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Las Vegas: Satan Vacations Here
by Victoria Alexander
March 12, 2007
Alexander Revisited, The Final Cut DVD, “300,” The Jesus Tomb Hoaxumentary, Satori’s Psychedelic Blog, “Stomp The Floor” Previews, Real Premonitions, Moroni’s Golden Plates, and more...
“Alexander Revisited, The Final Cut” DVD. This, the third version, is far superior to the theatrical and DVD versions. It is a dazzling epic and director Oliver Stone should be praised for bringing Alexander to life and finally doing him justice. I am an unabashed admirer of Alexander the Great. In my review of ALEXANDER I quoted extensively from the works of two respected Alexander scholars: Peter Green (“Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C., A Historical Biography”) and Robin Lane Fox (“Alexander the Great”).
Pay attention prospective technical advisors: Professor Fox not only was a consultant and advisor on location for ALEXANDER, he skillfully made a deal with Stone. He specified a “non-negotiable reward” for his advice: “…a place on horseback in the front ten of every major cavalry charge by Alexander's cavalrymen to be filmed by Oliver on location.”
This version does not whitewash Alexander’s homosexuality. However, I do question why Stone did not show the masculinity of Alexander’s sexuality. Stone could have used ALEXANDER to bury established caricatures of gay men as hairdressers, personal assistants, and interior decorators. Men who enjoy other men sexually can also be bloodthirsty warriors.
Alexander’s soldiers never showed contempt for his sexual interest in other men. It did not demean him. I would have liked to see Alexander take a man with passion instead of wimpy tenderness. Alexander had no doubts about himself and this is what made him the great seducer of men. I intend to watch “Alexander Revisited” again. Stone has given us an epic worthy of being the definitive cinematic biography of Alexander the Great. (Pictured, Alexander’s eunuch lover Bagoas (Francisco Bosch) and Val Kilmer as King Philip of Macedon) Amazon.com
“Stomp Out Loud” Previews. Beginning March 24 at the new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, “Stomp Out Loud” will hold preview performances with a grand opening on April 17, 2007. Ticket prices range from $50 to $110, with VIP seating options available.
The performance schedule for “Stomp Out Loud” is: Monday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and dark on Wednesday. Tickets for “Stomp Out Loud,” playing in The Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, can be purchased by calling The Planet Hollywood Box Office at 702-785-5000 or 877-333-9474, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.
All Nevada locals will get a special opportunity to see “Stomp Out Loud”, for only $50 during March 24 – April 16 with a valid state ID. Visit www.stomponline.com for more information. Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
“300”. This movie, which opened this past weekend, is sensational. It is a masculine revelry that makes every other action movie look like girls playing with dolls. See it once. A must-see twice.
Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, director Zack Snyder’s visually seductive “300” is the story of 300 Spartan warriors in the famous Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
Virile King Leonidas’ (Gerard Butler) Sparta is being threatened by the awesome Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro, pictured). Leonidas is furious that Xerxes has sent messengers to negotiate Sparta’s presumed surrender. He slays all of the Persian messengers guaranteeing a war is coming.
Leonidas must consult The Oracle before the Spartan Council will release the army. As a religious festival is approaching, the drugged Oracle refuses to allow Leonidas to lead the Spartans in battle against the Persians.
Cleverly outsmarting the Spartan Council, Leonidas decides to take a walk north with 300 of his handpicked “bodyguards.” The Spartans will meet the Persians in the Thermopylae pass along the Aegean Sea. Leonidas has a brilliant advantage. The landscape will permit only a few Persian fighters to engage the Spartans at any time. So it is up to the Spartans to use strategy and warrior skill to defeat the incredible Persian army made up of a parade of slave warriors whipped into fighting, man-made monsters, fierce animals, elephants, magicians welding rockets, and finally, the show-stopping Immortals, a truly menacing force wearing fearsome masks.
But it is the gold-laden, naked Xerxes himself arriving on the battlefield atop an enormous throne-tower carried by slaves that strikes the apex of awe (in the audience as well as Leonidas). Xerxes speaks directly to Leonidas in an erotically-tinged man-on-man encounter. Kneel before me, Xerxes says, and I will give you Greece to rule.
Let me place the Spartans and Persian warriors in “300” in a cinematic context: After seeing “300” you will only think of Darth Vadar as “an old man crying in his mask” and Hannibal Lecter as a “girly-man.” Jigsaw and Leatherface? Squealing amateurs. I loved this movie! I saw “300” on Monday then returned Thursday evening to see it in IMAX.
The Jesus Tomb Hoaxumentary. Dr. Joe E. Zias, member of the Science and Archaeology Group at the Hebrew University, has published a viewer's guide to “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” Discovery Channel’s hoaxumentary by Simcha Jacobovici (I’m boycotting his series, “The Naked Archaeologist”) and Titanic director James Cameron (Woe to you, Jim, for the wrath of a billion-plus Catholics is now upon you!)
(The number of Catholics and priests in the world at end of 2006 increased slightly over the previous 12 months, according to the new Pontifical Yearbook.
The 2007 edition of the yearbook, recently presented to Pope Benedict XVI* stated that as of 31 December 2006, the latest date for which data are available, there were 1.115 billion Catholics worldwide. This represented an increase of 1.5% of Catholics compared with the 1.098 billion listed the previous year.)
Zias’s guide starts out by presenting the "cast of characters," noting that Simcha Jacobovici (pictured) "produced the documentary on the “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” ossuary which was deemed to be a forgery by the Israel Antiquities Authority and other experts." Jacobovici "is not an archaeologist nor does he have any creditability within the profession."
Joe Zias deflates the hype around the documentary itself by showing that "one of the main reasons that the film took years to produce is that many individuals and organizations here in Israel refused to participate, as well as a boycott of the director for his unstinting support of the James Ossuary, believed by nearly all to have been forged." http://www.joezias.com/tomb.html
The filmmakers contend that the inscriptions on the ossuaries say Yeshua bar Yosef (Jesus son of Joseph), Maria (Mary), Yose (Joseph), Matia (Matthew), Mariamene e Mara (Maria the Master) and Yehuda bar Yeshua (Judah son of Jesus). They maintain that "Mariamene e Mara" is Mary Magdalene and that Yehuda bar Yeshua may be her son by Jesus.
So, since the Apostles and Saint Paul knew Jesus did not physically ascend into Heaven, they hoodwinked everyone. Was Jesus’ son the “black sheep of the family” they had to hide away? Are we be believe that as each member of Jesus’ family died, relatives and friends buried them and then a year later, according to Jewish burial customs, placed their bones in Jesus’ secret tomb?
For 2000 years the Catholic Church never bothered to find – and hide – the bones of Jesus! Remember, back in the Church’s heyday, Popes were so powerful they appointed emperors and started wars. They let Jesus’ family tomb, including his bones and those of his son, stay undisturbed only to be found by filmmakers Jacobovici and Cameron?
I’m shocked the Catholic Church, said to be the largest landowner in the world, missed out of this piece of “down-market” real estate. The Church could not afford to buy the slab of property in East Talpiot, Jerusalem that now has an apartment building above Jesus’ family tomb? Couldn’t they at least rent the apartment above the tomb?
Guests on Discovery Channel’s panel debate, that aired after the documentary and was moderated by Discovery newsman Ted Koppel, criticized the documentary as "archaeo-porn" that played fast and loose with the facts. (Pictured, The Lost Tomb of Jesus on Google Maps || Jaunted)
Satori’s Psychedelic Blog. Adele Stiller, TDH’s terrific Entheogens contributor, has been helping me find ibogaine sources. Adele has sent me to a terrific web site called Satori’s Psychedelic Blog. I could not find out any information about Satori except his well-produced web site is very sophisticated – this cannot be a weekend hobby (or funded by adverts).
Adele referred me to an hour-long documentary on Satori’s site called “Detox or Die” about a UK documentary filmmaker, David Graham Scott, who filmed his life as a heroin addict and his decision to take a massive dose of ibogaine to cure him of his addiction. Satori’s Psychedelic Blog has psychedelic music, art and graphics, flash movies, screensavers, shamanic extracts, and many other fascinating videos. Satori’s Psychedelic Weblog - Your Daily Dose of Legal Highs! » Bruce Eisner - Eleusinian & Neo-Eleusinian Mysteries - The History & Future of LSD
Take at look at Satori’s new psy.tv section http://psytv.thedrugsindex.org.
Premonition. On Tuesday I’ll be seeing “Premonition” starring Sandra Bullock and TV’s sexiest surgeon, Nip/Tuck’s Julian McMahon. A&E, heavily promoting the film, had a special called “Real Premonitions.” The special features my good friend's scientist Dean Radin and remote viewer Joseph McMoneagle (http://www.mceagle.com/remote-viewing/). Joe (pictured) did an excellent live demonstration of a totally blind “precognitive remote viewing.” Also featured was a UK psychic renowned for predicting future events.
A few years ago friend and scientist Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., who studies mediums, visited us in Las Vegas and raved about the phenomenal Chris Robinson, also featured on the program. Joe’s latest book is ‘The Ultimate Time Machine: A Remote Viewer’s Perception of Time, and Predictions for the New Millennium” co-written with Charles T. Tart. Amazon.com: Joseph McMoneagle. Upcoming airings are on this week Thursday, March 15 at 11pm and Friday, March 16 at 3am.
Mormonism’s Golden Plates. Discover Channel, due to the critically mocked but ratings bonanza of “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” is planning another explosive documentary.
Rumors are circulating that the Discovery Channel and James Cameron have found Moroni’s Golden Plates! The Golden Plates were a set of engraved metallic plates, bound into the form of a book that Joseph Smith, Jr. stated was the source of the Book of Mormon, a scripture of the Latter Day Saint movement. Smith, the founder of that movement, said he obtained the plates on September 22, 1827 on Cumorah hill in Manchester, New York, where they were protected by an angel. After dictating a translation and obtaining signed statements by eleven witnesses, he returned the plates to the angel in 1829.
Or did he?
*Astonishingly, Pope Benedict XVl is the 266th pope not to find Jesus’ bones and his family tomb.
Photoshopped “Apocalypse Now Britney” from http://perezhilton.com/index.php?page=2
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