Spectres Of The Spectrum

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Science Fiction

Perhaps you weren't aware that the development of electricity and the history of occultism are closely linked. That Benjamin Franklin, RCA and NBC founder Bill Sarnoff, Guglielmo Marconi, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, TV pioneer Philo Farnsworth, J.P. Morgan, orgone box inventor Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Graham Bell, black-magic magus Aleister Crowley...read more

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Perhaps you weren't aware that the development of electricity and the history of occultism are closely linked. That Benjamin Franklin, RCA and NBC founder Bill Sarnoff, Guglielmo Marconi, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, TV pioneer Philo

Farnsworth, J.P. Morgan, orgone box inventor Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Graham Bell, black-magic magus Aleister Crowley and Nikola Tesla were all part of a vast, secret history that eventually toppled 20th century civilization and left the ruins of the world in the hands of the New Ectromagnetic

Order &#151 NEO for short. Filmmaker Craig Baldwin, best known for TRIBULATION 99, his samizdat chronicle of the alien invasion of earth, assembles a paranoid chronicle of the corporate expropriation of radio, TV and the Internet almost entirely from snippets of footage lifted from his extensive

collection of low-budget movies, obscure cartoons and vintage educational and industrial shorts. Like TRIBULATION 99, Baldwin's new film is an amazing feat of filmic synthesis, simultaneously of a piece with Max Ernst's surreal collage Une Semaine de Bonte and more purely cinematic than 99

percent of what passes for contemporary filmmmaking. That said, the movie's brilliance is all at the service of its back story. Baldwin's newly shot framing footage is less compelling, involving a one-time CIA agent-turned-pirate-radio terrorist named Yogi (Sean Kilcoyne) and his daughter Boo Boo

(Caroline Koebel), a brilliant psychic who realizes that her late grandma embedded a message for the future in a 1957 episode of vintage TV show Science in Action and sets out to find it by making a time machine. Once she starts time-tripping, of course, it's back to the vintage footage,

and she's not the only one interested in it: "Corporate raiders!" she fumes; "Probably trying to privatize the past." If ever a movie cried out for the head-trip setting of midnight moviegoing, it's this one.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Perhaps you weren't aware that the development of electricity and the history of occultism are closely linked. That Benjamin Franklin, RCA and NBC founder Bill Sarnoff, Guglielmo Marconi, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, TV pioneer Philo Farnsworth, J.… (more)

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