Black Coal: A Serene Requiem for Coal Miners

Black Coal: A Serene Requiem for Coal Miners

Black Coal is a beautiful photographic essay by Zack Spiger and Madison Rowley, the official music video for Stone Jack Jones’ Black Coal.  Jones hails from a coal mining family in West Virginia, and his music here presents the listener with a serene requiem for coal miners, a wonderfully shimmering transcendental exploration of the places where folk, blues and rock meet.  Black Coal is a quietly intimate and melancholy piece, holding you gently with its mysteriously haunting and personal grasp.

Black Coal: A Serene Requiem for Coal Miners

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Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead (Full Version, 1968) is  a raw, frightening and unremittingly bleak cult classic independent black-and-white horror film directed by George Romero.  The film has been lauded as a seminal work of the modern horror genre and a powerful critical commentary on 1960s American society.  Film historians have viewed the flesh-eating scenes of Night of the Living Dead as a late-1960s critique of American capitalism, with the zombies representing capitalists, and their cannibalism representing the ultimate in possessiveness, therefore the logical end of human relations under capitalism.  It has been argued that the zombies’ victims symbolized the repression of “the Other” in bourgeois American society, namely the oppression of civil rights activists, feminists, gay persons and counter-culturalists in general.

In the movie, a band of unlucky people attempt to fight off an unrelenting assault of murderous zombies from a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania.  Opening with a situation that has already disintegrated to a point of little hope, the film moves progressively toward absolute despair and ultimate tragedy.  Romero employs film-noir style lighting to emphasize the nightmare of humanity’s alienation from itself.  In 1999, Night of the Living Dead was inducted into the National Film Registry in the United States’ Library of Congress to honor its cultural significance in the history of American cinema.

Night of the Living Dead (Full Movie, 1968)

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