Sunday, June 22, 2008

Don't miss the Rapture

I recently watched a 1991 movie called The Rapture, which is currently in rotation on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). It stars Mimi Rogers and then-bit actor David Duchovny, both of whom later starred in The X-Files.

Rogers' character is a bored telephone information operator who at night is an equally bored sexual swinger. When bicycle-riding, suit-wearing young men knock on her door one day, she is led into a "born again" life as a zombified Christian who worries about the eternal salvation of her friends, the 411-callers she talks to every day, and her "friend with benefits" Duchovny, only to lose her faith just before the Rapture occurs. On one level, the film is deep and dark; on another level, it's strikingly ridiculous. It's worth a look, even if it's just to laugh at Duchovny with a mullet haircut.

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  1. I love this movie. The ending is so completely unexpected it is quite thought provoking.


  2. Gee, if Mimi Rogers wanted a life as a religious zombie, she could have married Tom Cruise.

    Oh. Wait a minute

  3. If you're wondering why I haven't updated The Taper in a while, here's why:

    Google/Blogger's robots have, in their infinite wisdom, determined that The Burning Taper may be a "spam blog," and they have locked me out of my own blog until they can free up a human to review the blog.

    It's been nearly a week since I responded to this by clicking on a link they provided for me to "request a review," but so far the block has not been lifted.

    If you write a Blogger-based blog, this could happen to you. After I was locked out, I researched this phenomena (ironically, via Google), and found it has been happening frequently to non-spam blogs for the past couple of years.

    I don't know if the robotic programming is just utterly inept, if they don't like the number of links I've provided to other blogs, if someone complained for some insane reason, or what. I just know I'm not allowed to access the publishing side of my own blog.

    I'll be back.

    — W.S.

  4. Wow. Nice. Why not get an inexpensive hosting plan at a place like and drop WordPress or something like it on there?

  5. It has been awhile my brother...
    i hope all is well with you and yours!

  6. Hmmm. Curious development. I'd say it was a Masonic plot, but...

  7. As I wrote here on June 30, The Burning Taper stands accused by Google/Blogger's mindless robots of being a "spam blog," and my publishing access to the blog has been blocked pending a "human review."

    I requested such a review on June 26, and every day, I clicked on that link again, only to be told that the review request has been received, and that my blog will "soon" be reviewed. On July 4, I made my daily click on the request link. This time, the Blogger system acted like it was my first request, accepting the request as of July 4. I guess my June 26 request was simply discarded.

    Patience may be a virtue, but sometimes I'm just not very virtuous. I've created a new version of The Burning Taper using the Wordpress blogging system. Whether that site, or this one, ends up being the future home of The Burning Taper remains to be seen.

    Click here to visit the Wordpress version of The Burning Taper.

    — W.S.

  8. I liked the horror films from the 70s where people get decapitated post-rapture. Does it got any of that in it?


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