Sunflower Skins

April 28, 2013

Guam’s Bible Promises, Pt. VIII: Sin for the Win

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“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20)

Thanks to our friend Mark for donating Behemoth’s new guitar! We think…

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April 21, 2013

Guam’s Bible Promises, Pt. VII: Army of Love

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Cor. 10:4)

“And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Cor. 10:6)

Click here for Pt. VI!

April 14, 2013

Guam’s Bible Promises, Pt. VI: Mercy This

Mercy_This

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” (Ps. 103:8)

Loving parents probably shouldn’t make sacrifices for obedience… just sayin’.

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April 7, 2013

Guam’s Bible Promises, Pt. V: Smell-o-Gram from God

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“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door I will come in.” (Rev. 3:20)

We’re guessing somebody didn’t appreciate last week’s comic; click here for Pt. IV!

March 31, 2013

Guam’s Bible Promises, Pt. IV: Easter Rising

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“I am the resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)

“And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.” (John 11:26)

I hope all our atheist pals are having a safe weekend not celebrating torture.

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March 24, 2013

Guam’s Bible Promises, Pt. III: Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matt. 5:9)

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March 17, 2013

Guam’s Bible Promises, Pt. II: Hard Shmard

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Hard_Shmard

Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me? (Jer. 32:27)

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March 14, 2013

Auditions

Auditions

March 3, 2013

Sweet Sin

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Sweet_Sin

February 4, 2013

Satan Plants False Evidence

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Satan_Plants_False_Evidence

September 28, 2012

A Trip Out East

First day, First photo.

There are still people on this planet who believe Evolution is a lie.

Sometimes you need to ignore the stares.

Sometimes you need to find a safe place.

As usual we didn’t behave like typical vacationers. It’s way more fun our way.

Us at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, 2012.

September 6, 2012

God’s Good, Legitimate Work

September 4, 2012

Spider Blesses His Mess

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August 28, 2012

O! Belly of Bloom, Pray for Us

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Thanks to Thom Roland and jayveeaitch for their criticism!

August 24, 2012

Jesus Spider Ascends to Heaven

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In Heaven everything is fine.

August 7, 2012

Guam & Jekill in the Garden of Eden

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For @Thom_Roland‘s thoughts on religion, visit his blog.

July 30, 2012

There’s a Mad Scientist Up There!

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March 25, 2009

Ken Russell’s “The Devils” (1971)

Dir. Ken Russell; Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton

Using Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun as his point of departure, Ken Russell gives a vivid and unsettling portrait of renaissance history: religious intolerance, repression, and corruption are at the heart of The Devils, an exotic film about the adulterous priest Urbain Grandier and his supposed possession of a local convent. Amidst the political turmoil of 17th century France and Cardinal Richelieu’s desire for absolute power, Sister Jeanne of the Angels has become sexually obsessed with Grandier, and her sisters follow suit with mass hysteria; Grandier is charged with witchcraft and the nuns must be exorcized.

Forget Sean Penn. Forget Mickey Rourke. This is Ollie Reed in his greatest role, sweating and seducing and praying—and evoking the audience’s simultaneous empathy and disgust. His intensity never lets up for a moment, but then again, neither does Russell. Sister Jeanne’s wild dreams about Grandier are loaded with colour, biblical transgressions, and unsettling sexual imagery. Vanessa Redgrave’s Mother Superior will, in short, terrify and haunt you as few nuns can: be wary of her giggling piety.

Some may disagree with me, but I particularly like this depiction of the Loudun Possessions because Russell does not go over the top. Yes, the film is image upon image upon image, but he never decisively tells the audience how to feel about Grandier; Russell offers several options—admiration, sympathy, condemnation—yet leaves it to the viewer to decide. We are swayed from believing the heretical accusations to sensing it was a political ploy set up by Richelieu in order to desecrate Grandier’s reputation. After several screenings I still do not know, which is perhaps critical to the film’s beauty.

I have on good film-snob authority that Mark Kermode’s 2002 documentary Hell on Earth is “bloody brilliant.” Additionally, be sure that you see the uncensored print of The Devils with the infamous “Rape of Christ” scene. Controversy led to the film being re-rated, re-cut, and banned outright in many countries, and it is through Kermode’s perseverance that the deleted scene was recovered, although official copies of the film remain without it. But guess what, kids? Do you think Vagrancy would sell a censored version of one of the greatest films ever made? Certainly not.

Russell’s absurd portrayal of Louis XIII as a flaming homosexual provides some much-needed and well-placed comedy in an otherwise terrifying film about sexual and religious perversion. Although Russell has obviously taken some artistic liberties, the creepiest thing about The Devils is that it actually happened. Don’t heckle this one, you beer-guzzling buffoons; sit back in awe. One of the most disturbing films I have ever seen, my first viewing left me curled in a foetal position, horrified.

 

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