Link

The New Age of Algorithms – Link

Bradley Manning sentencing imminent Link

Predictors of Suicidal behaviour found in blood – Link

Moorish American’s – Link

Kentucky alien gunfight anniversary Link

Interludes

Theme from Don & Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 50!

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This week: Two lone wanderers return, the Tories hate Kim…a lot, Minority Report is getting closer, Surveillance Free day, Bradley update, Progressives get an open letter, we catch up with our lost heroes. Only God Forgives and The Holy Mountain, and much much more.

PersonnelJoe Nolan, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins + SPECIAL GUESTS!

Linkypoops

David Cameron hates me – Link , Link

Retail Stores have new ways to track you – Link

The Surveillance-Free Day – Link

Bradley Manning verdict – Link

An Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives – Link

The Holy Mountain at 40 – Link

Interludes

Chrome Hoof, The Lonely Island, Star Wars, and Arnie

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Welcome to Paradise

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If you follow my posts and podcasts here at Disinformation and elsewhere, you probably know that I’m also a musician in Nashville, TN. Here is the new video for my song “Paradise.” The song and the video both point back to the kind of counter-cultural posts you’re familiar with.

Conceived, directed and edited from public domain footage found at Archive.org, “Paradise” combines images of San Francisco in 1941 with shots from the city captured in 1968 during that era’s counter-cultural revolution. The video takes the song’s declarative chorus as a jumping-off point to celebrate the Utopian impulse that has defined that city.

Welcome to “Paradise”

“Paradise” appears on my CD BLUE TURNS BLACK.

Stay Awake!

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Coincidence Control Network Episode: 49

This week: Gremlins cause havoc with our computers, but Kim saves the day, art is vandalised, art is vandalised by it's artists, a film that will melt your head with mushrooms and magick, YouTube the censor, American fast-food chains cheat their employees, Mos Def is a cool guy, football goes batshit, Germans get harassed by advertising in their skulls, and isn't it about time we got a theme tune for sinkholes? PersonnelJoe Nolan, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins
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1984 All Over Again

1984In the wake of the NSA/Snowden revelations, and the general sense of paranoia that has taken grip of the news cycle and the internet, a few pundits have assumed the roles of cultural watchdogs, taking the pulse of public taste to measure the effect of the spooky news on the hearts and minds of the people.

A number of journalists and commentators have noted that one possible side effect of the recently-revealed government snooping on personal communications has been a spike in the sales of the George Orwell classic 1984 on the mega-book-selling-site, Amazon. But, how big is the sales spike and how much of it can be attributed to Snowden’s bravery in the face of the NSA’s dubious doings? This article at Slate offers a measured interpretation:

Sales of one particular edition of George Orwell’s dystopian classic are up some 5,000 percent on Amazon.com in the past 24 hours, according to the site’s list of “movers and shakers.” The figure was as high as 7,000 earlier today.Read the rest

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