- About thomasjarvis
- film-making, film criticism
- Primary Care-giver, free-lance writer
- Favorite Horror Movie
- About Me
- I've been obsessed with horror films and take pleasure in having nightmares since I was as young as five years old. For virtually as long as I can remember I've dreamed of being a movie director. I have always viewed films with a critical eye towards what I would have done differently had I been the director responsible for a particular movie I happen to be watching at the time, but I don't think this way when a director has a strong enough vision to overide this unfortunate tendendcy of mine, such as is normally the case with Kubrick or David Lynch. I'm into the underground music & art scenes and enjoy attending live concerts and participating in jam sessions as well as spoken-word. I enjoy the company of and strive to continually cultivate association with all sorts of artistic types. I do believe "true" compassionate values are important, but not so-called "neo-conservative" values.
- I am into all different sorts of music, depending on my mood, including punk, thrash, industrial, grunge, garage-rock, acoustic blues, folk, reggae, ska, skiffle, ragtime, swing, pop, celtic, goth, classical, etc.
Some examples of artists I'm into: Social Distortion, The White Stripes, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Nirvana, The Beatles, The Ramones, Black Flag, Howlin' Wolf, Juliette and the Licks, Patti Smith, Arlo Guthrie, Hendrix, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Wyclef Jean, Lou Reed, Robert Johnson, Warren Zevon, Tori Amos, P.J. Harvey, Guided by Voices, Modest Mouse, The Fugees, Janice Joplin, Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Pretenders, The Bangles, George Thorogood, Van Morrison, Joan Jett, Tom Petty, Blondie, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, AudioSlave, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Ministry, L7, White Zombie, The Breeders, Megadeth, The Clash, Butthole Surfers, The Misfits, Glen Danzig, Pantera, Metallica '82-89,
- Eraserhead The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Easy Rider Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) After Hours A Clockwork Orange 2001 Spun Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 'Pi' A Scanner Darkly Thirteen Dog Town and Z-Boys Lords of Dogtown 'Fun' Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dawn of the Dead (1978)The Evil Dead (1983) Friday the 13th (1980) Zombie Gates of Hell Seven Notes In Black The Beyond House By the Cemetary Cannibal Holocaust Suspiria Phenomena Opera Tenebrae Inferno Deep Red The Sect Jack be Nimble Wild At Heart Fire Walk With Me Lost Highway History of Violence Resevoir Dogs Pulp Fiction Natural Born Killers Videodrome Naked Lunch eXistenZ Dark City etc., etc....
- Fiction: "IT" and "Pet Semetary" by Stephen King, "Catcher In the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "The Great and Secret Show" by Clive Barker, "A Separate Peace" by John Knowels, "Setting Free The Bears" and 'The World According To Garp" both by John Irving, "Breathing Lessons" by Anne Tyler, "House of Leaves: A Novel" by Mark Z. Danielewski, "The Sirens of Titan", "Galapagos", "God Bless you Mr. Rosewater", "Cat's Cradle", "Bluebeard", "Breakfast of Champions" and "Slaughtorhouse-Five", all by Kurt Vonnegut.
Non-fiction: "The Urantia Book", "Cosmic Consciousness" by Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D., "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass, "The Jefferson Bible" edited by Thomas Jefferson, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" by Carl Jung, "Little Essays Toward Truth" by Aleister Crowley, "Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of A Star-Crossed Child In The Final Days of the American Century" by Hunter s. Thompson, "Prometheus Rising" by Robert Anton Wilson.
- Sopranos, Weeds, Big Love, Dead Like Me, Twin Peaks, Six Feet Under, Pen & Teller's Bullshit
- "A truly successful cinematic accomplishment inevitably results in the absolute compulsion of the viewer to discuss the film in question with one or more others for the duration of at least a good fifteen minutes, subsequent to initial screening."
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