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Film Essay — The Classic: Seventh Seal

Fifty-six years ago, The Seventh Seal (a film by Ingmar Bergman), used a passage from Revelation– in motif– to explore the space of time when mortals become aware of approaching death.

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And when the lamb opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves to sound.” Revelation 8:1

Fifty-six years ago, The Seventh Seal (a film by Ingmar Bergman)…

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And when the lamb opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves to sound.” Revelation 8:1

Fifty-six years ago, The Seventh Seal (a film by Ingmar Bergman), used the above passage from Revelation– in motif– to explore the space of time when mortals become aware of approaching death. Is there an afterlife? Is there a God? Is existence just a messed-up form of interim punishment? Are we all just ants under the magnifying glass of a giggling God? These are all questions that I have just liberally attributed to Bergman’s film. To even flirt with addressing Bergman’s questions with earnest replies would be foolish, audacious, and even a bit creepy, right? Sure, but I’ve got a pocket-full of candy… so GET IN THE VAN!

Whilst geeking-out over the black-and-white film for the first of several times, my bloodshot eyes noticed something strange: the characters sounded a lot like figures on a Tarot deck [Enter disconcerting alien sound effects here]. Now, don’t run; I’m just going to take you on a brief journey through the film while substituting its characters with corresponding figures in a deck of Tarot cards. Once we identify the Tarot characters in order of appearance, we are going to present them to a local Tarot reader (Kierra Duran) for a proper Tarot reading. When Kierra’s interpretation is over, perhaps a new angle will be gleaned from a movie that some call the greatest ever made (I actually can’t disagree with that charge too loudly).

The film opens on the shores of a desolate beach where a knight of the crusades named Antonius Block (Knight of Swords) awakens on the bare rocks next to a chessboard. His squire, Jöns (Page of Swords), remains sleeping and sprawled out on the beach. Suddenly, the physical manifestation of Death (Death) appears. As the pale-faced apparition approaches with his outstretched cloak, Antonius ch…

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily nee…

Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip yo…

Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array o…

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Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Frackin…

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Local and independent journalism is under threat in the West and you can change that.  With corporate raiders slashing newsrooms across the West, the PULP is one of the "Last Locals" in Colorado to produce original, compelling journalism missing in today's profit hungry world. But that costs money, time and hard work. We don't believe in spamming you with ads and that's why we need your help.

For every contribution, we put 100% back into producing original and amazing journalism. That's a promise only a local and independent newsroom can promise. Take heart because you will fuel stories just like this one and the future of journalism.

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