My first original piece for Cinephilia & Beyond (& my first paid writing gig since Omni Reboot), is called “Fixed Images of Eternity: Time, Perception, & Grief in Don’t Look Now,” about Nicholas Roeg’s 1973 nightmare of physics.
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
—Gospel of Thomas
“The skill of police artists,” says Inspector Longhi to Baxter in Don’t Look Now, “is to make the living appear dead.” Remove the word “police” and the statement refers to the film itself—and by extension to all movies, all art. In this same scene, Baxter is sitting below a portrait of a man, also depicted sitting, in roughly the same posture as Baxter. To draw or paint a living subject—or capture them on film—is to turn the living into the dead. Conversely, the image created, if it outlasts the life of the subject as movies do, is a way of making the dead appear living.
The reason nothing is ever what it seems is that we have imposed a linearity to time that it does not have. The lake of the world only appears flat. Really the end and the beginning meet and overlap. As when we watch a movie, it is all a trick of our own perception that turns the fixed images of eternity into the all-immersive illusion of linear time, that makes the dead appear living. In the same way, a glimpse of eternity makes the living appear dead.
Don’t Look Now weaves together the supernatural, psychism, the psychology of grief and regret, spiritual longing, and the mysteries of perception, into a unified—if many-faceted—whole. It portrays the interconnectivity of all events, all lives, into a single tapestry of existence: the life of the soul that is the life of all souls. Don’t Look Now is a nightmare of metaphysics from start to finish, and its entire premise rests on recognizing an essential complicity between ourselves and the forces of the occult. The supernatural, both the demonic and the angelic, is seen not as acting on us, but through us.
The horror only enters into it as a consequence of our willed ignorance of this truth.
Full essay here.
And the first installment of an interview with Greg Moffit of Legalize Freedom on Prisoner of Infinity, in which I give an extensive overview of my ever-evolving view of the alien abduction/Ufo phenomenon, with a new element that will perhaps be surprising to some.
First aliens are aliens; then aliens are not aliens anymore; then, finally, aliens are aliens.