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Mockingbird at the Movies: The Master

Spoiler Alert! Perhaps you have seen the trailer (theatrical version, above) wherein, to the beat of Joaquin Phoenix’s fist against a window, face down, you hear the voiceover of Lancaster Dodd (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) reading from his own book: “Man is not an animal. We are not a part of the animal kingdom. […]

Disconnecting Paul Haggis

A thoroughly engrossing, if absurdly lengthy article in The New Yorker about screenwriter/director Paul Haggis’ much publicized break with The Church of Scientology. While The New Yorker might not be the first place I’d look for a balanced look at anything remotely religious in nature, the article contains some undeniably provocative quotes. Plus, reality checks […]

Scientology: The Appeal Is Not So Strange

This has been a tough month to be a Scientologist [ed note: originally posted in Oct 2009, but applies just as much to July 2012]. From the public renunciation by one of its senior members–screenwriter Paul Haggis—, to the interview-gone-wrong viral sensation by its spokesperson Tommy Davis, it seems that the Psychlos are carrying the […]