Tuesday, May 15, 2012

David Ray Carter - Conspiracy Cinema

Conspiracy Cinema.
Propaganda, Politics and Paranoia

David Ray Carter


Paperback edition 288pp.
[also available in hardback].

ISBN-13: 978-1-900486-81-1


The World Trade Center was destroyed by the New World Order to facilitate the opening of a stargate. Operation Desert Storm was a false flag event that enabled the Illuminati to seize genie bottles containing demons. JFK was assassinated by the CIA, the KGB, the Mafia, the Illuminati and people who wanted to lower world oxygen levels. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated by the Memphis Police, the FBI, the US Army, the Mafia and a bar owner. Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a double. Princess Diana was an Illuminati sacrifice. The British Royal family are shape-shifting lizard like aliens and man never stepped foot on the Moon. According to one film Carter reviews here Jay-Z is an occultist with his eye on world domination.

Everybody loves a conspiracy theory, from those of us who think that traffic lights are against us to car manufacturers deliberately fitting parts that wear out quickly. In David Carter’s book we meet filmmakers with much more important things to get off their chests. By its end you will be familiar with false flag events, the ever present but hard to track down Illuminati and what must be about 250 conspiracy films, including those made by David Icke, the man who thinks the Royal Family are those shape shifting Illuminati aliens. Or something like that anyway. Due to the number of conspiracies flying around Carter’s book my head was spinning somewhat but I certainly knew my Illuminati’s from my New World Order's by its end.

David Ray Carter has sat through hundreds of hours worth of conspiracy films, a tremendous task when you take into account that most conspiracy filmmakers produce works that regularly run up to several hours in length and contain material that is regularly regurgitated. Carter even watches works that are tangentially attached to the genre so as to give himself a bigger and more informed picture, as in the case of the ten hour, five DVD marathon that is ‘Hell’s Bell’s - The Dangers of Rock and Roll’, a film that only gets mentioned in passing but which I feel impelled to watch. With Carter in charge we have the perfect guide to the steady explosion of conspiracy cinema now emerging both within the mainstream and the internet.

Carter’s review style is plain, logical and more importantly, impartial. Rarely does he outright recommend something, but when he does you take notice. The inept and the bigoted are rightly named and shamed, but he doesn’t stoop so low as to give them a critical beating. He merely states that he finds their views lack evidence, or are just plain obnoxious. Praise is given when he feels it’s necessary, and by keeping this praise in check you get the feeling that you are in the hands of somebody whose opinion you can trust. 

What I found intriguing about Conspiracy Cinema, and the thing that kept me going to the end [of what is basically a critical reference work], was the sheer depth of the subject, something of which I have to admit I was mostly unaware of. Once you’ve got past the big conspiracy events [JFK, RFK, 9/11, Martin Luther King Jr, Waco, the Moon landings, the Oklahoma bombings], Carter moves on to the ‘Grand Theories’ where you encounter the big daddies of the conspiracy world; the Illuminati and the New World Order. In the final chapter, ‘Lesser Conspiracies’, we find media, politics, religion, police states, surveillance, health, the environment, finance, HIV/AIDS, the weather, chemtrails and HAARP [a radio transmitter in Alaska blamed for earthquakes and Gulf Syndrome amongst other things].  There’s plenty others to choose from too, most of them ranging from fascinating to the just plain bizarre. It was these latter chapters that had me scribbling the most notes and the one that got me watching the first of Carter’s recommended films: Kevin Booth’s ‘American Drug War: The Last White Hope’. Booth argues that there’s a drug problem in America because the Government wants there to be one. A strong argument for which there’s plenty of evidence.

My criticisms are small but I think pertinent. I was unsure as to which films are freely available for download [except when mentioned in the review]. Some of the filmmakers mentioned here are more than happy for people to redistribute their work for free, as in the case of the most famous 9/11 conspiracy film to date ‘Loose Change’, but I feel that others would prefer to be paid for their work. A list of related websites would have saved me a Google trawl. That's not me being lazy that's me wanting to be pointed in the right direction.

As it stands I’m now more familiar with the big names in conspiracy circles than I was about three weeks ago; Alex Jones - Infowars, Chris Everard - Enigma TV, David Icke - reptiles and turquoise tracksuits. What I worry about most is that some of them might even be telling the truth.

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