(from Sean's profile info) Who am I?
My real name is Sean and I am an online cultural critic, who lives in Maine.
I'm a rather political and philosophical individual and I tend to be outspoken. I try to remain as independent as possible and avoid affiliating myself with any form of organized religion or politics. I am an atheist (albeit a spiritual one with some Buddhist ideologies), a "pro-life feminist", a communist (in the truest definition of the concept as laid down by Marx and Engels in 1848), a strict vegetarian and a supporter of animal rights. I have diverse tastes in media. I enjoy reading just about anything, writing short fiction, poetry, film & book & music reviews, listening to all kinds of music (particularly "old school punk", classic rock, hippie music, metal, rap, folk, and classical/opera) and watching films in general. I spend a lot of time at my local library, as both a patron and a volunteer. I also love to cook. I love to discuss politics, philosophy, sociology, and so on. I'm not very fond of people who formulate an opinion based upon another person's opinion. I am strongly against influence and celebrity and status. I don't believe in the class system and I loathe racial, sexual, and cultural profiling. So long as you're an open-minded and non-judgmental individual, then you're welcome here.
My worldview summed up:
There are three kinds of people on this Earth: those that think inside the box, those that think outside the box, and those like myself who know that THERE IS NO BOX.
Why do I call myself Count Orlok, you ask? For those wondering why I have chosen the pseudonym Count Orlok '22, the reason behind this is simple: Count Orlok was the titular vampire character in the 1922 silent German horror film Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens, which is my favorite film. The '22 is a reference to the year the film was released as well as to my age at the time of creating this alias. Now back to the film. Nosferatu was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. The film's director, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau uses the archetype of the blood-sucking vampire as a metaphor for the horrors of war and fascism. As the parasitic vampire, Orlok invades the small village of Wisborg, Germany, where he spreads a plague of death and destruction. This plague was a symbolic reference to the totalitarianism that was rising in Germany at the time the film was being made. Murnau, himself served as a pilot in WWI, but then after witnessing the senseless killing he condemned war and unnecessary death. Murnau left Germany just as the Nazi Party was beginning to rise in power. He went to America and there he shot a masterpiece (Sunrise), but after his next two projects were interfered with by studio executives, Murnau decided that the commercial interests of Hollywood conflicted with his own artistic aesthetics. Leaving America behind, he would next travel to Tahiti where he would direct his last motion picture (Tabu). Shortly before the film's premiere in 1931, Murnau would die in a tragic automobile accident. By assuming this alias I am both paying tribute to a classic film and its brilliant director, as well as expressing my abhorrence for war and violence in all of its manifestations.
More extraneous information:
My favorite film director is Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, my favorite band is The Clash, my favorite song is John Lennon's "Imagine", my favorite artist is Edvard Munch, and my favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkien.
My lucky numbers (though I wouldn't consider myself very lucky) are 3, 9, 11, 12, 13, 22, and 39.
The colors I like the most are black, purple, blue, and red.
I enjoy riding my bicycle in figure eights.
I'm prone to sarcasm.
I love saying absurd and pointless things just to see people's shocked reactions.
I do dance, but I don't like to admit it, and I don't dance like "normal" people.
I find it fun to throw people off in their preconceptions of me.
I enjoy the fragrance of skunk spray.
I love to eat raw lemons.
I have an intense dislike of waffles (ask me why, I dare you).
I believe that a mindfuck can be rather refreshing (sort of like a mental enema).
I say whatever I think and I'm told I think too much.
That's me in nutshell... Let me out!
Around July of 2008, I met someone who called himself “Count Orlok” over at amazon.com when I reviewed the movie “The Dark Knight”. We exchanged a lot of information and opinions about Nolan’s film and I could tell that I was conversing with one very intelligent reviewer. Ever since that day, Sean (I didn’t know his real name at the time) had occasionally dropped by to comment on some of my reviews as I also began to check on his own in the site. … more
And all-around mensch. Great to swap tales with, and even greater to disagree with b/c he allows for you to have your own opinions, right or wrong. I challenge you to find a better bloodsucker in all of cyberspace.
I must've carelessly forgotten to review the Count. It's truly an understatement but the man is a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics. Don't believe me. Just talk with him for a moment. He amazes me still to this day.