As a shadowy, sinister, manipulative, not entirely credible organisation run by a cabal of mysterious figures, LUC has been dismayed to see how our conspiracy based operating model has been copied by an increasing number of governments without any credit being thrown our way at all.
Indeed now that the US is playing out a bizarre real life version of the Manchurian Candidate, it seems as good a time as any to look at the impact of conspiracy theories upon movies and also how the world of cinema is entwined with the murky world of conspiracy itself.
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i. Randy Quaid’s Star Whackers
You may well be aware of actor Randy Quaid’s flight from the US to Canada to escape the ‘Star Whackers’ conspiracy that has been responsible for various Hollywood deaths.
You may not have heard this song that he has written about it though.
ii. The Bruce Lee Curse
From an article on Conspirazzi:
“The Triads, a group of organized criminals with ties to the entertainment industry in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, China, are top suspects in the murder of both Bruce and Brandon Lee. The Triads were angry with Bruce Lee for refusing to work in their movies, and in turn, held a grudge against his son, Brandon. The fact that the Triads had ties with the entertainment industry, only begs more questions. Was Brandon’s murder an inside job? The answer is simply yes, but the explanation is far more complex.”
iii. This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory
Check out this marvellous, episodic web series by Kirby Ferguson (who also made Everything is a Remix) about ‘the dark forces that shape our lives’. Described by the Guardian thus: “With a visual intensity often bordering on the cacophonous, the series occasionally feels like a PowerPoint presentation by the world’s most coked-up history professor.”
(more at: http://www.thisisnotaconspiracytheory.com/)
iv. Yes. You Are Living In The Matrix
The Matrix was released in 1999, bringing the philosophical idea that we are all living in some kind of simulation into the mainstream. Science has now proven that we are all probably living in some kind of x-dimensional hologram and even the likes of Elon Musk state that it is more than likely we are all probably part of some clever aliens version of The Sims.
What really gets the David Icke brigade going is all the coded details apparently built into the Matrix films – the best example being Neo’s driving licence, glimpsed for a second in the interrogation scene – which expires on September 11th 2001 – WE WERE WARNED!
v. The Parallax View Montage Scene
Right in the middle of this brilliant and disturbing 1974 thriller, an investigative reporter played by envelope-botherer Warren Beatty is subjected to a form of audio visual test by the sinister parallax corporation. A kind of reverse Ludovico technique, seemingly designed to work out whether the candidate would make a good political assassin, or possibly some kind of brainwashing technique. There is a really good analysis of this scene by DVD Savant, and you can watch the montage itself via the image below. Please don’t shoot any presidents afterwards.
vi. How To Make Sense Of Conspiracy Theories
If you want to get deep into the subject check out this extensive documentary by Rob Ager.
“Both conspiracy theories and the attempts to debunk them are a minefield of complex ideas that are affected by poor research, personal bias, denial, deliberate disinformation and cherry picking of information. This video offers a detailed study of the subject matter, based on extensive exploration of available documentation.”
vii. Debunking Room 237
Over the years all the conspiracy stuff about Stanley Kubrick directing the moon landings has gone from mildly entertaining to a load of overblown bollocks. The apex of this paranoid nonsense can be found in the documentary Room 237, which tries to tie even small incidental details of the film to a huge international conspiracy in an amazingly annoying way.
From an interview with Kubrick’s assistant and actor Leon Vitali:
Mr. Vitali said he never spoke with Kubrick about any larger meaning in “The Shining.” “He didn’t tell an audience what to think or how to think,” he said, “and if everyone came out thinking something differently that was fine with him. That said, I’m certain that he wouldn’t have wanted to listen to about 70, or maybe 80 percent” of “Room 237.”
“Because it’s pure gibberish.”
viii. Jacking It In San Diego
Looking back it is still hard to get to the bottom of that Invisible Children Kony 2012 video and everything surrounding it. Many now think the whole thing was a CIA fronted bit of propaganda to enable the US to deploy troops into an oil and resource rich nation on a phoney humanitarian pretext – a proper conspiracy.
But another more complex question remains: What led the director of the infamous video to go on a naked public masturbation spree on the streets of San Diego? Someone needs to get the Warren Commission back together, or at least the South Park writing team.