Our Favourite Films
I am including this in the Thelemic recommendations spot because a lot of my films have Typhonian and subtle Thelemic themes if you look. If you deem different, Paul, please move my thread to the Sandbox (?) or wherever it goes.
I have a friend who does a nice newsletter for his publishing company (Centipede Press; you should buy their books. They are great horror, fantasy and sci-fi deluxes often signed by authors) and in that newsletter is a fun list where readers input their favourite films. So I would love to learn from you all what you like to watch the best and also offer this as a lament to my lost video rental shop which closed this week after 35 years. They had over 50,000 titles! Everything from foreign, to indy, to art house, to mainstream; you name it.
Without further ado, my list:
Favourite 11 films I can think of right now - I couldn't delete any!!
In chrono order 😀
The Big Sleep (1946) - the best of the Bogie and Bacall team-ups. The
best film noire and most famous.
Alien (1979) - the slow build up and emptiness of space and space
travel are well represented in the horror sci fi everyone loves.
Nosferatu (1979) - Herzog's masterpiece with period costumes and a
certain 'weltschmerz' heavy feeling which is very beautiful and
Possession (1981) - A wonderfully intense, somewhat occult (Typhonian)
psychological horror that makes you feel like you are going mad. In a
The Fly (1986) - Cronenberg's best film next to Videodrome in my
opinion. The best version of this story.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - my childhood favourite,
full of something for everyone, romance, action, drama and of course
Se7en (1995) - I love the unsettling nature and the somewhat Ligottian
overtones and commentary on society.
Fight Club (1999) - another great film from Brad Pitt's heyday, what
does it mean to be a man and live in modern consumer society?
The Ninth Gate (1999) - great suspenseful occult book collecting story
based on the novel Le Club Dumas. Book has almost nothing to do with
the film though!
A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa Hongryeon) (2003) - a wonderful Korean
supernatural horror film by master director Kim Ji Woon.
A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan Insaeng) (2005) - the same director but
his wonderful take on the modern gangster noire genre. Big on the
emotion and with just the right amount of action (not too much.)
Definitely a drama.
If I can be so bold as to put a postrcipt since I watch too many films?
- 12 Monkeys
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- The Zero Theorem
- To Have and Have Not
- Under the Skin
Try and keep it to 10 to 12.
I hope to hear a lot of replies 🙂
What about the "Star Wars" saga? The training and work on a Jedi reminds me of the training and work on an initiate.
In the spirit of thread-necromancy that moves WildWitch, i offer my top ten, in no order:
The Maltese Falcon
The Big Sleep
To Have And Have Not
The Italian Job [the original version, of course]
The Usual Suspects
A Clockwork Orange
The Great Escape
This Is Spinal Tap
The Wire [think of it as a very long movie]
It is possible that there is limited overlap between my Thelemic inclinations, and my taste in movies, or perhaps there is a bit more than there might appear. Certainly several of these films involve individuals pursuing Will (or what they take to be Will), and at odds with The Normies.
My favourite film is probably Mulholland Drive. I love the interpay between dream and so-called waking states and the shifting, fluid focus of identity. I also love Inland Empire, which also explores these themes.
Hell Boy and Sherlock Holmes was fun .
Documentaries - A Very British Witchcraft, Mr Dynamite The Rise of James Brown, Chasing Train and Jaco .
Martial Arts - Merantau
Thanks to all for resurrecting my corpse.
I shall be visiting ye all singly and making pacts. Or just gnoshing on you since I need protein.
Anyway, Mick brought up a good point about Lynch. I love his films very much.
So this kind of thing can never end because we always change our mind or recall what we omitted. One huge one I omitted was
and also Mulholland Drive
But also, if anyone has seen the new series of Twin Peaks 'IT's AMAZING!' that's me saying that.
It has huge astral repercussions. He is in touch with the Bardo.
I don't watch many films, but here's a few that come to mind as being notable.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Eyes Wide Shut
The Gospel According to St. Matthew - Pasolini.
Sans Soliel - A hypnotic, literary film.
Tarkovsky- all of it. Stalker remains a favorite.
The Brothers Quay - all of it.
Jan Svankmajer - especially Alice and Faust - both very "magical" films.
The Magic Flute - Bergman
La Belle et la Bête
Youth Without Youth - A critically panned Coppola film based on a novel by Mercia Eliade. I love it dearly.
No Country for Old Men
The Deer Hunter
The Life of Brian
The Meaning of Life
christibrany, if you like Typhonian-esque material, you really must see Blood from the Mummy's Tomb.
My film buff friends reckon that the great era of (American) film making was the 1970s.
In terms of magic, the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark literally show some sort of Cabbalistic ceremony. The archaeologist appears to be in full ceremonial regalia.
Inland Empire, Fire Walk With Me and the recent Twin Peaks season are amazing!
Kenneth Anger's "Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome" is perhaps my favorite film, I JUST LOVE IT!! (plus it also stars Marjorie Cameron and Anais Nin both in it - who I am huge fans of)
It's ritualistic and has a bit of a Typhonian feel to it.
Also, Kenneth Anger's "Lucifer Rising", also an incredibly beautiful film!
Not necessarily in order...
Sink the Bismark!
The Devil Rides Out
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Enemy at the Gate
Full Metal Jacket
Ive just been reminded about Brave!
Wonderful witchcraft story...:}
Can't go past "Wayne's World" and "Fists of Fury" for mine.
I am glad my corpse hath been resurrected duly and I hope it shall be garbed in linens.
Since Mick reminded me of the greatness of Lynch (this is why film lists are a teeny bit shite) I recalled my favourite 2 Lynch films are
Fire Walk With me (twin peaks!)
Pan's Labrynthe is a great magical movie about a little girl who secretly consorts with otherworldly entities. It's set within the Spanish Civil War. Her step dad is a psychopathic sadist military man searching for socialist rebels in the area. It shows the alliance between hypocritical Catholic clergy with the nationalistic militia.
Bear in mind that at the time Stalin had designs on Spain. It was a complex situation.
The Serpent and the rainbow
I'm working on "Everest" right now - the eighth neurocircuit. Send me an email and I'll send you the circuit chapters.
Hope you got my email .
I recently saw a great little film titled "Unsane". I found Unsane to be a "Typhonian" psychological horror film about a businesswoman who seeks psychological help after being pursued by an overly amorous and unwanted suitor and ends up in a mental hospital. The trailer for this film posits a film that;s a bit more intense than the actual film, but the difference between the trailer and the actual film did not disappoint me in any way. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give the film a 7 overall. I recommend this film for your viewing pleasure.
And why is this film "Typhonian?"
“And why is this film “Typhonian?””
from the trailer
An ipseity attributed to its head; tangled in a mind mechanism; believing possible sanity or possibly otherwise ?
that’s my take
I just called the film "Typhonian" in a figurative sense, not a literal sense. I think the film fucks with people's heads in the way that the film "Possessed" fucks with people's heads.
A Dark Song was very good for a suspenseful occult movie. The way stresses were built up during the working, the apparitions gaining more substance, the conflict between the operators were all well woven together and a had a natural development.
The Angelic appearance was disappointing. It didn't completely ruin the film for me. It just seems it would have been a better fit for the film to challenge the visual convention. Aside from that I really enjoyed the film and it's one of my favorites of the genre. I hope those involved with it make something else along those lines. Adapt the Amalantrah Working maybe...
I just saw a really great horror film titled "Hereditary". Hereditary tells the story of an elderly and reclusive woman who suddenly dies. The woman's family begins to review the woman's history and finds some pretty strange shit. (For instance: The woman had been a member of some type of bizarre fertility cult.) And some pretty creepy shit starts to occur there after. Some scenes from this film are unforgettable. (For instance: A young member of the woman's family becomes ill suddenly and is taken to the hospital in a vehicle by an older family member. The younger family member leans out of the vehicle in transport in an urge to vomit. As the younger family member leans out of the vehicle, the vehicle is suddenly sideswiped by another vehicle and the younger family member's head is taken right off. We get to see a close up of the younger family members head lying in the street.) Some people of the Wiccan or Neo-Pagan community may take offense at a "negative" interpretation of the fertility cult in the film, but as an Alexandrian Wiccan myself, I find such an interpretation pardonable. The interpretation is not intended to be derogatory toward Wiccans and/or Neo-Pagans and I am a very big fan of horror films. On a scale of 1 to 10, Ill give Heredity a 10. I recommend Hereditary for your viewing pleasure.
PERFORMANCE starring Mick Jagger...great film...also considered one of the best soundtracks with Randy Newman, Rolling Stones, and Ry Cooder and produced and composed by Jack Nitzche who produced the Stones and many other soundtracks.
A very psychedelic violent weird film...also very British...Crowley would have loved it!
Yeah Performance is a must watch.
I recently saw "Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom". I realize that this particular film is made for mainstream audiences and I realize that many of you might avoid films that are made for mainstream audiences, but I think that the film has a very high artistic quality to it which is quite attractive and I'm a very big fan of the "Jurassic Park" film franchise. (I saw "Jurassic Park" six times while the film was new in the theater and I still have my old "Jurassic Park" T shirt.) "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" has caused quite a furor in the United States due to a dinosaur abandoned on an island during a rescue of other dinosaurs from an exploding volcano. If you enjoy Sci-Fi films in general, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom won't disappoint you. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give the film a 10. I recommend the film for your viewing pleasure.
I just saw "The First Purge". This film is a prequel to a trilogy of films about a yearly event in which people are permitted to indulge in whatever illicit activities they choose. (According to these films, the indulgence is known as a "Purge".) The First Purge reveals the story of how this event originated.(Here's the storyline for the film: A political action group known as "The New Founding Fathers of America" seizes control of the American government, appoints a President and the President suspends all law enforcement actions for 12 consecutive hours as a "test" to discourage criminal activity.) The First Purge is directed primarily toward African American audiences. (The film's cast is primarily African American and the film has a Hip Hop soundtrack.) I find nothing inherently wrong with this, but I would've appreciated a racially diverse cast and I would've appreciated a soundtrack with hard rock music. Overall, The First Purge is quite enjoyable. There's a great deal of action and suspense (and some horror) in the film. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give The First Purge an 8. I recommend The First Purge for your viewing pleasure.
Knowing nothing whatever about this film other than what you have just posted, this sounds like some sort of racist fantasy of what American black folks might get up to in the absence of, well, the kind of "shoot first, be a hero on Fox Network later" "law enforcement" we have in the USA (once known, if you can believe it, as "the land of the free"-?!?!?!?) today.
It is true that the centuries-old, ongoing slow genocide of American non-whites may, like so many other past genocides, feature a "cast" that is not "racially diverse", in that being not-white is the reason why folks have been systematically killed for the benefit of white Americans for a bit more than two centuries.
Perhaps i have misunderstood? Is this film not the Trumpismo propaganda it sounds like from your review?
Or is this film is about restrictions on killing blacks being relaxed, and the white folks who own almost all the firearms in America using them for the reason most people buy assault rifles- fantasies about being a hero by killing large numbers of black folks quickly?
It is surely very generous of you to find nothing "inherently wrong" in a film that seems designed to take money from black folks including music popular among black folks. Capitalism, son.
I will have to watch that movie,
Wildwitch just saw “The First Purge”. This film is a prequel to a trilogy of films about a yearly event in which people are permitted to indulge in whatever illicit activities they choose. (According to these films, the indulgence is known as a “Purge”.) The First Purge reveals the story of how this event originated.(Here’s the storyline for the film: A political action group known as “The New Founding Fathers of America” seizes control of the American government, appoints a President and the President suspends all law enforcement actions for 12 consecutive hours as a “test” to discourage criminal activity.) The First Purge is directed primarily toward African American audiences.
Sounds awfully like real life with Trump cards
For fans of movies about race wars in America, do please check out one of my favorite moves, The Spook Who Sat By The Door.
Directed by Ivan Dixon, who my fellow Americans of a certain age may recall as tech-expert Sgt. "Kinch" Kinchloe of Hogan's Heroes.
My reaction on reading the description of the film is that it's not valorizing Trumpism but is on a par with the televised adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. And that there's more to it than what it seems like on the surface. A portrayal of a possible dystopia, not a rallying call for the Caucasian Christian Capitalists for Commerce.
producer of the purge James DeMonaco
some people get paranoid and perhaps rightly so but sometimes not but i think ignant666 might be on to somethin .
and some times people take offense when they feel their cultural bias is portrayed as mafia gestapo or crime gang related .
don’t know anything about the movie but it might be better with heavy metal music
footage of Trinity College
wonder what A.C. thought of Henry VIII
The ones that allow the wrong goods in
can always scapegoat
the youth without a means
most people don’t know their religion
There's a sucker born every minute
“a film that seems designed to take money from black folks including music popular among black folks. Capitalism, son.”
yeah that was my initial response
oops don't know how that last link got in there
To Live & Die In LA
One of my favorite films. Directed by the great William Friedkin who also directed French Connection and Exorcist.
One of the greatest chase scenes and shows a side of Los Angeles that was more realistic. No palm trees or shots of the Hollywood sign.
I was truck driver all through my early 20's drove many types of heavy trucks and spent a lot of time up to my ears in dirt concrete garbage etc. I finally settled on a 6-ton dump truck and often carried as much as 8 tons on top of that. This film showed a more working class view of Los Angeles IMHO. It was released in 1985 as I was beginning my 7 years as a truck driver.
Mind you I was also knee deep in metaphysics, sex magick, and regular LSD par-takings as part of my "inner work" at the Inner Guide Meditation Center. The physical work shoveling dirt and driving the truck was probably very grounding for me. And I could take a day or two off after a 12 hour acid trip. I was a good driver never had any accidents.
Around 1995 as I was getting ready to direct EVICTED (often referred to as one of the worst movies ever made! i'm quite proud of that!) I ran into Debra Feuer at the health food store sandwich counter. I had been studying all of Friedkin's movies and told her as much and how much I loved the film. She was exactly like her character in the movie. Cool and silent. She just stared at me, looked me up and down a little, no smile or frown. Not a word. No reaction whatsoever just looked at me with a blank face until I ran out of words. I felt like an idiot LOL.
Later about late 1996 or early 1997 I ran into William L. Petersen at the Hollywood YMCA in the steam room. Me and my uncle went there often in the heart of Hollywood. In the Friedkin movie there are several scenes in steam rooms where meetings took place between Petersen (cop) and Dafoe (bad guy.)
I decided to have a little fun with the opportunity. The steam room was very small so I sat next to him. I was wearing only a towel. Petersen was naked and not self conscious at all unlike me the future porn star afraid to remove his towel.
I sat down and muttered to myself as I look at my feet. "If you can't come up with the 50k...then you're not for real."
Petersen laughed and we talked about the movie. He was a great guy real friendly and really interested in the fact that I had just directed a film. He was very encouraging. Then I suddenly realized I was talking to one of my favorite actors and he was sitting nude right next to me and in some sort of homophobic panic I quickly said goodbye and good luck and left LOL.
But as I was leaving I did get in one more line from the movie. I looked back as I was closing the door.
"You like your work Mr. Jessup?" doing my best impersonation of Dafoe's cool demeanor. He laughed.
Petersen plays a dirty cop who goes undercover and will stop at nothing to catch Dafoe who is a counterfeiter. The chase scene is great...better than French Connection:
I just saw "The Darkest Minds". This film is an adaption of a novel about persons with telekinetic abilities who are feared and ostracized and placed into a concentration camp specifically designed for persons with such abilities. A group of such persons in the camp eventually coalesce and escape the camp. I never read the novel. I don't even recall who wrote the novel, but the film adaption is a somewhat pedestrian but enjoyable sci-fi film about the "evils" of prejudice, xenophobia and hatred. Critiques of this film have been varied. Some critics have expressed admiration for this film while other critics have panned the film. I am ambivalent about the film. I love sci-fi films, but The Darkest Minds would be much better with alot more drama and special effects. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give The Darkest Minds a 5 overall. You might enjoy The Darkest Minds if you enjoy sci-fi films as much as I do.
Once in a lifetime session with Nile Rodgers
Oh Yeah !
my favorite guitar player
Being a big Lovecraft fan, I recently tried to find films with a Lovecraftian atmosphere and after being recommended the usual "Alien" etc, I watched "A Cure for Wellness" with the wonderful Jason Isaacs, a very good film I thought.
And I also recently found tv series "Happy!" on Netflix, a Grant Morrison original, very dark, very funny.
Another Master and another favorite - Ritchie Blackmore
Ian Anderson on Ritchie Blackmore
“ .”he is measured he is thoughtful
he knows the value of clear space,
like the daylight between the notes;
it’s not all about blah blah blah
it’s about phrasing it’s about time. The spaces are just as important as the notes they separate .”
The Certified Stamped and Confirmed Yes Man Short hair do look
The Creepy Line
Coming to the Google Facebook Channel in front of you .
I just saw "The Nun". This film is a horror film about a Nun who is driven to suicide by a secret in the Nun's Cloister. The suicide is investigated. But when the suicide is investigated, chaos ensues. A ghost of the Nun appears in strange places. One of the investigators ends up being buried alive. Another investigator ends up being possessed by a "malevolent" spirit. There's a lot to like about the film, especially if you're a fan of TV programmes such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and/or a fan of "The Conjuring" films. There are elements in Buffy the Vampire Slayer which are prevalent in The Nun and The Nun is intended to be a prequel to The Conjuring films. But there's also a lot to dislike about The Nun. There's way to many "jump scares". On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give The Nun a 6 overall.
I really wanted to see The Nun, because I thought Conjuring 2 was absolutely brilliant (the first one too); however, after reading the reviews and checking out the first few minutes online I knew it wasn't worth my money. Usually I don't trust reviews too much but when not just critics but regular folk are giving it terrible marks I just don't see the point in forking over like 15$ or whatever it is these days. Bummer...