We're Knights of the Round Table
whene'er we're able.
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable.
We dine well here in Camelot.
We eat ham and jam and Spam a lot
We're Knights of the Round Table.
But many times we're given rhymes
That are quite unsingable.
We're opera mad
We sing from the diaphragm a lot.
In war we're tough and able,
Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable.
It's a busy life in Camelot.
posted by terrapin
on Mar 11, 2005 -
Big Hairy Audacious Goal
is Coaltion For Christian
Outreach's newest evangelical ministry. It is an outreach program to make 750 commitment
calls per year which will include spending five hours a week building one-on-one relationships with non-Christians, leading a small-group evangelistic Bible study each year, Training in relational evangelism for every leader, and staff teams spending time together each week in prayer for the lost.
In the 40's, A young man named Billy Graham
empowered the evangelical movement holding tent revivals and encouraging people to be missionaries. Born out of that was a more charged fundamentalist movement
that we are famliar with today. Going from Billy to BHAG's begs the question, have Evangelicals evolved
posted by Hands of Manos
on Feb 15, 2005 -
Detailing the impossible. Louis Feuillade
made more than 800 films
covering almost every contemporary genre
: historical drama, comedy, realist drama, melodrama, religious films. However, he was most famous, or infamous, for his crime serials: Fantômas
(1913-14), Les Vampires
, Judex (1916), La Nouvelle Mission de Judex (1917), Tih-Minh
(1918) and Barrabas (1919).
Critics panned his crime films
, often savagely, because the preoccupation of French critics and film-makers in the 1910s and 20s was to elevate cinema -– and, ironically, back then the French saw their own films as lacking the artistry and sophistication of American ones, by Griffith or DeMille – to the level of art. It was years before Feuillade's films
escaped the label of aesthetic backwardness. Now, critics have realized
that what Feuillade has done is to offer us an alternative cinematic mode to Griffiths', one that continues in updated variants throughout cinema. It is predicated on a principle of uncertainty, that questions our understanding of the real. It is as fluid and elusive
a tradition as a cat burglar
, dressed in black on a night-time rooftop
posted by matteo
on Nov 8, 2004 -
In search of lost time
It was Jack Kerouac
who first defined Robert Frank
, who found in it some echo of his own vision
of a vast, broken-down
, but still epic
with restless and lonely dreamers
. 'Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive
, nice,' wrote Kerouac in his now famous introduction to Frank's collection The Americans
, 'with that little camera
that he raises
and snaps with one hand
he sucked a sad poem
right out of America
on to film
, taking rank among the tragic poets
of the world
Frank's exhibition, Storylines
, opens this week at the Tate Modern
posted by matteo
on Oct 27, 2004 -
Blood doesn't politely trickle in Takashi Miike
: it gushes out
in (warning: NSFW, graphic) improbable fountains
, painting walls
and filling up small cars. His
trademark point-of-view shots are taken from places other directors
wouldn't dream of: the bottom of a dirty toilet bowl (as a man falls into it after being killed); within the ear canal (as it is pierced by a metal spike); even from inside a character's vagina. He has depicted
incest, drug abuse
, teenage prostitution, violence against women
and children and small dogs
, and necrophilia -- and that was just in one film, Visitor Q
, his take on Pasolini
Miike has just introduced his latest movie, Izo
, at the Venice Film Festival (.pdf file)
Miike is less sure about why Americans are now embracing Japanese horror films. His country's horror genre is influenced by "kwaidan
," traditional Japanese ghost stories
that feature revenge and malice: "The stories always have the 'hatedness.' You always bring the feelings of hate [that] you don't see in American cinema". What freaks him out the most, however, is the everyday automobile accident
. "Even in a film, I can't bear to watch it -- it's so much (about) how people are weak, to be just crushed with a car. It makes me feel really depressed".
posted by matteo
on Sep 22, 2004 -
Evil Dead: The Musical
In making your list of should-be musical theater productions, you've likely considered the Evil Dead series
, right? Fortunately for you, Montreal's Just for Laughs
comedy festival has put together just that
, believe it or not, for this year's festival.
A special run will happen in Toronto on the week of June 22nd before moving to Montreal for a full run.
posted by Evstar
on Jun 12, 2004 -
Transformation in a weekend?
Recently a friend told me he'd signed up for the Landmark Forum, a personal improvement seminar offered by the Landmark Education Corporation
. I did some googling on LEC and found some very disturbing material
. Since we're being all "fair and balanced" on MeFi now, I'll add I found some positive material
too. Oh, and since my research tells me Landmark tends to be very litigious about negative publicity, I'll just cover my orange-feathered butt and say that my negative impressions of Landmark are only my opinion, not that of MetaFilter, and I could be wrong. Have any MeFiers had any experiences - positive or negative - with LEC?
posted by orange swan
on Aug 17, 2003 -
The Panacea Society
is a small group in England that has existed since the 1920s, waiting for Jesus to return to Earth and move into the house they've set up for him in Bedford - the new Jerusalem. Built on the prophecies of Octavia, a vicar's widow obsessed with the prophecies of 18th/19th century English prophetess Joana Southcott
, the Panaceans are the keepers of a box of prophecies left by Joanna. "War, disease, crime and banditry will increase until the Bishops open Joanna Southcott's box
" is still being placed in newspapers on their behalf as they send out linen squares, breathed upon by Octavia before her death, that will, if placed in jugs of water, will heal and protect. Harmless neighborhood church group
or money-grubbing cult
? As they receive more attention (including a documentary
shown on Channel 4) and their members slowly die off, it'll be interesting to see what happens...
posted by Katemonkey
on Aug 16, 2003 -
The linked article, while a bit disapproving ("There can be little doubt that Muhammad would be displeased if he could see what passes for Islam in much of the Muslim world today"), gives a good description of the cult of saints and their tombs in popular Islam. [More inside.]
posted by languagehat
on Oct 6, 2002 -
Sinister cult hijacks Weblogs.com?
While working on an application that finds patterns in the data supplied by Weblogs.com, Mo Morgan
found some disturbing patterns:
"[...] between midnight and five there had been over 60 pings to Weblogs.com from sites that contained the string "srichinmoy" in their URI."
At first it just looks like some idiot abusing the ping
system. Or could this be something altogether more sinister?
posted by dutchbint
on Aug 30, 2002 -
The 'Phantom Patriot'
wearing a skeleton mask, body armor and a costume emblazoned with the words "Phantom Patriot," infiltrated the 2,700-acre (1,090 hectare) Bohemian Grove, site of a secretive annual retreat featuring some of the most powerful men in the United States. He was arrested after a brief stand-off with police, and later told investigators he was prompted to act after hearing a Texas-based radio talk-show host discuss possible child sacrifice at the site.
posted by Stuart_R
on Apr 18, 2002 -
Mel Lyman 1938-1978. Mel Lyman was controversial. He was the brilliant folk musician who soothed the Dylan-ruffled crowd at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, the Fort Hill guru whose prose in the undergound newspaper Avatar shocked conservative Bostonians of the late 60s... Many years of collecting, and help from numerous people has resulted in the large collection of articles reproduced here. Some say Lyman was God... others that he was a devil... but most of these articles show him as a charismatic individual somewhere between those two extremes.
An exhaustively authoritative page about a very interesting harmonica player who became God.
And, man, does this bring back the 60s...(Details within)
posted by y2karl
on Mar 24, 2002 -
Al Qaeda as death cult.
From The Monde Diplomatique
: "Al-Qaida has been thought of as a global or national political movement, or representative of an entire religion. It isn't. It's just another of the many death-obsessed sectarian movements to emerge in the past 20 years."
posted by talos
on Jan 18, 2002 -
Pity the poor moped. Not really a scooter, nor a motorcycle, yet more than a bike. The Moped Army
(motto: "2-Stroke Power. Swarm and Destroy") attempts to bring some respect, or at least, geeky cult-like fanatacism, to this underappreciated mode of transportation.
posted by 40 Watt
on Jan 9, 2002 -
Cassiopaea Cult Lead By Cold War Physicist
This is a Florida cult that talks to aliens on a Quija board. The aliens warn the cult members that the rest of us are possessed by Lizards from another dimension. Anyway, the cult is lead by an old Cold War era high-energy physicist from Poland. Is it me, or should I worry that this kind of a person has a web site with Armageddon in the title bar? Also, the obligatory parody site is at 126.96.36.199
posted by StormBear
on Dec 10, 2001 -
its been done before. It just doesn't do the job: "the cult attempted to release anthrax spores from its mid-rise Tokyo office building laboratory. At that time, police and media reported foul smells, brown steam, some pet deaths, and stains on cars and sidewalks." 2
. "Many view the cult Aum Shinrikyo as a group seeking to bring on the end of the world." and "an estimated $1.5 billion in assets" (thats more than Usama). me=alarmist, today.
posted by tomplus2
on Oct 17, 2001 -
Yes sir, that's my cloned alien baby!
I was concerned about this article from cnn about Clonaid going ahead with cloning a human. And then I found out Clonaid was stared by a religious group that believes ETs used genetic engineering to create life on earth. Legitimate news item or bad X-files script? (posted by Miss-Lapin)
posted by miss-lapin
on Jul 3, 2001 -
Even the bad guys
have PR sites these days. From the cuddly looks of this buddhist sect leader, you'd never have assumed he was responsible for the only large-scale act of terrorism in Japan in recent memory (the Tokyo subway Sarin gassing).
posted by Neb
on Jan 16, 2001 -
Does "Battlefield Earth" make anyone else nervous?
The film has a deep connection to the church of Scientology - an organization that has seen a certain amount of controversy (though I don't wish to belittle the belief system of anyone). This connection seems to have gone unnoticed. Is there cause for concern when a heavily marketed film is surreptiously tied to an organized religion?
posted by aladfar
on May 11, 2000 -
'Is the glass half empty of half full? That all depends upon who is looking at it. The case is similar with the Bible. For thousands of years man has been putting his own spin on Religion and the Scriptures and now so can you. Simply select the beliefs that are most advantageous to you and ‘The Cult Construction Set
’ will generate actual Bible scriptures to support these beliefs. Now you too can start your own Cult in the comfort of your home!'
posted by tdecius
on Nov 13, 1999 -