MYSTERY OF THE FAIRY CIRCLES – A FREE DOCUMENTARY

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When it rains in the Namib, a thick carpet of grass covers the sand and stony desert. But this green layer is punctuated by bare circular patches, as regular as if drawn by a compass. And there are not just one or two of them, but hundreds of thousands. Observed from the air, they could be innumerable golf bunkers – or an abstract painting: Red dots on green background. They appear between 60 to 120 kilometers from the coast and stretch from South Africa to Angola.

They are bordered by a ring of tall, thick grass, which stands out from the surrounding sparse vegetation. But where did these mysterious fairy circles come from? Are they caused by mineral compounds in the ground? Did poisonous plants or poison gas contaminate the subsoil?

Are they the work of insects? Or is it the impact of meteorites that is responsible? And what crucial role do they play in the ecosystem? Three scientific teams have conflicting theories, but finally the amazing secret of the fairy circles is revealed!
Blurb from the Secrets of Nature YouTube Channel.

NEWFCI
UFO landings sites? Puzzling Crop Circles? Meteors?

RATING:  2 Charley’s.
On the Fortean rating scale, encounters with fairies, gnomes and the Wee-folk are the makings of a slam-dunk 5 Charley. If this was that type of documentary, which it’s not. So it’s only a 2 Charley.

BUT it’s a beautifully produced nature special. And an excellent example of solid scientific research being applied to solving a reoccurring natural mystery.  Actually, you will find the solution to the circles even more intriguing.
Now, about those Crop Circles…

WHERE TO SEE IT:
FREE
on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VNyo9AoA8I

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WILLIAM FRIEDKIN’S THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH

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Over 40 years after the release of the “The Exorcist,” Director William Friedkin meets the Vatican’s “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Gabriele Amorth, and receives permission to film his ninth attempt to exorcise a woman named Christina.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

ITS RATING:  5 Charley’s.
Now, I’m not a lightweight when it comes to horror movies. But “The Exorcist” scared the Heebie-Jeebies out of me. So much so, that I have only seen the film once, and that was on the big screen way back in 1973 when it premiered.

The movie was based on the book, with the same title by the late William Peter Blattey. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie. The book in turn, was based on an actual exorcism.

All of this backstory is covered in great detail by William Friedkin, who also serves as the host and cameraman as he delves into the world of demonic possessions. He was invited by the late Father Amorth to film Christina’s 9th exorcism. Friedkin’s hand-held, point-of-view camera work gives the audience a front row seat to the turbulent ritual. It is revealed during this cleansing that the Demon who possess Christina is not just some run-of-the-mill, low level tormentor, but Satan himself!
RESTRAINED
Several Deacons, much bigger and heavier than Christina
struggled to restrain her during the ritual. That’s
Christina’s mother looking on in the background, praying
along with a room full of family members and friends.

Friedkin then takes his astonishing footage and consults numerous medical and religious authorities to get their professional take as to Christina’s claim of possession and use of exorcism to help heal  people with this diagnosis.  Their learned opinions will surprise you. Couple that with Friedkin’s and his Production Assistant’s later chilling encounter with Christina and her boyfriend in a church will make this one documentary you won’t soon forget.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
Amazon Prime.

Unfortunately, the only way to see this documentary is to rent it for $3.99, or buy it for $12.99, even if you are a Prime member.

FURTHER REFERENCES:
A quick search on Amazon Prime will turn up at least a dozen other exorcism themed documentaries.
For a starting point, please see my earlier review of:
Return of the Exorcists

Then visit this site to find out more of the Catholic Church’s latest
news on exorcisms:
The Catholic News Agency:
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/tags/exorcism

(For when Amazon ends its embargo on delivering books.)
BREAKING NEWS: (3/27/2020)
Published posthumously, Father Amorth’s (With Marcello Stanzione) last book;
The Devil is Afraid of Me
The Life and Work of the World’s Most Famous Exorcist
was released today.
“For more than 30 years, the Italian priest literally battled the devil by performing more than 60,000 exorcisms. Angelologist Fr. Marcello Stanzione reveals fascinating details of Fr. Amorth’s career—details that have never before appeared in print.”

RSN Religious News Service

An Exorcist Explains the Demonic
The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels

by Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Stefano Stimamiglio – editor, et al.
An international best seller.

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RETURN OF THE EXORCISTS

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Explore the heart of good versus demonic evil in this documentary. Guided by Theology Scholar, Father Francis Tiso, this eye-opening film takes you through the Catholic Churches’ startling mobilization to combat malevolent evil in Italy. It features actual footage of disturbing possessions and the unsettling exorcisms performed by the churches most experienced exorcists.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb. (Edited and expanded.)

ITS RATING: 5 Charley’s.
Hardly a week goes by when there isn’t an article posted on a news site or a feature story on television that doesn’t discuss exorcism. Popular Ghost Hunting show investigators often call on the services of an exorcist to drive out demons, malevolent Ghosts or Shadow people from the locus in quo. The Church has also begun training priests from all over the world to become qualified in conducting these rituals?

But why now? And why is this one region in Italy seemingly over run with demon possessions? So much so, that the Reverend Gabriele Amorth, the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome actually has a call-in radio show for people that think they are possessed, so they can find help and possible relief from their suffering. This documentary deals frankly with the church’s recognition of demon spirits and the steps it is taking to battle these entities world-wide.
(Spoiler Alert! Don’t worry, there is no 360 head turning, vomiting or bloodletting anywhere to be found
in this video. Yes, a curse word or two. A blaspheme here and there, but you know, Demons, what do you expect?)

Visit this site to find out more of the Catholic Church’s stand on exorcisms from an authoritative source:
The Catholic News Agency:
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/tags/exorcism

WHERE TO SEE IT:
Amazon Prime.

Free if you got it.
If not, $1.99 to rent, $7.99 to buy.

Further reading:
(For when Amazon ends its embargo on delivering books.)

BREAKING NEWS: (3/27/2020)

Published posthumously, Father Amorth’s (With Marcello Stanzione) last book;
The Devil is Afraid of Me
The Life and Work of the World’s Most Famous Exorcist
was released today.
“For more than 30 years, the Italian priest literally battled the devil by performing more than 60,000 exorcisms. Angelologist Fr. Marcello Stanzione reveals fascinating details of Fr. Amorth’s career—details that have never before appeared in print.”
RSN Religious News Service

An Exorcist Explains the Demonic
The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels

by Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Stefano Stimamiglio – editor, et al.
An international best seller.

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WAS THE MOON LANDING FAKED?

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OPERATION LUNE – DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
This award-winning film exposes how Stanley Kubrick faked the 1969 moon landing, featuring interviews from many key players in NASA, “Operation Lune” navigates the viewer through lies and truths; fact and fiction. This is no ordinary documentary. Its intent is to inform and entertain the viewer, but also to shake them-up – make them aware that one should always view television with a critical eye.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

Odd that when you read the last sentence in the above blurb that you get such good advice considering the source it’s coming from.

The plain truth about this video is, that it’s a total fraud.  Well, maybe that’s too strong a phrase to use. How about an “Homage to conspiracy theories?” But I’ll settle for “Mockumentary.”

Usually after I view a video, I do some in-depth research Google diving to see what reviews I can find about the film. After about all of 10 minutes, here’s what turned up:

From Wikipedia:
“It is finally revealed that this is a mockumentary as the end credits roll over a montage of blooper reels, with the main participants laughing over their lines or over their inability to remember them.”
To read the whole back story:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Side_of_the_Moon_(2002_film) 

Then read the Amazon Reviews.
Top positive review:
“Operation Lune” is a satirical French mockumentary. It’s COMEDY, not fact.

Charles Austin Miller
See all 10 positive reviews

Top critical review:
“A Complete Waste of Time!”
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See all 16 critical reviews
Actually if you compare them, the positive reviews are not that much better than the critical ones.

RATING: PULLING YOUR LEG CHARLEY
Charles Fort, sporting a fake nose and glasses get-up, hereby awards
“Operation Lune” the very first Pulling Your Leg Charley.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
Amazon Prime.

Free if you got it.
Not worth renting or buying.

WAS THE APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING FAKED?
Let’s take a step back here and give a very broad tip of the hat to the conspiracy theorists. Anything is possible, right? The internet, and particularly YouTube, offers up plenty of food for thought on the Apollo 11 cover-up claim. But remember, “One should always view television with a critical eye.” Now where did we read that advise?

From Space.Com:
Moon-Landing Hoax Still Lives On, 50 Years After Apollo 11. But Why?
(Posted on July 19, 2019)
https://www.space.com/apollo-11-moon-landing-hoax-believers.html
Take a guess which “Mockumentary” they refer to in the article?

ONE MOON LANDING I KNOW WASN’T FAKED.
Over 12 years ago, I had the honor of interviewing the late Edgar Mitchell, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14. He graciously consented to appear, via phone, on a paranormal themed radio show I was producing and hosting  for our local public radio station.

On February 5, 1971, Astronaut Edgar Mitchell and Commander Alan Shepard, spent nine hours working on the lunar surface. During the hour or so we chatted, I posed the question, “Edgar, a lot of people claim the whole space program is a big fake, especially Apollo 11. What would you say to them?”
He laughed and answered, “I know the space program is real. I was there, standing on the Moon looking down on you folks. In fact, I took your picture.”

Learn more about Astronaut Edgar Mitchell:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/aek7ez/astronaut-edgar-mitchell-outer-space-inner-space-and-aliens
The legacy of his post-NASA scientific and parapsychology work is carried on through the  Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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THE BANNED DISNEY UFO DOCUMENTARY

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On one evening in March of 1995, without warning, Disney aired a family special. it turned out to be a documentary so controversial that it was pulled from the airwaves and banned from ever being shown again. This is the thrilling story of Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland! The Banned Disney Documentary on UFOs and Alien Abductions!
Blurb from the YouTube Channel, Secret Screening.

RATING:  5 Charley’s.
This may have been the case of the “Disney Imagineers” of doing their jobs too well. I can hear the creative brief now. “Tear it from today’s headlines! Make it real! Make it scary! Make it really socko so we can blow the rubes otta’ their seats!”

Ultimately, the Imagineers inadvertently wound up recreating the famous 1938 Orson Wells radio play broadcast of the H.G.Wells novel, “War of the Worlds.” This show, although it was announced several times during the broadcast that it was fiction, lead to a country wide Martin invasion panic.*

But this time around, the Disney TV special insinuated that full disclosure by the government was coming soon and that Aliens from other planets are indeed real. Not only are they real, but they are going to abduct and subject you to extreme physical and psychological trauma. Especially the Reptilians and the Mantis people. Except for the nice Aliens that is. They’re the ones that will take you for rides to other planets.

Fostering this sensationalized thesis, was the filmmaker’s excellent interviews with the many luminaries from Ufology, Capt. Kevin Randall and Bob Hopkins to name a few. Then add the terrifying testimony of actual abductees and UFO photos and film footage to visually drive the message home. This all lead to the viewers being taken on a “jump-to-conclusion panic ride.” This was certainly not what the Imagineers would have imagined would happen.

WHERE TO SEE THE REVIEW AND OUT TAKES OF IT:
YouTube: Secret Screening Channel by Douglas Mackrell.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ef0xDNyhCI

AS FOR THE ADDITIONAL LINK INCLUDED ON THE CHANNEL:
WATCH ALIEN ENCOUNTERS FROM NEW TOMORROWLAND (UNEDITED)
https://youtu.be/KCUmX8Lw5to

This video was available several years ago, I know because I watched it. Unfortunately, it’s since been pulled out of circulation. No doubt by request of the copyright owner, an adorable mouse named Mickey and his army of Lawyers.

*TO LISTEN TO THE FULL 1938 WAR OF THE WORLDS RADIO PLAY BROADCAST:
Remember, keep telling yourself, it’s only a radio play, only a radio play…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0K4ApWl4g

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TO TELL THE TRUTH COLLECTION & FREE EBOOK

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To Tell the Truth was a top rated U.S. game show that made its debt in 1956. Every week, celebrity panelists had to guess out of three challengers, who the real featured guest was. The variety of featured guests was incredible, ranging from the obscure to historic. Click around YouTube for To Tell The Truth shows and you will be amazed. The show, or at least some variant of it, is still carried on some networks today.

Here are some very well know Fortean celebrities on
To Tell The Truth:
(Please note: This is an expanded list from a post that was originally on the Anomalist web site.)

1. Barney Hill of the famous abductee couple,
Betty and Barney Hill.

Televised on: 12/12/1966
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhZ24yUpXSM

To learn more about Betty and Barney Hill:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_and_Betty_Hill

 2. Major Donald Keyhoe (Retired)
Televised on: 4/11/1966
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWuvyHOuWkY

To learn more about Major Keyhoe:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Keyhoe

To download a FREE EBook:
Flying Saucers are Real by Donald E. Keyhoe
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5883

3. Doctor J. Allen Hynek
Televised on: 5/25/1964
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMSw6Y-fhgA

To learn more about Doctor Hynek
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Allen_Hynek:   

 4. A Loch Ness Monster Expert:
Roy Mackel is the second guest appearing @ 8:01 minutes,
Included is an actual film of Nessie.
Televised on: 1/2/1967
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVjessviHQI

To learn more about Roy Mackel:
Sadly, an unsung pioneer of Cryptozoology.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Mackal

And for those of you who are unfamiliar with Nessie:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_Monster

WHILE YOU’RE ON YOUTUBE, CHECK OUT
THESE FORGOTTEN GEMS!

Major Donald Keyhoe Interview with Mike Wallace.
(With a full text transcript.)
Televised on 3/8/1958
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J1rxJMPmDQ
Please note: This video DOES HAVE audio, but for some reason the audio only works on laptops and desktops and not on certain cell phones. I appreciate those of you who informed me. I add as much of a transcript as allowed below. Mike Wallace, father of Chris Wallace, interviews USMC Naval Aviator Major Donald Keyhoe who, as co-founder of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) became a well known UFO researcher in the 1950s through 1960s. In this interview, Major Keyhoe addresses the high quality of aviators and air traffic controllers making reports, reasons for why the US government maintained secrecy and the Air Force censorship of his previous interview on 22 January 1958 with Armstrong Circle Theater.
BLURB FROM TED OWENS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Father William Gill, in his own words, talks about his encounter
with a UFO and its occupants in 1959:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=36&v=ua8MmT4bIHU   

For a more in-depth report on this incredible sighting, visit the Black Vault:
https://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/father-gill-1959-papua-new-guinea-ufo-sighting/

TOTAL VIDEO/AUDIO RATINGS: 5 Charley’s
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The quarantined hours will just fly by!

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THE FLATWOODS MONSTER CASE – FREE MOVIE

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Here’s a video presentation of renowned author, newspaper and magazine reporter and investigator. Ivan Sanderson’s 1953 audio report (during a radio interview in New York) of what he discovered. By 1952, flying saucers had become a familiar topic to the American public. However, the case of the Flatwoods monster was among the first widely-publicized UFO sightings. It also involved Dr. Ivan T. Sanderson, biologist, naturalist, writer and lecturer, gives a recollection of his investigation into the Flatwoods, WV monster incident on the Long John Nebel 25, 1956 WOR-NY broadcast.
Blurb from the Lavada Cobb YouTube Channel.

IT’S RATING: 5 Charley’s
First it’s priceless! Second, this is not an actual video. It more like a PowerPoint slide show. But don’t let that discourage you. You can listen to it while doing something else. This is an extremely rare and important piece of Fortean history.  Ask any researcher, no matter what the topic, and they will tell you “first-hand testimony is the best data to work from.” Granted it this case, it can be agreed to, that this is technically not first-hand testimony.

But a first-hand, on the scene investigative report coming from one of the most recognized authorities in all things Fortean, is pure gold, Ivan T. Sanderson.* In fact Sanderson is credited with creating the term “cryptozoology” back in the late forties. The show is hosted by Long John Nobel**, a pioneer in late-night radio talk shows. Long John specialized in discussing controversial topics and having equally controversial guests on his show.

WHERE TO SEE IT FREE:
YouTube: The Lavada Cobb Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihXUUcx3-1s
If you have Amazon Prime, it’s free.
If not, you can rent it for $4.99, or buy it for $19.99.
Click here to rent or buy.

BIG LISTENING BONUS:
Click below for a 4 hour, FREE YouTube treat of a 4 hour Long John radio show:
YouTube: The AMFMArchives Channel
(Original broadcast date unknown.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBvjAXs1ZCU

Guests include Ivan T. Sanderson, Isabel Davis, Hans Stefan Santesson, Lester Del Ray and Ben Isquith. They debate UFOs visiting the Earth, science, and the afterlife. (Audio starts out grainy, but becomes clear 10 minutes into the show.)

LONG JOHN NEBEL’S SHOW RATING:
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5 Charley’s
Classic historic Ufology at its best!

*To find out more about Ivan T. Sanderson:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_T._Sanderson

**To find out more about Long John Nebel:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_John_Nebel

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THE BRAY ROAD BEAST

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In the early 1990’s a rural Wisconsin community called Elkhorn was at the center of a series of real-life werewolf sightings. As a local reporter, Linda Godfrey, began her investigation into the “Beast of Bray Road,” and other reports from around the county, and soon the world began flooding in. For the subsequent three decades, the Beats of Bray Road has been the most infamous Wisconsin resident there is.”
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.
Director: Seth Breedlove
Production Company:
STM BLACK
(Love the logo!)

RATING:  5 Charley’s.
Any video with Seth Breedlove’s name attached to it is a must watch. This particular video, more so. It includes first-hand, reputable eye-witness testimony of the Beast, interviews with Linda Godfrey, photos of mysterious mists coupled with animal mutilations, and lights in the sky. Mind you all of these events are just the tip of the iceberg in this Fortean offering.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
Amazon Prime.
Free if you got it.
If not, $2.99 to rent, $8.99 to buy.

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GUADALUPE: THE MIRACLE AND THE MESSAGE

GUARALUPE PI

From the IMDB summary –
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt417248/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl)

The most important event in the evangelization of the New World occurred in December, 1531. Over the course of four days, the Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result of this encounter, and the image miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak), nine million Native Americans embraced the Catholic faith, and the Americas began its transformation into “the Catholic hemisphere.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message of love had replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture and built a bridge between two worlds. Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, narrated by the legendary Plácido Domingo, traces the history of this transformative event from the 16th century to the present.
From the IMDB summary –
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4172482/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians and experts on the scientific inquiries into the miraculous image-this gripping film explores both the inexplicable mysteries behind the image, and the continued relevance of the Guadalupe apparition to the modern world.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

IT’S RATING: 5 Charley’s
What other kind of rating can you give a miracle? Particularity fascinating is the in-depth research conducted on the eyes of the image. Like a camera, the “painted” eyes have reflections in them.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
If you have Amazon Prime, it’s free.
If not, you can rent it for $4.99, or buy it for $19.99.

OTHER VIDEO TITLES FOR MARIAN APPARITION BINGE WATCHING:
I like to see as many documentaries on the same subject as possible. But it’s always good to compare the different approaches and learn the original sources each documentary film maker uses regarding the subject at hand. You’ll learn something new and different in each one you watch.

All of the following are available on Amazon Prime.
Again they are all free if you are a member.
– Guadalupe – A living Image
– Fatima – A Message of Hope
– Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village
I had never stumbled across this particular Blessed Virgin  Mary (BVM) apparition. It took place in the Village of Knock in County Cork Ireland on August 21, 1879. The video is very interesting and concentrates more on the Shine and the town then the actual occurrence itself. But what is extremely important is that some of the decedents from the original witnesses are still alive. Those interviews are amazing.
For more general info on the “Hill of Mary Shrine:”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock_Shrine

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BIZARRE ANCIENT RELICS – FORBIDDEN MYSTERY

BIZARRE ANCIENT PI
“Though these strange discoveries with their inherent sophistication are well-documented, most historians would like to sweep these anomalies under the proverbial rug. Some of these are objects that by scientific measure are very old, but in form or construction appear to be quite modern. They are impossible fossils, out-of-time technology, anachronistic artifacts.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

This is literally a Fortean video to the core. It’s a good introductory video to a mainstream topic in Fortean, Out- Of- Place- Artifacts (OOPArts.)

IT’S RATING: 3 Charley’s.
Although I enjoyed this video, I wish it had just a little bit more information about each featured relic. It was informative and interesting, but a bit too topical, almost like a Time and Life book.

WHERE TO SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY:
If you have Amazon Prime, it’s free. If not, you can rent it for $0.99 SD. Find that price under More Purchase Options. Or buy it for $4.99.

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