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The Occult Roots of The Wizard of Oz

Posted in Controversy, Education, Film, Folklore, Literature and Books, News Media, Religion, Theatre, TV, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by Richard James Clark II

This is a article from one my favourite websites, and i may put alot of the articles on here for the wordpress community.

The Occult Roots of The Wizard of Oz

Oct 8th, 2009 | By Vigilant | Category: Vigilant Reports

With its memorable story and its cast of colorful characters, the Wizard of Oz quickly became an American classic. More than a hundred years after the release of this book, kids everywhere are still enchanted by Oz’s world of wonder. Few, however, recognize that, under its deceptive simplicity, the story of the Wizard of Oz conceals deep esoteric truths inspired by Theosophy. Here we’ll look at the Wizard of Oz’s occult meaning and its author’s background.

The Occult Roots of The Wizard of Oz

With its memorable story and its cast of colorful characters, the Wizard of Oz quickly became an American classic. More than a hundred years after the release of this book, kids everywhere are still enchanted by Oz’s world of wonder. Few, however, recognize that, under its deceptive simplicity, the story of the Wizard of Oz conceals deep esoteric truths inspired by Theosophy. Here we’ll look at the Wizard of Oz’s occult meaning and its author’s background.

Although the Wizard of Oz is widely perceived as an innocent children’s fairy tale, it is almost impossible not to attribute a symbolic meaning to Dorothy’s quest. As in all great stories, the characters and the symbols of the Wizard of Oz can be given a second layer of interpretation, which may vary depending on the reader’s perception. Many analyses appeared throughout the years describing the story as an “atheist manifesto” while others saw it as a promotion of populism. It is through an understanding of the author’s philosophical bckground and beliefs, however, that the story’s true meaning can be grasped.

L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz was a member of the Theosophical Society, which is an organization based on occult research and the comparative study of religions. Baum had a deep understanding of Theosophy and, consciously or not, created an allegory of Theosophic teachings when he wrote the Wizard of Oz.

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Michael Jackson Videos YOU MAY HAVE NEVER SEEN

Posted in Controversy, Dance, Film, Memorabilia, Music, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Okay

If you were or still are a Michael Jackson fan

Here is some video treats for you

Captain EO

Part 1

Part 2

Captain EO

Captain EO is a 3-D film starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola that was shown at Disney theme parks in the 1980s and 1990s.

This is a story description below

The movie tells the story of Captain EO and the ragtag crew of his spaceship on a mission to deliver a gift to a wicked alien leader, the Witch Queen, on her home world of rotting, twisted metal and steaming vents. Captain EO’s alien crew consists of his small flying sidekick Fuzzball, the double-headed navigator and pilot Idee and Odee, robotic security officer Major Domo, a small robot Minor Domo (who fits like a module into Major Domo), and the clumsy elephant-like shipmate Hooter (Tony Cox) who always manages to blunder the crew’s missions.

Upon arriving on the planet, the crew is captured and sentenced to torture. Before being sent away, EO tells the Witch Queen that he sees the beauty hidden within her, and that he brings her the key to unlock it: his song, “We Are Here To Change The World”.

The two robot members of the crew transform into music instruments and the crew members begin to play the various instruments. As Hooter runs toward his instrument, he trips over EO’s cape and breaks his instrument, stopping the music. The spell broken, the Witch Queen orders her guards to capture Captain EO and his crew.

Hooter manages to repair his instrument and sends out a blast of music, providing EO with the power to throw off the guards. He uses his power to transform the dark hulking guards into agile dancers who fall into step behind him for a dance number. As EO presses forward toward the Supreme Leader she unleashes her Nich Warriors, two cybernetic defenders each with a whip and shield that can deflect EO’s power.

The others all run away leaving Captain EO to fight the Nich Warriors alone. EO is trapped by a closing gate and is preparing for a last stand as both the whip warriors draw their whips back for a final blow. Fuzzball drops his instrument and speedily flies over to tie the two whips together, causing the Nich Warriors to be thrown off balance giving EO an opportunity to transform them as well. With no further obstacles, EO uses his power to transform the Witch Queen into a beautiful woman, her lair into a peaceful Greek temple and the planet into a verdant paradise.

A celebration breaks out to “Another Part of Me”, as EO and his crew triumphantly exit and fly off into space.

Special FX used when watching this at Disney World

Captain EO made full use of its 3-D effects. The action on the screen extended into the audience, including lasers, laser impacts, smoke effects, and starfields that filled the theater. These effects resulted in the seventeen-minute film costing an estimated $30 million to produce.[1] At the time it was the most expensive film ever produced on a per-minute basis, averaging out at $1.76 million per minute.

Music

Two new songs appeared in the film. The first, is an early version of “Another Part of Me.” The song was re-mixed and later appeared on Jackson’s hugely successful Bad album. It was released as a single in 1988.

The song also makes a brief appearance in the movie “Rush Hour” in which Chris Tucker mimics Captain EO after blowing up a car.

“We Are Here to Change the World” was not officially released until 2004 as part of Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection. This version however, is not the same version heard in the film. Soul/R&B singer Deniece Williams covered the song on her As Good As It Gets album (1988).

THE MAKING OF MOONWALKER

This was originally a BBC special and it contains 2 parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Making on In The Closet

Famous video with Naomi Campbell and the great late Herb Ritts

Great Cast, Rubbish Movie! Choosen by Ed Holden, MSN Movies Editor

Posted in Film with tags , on April 14, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Ed Holden, MSN Movies Editor

The great actors of today have earned their legendary status by starring in the unquestioned classics we all know and love. Look a little closer though and you’ll discover that even our most celebrated stars have made the odd stinker.

Occasionally, an entire ensemble of top-rung talent combines to produce the kind of dung we expect to find in the £1 bargain bin. How did they get it so wrong? Well, they’d rather not talk about it. Here are the worst movies ever made by great casts.

Alexander

Alexander

Oliver Stone takes on history’s greatest invader. The hype was huge. And so was the budget. The money left over after the ancient cities were constructed was spent on a stellar cast. But they couldn’t rescue this one. Ancient Macedonians with Irish accents, battles shot with cameras set to “epilepsy-inducing”, every (miscast) actor wearing lorryloads of make-up: just a few of the many reasons it was awful.
The Talent: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson.

Shark Tale

A Sharks Tale

It was always destined to play second fiddle to Finding Nemo – the fishy feature that became the biggest selling DVD of all time. Cliched, predictable and unlovable, even to nine-year-olds, Shark Tale was the low end of the CG animation explosion. But take a look at the cast list and you’d think it was a modern-day crime thriller of the highest calibre.
The Talent: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Renee Zellweger, Martin Scorsese.

Be Cool

Be Cool

What’s most unbelievable is that, for all the big-name acting talent on offer, the only entertaining character was played by a guy who’d just finished a lengthy wrestling career. There’s hope for Hulk Hogan yet…
The Talent: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Lions For Lambs

Law of the lambs

What just happened? Tom Cruise was sitting in an office, Meryl Streep was saying something about “The War On Terror”, Robert Redford was lecturing, then… oh yeah! We fell asleep. That last part was easily the least boring. Preachy, overlong and insufferably dull, this one felt every bit like a bad day at the office.
The Talent: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Pena.

He’s Just Not That Into You

He's just not that into you

The poster reads like a who’s who of Hollywood glamour-cats. But, with the exception of Jennifer Aniston, the A-listers on the call-sheet were all playing mini-roles that added up to little more than a reel of extended cameos. The movie itself was simply neurotic singleton Ginnifer Goodwin embarking on a two-hour mission to find a man with nerves strong enough to put up with her. Ours certainly were not.
The Talent: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper.

Righteous Kill

Rightous Kill

Finally!! The re-union of Pacino and DeNiro we’ve all been waiting for!! We were given the slightest glimpse of Al v Bob in that electrifying scene in Heat (1995). Now we would have a whole movie of these two towers of crime drama fighting the bad guys side-by-side. But… no. Making Pacino look bad for the second time (88 minutes was perhaps even worse), Jon Avnet delivers a turgid string of criminal set-pieces that would have gone straight to DVD were it not for the names.
The Talent: Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent.

The Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grime

A combination of two of Tinseltown’s best leading males, directed by Terry Gilliam in the kind of mythical comedy environment where the Monty Python director usually excels. But, for all the labours of a nightmare shoot, the humour fell flat, especially during the onset of some particularly hammy special effects sequences.
The Talent: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Jonathan Pryce.

Space Cowboys

Space Cowboys

Half movie half Hollywood old boy network re-union, this was never going to be a masterpiece. Nevertheless, mash together the magic touches of Clint, Tommy and Donald and you expect something rather better than this. Three of the finest ingredients, combined to make something you wouldn’t feed the cat.
The Talent: Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones, James Cromwell.

Bonfire Of The Vanities

Bonifre of the Vanities

A title that has become synonymous with the word “flop”, this abomination saw each of the lead characters struggling with faux-comedic caricatures that are just never convincing as Hanks and Willis lock horns over a tabloid scandal. The film wants so desperately to be funny. But it never takes off – swapping miscast Hanks and Willis in the two lead parts might have gone some way to rescuing it.
The Talent: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall, Morgan Freeman.

Ocean’s Twelve

Oceans Twelve

Imagine if Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rooney and Messi all played for the same team. Now imagine if they lost in a shock defeat to West Bromwich Albion. How did they manage to get it wrong?! That’s how it felt when Ocean’s Twelve first crossed our screens.
The Talent: Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia.

Quincy Jones Interviews 5 parts

Posted in Dance, Education, Film, Literature and Books, Living, Music, Nights Out, Racism, Romance, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

A five part interview

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Deathnote-The Trailer

Posted in Cartoons, Controversy, Film, Health and Beauty, life, Living, Religion, Theatre on February 7, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Hello everyone

I acquired all of the series of Deathnote on DVD and the volume 4 is out soon

But a trailer of wow wicked this series is….

this is what the idea is about

America´s Biggest Film Flops-According to Yahoo.com

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Film, Literature and Books, Living, News Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

America´s Biggest Film Flops-According to Yahoo.com

BATTLEFIELD EARTH (2000)
Budget: $73 million, US Box Office: $21 million

John Travolta’s two-decade long quest to put L. Ron Hubbard’s tome on the silver screen ended with intergalactic failure. A perfect storm of hammy acting, bad direction, and ridiculous storytelling converged to make “Battlefield Earth” the worst reviewed film of 2000. It also won seven Razzies, a feat only matched by another famous box-office bomb, Showgirls.

THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH (2002)
Budget: $100 million, US Box Office: $4.4 million

In terms of sheer numbers, this flick is one of the biggest box-office flops in cinema history. Eddie Murphy was apparently so embarrassed by the end result that he refused to do any publicity for the movie.

HEAVEN’S GATE (1980)
Budget: $40 million, US Box Office: $3.5 million

In the annals of filmmaking, few movies reach the height of epic fiasco like “Heaven’s Gate.” This film — about European cattle-rustlers, rich WASP ranch owners, and roller-skating (really) — lost millions upon millions of dollars, destroyed the career of director Michael Cimino, and drove the hallowed United Artist studio out of business. It failed, and it failed big.

TOWN AND COUNTRY (2001)
Budget: $90 million, US Box Office: $6.7 million

What started as a light, frothy romantic comedy about married life — starring Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty — spiraled into one of the biggest money losers in the history of Hollywood. Production problems, scheduling issues, and constant script rewrites conspired to stretch the film’s production time to almost three years, ballooning the budget to a size usually found in summer blockbusters.

CLEOPATRA (1963)
Budget: $44 million, US Box Office: $26 million

Though the box-office draw of “Cleopatra” was quite respectable, it paled next to its monstrous cost. Originally set to cost a mere $2 million, the film’s budget soon spiraled out of control because of production delays, ailing actresses, and mythically lavish sets. Adjusted for inflation, the movie remains one of the most expensive flicks that ever graced the silver screen. The price tag proved to be so great that the production threatened to put 20th Century Fox out of business.

HUDSON HAWK (1991)
Budget: $65 million, US Box Office: $17 million

This overstuffed caper comedy dumped ice water on Bruce Willis’ formerly red-hot career. Perhaps one of the reasons the film proved to be so expensive was that Willis — who was increasingly sensitive over his thinning hair — demanded that a special effects firm go through the film and airbrush out his bald spot.

CUTTHROAT ISLAND (1995)
Budget: $98 million, US Box Office: $10 million

Director Renny Harlin convinced Carolco Pictures that his then-wife Geena Davis could be turned into an action-adventure star for this swashbuckling pirate yarn. The problem was that Michael Douglas pulled out of the film in spite of a $15 million paycheck. The part was then offered to Keanu Reeves who turned it down. As did Tom Cruise, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Charlie Sheen, Liam Neeson, and Tim Robbins. In the end, Harlin settled for Matthew Modine, who did little to open the movie. “Cutthroat Island” proved to be one of the biggest box-office losses in history, derailing Geena Davis’ career, and sinking Carolco Pictures.

ISHTAR (1987)
Budget: $55 million, US Box Office: $14 million

An example of how bad buzz can kill a movie. When the production for Elaine May’s comedy — about two lousy lounge singers who get caught up in Cold War politics — ran over budget, negative anecdotes started getting leaked to the press. In spite of positive reviews from the “New York Times” among others, the media brouhaha over the film spiraled out of control. The film died at the box office and soon “Ishtar” became short-hand for box-office bomb.

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988)
Budget: $47 million, US Box Office: $8 million

For a director whose career has been famously plagued with production fiasco, Terry Gilliam’s “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” stands out as being his most expensive flop. Dogged by lawsuits, duplicitous producers and furious financiers, the production dragged on at a snail’s pace as the budget ballooned to gargantuan proportions. Though the film earned peanuts on its initial release, the film soon developed some serious legs on video and DVD.

HOWARD THE DUCK (1986)
Budget: $38 million, US Box Office: $16 million

Who would have thought that a movie about a cigar-chomping duck stuck in Cleveland would have been such a bomb? George Lucas produced this film which featured a budget as big as Lea Thompson’s hair — including a $2 million duck suit — and more special effects than you can shake a stick at. Yet when the film came out, it was quickly and almost universally hailed as one of the worst films ever made

THE POSTMAN (1997)
Budget: $80 million, US Box Office $17.6 million

In spite of the terrible press, Kevin Costner’s Waterworld actually made money. “The Postman” — dubbed “Dirtworld” by the crew — most certainly didn’t. It was slammed by critics as being a mawkish vanity project and it flopped at the box office. For better or worse, “The Postman” also derailed Costner’s career as a director.

ZYZZYX RD. (2005)
Budget: $2 million, US Box Office: $30 (Yes, you read that right.)

There are a lot of indie films that don’t make money. But few can boast a box-office draw less than the cost of a tank of gas. To satisfy a Screen Actors Guild’s requirement, director John Penney — who was holding out for a DVD deal — screened the flick in a Texas theater for a week where it earned a mere thirty bucks. The meager box-office draw landed the film in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the lowest grossing film of all time. To make matters worse, Penney had to return 1/3 of the gross, as two of the six paying ticket-goers were also crew members.

MEET DAVE (2008)
Budget: $60 million, US Box Office: $11.6 million

SPEED RACER (2008)
Budget: $120 million, US Box Office: $44 million

These two flicks are the biggest losers for the summer. While “Meet Dave” — which was given almost no publicity by its studio — lost more money in relation to its budget, “Speed Racer” — which was hugely hyped but failed to find an audience — lost more money overall. In either case, you probably won’t be seeing any more movies about alien Eddie Murphy clones or lollipop-hued race car drivers in the near future.

Gil Scott Heron Documentary-6 Parts

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Diet, Education, Film, Health and Beauty, Literature and Books, Living, Music, News Media, Nights Out, Politics, Racism, Religion, Romance, Theatre, TV with tags , , , , on September 4, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

As some of you may know I love Gil Scott Heron, his poetry, his voice, his life and especially his views…

So for you to discover more about him check these out