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Posted in Art, Books, tagged Anime, Art, Arts, books, Culture, Darth Vader, Design, Entertainment, film, Galleries, History, Humour, Japan, Movies, Reviews, Samurai, Star Wars on May 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
If you need something to reignite your love of the Disney-Lucasverse Star Wars: The Complete Vader is an excellent coffee table book from Random House at a bargain price!
There are plenty of glossy images, pullouts and keepsakes with a surprisingly thorough text, so even hardcore Star Wars fans should see or read something new.
Posted in Movies, tagged Arts, Entertainment, film, Galleries, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Humour, Movies, Photography, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Star Wars Costumes, The Empire Strikes Back on May 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Updated 11/05/2013 -
The best Han Solo pic you've ever seen?
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Posted in Arcana, tagged 2013, Ace Of Swords, Art, Arts, Cards, deviant moon, Easter, Fantasy, Gothic, Inspiration, Life, Major Arcana, Musings, New Age, Ostara, Pagan, Patrick Valenza, Spirituality, Spring, Spring Equinox, Steampunk, Tarot, Wicca on May 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
A Spring Equinox Tarot reading is a great way to focus thoughts and consolidate plans for the rest of the year. The deck, as usual, is Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot drawn according to the recommended Lunatic Spread. Position 1. is left-middle then count anti-clockwise.
Position 1. The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The Nine Of Wands
The previous spread finished with The Nine Of Wands inverted in Position 9. followed by significant obstacles and trials courtesy of The Devil in Position 10. The Nine of Wands appears once more, only this time the right way up: The Enquirer is not out of the woods yet but their situation is much improved. A maze of barriers, perhaps self-imposed, remain in place but with patience and perseverance inner strength and purpose will return. A single steady flame of inspiration is now burning and will guide the way back from solitude.
Position 2. Past Influences ~ The King Of Cups (inverted)
Focus has been upon a mature and artistic man, possibly fair and of a large build. This is a man who can be ruthless and calculating when prioritising his domestic life over the responsibilities of work. At worst he is hot-tempered with an addictive personality and a great capacity to take his pain out on both himself and others. The King’s shortcomings are motivated by anxiety and lack of security but The Enquirer feels mistreated and should escape this relationship by refusing to accept what is less than correct in others.
Position 3. Subconscious (unknown) Influences ~ The Page Of Pentacles
The Enquirer frequently draws Pentacles in the “hidden/internal” part of the spread suggesting hidden reserves of practicality and material needs whilst Court Cards often represent a specific individual. The Page has a young head on old shoulders. He is ambitious and enquiring with a strong sense of duty and a desire to rise to the top of his profession. He has a tendency to be serious but he champions health and wealth, encouraging The Enquirer not to bottle-up the things she needs to say.
Position 4. Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Emperor (inverted)
A Major Arcana card appears here indicating a potent desire. The Enquirer wishes to shun the responsibilities which come with a role of authority. Self-confidence has waned, compromising the desire for achievement. The Enquirer wants to be treated with more respect whilst hiding the distrust that has come from recent hurt. The King Of Cups is likely to blame but The Page Of Pentacles strives for more influence and a genuine allegiance.
Position 5. Hidden (external) Forces ~ The Lovers (inverted)
An emotional issue of conflict and division troubles The Enquirer to the point of obsession. Issues feel unresolved and The Enquirer is racked with indecision. Sometimes however a broken relationship can be a blessing in disguise – The Lovers offer unity if confrontation is put aside for emotional fulfillment. Surrounding forces and The Enquirer’s own secret wish urge letting go of this situation.
Position 6. Events To Come ~ The Page Of Swords
The Page Of Swords is rational, dynamic and articulate. He encourages The Enquirer to turn anger, caused by keeping other’s secrets, into something more positive. The Page ushers in an eventful period during which obstacles can be cut down and ideas can grow. He will not be deterred by anything negative he thinks or hears. He values truth and clarity and will encourage The Enquirer to follow his lead.
Position 7. The Surrounding Environment ~ The Knight Of Cups
The old King Of Cups may be on his way out but two Pages and now a Knight have stepped-up to bolster The Enquirer in person or else by example. Questing Knights and Pages represent incoming or outgoing change; suggesting a new phase and an environment full of possibilities. The Knight Of Cups offers social invitations, births or marriages are possible, this is a romantic time for loving and sharing.
Position 8. The Influence Of Others ~ The King Of Pentacles
Half the cards in this spread are male Court Cards! This suggests that a number of positive and diverse male friends, colleagues and role-models have rushed in to fill the void and ease the damage done by The King Of Cups. The King Of Pentacles “trumps” the Knight and Pages: exerting a very specific influence. This is a mature man in a position of authority, he is placid and stable in nature (if stubborn). He holds out the possibility of validation to The Enquirer.
Position 9. Spiritual Forces ~ The Ten Of Cups (inverted)
The Ten Of Cups is always fortunate, even upside-down. It represents unity and harmony amongst groups of family and friends. Final acceptance of an emotional situation allows for a new beginning and building a better relationship with yourself helps you have better relationships with others. The Enquirer must always be mindful but not vulnerable to potential strife in relationships. This is a time to revel in new friends.
Position 10. Final Outcome ~ The Ace Of Swords
In the hands of The Ace the sword becomes a tool of breakthrough success. The Enquirer is unstoppable. There will be a period of action – even struggle – and such glorious liberation can require sacrifice. An old way of life will come to an end and a peaceful time, with plenty of practical and emotional support will begin.
- Lily Wight’s Tarot ~ Midwinter To Spring (lilywight.com)
Posted in Movies, Reviews, tagged A Princess Of Mars, Arts, Disney, Entertainment, Features, film, John Carter, Mars, Movies, Reviews, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Taylor Kitsch on May 7, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Post Updated 7/5/2013
Disney's John Carter would seem to be an earnest attempt to launch an old-fashioned Sci-Fi saga in lieu of the purchase of Star Wars.
Those involved in the making of the film have much to be proud of. Those involved in the marketing and promotion of the film should perhaps consider alternative careers for John Carter was lumbered with an insignificant release date, an uninspiring trailer-campaign and a dull title which foolishly dropped the "from Mars".
Posted in Movies, Reviews, tagged Animals, Arts, Bear, comedy, Entertainment, Family Guy, film, Flash Gordon, Humour, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Movies, Nature, Reviews, Sam J Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Ted, Teddy Bear, toys on April 25, 2013 | 6 Comments »
In a world where Mark Wahlberg’s overage slacker can pull feisty young professional Mila Kunis a bear possessed by the spirit of Peter Griffin requires little suspension of disbelief.
Ted is an irreverent childish comedy that takes an age to get going and has little purpose or direction beyond its titular gimmick. Yet, like that annoying bloke at a party who insists you have one more drink, Ted wears you down with his unique blend of cute and irritating. This is a buddy movie: You, Me And Dupree with fur.
Seth McFarlane’s comedy flies, just like Family Guy, when it mocks and reveres classic movies. Similarities to the bond between E.T. and Elliot won’t go unnoticed and Ted features the best homage to Sam J. Jones’ Flash Gordon: ever.
Most remarkable of all is the effortless believability of a special effects composite in a lead role when, just a few years ago, audiences analysed every pixel of Binks and Gollum. Ted is an achievement in himself, he just needs to ditch the sidekick and get himself a good agent.
Verdict ~ If you are looking for subtleties in the relationship between a boy and his toy choose Toy Story. If you love 80′s Flash (Ah-Ahhhhhhhhh!) it’s Ted all the way.
Posted in Movies, tagged Animation, Arts, Azur And Asmar, Entertainment, fairy tales, film, Folklore, French Film, Lotte Reiniger, Michel Ocelot, Movies, Princes Quest, Tales of the Night, The Librarian, Videos, World Cinema on April 22, 2013 | 4 Comments »
Regular visitors to Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana can’t seem to get enough of marvellous French animator, Michel Ocelot. If you like the look of Tales Of The Night you’ll probably appreciate this too…
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Every once in a while a film comes along – Laugier’s Martyrs, Cronenberg’s Twins, von Trier’s Antichrist – that transcends conventional horror tropes to produce something challenging, thoughtful and even profound: Excision is just such a film.
The usually glamourous TV starlet, Annalynne McCord ditches the bleach, make-up and pretty much everything else to give a tour-de-force performance as troubled Pauline; a teen who practices DIY dissections whilst fantasising about a perfect clinical world of shiny surfaces and necrophilia.
Hunched, surly and awkward, Pauline exudes typical outsider bully bait yet writer-director Richard Bates Jr. has created a collision of opposites; making her outspoken, manipulative and forceful.
Pauline is psychologically broken whereas her beloved younger sister is physically sick: the focus of love and compassion as her health deteriorates through cystic fibrosis. As Excision peels away layer after layer of urban domestic mundanity then startling fantasy it becomes apparent that each sister has something nasty inside that needs to come out.
The ending arrives as a triumphant and appalling epiphany; inevitable, perhaps guessable, yet as shocking and unforgettable as a slap to the conscience. When that final scream begins you’ll want to join in.
Verdict ~ An astonishing collaboration of talent on both sides of the camera – the discerning and intellectual horror fan’s horror film.
*WARNING* not suitable for little eyes!
Ha-ha, I’m it!
Q. Have you ever been made redundant from your job and how did you feel about it?
A. Thankfully, no.
Q. If you were interviewing someone for a writing job, what 3 qualities would you look for and why?
A. I would ask; do you live in a garret and have a laudanum habit? Are you psychologically traumatised? Can you hit a deadline? Yes to any one of those three gets you the job.
Q. What is your favorite board game and why?
A. I hate board games. Competition makes me anxious and I still have nightmares about Operation.
Q. When you look at the stars, what do you see?
A. Galaxies far, far away...
Q. When you look at the ocean, what does it remind you of?
A. A big blue wobbly thing that mermaids live in.
Q. How do you overcome writer’s block?
A. A change of scenery (which is just an excuse to head for a different coffee shop).
Q. If you could say 3 encouraging things to another person, what would they be?
A. I love you, in a million years time who is going to care? And no, your bum doesn’t look big in that…
Q. Do you prefer to write your stories/books/poetry/prose/articles on paper first, then type them up and edit them, or do you like to type them straight into your computer to edit?
A. Despite having romantic notions about a quill and parchment everything goes straight on the laptop. I didn’t learn to touch-type for nothing.
Q. Do you like writing in one genre or more?
A. I’m a fan of the darkly fantastic but that is a vast and multifaceted thing. I enjoy entrail-draped gimp dungeons AND cute fluffy bunny rabbits.
Q. As a writer, do you think actions speak louder than words?
A. Definitely. Words are tricksy.
Q. What is your favorite quote and why?
A. If there’s nothing wrong with me then there must be something wrong with the universe.
So, scramble everyone because if I tag you it’s your turn to copy what you see here…
Ha-ha! You’re it! ;)
Posted in Movies, Reviews, tagged Animation, Arts, Cartoons, Cinderella, fairy tales, film, Folklore, Lotte Reiniger, Michel Ocelot, Movies, Reviews, Shadow Theatre, Silhouette Animation, Television, TV, Videos, World Cinema on April 16, 2013 | 8 Comments »
French animator Michel Ocelot may lack the marketing appeal of a certain mouse but his movies cast more enchantments than a month at Disneyland, Paris.
Tales Of The Night is an anthology of little known silhouette folktales, imagined by would-be moviemakers against a jewel bright backdrop of ancient and exotic locations.
The roots of familiar stories lurk beneath the strange beauty of Ocelot’s shadow theatre in a primal and dangerous form; cunning and tenacity are worth more than might, princess brides are not what they seem, animals speak, werewolves roam and Happy Ever Afters have a high price.
Children used to big-eyed cuteness and easy moralising will be entranced, while grown-ups will feel like children all over again.
Verdict ~ Lovely, hypnotic and bizarre.
Posted in Art, tagged Arts, Astrophysics, Construction, Design, Disability, Humour, Inspiration, Lego, Models, Physics, Science, Sculpture, Stephen Hawking, Toys and Games, Wheelchair on April 13, 2013 | 5 Comments »
Posted in Movies, Reviews, tagged 2013, Adam Winguard, Arts, Entertainment, Entertainment News, film, Found Footage, Horror, Movies, Radio Silence, Reviews, S-V/H/S, Sadako, Ti West, V/H/S, Videos on April 11, 2013 | 11 Comments »
Streaming and downloads are fine for Minimalists but how can you really own a movie until it’s sitting on your shelf for nosy visitors to judge and define you by?
Video cassettes are dangerous – especially if a dusty box-full of them falls on your head when you’re rummaging through the attic – and V/H/S takes us back to the days when terrifying box art damaged childhoods, when James Woods morphed into a human video recorder and Sadako crawled all the way from Japan, straight out of the TV and into your living-room.
V/H/S is an anarchic, schizophrenic horror showcasing promising young directors with a mixed-bag of shorts tied-up with a warning – if you must break into a dead guy’s creepy home don’t watch his videotapes.
Like all anthologies the quality varies and the tonal shifts are disorienting but, on the plus side, nothing outstays its welcome long enough for you to question why anyone would convert their phone footage or Skype conversations onto clunky old video cassettes.
The best found footage movies find innovative ways to incorporate the act and products of filmmaking into the plot itself; so a seemingly routine teen slasher becomes sharp and memorable through clever use of that familiar and idiosyncratic chewed-tape distortion. Meanwhile, Generation YouTube Trick or Treaters disrupt a dubious ritual yet continue to record the mayhem and danger – laughing when they ought to be screaming.
V/H/S is a perfect combination of old school and experimentation in search of stronger themes. The miscreants in the opening are suitably punished for their criminal misuse of technology and most of the stories are driven by strong female protagonists but these are issues left hanging in the wake of a simpler urge to shock and entertain.
Sequel S-V/H/S is scheduled for a July 2013 release and with lessons learned, a bigger budget and more of what works we could be looking at a five-star follow-up.
Verdict ~ A rich and diverse eye assault of memorable images to leave you pondering. Yep, there’s still life in the old tape yet!
*WARNING* Red Band Trailer, not for little eyes!
Posted in Movies, tagged Angelina Jolie, Arts, Disney, Disney Villains, Entertainment, Entertainment News, fairy tales, Features, film, Galleries, Maleficent, Movies, News, Top Stories on April 5, 2013 | 6 Comments »
Revised and updated 5/4/2013
Maleficent is currently scheduled for a March 2014 release with Angelina Jolie all set to do for Evil Fairy Godmothers what Charlize Theron did for Wicked Stepmothers in Snow White And The Huntsman!
Here are the latest pics to peruse while you are waiting...
Fairy Tale fans might also like to click the smiley and scroll down for the picture album…
Posted in Animation, tagged Animation, Art, Arts, fairy tales, film, Folklore, Jiří Barta, Krysar, Movies, Pied Piper, Rat Catcher, Stop Motion, Television, Videos, Watch In Full on March 30, 2013 | 10 Comments »
Switch to full-screen, turn off the lights and prepare to be transported…
Watch it, love it and share your thoughts on Zero (2010) a Stop Motion short from Zealous Creative.
Posted in Animation, tagged Animation, Arts, Christopher Kezelos, Cute Bunny, Cute Rabbit, Entertainment, film, Free, Gothic, Like Tim Burton, Short Films, Short Movies, Stop Motion, The Maker, Videos, White Rabbit, Zealous Creative on March 4, 2013 | 7 Comments »
View in full Zealous Creative’s wonderful Stop Motion short, The Maker (2011).
Written and directed by Christopher Kezelos.
Posted in Animation, tagged Animation, Arts, Entertainment, fairy tales, film, Like Tim Burton, Movies, Oscars, Paul Berry, Sandman, Short Films, Short Movies, Stop Motion, Videos on March 2, 2013 | 10 Comments »
You may never sleep again!
This wonderful Oscar nominated animation by Paul Berry should provide a clue about this month’s blog theme…
Click here to view the Middle-earth image album
Recommended reading because Graphic Novels are about more than Superheroes…
Posted in Art, Reviews, tagged 2012, Arts, Best Blog Post, Door Handle, Door knocker, Enchanted Door, Faerie, Fairy, Fairy Door, fairy tales, Fantasy, Folklore, Mythology, Top Blog Posts on December 29, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Fairies, Fey, Phaeries, Fay… call them what you will because we love them all at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.
Return To The Faerie Realm Of Lily Wight, first posted on 31st May, was this year’s top post; the one that featured a very alternative Alice and earned this blogger the nickname “Macabre Cutie”!
Click the link for another peek and rummage through the May 2012 archives for more fairy treasures.
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