Lover of genre movies and a noted film historian – Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia examines some of his favorite Japanese horror films from the 1960’s. As the world wide revival of the horror film took hold during the late 1950’s – Japanese filmmakers would draw inspiration from the European art film as well as the ancient indigenous religion , Shinto and it’s many divine beings filled with supernatural and spiritual power. Kabuki theater from the Edo period (1650 to 1900) , whose plots were often based on traditional Japanese folk tales (ghost stories and Samurai warrior legends) – would also be a major influence . Helping to create a mystical film pastiche that would become popular with both Western and Japanese audiences. In Part One – Jack gives in depth analysis of 14 films produced between 1959 to 1966 – including such classics as – The Bloodsword of the 99th Virgin (1959) – The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959) – Jigoku (1960) – Kwaidan (1964) – Onibaba (1964) and Diamajin / The Japanese Golem (1966).
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Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia , a Eucharistic Minister of the Holy Sacrament in the Roman Catholic Church, examines the life, legend and legacy of St. Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower). Born into a devout, middle class French family whose five daughters would all become nuns, the teenage Therese has an intense vision of The Luminous Christ child, whose divine light acts as a beacon in the darkness. Upon entering the Carmelite Nunnery at the tender age of 15 she impresses the community by her spiritual intensity and regal manner, and it soon becomes obvious that Therese is no ordinary woman but a person that is virtually overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, the slowly dying Therese beg ins to write about her childhood memories and her experiences in the Carmalites. An amazing autobiography that is a unique and engaging document , filled with a delightful clarity,self revelation, deep spiritual wisdom and beauty. Published after her death at the age of 24 – A History of a Soul , ignites one of the most impressive spiritual manifestations of the modern era.
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