The Passionate Eye: Anthrax War

This documentary by The Passionate Eye recalls the anthrax attacks following 9/11 and calls to mind the chilling thought of the extreme lengths that people are willing to go to in order to achieve their objectives. Germ warfare is not mere science fiction, and if it were to be used on a mass scale, the effects could be devastating.


Resource Recommendations: You Tube Indie Films Channel and Indie Statik Blog

If you’re like me, you enjoy things that are a little off the beaten path. You may also enjoy the Film Festivals and Indie Films channel on You Tube, and the Indie Statik blog, which is where I stole borrowed the image above from
Let’s face it, when you’re short on money and time, you need opinions you can trust to help guide you in the right direction. These look to be two good resources to help you pick your poison. I know that I’m keeping them in my bookmarks for future reference!
~DJ Faycin~
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The Red Carpet

Axel Brauns is a novelist who lives with autism. He discusses his issues with learning to interpret faces and perceive emotions.

I do not have much experience with autism, so please forgive any shortfalls in my knowledge. I know that some people think that all individuals with autism are out of control and learning disabled. From what I have observed in what I have read and viewed about people with the condition, there is a great range in abilities, intelligence, and tolerance of external stimulus.

I think that whether autistic or mentally ill, it is often difficult living in a world where one does not fall into the neuro-normative spectrum. People who are not neuro-normative are often misperceived as being less intelligent, dangerous, unable to interact with others, and completely unstable.

Educating the public helps resolve the stigma that persons who are not neuro-normative endure.

I wish I could find a copy of this film. Axel is a fascinating person. I would like to learn more about his writing and thought processes.


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Crazy Town in Looney Land

Sly Fawkes

Brief Movie Review: The Man from Earth


This 2007 American film by Jerome Bixby is a dialogue-based dramatization of a story by Gordon R. Dickson about a man claiming to be a 14,000 year old caveman. While his friends/former colleagues initially believe that John is pulling their legs and go along for the ride just for fun, they eventually begin to believe that what he says might be true. This causes anger in several of his guests as they are forced to question the validity of the things they have always believed to be absolute truths.

Questions are raised about the validity of both science and religion. Things that are thought to be absolute truths one day may be refuted the next, replaced by new beliefs. People want something that they can believe in and when it seems that one’s comforting belief may be taken away, a person can have irrational, even violent reactions.

I have had discussions about belief with my son, who is, in my opinion, one of the wisest people I have known, although he is only 23 years old. He said that while he has certain spiritual ideas which he on some occasions holds to be true and on other occasions hopes are true, in general he feels that the only way to be a true scientist and a true seeker is to conduct oneself as an agnostic. Thus, one does not reject possibilities, nor embrace anything as absolute. One is always open to discovery and change.

As to the nature of questions such as life, death, and salvation of the soul should there be a soul, we are not in a position to know the absolute truth in these matters. This being the case, it is best to keep an open mind and an open heart. We must, as Dr. Martin Luther King Junior said, learn to disagree without becoming violently disagreeable.


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One Love

Sly Fawkes


Strigoi: The Undead


Those hungering for a sexy, sexy action and coitus-packed film about sexy, sexy bloodsuckers will be sorely disappointed by this gritty 2008 Romanian film. The Strigoi generally resemble sentient zombies far more than the kind of suave, toothy vampire audiences have come to expect. They certainly do not sparkle. Some Strigoi (the living Strigoi as opposed to Strigoi Morti) look and act like anyone else most of the time.

The film moves at the pace of life in an East European village. The protagonist, Vlad, is an ordinary man whose life has not turned out as he had hoped and who now knows more than he ever wanted to about his neighbors. This is not a thriller. There are no heart-pounding tense moments. There is no soft-core porn wrangling between the sheets. There are only common-looking people trying to deal with the problems of life, not all of which are supernatural.

Coming from an East European background (Lithuanian), I resonate with these people and their attitudes and culture. I never had to deal with Strigoi, of course. However, the stoic resolve of the common folk living a life that is far from glamorous is something I am well familiar with. Most of us do not end up living a fairy tale. Most of us get by, and sometimes we must deal with things that are strange and terrible, and which we cannot seem to put to rest.

I could do with a lot more films like this one.

The Real Cie

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The Living Dead

Sly Fawkes

Undead in the Netherworld