A Thesis of Sorts

Let me start with a brief update and apology…

Yes, I know I haven’t done much with the site lately. Yes, I plan to. No, I doubt I’ll ever be consistent… unless you wanna pay me to be, because YAY MOTIVATION.

Ok, so, I write on occasion for some other sites. Lately, the only one really is Cinapse, but technically I’m somehow still on staff at Rock On Philly mostly because I think Jen (the editor) feels bad that I am an old married dad dude who is way overcommitted to life, school, and attempting to be creative. But on Cinapse, I’ve been taking on some film school assignments from my buddy, Liam and then writing about them. My second is complete and being posted soon and I’m on my third. The third is where I am tackling this man (well he’s a bit older these days):

Jodorowsky in El Topo

So far I’ve watched three films and written a ton. I’m not sure exactly what I’ve written because I’m not sure exactly what I’ve seen. But I just sent a few tweets out that I wanted to capture here and then kinda summarize about the assignment so far.


I’ve watched El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and (just today) Santa Sangre. And when Liam asked me how I am feeling after the three…

So, basically what I’m saying here is that these films that are filled with blasphemy, profanity, and devious awful images actually show a beautiful moral base that we should probably strive to live out in many ways.

The juxtaposition of sacred and profane has been of great interest to me for some time. My thesis, of sorts, regarding art, or maybe even life, is that in order to truly experience the awe of the sacred, we must also experience (or at least explore) profane depravity. Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe Jodo has got a hold on me. Or may I’m onto something.

Probably a little bit of all three…

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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