Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key - imdbThe Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryant. The film centers on a young hospice nurse who acquires a job at a Terrebonne Parish plantation home, and becomes entangled in a supernatural mystery involving the house, its former inhabitants, and the hoodoo rituals and spells that took place there. It was released in cinemas in the United Kingdom on July 29, 2005, and in the U.S. on August 12, 2005.

Plot
Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson), is a New Orleans nurse who takes a position as a private hospice caregiver at an isolated plantation house deep in the bayous of southern Louisiana. The lady of the house Violet Devereaux (Gena Rowlands), looks after her husband Benjamin Devereaux (John Hurt). With some prompting from the family’s estate lawyer, Luke Marshall (Peter Sarsgaard), she accepts the position. Continue reading

An Old School Review of Fallen

Fallen

Fallen
From movieguide.com

Release Date: January 16, 1998
Starring: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 120 minutes

Content:
Biblical worldview admitting God the creator, but focusing on fallen angels & demons, with some Christian references & some occult references; 49 obscenities & 4 profanities; extensive violence including man gassed in gas chamber, men shot, fights, dead bodies in bathtubs, men killed by lethal injections; no sex; glimpses of nude corpses but no private parts; alcohol use & abuse; drug use; cigarettes laced with poison; and, theological Continue reading

Meet Sophia Stewart

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From Whale [2013 Feb]

Sophia Stewart, The Real Creator of ‘The Matrix,’ Wins Billion Dollar Copyright Case  

A six-year dispute has ended involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart’s allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow presiding.  Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood , as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars. …..

…The investigation also stated that ‘credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge Continue reading

Prince Among Slaves

Book Cover Prince Among Slaves AlfordFrom the website Prince among Slaves; The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans

Between the seventeenth and the mid-nineteenth century, numerous West African Muslims mostly from Senegambia (Senegal, Gambia, Mali, and Guinea) were deported to the United States. They were overwhelmingly young men; most often prisoners of war but also victims of kidnapping. It is difficult to estimate their numbers […]. But nowhere else in the Americas was the proportion of Senegambians – 24% – as high as in this country. Senegambia was the area of West Africa that had been Islamized the longest, Continue reading