There is an interesting item that appeared in Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life titled "What Science Fiction Tried To Teach Us About Jihad, and Why No One Listened." The subtitle explains a little further: "How Alejandro Jodorowsky muddled sci-fi by turning Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ into a New Age manifesto." In the piece by […]
Carl Rosenberg, a reader of this blog, made me aware of an interesting facet of the 22nd Toronto Jewish Film Festival. It features a section on horror titled "The Search for a Jewish Horror Film: Golems, Dybbuks and Other Movie Monsters." This is described as follows and features the following films: With a series of […]
I was fortunate to be a guest at Cinefantastique Online with their Spotlight Podcast 5-13.1 with the discussion of NOAH. I commented on the film as a piece of cinema, and was also able to provide some thoughts on interpreting biblical texts and how this relates to religious communities and film artistry. Listen here.
A brief but interesting item in this post. In keeping up with ongoing elements and developments in biblical studies I came across a blog I hadn't read before. It included a post titled "Lilith in the Bible and Jewish Folklore." Readers may have heard of Lilith from Jewish folklore with the idea that she was […]
Folks seem to love or hate Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. I still remember seeing it in the theater, and it remains one of my favorite horror films that is worth repeated viewing. Over the years the film has become the subject of interpretive controversy, with some pointing out many alleged continuity errors, and others […]
The Possession is Sam Raimi's most recent horror film, and it also represents Hollywood horror's latest installment in our ongoing fascination with the idea of possession by a dark spiritual force and the related process of exorcism. What makes Raimi's film different from so many of the films that explore this theme is it's Jewish […]
For those who may have come to this post via a search engine or link on a website or blog expecting to find something anti-Semitic you'll be disappointed. Instead, I want to draw the reader's attention to the recent discussion of various monsters from Jewish folklore, religion, and myth. In the West we tend to […]