Info

Themes and Memes

Themes and Memes is a different kind of movie review. It is a podcast that delves deep into the dark side of Hollywood films including subjects such as culture creation, state sponsorship, propaganda, predictive programming, occult symbolism and deep subtext. Be sure to listen and subscribe to the feed.
RSS Feed Subscribe in iTunes
Themes and Memes
2017
June
February


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
June
May
April
March
February


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: 2015
Dec 30, 2015

The Doors film from 1991 is a very important film. Here, Adam and Aaron point out its significance as they give the movie another look decades after its release.

topics include: biopics, Jim Morrison, Oliver Stone, 1960s, generations, culture creation, Dave McGowan, Laurel Canyon, military intelligence, self destructive behavior, biographies, occult, ceremony, stage, theater, Dionysus, Dionysian Cult, God of the Vine, alcoholism, sexual promiscuity, shaman, solar god, drugs, acid, Kurt Cobain, Ray Manzarek, change, making the myths, Aldous Huxley, Doors of Perception, William Blake, blood ritual, witch, Whisky A Go Go, Sunset Strip, cults, Los Angeles, Transcendental Meditation, Hollywood, Charles Manson, murder, JFK film, conspiracy theory, counterculture, Navy, Gulf of Tonkin, healer, spirituality, Wayne’s World 2, Hippies, Haight Ashbury, extreme stage antics, music industry, pushing boundaries, Woodstock, Elvis Presley, cultural icons, god of rock, immortality, fake hero, tortured artist, conflict

Nov 29, 2015

Adam and Aaron do a quick review of the latest major film to be produced with the help of NASA. They also examine NASA's collaboration with Hollywood as a whole in an attempt to understand the motivations behind such a large scale PR campaign. 

topics include: NASA, public relations, propaganda, military, entertainment liaison, media, film, Hollywood, Interstellar, Gravity, Armageddon, science, inaccuracies, space exploration, Earth, big data, the Meatball, public profile, funding, promoting science, Planetary Skin, saving the world, technology, Richard Hoagland, secret space, Area 51

Oct 12, 2015

On this episode, we look at 'Tomorrowland'; a Disney film based on the future-themed arena within Disneyland of the same name:

"Whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets."

-imdb.com

 

Topics discussed include: Los Angeles, Disneyland, Futurism, Walt Disney, Science, Scienctism, Technocratic Ideals, Optimism, Pessimism, Target Audience, Childen, Young Adults, Females, NASA Involvement, George Clooney, CFR, Fantasy Elements, Infantile Plot Devices, Environmental Propaganda, AGW, Overpopulation, Dystopian Themes, Apocalyptic Messages, Ray Bradbury, 'Fahrenheit 451', George Orwell, '1984', Aldous Huxley, 'Brave New World', Scientific Prophecy, Recruitment, Initiation, Utopianism, Conflicting Messages and Ideas, Confusion, Propaganda Techniques on Children, Family Dynamics, Young vs Old, Emotional Manipulation, Malicious Intent.

 

Sep 29, 2015

Adam and Aaron meet in person for the first time ever. On his trip back to New Zealand from the UK, Adam stopped in Southern California in order to make this momentous event happen. Here, the two tell stories about the trip including their visit to the Pentagon's Hollywood Entertainment Liaison Office building. 

Topics discussed include: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Laurel Canyon, military, Oppenheimer Building, Wilshire Blvd, clandestine, RAND, Santa Monica, nuclear war, Lookout Mountain Ave, Dave McGowan, neighborhood watch, Hollywood Hills, video, Country Store, Joshua Tree, rocks, Hall of Horrors, minor injury

Aug 31, 2015

Due to both technical problems and logistical delays in publishing our 21st episode; we gave up on trying to review a film, and simply recorded a spontaneous, off the cuff discussion on a variety of subjects. We kick things off by giving listeners the inside scoop on what's been going on behind the scenes, before moving into some general back on forth on social issues, cultural trends, and life in general. 

We'd also like to apologise to our audience for the lack of output recently, as this impromptu recording represents the first episode we've published since June. Rest assured though, we will be back soon with more film-review podcasts, and we also have other forms of content in the works right now too - so stay tuned. 

Topics discussed include: Technology, Los Angeles, California, Hollywood, Frank Capra, 'Meet John Doe' (film), Public Service, Freemasonry, Solar-Symbolism, Georgia Guidestones, Virtue, the 'Truth Movement', State of Decay and Confusion, Rise in Destructive Beliefs, Alex Jones, Russell Brand, Joe Rogan, Authorised Leaders, Big Business Connections, Cross-Cultural Themes, Commerce, Making Compromises, Dave Chapelle, Integrity, 'The Chapelle Theory', Truth vs Personal Interests, Cults, Propaganda, Public Relations, David Lynch, TM, Manufactured Superstars, Appealing to Newcomers, Creating Allegiance, Culture Creation, The Pace of Life, Human Values vs Transhuman Values, The Economic System, New Technologies, Technocratic Philosophy, Ubiquity of Converging Technologies in Film, Social Impacts of the Media, Mens Rights vs Feminism, Radical Ideologies, Gender-Based Conflict, Changing Attitudes towards Gender and Sex, Extreme Sexual Liberalism, Damage to Children, Problems with Extreme Liberal Ideology, Commercialised Culture, Commodification of Ideas, Marketing of Cults, General Discussion, Personal Lives, Future of Themes & Memes. 

Jun 20, 2015

In our 20th instalment, we take a parting shot at the A.I, Robot, and Android orientated films that seem to have defined the first half of 2015. British Director Alex Garland's 'Ex-Machina' (latin - 'From The Machine') represents one of the more sophisticated and intellectually provocative films that that AI genre has offered up as of late - in making obvious references to reality, whilst simultaneously toying with the unknown and prompting serious philosophical contemplation. While it borrows from films of lesser magnitude; 'Ex-Machina' refrains from becoming a Singularity sales-pitch in the way we've come to expect, but rather inspires reflection on the most fundamental questions of Artificial Intelligence and how it might relate to the human condition. 

Topics discussed include: Greek Theatre, 'Deus Ex Machina', God From The Machine, Consciousness, Nature, Technology, References to Reality, Google, Facebook, Search Engines, Silicone Valley Executives, Larry Page, Turing Test, Alan Turing, Big Egos, Megalomania, Juxtaposition of Personalities, Social Experimentation, Total Surveillance, Mass Data Aggregation, Secrecy, Invasion of Privacy, Psychological Profiling & Manipulation, Social Experimentation, Human-Machine Bonding&Interaction, Empathy, Subterfuge, The Willing Fool, Idealism, Humanising The Machine, Biblical/Occult Names, Ulterior Motives, Alchemy, Personification of Nature & Quintessential Principles, Creation of Anatomic Perfection, Sexual Energies, Emotional Manipulation, Abuse of A.I, Sadism, Sex Slavery, Breakdown of Identity, Machine Behaviour - Reality vs Simulation, Creation Trumping Creator, Multiple Levels of Deception, Revelation of The Method, Betrayal.

May 3, 2015

In this instalment of Themes & Memes; Aaron and Adam continue to focus on the wave of Robot, Android, and A.I themed films that have been flooding the Box Office for the past few months - in analyzing the film 2015 'Chappie', by Neill Blomkamp. Colourful, vibrant, and entertaining; the film juxtaposes humour, innocence, and virtue, with darkness, sadism, and depravity - where a Military-Industrial Robot is given the gift of consciousness, and must battle with the influences of all those who have a stake in his existence.

Topics discussed include: A.I Artificial Intelligence, Neill Blomkamp, Dystopian Future, Die Antwoord (band), Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Gangs, Sentience, Consciousness, Innocence, Virtue, Emotional Intelligence vs Logical Intelligence, Military-Industrial Mindset, Psychopathy, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sadism, Mind Control, Human-Machine Bonding, Ritual Abuse, Transhumanism, Mortality vs Immortality, Creation overcoming Creator, Technological Transcendence, Religion vs Science, Evolution, False Flag Events, Robocop, The Machine, District-9, Elysium, Cross Cultural Promotion and Marketing of Transhuman themes.

Apr 20, 2015

In this bonus installment of Themes & Memes, Aaron and Adam embark on a spontaneous, informal chat about Hollywood, the cult of celebrity, and the psychodynamics of celebrity worship.

 

Topics discussed include; Cult of Personality, Celebrity Neurosis and Breakdown, Suicide, The '27 Club', Life as a Stage, Theatrics, Public Relations, Identity Crisis, Public Obsession with the Character, Marketing of Popular Causes, Shia Labeouf, Fast & Furious, Alpha Males, Female Celebrity Obsession, Tom Cruise, Action Heroes, Living the Persona, Buying the Image, Kevin Costner, Manufactured Personas, Suspension of Disbelief, 'Starsuckers' Documentary, Tabloidism, Kim Kardashian, Psychology of Actors & Celebrities. 

Apr 6, 2015

In this episode of Themes & Memes; Aaron and Adam discuss the recently released Spanish film - 'Automata - just one of many recent films dealing with Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Future Dystopias - and most importantly of all; Human-Machine Bonding. 

Topics discussed include: Artificial Intelligence, Technological Evolution, Downfall of Mankind, Debasement of Society, Future Dystopias, Use of Colour in Films Creating Hopelessness, Conscious Machines, Creation Overcoming The Creator, 'Bladerunner', 'The Machine', Military-Industrial Control, Dreams, Exploitation, Revolution, Human-Machine Bonding, Esoteric Significance, Dawn of the New Day. 

Mar 20, 2015

Adam and Aaron review the new film by the Wachowskis, Jupiter Ascending. A very odd film that has been panned by audiences and critics alike, there are at least some interesting concepts to be found. Secret Societies and their views on royalty, mythology, and astrology feature prominent among these concepts.

topics include: occult, Mystery School, astrology, mythology, genres, secret societies, Gnosticism, new age fringe, bloodlines, ancient aliens, aristocracy, genetics, life extension, Cinderella, virtue, vice, Jupiter, reincarnation, harvest, royal families, Abrasax, Abraxas, Father God, Greek Mythology, Zeus, Titus, feminist cult film, temporal power, eugenics, Social Darwinism, Hermes, male and female, art, architecture, 3D films, overwhelming the senses, confusion, altered states of consciousness, agenda-driven filmmaking, special effects, critical thought

Feb 17, 2015

In this episode of Themes and Memes Adam and Aaron take a trip down memory lane as they talk about a number of films that they watched in their younger days. Many classics from the 80s and 90s are looked at in terms of predicitive programming and culture creation.

topics include: Short Circuit, MIC, occult, lightning, alchemy, gold, Terminator, Terminator 2, James Cameron, machines, transhumanism, Ai, film franchises, Aliens, Transformers, Optimus Prime, cartoons, trauma, arrested development, independent films, color, Top Gun, Navy, Tony Scott, suicide, homosexuality, Jurassic Park, genetic engineering, remakes, Total Recall, Judge Dredd, changing morality, Lion King, caste system, Social Darwinism, Disney, mind control, 1993, Jacques Ellul, propaganda, ideas as resources, subconscious

1