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“Hofmann’s Potion” [Documentary] (Video)

“Hofmann’s Potion” traces lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) from its initial discovery in 1943 by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann, through its heyday in the 1960s counterculture, to its present status as a banned or controlled substance in many Western countries. The film offers a sensitive and sympathetic portrayal of the chemists, biochemists, psychiatrists, and psychologists of the 1940s/50s who privileged the model of mental illness based on brain chemistry over and above the psychoanalytic model which was in vogue at the time. Stationed in the United States, Canada, England, and Czechoslovakia, these pioneers made unprecedented advancements in treating various mental illnesses with the infamously fabled substance, and despite the rigorous standards these researchers adhered to, their groundbreaking work was tragically stifled by the negative publicity that cropped up as a result of amateur thrill-seekers who took up LSD as the fuel for their experimentation in the 1960s…

“The Trials of Henry Kissinger” [Documentary] (Video)

In “The Trials of Henry Kissinger”, based on the late Christopher Hitchens book (titled “The Trial of Henry Kissinger”), filmmakers Eugene Jarecki and Alex Gibney execute a thorough examination of the life and career of the controversial American diplomat Henry Kissinger, from a childhood escape from the Nazis to the incomprehensible achievement of celebrity status and overbearing influence on American foreign policy through the Nixon and Ford administrations. The film presents the case that Kissinger could be tried as a war criminal in International Criminal Court for his role in influencing illegal military actions by the U.S. government. Hitchens, other journalists, and several political figures, including Kissinger supporters like Alexander Haig, discuss Kissinger’s role in the secret bombings of Cambodia during the Vietnam War (which killed thousands of civilians in the neutral country and indirectly led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge), the 1970 military coup in Chile (which brought vicious dictator Augusto Pinochet to power), and the 1975 massacre of East Timor by a U.S.-backed Indonesian military…

Frank Zappa ‒ “I’m the Slime” (Video)

“I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed ‘n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I am the tool of the government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you
I may be vile and pernicious
But you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious
With the stuff that I say
I am the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozing out
From your TV set…”
‒Frank Zappa, “I’m the Slime”

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” [Film] (Video)

Miloš Forman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s boisterous, irreverent, and ultimately shattering novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” introduces us to Randle Patrick McMurphy, a free-spirited small-time convict who feigns insanity so he can be transferred from the state penitentiary to a more comfortable state mental hospital. Once inside, he witnesses and is subjected to the psychological intimidation, divisive tactics, and physical abuse imparted by the oppressive Nurse Ratched, which incites him to instigate a revolt in the mental ward…

“Jodorowsky’s Dune” [Documentary] (Video)

In 1975, visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project to date. Starring his own 12-year-old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, and Salvador Dalí, and featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era (including H.R. Giger and Jean “Mœbius” Giraud), Jodorowsky’s adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert science fiction novel “Dune” was poised to change cinema forever. “Jodorowsky’s Dune” at last unveils the full saga of what is often dubbed “The Greatest Science Fiction Movie Never Made” by interweaving Jodorowsky’s candidly intimate narrative with interviews featuring members of the film’s creative team…

“A Clockwork Orange” [Film] (Video)

Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence and mind control in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess’s novel, complete with “Nadsat” slang. Classical music-loving proto-punk Alex and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milk Bar before embarking on “a little of the old ultra-violence”. After Alex is jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, he earns his freedom by submitting to the Ludovico behavior modification technique, which conditions him to abhor violence by subjecting him to gory movies. Even his adored Beethoven is turned against him. Returned to the world defenseless, he becomes the victim of those he one day victimized, with Mr. Alexander using Beethoven’s 9th to inflict the greatest pain of all. When society sees what the state has done to Alex, however, the politically expedient move is made…

“Blade Runner” [Film] (Video)

In a cyberpunk vision of the future, humanity has developed the technology to create replicants (human clones with fixed lifespans used to serve in colonies outside Earth). In Los Angeles, 2019, an egotistical, self-involved Blade Runner (a cop who specializes in terminating replicants) named Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an off-world colony to Earth…

Manufactured Reality and the Consensus Trance (Video)

Researcher Doug Michael discusses the manufactured and illusory nature of the reality that so many blindly buy into, accenting the importance of defining oneself and standing in one’s own unique expression, as opposed to allowing culture to dictate who we are…

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
‒Friedrich Nietzsche

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