“secret world inside…”

Fantasy Your Imaginary World - by Trygothic

Fantasy Your Imaginary World – by Trygothic

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them.
I mean everybody.
All of the people in the whole world,
I mean everybody —
no matter how dull
and boring they are
on the outside.
Inside them
they’ve all got
unimaginable,
magnificent,
wonderful,
stupid,
amazing worlds…
Not just one world.
Hundreds of them.
Thousands, maybe.”

― Neil Gaiman,
The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You

“I believe…” Neil Gaiman

art of the imagination - josephine wall

Art of the Imagination – Josephine Wall

I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle…and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Film View: “Immersion”

IS THIS THE FUTURE OF PRIVACY & OUR REALITY?
BE AWARE!
WHAT DO YOU TRUST?
WHAT SHOULD YOU TRUST?

Immersion by Raphael Rogers

Immersion has taken over the world but is it in a beneficial form? It was originally created as a virtual gaming platform which while in the zone, it was more enticing than reality. Testing showed positive results during simulations with criminals. Treating them as patients inside virtual reality had a recommended effect. The worlds of Immersion with nanotechnology has given an opening into the modifying of brain behavior. According to results, the government is now able to cure a murderer, heal an addict, and much more. The question to be examined is the change can go in both directions.

Government can determine, as in the film Minority Report who the criminal are before the crime is committed and stop it before it can even happen. Is that beneficial? What if at the last minute, the person changes their mind and would never have committed the crime? That is almost as bad as believing Capital Punishment deters murder. It doesn’t stop the next death.

The government would have the option to control the mind of an artist, a writer, a poet, a free thinker.  What if anything would the government or anyone  do with them once control has been made?

Does anyone, whether government or even the mental health profession, have the right to alter a person’s brain behavior? What is the significance of preventing this procedure? What does it encompass?

Does it stop someone from having the freedom of connecting to their own brain? An involuntary altering of one’s consciousness is what we are talking about here. A tricky dilemma.  Review by Jennifer Kiley

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“I can believe…”

Charles Vess Instructions for Neil Gaiman

Charles Vess Instructions for Neil Gaiman

“I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks…

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

I believe…that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Film Review: “Dead Again”

“I loved my wife forever…”

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Mystery. Thriller. Reincarnation?

Emma Thompson. Kenneth Branagh. Derek Jacobi. Robin Williams.

A woman, played by Emma Thompson) wakes up screaming. The occurrence of a Nightmare which repeats itself. She has temporarily been taken in by a Catholic Church, part school and once an orphanage.

The detective, Mike Church, (played by Kenneth Branagh) convinced by the Priest watching over the Church School and the Nuns who run it, to take care of the traumatized woman who has amnesia and cannot speak. There are other places he could leave her but through his sense of horror with the system, she ends up at his apartment. And he decides to call her “Grace.”

The only thing she seems able to do at this point to communicate is to scream in her sleep. That is all. So, what is to become of her?

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And Grace has a thing for scissors. Later in the film, there is a lacquer box containing an antique pair of scissors. Written in Japanese characters that translate into English as: “These are for you.” The significance of the line is that it recurs as a line of dialogue in the film.

Mike desperately wants to help Grace. He gets the idea to call in a favor from a newspaper friend of his to run ads of her photograph. One result brings to Mike’s door the person of the psychic (played by Derek Jacobi) and people calling in just to try and collect the reward. Madson, the psychic, is rather casual about the whole thing. He eventually offers to do psychic readings for Grace and Mike. No expense. Let the family pay when they claim her.

Mike has another connection with an ex-psychiatrist (Robin Williams), who he draws in for information he hopes will be of help to enable Grace to speak. Robin Williams’ role is of a course character who feels the system fucked him over. Taking away his license. Find out why when you watch the film. But he does care enough to try with Grace.

Dead Again

This is a mysterious tale which takes us through the past, present, and future. It takes us into the past of the classical composer Roman Strauss (played by Kenneth Branagh) and his wife Margaret Strauss. They are deeply in love. Roman presents Margaret with an expensive anklet to express his love and to show how strongly their souls are combined. From these feelings he is supposed to have murdered his wife. But did he?

He is sentenced to death for her murder. The journalist Gray Baker writes the articles of Margaret’s murder and Roman’s trial. Mr. Baker was the man who awakened the jealousy in Roman. The headlines are: “Roman Strauss To Be Executed.” He dies. But before he is lead to the electric chair, he utters the words: “This is all far from over.”

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The film travels from the present to the past, flipping continuously, tripping over treachery and intrigue, and a love affair that transcends time. The past is cleverly filmed in black and white, while the present is in all the colors. A good way to transcend time.

I have watched this film multiple times with the same thrills received from the first viewing in a theatre. At the time, I had no idea who the actors were playing Roman/Mike and Margaret/Grace. Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson are exceptional and the film “Dead Again” is an exceptional film. I have been a fan ever since. Emma knocks me over with her striking ability to play both characters with such difference. The same is true of Kenneth.

There are moments of fun in this films but then there are moments that make one jump. It is difficult not to become physically and verbally engaged all the while the film is unveiling the mystery. It has a strong element of romance but also a grand assumption of deceit. Who can Roman trust? Who killed Margaret Strauss? Was it Roman? What of the extreme jealousy? Who and what does Gray Baker want from Margaret?

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The thrills of “Dead Again” throw you right into the final moments and the surprises that are revealed.


“Dead Again” Movie Trailer [1991]

“Horns” Movie Trailer


“Horns” Official Movie Trailer

Horror Fantasy with Daniel Radcliffe

In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples. They cause an unusual effect in any person talking to him. Spoiler Alert!!! The Truth Shall Set You Free.

I should have said “I Absolutely Love HORNS.”

One other fact, the story was written by Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King, the Horror Master himself. :-)