I’m not a big fan of the mainstream media. Be it movies, music, video games or the news, the message they try to convey just doesn’t feel right for one reason or another.
The hipster side of me prefers indie production. Partly because its the David versus Goliath -effect: you just got to support the little guy. But mostly its because of the unethical behaviour by the gigantic mainstream companies. Greed, lies and symbolism did them in. They did it to themselves over a longer period of time.
This quote doesn’t help matters:
“We’ll Know Our Disinformation Program Is Complete When Everything the American Public Believes Is False.”William Casey, CIA Director 1981-1987
CIA has been involved in some rather shady programs over the years. More on this later.
There was a time when things were different. You could see and hear pieces of truth even from the mainstream media. I guess it happens today as well, but its just a much rarer occasion.
The reason why the average guy on the street doesn’t know much of what’s actually going on is simple: the powers that be don’t want it to be so. This was expertly explained by George Carlin:
But while this is the case, its also good to understand that sometimes it is better if you don’t know everything that’s going on behind the scenes. At times its just better to not know it all. Ignorance is bliss, as they say.
At the same time, it is dangerous to be completely oblivious in today’s world. ‘Hey, I didn’t know’ is a convenient excuse for some, but you can’t go on ignoring reality forever. One has to face the music at some point.
Soon enough, the whole world is going to experience a gargantuan reality check. It might be a good idea to face some facts before you absolutely have to do so. Having to deal with it all mentally in one go could have dire consequences.
My blog focuses mostly on using videos found on mainstream platforms (such as YouTube) to share useful sources of information and to explain difficult topics. But I thought that today I’ll do something a little different and recommend you mainstream movies that should get you thinking.
Let’s go down the rabbit hole:
THX 1138 (1971)
George Lucas’ (that’s right) directional debut, THX 1138, is a science fiction movie that depicts a dystopian future where the populace is being controlled by android police force and kept docile through the use of mandatory drugs. Much like in Brave New World, the sexual desires are also suppressed. Its a movie where the machine controls man.
The movie is much like 2001: A Space Odyssey. What I mean by this is that its ‘artsy’ and can be difficult to get into. But for those that take their time with it, it offers a unique perspective and shows what the future might look like.
Here’s the trailer:
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Big Short (2015)
The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short both have historical relevance and both have something to do with the stock market. Both of them are entertaining to watch and contain many life lessons to those who are willing to learn.
It’s good to have some historical perspective to matters that concern us all. The stock market bubbles can destroy not only individual lives, but economies as a whole. Considering we’re sailing in treacherous waters when it comes to finance and economics at this current moment, both of these movies should be considered a must watch.
Rather than showing a trailer for these movies, here’s an important message from a trader:
Wag The Dog (1997)
Just how much do the spin doctors spin the news? This movie gives the viewer an idea of just what is possible.
I’m spoiling the movie quite a bit here, but: if necessary, a phony war can begin and end within days if the situation calls for it.
What happens is really not too important when it comes to this movie, but rather how it happens. It shows a glimpse into the reality behind the scenes.
Basically, they make stuff up. Surprise!
Here’s the trailer:
They Live (1988)
Extremely relevant film today. Both the main actor (Roddy Piper) and director (John Carpenter) have called the film a documentary rather than science fiction.
In the movie a backpacking blue collar worker arrives at a town looking for work and a place to stay. Not long after his arrival he discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him see the world as it is: alien entities controlling the government, media and the banks.
The movie is based on 1963 short story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning” by Ray Nelson. In the original short story, it isn’t aliens, but rather reptilians that run the world. One Icke character would be happy.
Whether its actual aliens, reptilians, some other anomaly or just greedy businessmen – something’s off, and this movie does a fantastic job pointing it out.
Here’s a famous scene from the movie:
Kill The Messenger (2014)
This is what I was referring to when I was talking about the CIA being involved in shady operations.
In this movie you get to hear a true story about a journalist that discovered CIA involvement in the drug trade in the 1980’s.
The movie tells the story of Gary Webb and his “Dark Alliance” and its follow-up articles. And how his personal journey ended.
I’m a little surprised this movie got made. It must be a touchy subject.
Lord of War (2005)
One of my personal favourites. I’ve always enjoyed this film in particular just for how well it was made. It also stars Nicholas Gage in a rather unusual role.
Once again, the movie is based on a true story. Yuri Orlov was an arms dealer back in the 1980s and the 1990s, and one of the best at his craft.
Another interesting point about this movie is that they worked together with real gunrunners in the film. The tanks being sold in one of the scenes was a real deal between two parties. In another scene, they used real AK 74s, because getting 3,000 real AK’s was cheaper than making replicas.
A quote from the prologue:
“There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That’s one firearm for every 12 people on the planet. The only question is: how do we arm the other 11?”
This movie depicts just some of the corruption happening around the world, and how some governments allow it to happen.
I don’t want to go too much into the spoilers, but here is the intro and the outro to the movie:
The Matrix (1999)
Considering it is the title of this article, you already knew this was coming.
The original 1999 red pill movie, The Matrix, can be primarily understood in two ways: it is reality now and it could be reality in the future.
The way it is reality now is simple: nearly everything around you is a lie. The only reason why it keeps going is because everyone agrees to believe in the lie.
At the same time, there are agents that uphold the lie and make sure no one questions the reality of things (this is also why anyone can be an agent… its a social construct). The reason why most people refuse to believe (to take the red pill) is because they’ve grown too reliant on the system; they can’t let go.
In this reality the people who run things (the real agents and their masters) see ‘normal’ human beings as simplistic and vulgar creatures that are there just to do the errands for their masters (humans are the ‘batteries’ of the system). As shown in the film, they believe humans to be a virus that needs to be controlled, and ultimately exterminated.
The way the movie can be reality in the future is because it is technically possible for it to become reality. Take a look at Meta and Metaverse – we’re already moving in that direction.
If you haven’t seen The Matrix movie trilogy, perhaps you should. Or maybe you should re-watch it. Keep what was said above in mind while watching and you may see the movies in a different light.
Here’s a well-known track from the movie:
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers is a comedy movie trilogy about a British agent whose main nemesis is a character called Dr. Evil, who just happens to look almost exactly like a certain ‘forum’ leader from real life.
Many would not categorize this movie in the same category as the other movies in this article. Well, you’d be wrong. The Austin Powers movies are filled to brim with symbolism (and product placement).
Here are some examples: Dr. Evil has chats with the UN and the W(H)O (World Organisation), he talks to the president through a screen that looks like a giant eye, and there are massive phallic space rockets in the second movie (if you’ve been following the news lately, you’ll know). Dr. Evil doesn’t care about money, he’s there just to do evil things for evil’s sake. And he graduated from the ‘evil medical school’.
I’m not going to explain these things further. You figure it out.
By the third movie in the series, the movie cast changes to a more ‘Hollywood friendly’ cast. As a result, the last movie feels stale and samey.
Either way, the movies are a good laugh, and highly recommended.
Here are some short clips from the movies:
The Children of Men (2006)
In this dystopian film, the year is 2027 and women have somehow become infertile. The world is in a constant state of chaos.
Then a miracle happens: a pregnant woman is found. The main character (played by Clive Owen) agrees to take her to a sanctuary located at sea.
It’s a depressing movie, but worth your time.
V For Vendetta
The movie that made Guy Fawkes masks a common sight on the streets.
Remember remember, the fifth of November.-V
Another dystopian movie (though… this ‘dystopia’ is now closer to reality than one might like…) where ‘Big Brother’ won. They rule over everything. Speech is now silenced if seen as unfit. People must do as they’re told. Conform or be removed from society.
This is until the masked hero, V (played by Hugo Weaving), appears on the scene.
‘The speech’ from the film:
I’m not going to go too much into the other recommendations, but here are some of the ‘good stuff’ I’ve come across over the years:
Books: 1984, The Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451. If you haven’t read these – you should. I’m also going to recommend Lord of The Rings (hint: Sauron’s eye) and The Game of Thrones (mostly for the power dynamics… and the banking system).
Movies: A Clockwork Orange, Alice in Wonderland (massive amounts of symbolism, and it also contains the ‘original’ rabbit hole), The Wizard of Oz, Fight Club and Idiocracy.
TV-shows: South Park (they have some good takes), Breaking Bad (fantastic series), Black Mirror and Futurama.
Here’s a clip from a South Park episode:
Anime: Berserk (1997), Hunter X Hunter (2011), Ghost In The Shell (1995), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009).
Games: Dark Souls (2011) (obscure and difficult, plenty of non-verbal story telling – inspired by the Berserk anime/manga), Nier: Automata (2017) (there’s more to the story than what you might think at first – the only game with what I consider to be a ‘perfect’ ending / there are multiple endings).
With that you should have plenty of things to watch and do in case you were running out of things.
Not all of the items recommended contain pieces of the truth, but vast majority of them do. Just keep in mind that it often is told indirectly rather than directly.
And because its Christmas time, Merry Christmas.