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Visions of Glory: One Man's Astonishing Account of the Last Days
Visions of Glory: One Man's Astonishing Account of the Last Days
by John M. Pontius
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: 10.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 16 May 2014
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The mormon version of the Left Behind books, ie the Second Coming of Christ and all the events leading up to it told from the Latter Day Saints point of view. Wether you're a member of that church or not this book certainly gives the reader hope for the future - with the message that no matter how a person suffers or how terrible thing's get in this world, our Heavenly Father and the Saviour are in complete control of it all ! At the end of the book, John Pontius states that he finds nothing in 'Spencer's' acount that goes against Latter Day scriptures. However earlier in the book we have the section with 2 different kinds of evil spirits who visit a man watching internet porn - the 1st are those who fell with Satan and will be forever denied a body, the second are evil people who have lived and have died and are now just looking to recreate their own lustful desires through the living. The only problem with this account is that in the Book of Mormon, Alma the Younger clearly stated to one of his sons that when a person dies, a good person goes to paradise whilst an evil person goes to spirit prison or outer darkness. Nowhere does Alma state that evil people are allowed to hang around on the earth to carry on their evil desires through other people. This is confirmed in the bible in Hebrews, where it states that a person dies then faces judgement. As experienced a Mormon as John Pontius was, how could he miss out on such a contradiction in what Spencer has told him and what the Mormon scriptures tell him - they both can't be right !
This 1 gripe spoiled what is otherwise a glorious vision of hope and faith for everyone,which doesn't overlook all the evil in the world and because of that, Visions of Glory is a superior read.


Homeland - Season 3 [DVD]
Homeland - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: 23.50

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 1 April 2014
This review is from: Homeland - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
How the mighty have fallen !
Homefront seriously loses its way during its 3rd year, mainly due to the fact that all of the main storyline's were resolved by the end of season 2 and the show now has nowhere to go !
So, let's have Carrie back in the nuthouse with her mental health problems, let's have Brody locked away from the world all over again. Let's waste endless screentime on Homeland's equivalent of 24's Kim Bauer - the idiotic daughter who has nothing whatsoever to do with the main storyline, so let's keep coming up with absurd plots in order to keep her involved in the action instead of just dumping the irritating brat !
There was talk of killing off Brody at the end of season 2 by the writer's; you get the impression that they later regretted not making that decision because Brody quite clearly no longer has a storyline. This explains why the 2nd lead of the show is missing for half the season !
So what are we left with instead ? Endless scenes of Mandy Patinkin and the guy from Amadeus in rooms talking plot, and very little else !
The final insult is trying to trick the viewer into believing that Brody's dead - when he so obviously isn't !
Why not show Brody actually expire or show us his body afterwards like they did Abu Nasir ? Everyone knows that with that style of hanging a person can hang there for ages without ever actually dying !
A death that takes a long time to happen and when it does it happens offscreen, and no body to be shown afterwards - I'm not buying any of it !
If Brody really thought he was going to die why doesn't he put any of his affairs in order beforehand ? Why as a Muslim, doesn't he make his peace with God - even Sadam Hussein did that at the end ! In his so-called final conversation with Carrie, why doesn't Brody simply tell her he loves her and to take care of the baby ? At no point does Brody ever behave like a man who believes he's about to die, so its either lousy writing letting those scenes down or for some reason unknown to us and that won't be revealed until next season, Brody knows he isn't really going to die.
At some point in season 4, Brody's going to turn up alive and well - that his death was just a writer's scam just like when they cheated us into believing Carrie had had another breakdown when actually it was all some master plan to get her recruited by the enemy !
All in all a tired, lazy effort for a show that quite clearly has run out of steam - if this is the best they can come up with, quit now !


September Dawn [2007] [DVD]
September Dawn [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Voight
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 5.87

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1.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 20 Feb 2014
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This review is from: September Dawn [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
Absolute rubbish ! The christian's in this film are all presented as decent, saint-like angels - each with their own personal halo they're all sooo good. All of them straight out of Little House on the Prairie. The Mormons on the other hand are presented as degenerate savages who are all-but missing a pair of horns and pitchfork - they're all sooo evil.
Complete propoganda all-round along the same lines as the type Hitler and the Nazis used to come up with to spread hatred against the jews. No doubt funded by some born-again christian organisation, who've got nothing better to do with their time and money than to slander people of other faiths just because they refuse to believe as they do.
This film is also appallingly acted with a terrible romantic subplot - none of which is even historically accurate !
No I'm not a Mormon, but unlike the maker's of this turkey I know enough about Mormon history to know it fails to show events as they really happened. So much for not 'bearing false witness' against others !


Hannibal - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Hannibal - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Mads Mikkelsen
Price: 10.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 13 Feb 2014
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For the 1st time since the film Manhunter, the character of Hannibal Lecter becomes a believable, credible person functioning in the real world - as opposed to Anthony (I'm only in it for the paycheck !) Hopkins' terrible over-the-top hamfest ! Taking the Red Dragon novel and its characters as its foundation then working backwards, wouldn't it be interesting if the writers/creators just kept going with the material and simply reworked Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal itself into the series' new format; giving them a chance to correct all the mistakes of the movie versions. The changing of the casting of key characters and their relationships to each other only makes the series that much superior to the other films and Mads Mikkelsen is in a class of his own as Lecter - you could almost believe this is the same person who played Lecter in Hannibal rising (both are european very distinct looking/speaking actors) now grown up and fully matured; re-enacting the key moment that changed his life forever, the feeding of his own sister to himself without his knowledge now becomes Hannibal himself feeding his victims to other people without their knowledge ! This series is simply outstanding on every level right down to the chilling opening titles - its everything season 1 of Millenium tried to be before Chris Carter lost his nerve and ruined it by adding the supernatural element to the show. Ironically enough the great Lance Henrikson turns up in Hannibal for just 1 beautifully underplayed scene plus X-Files star Gillian Anderson also puts in appearences as Lecter's own phsyciatrist - who you get the feeling is seriously starting to suspect her patient by the end of the series. The perfect closing moment of the season finale where Hannibal visits Will Graham in his own future abode - their roles completely reversed to how they'll become in Red Dragon - all played to Hans Zimmer's beautiful choral music from the movie Hannibal, has got to be the icing on the cake and the closing image of Hannibal smiling outclasses everything Hopkins tried and failed to do in his 3 attempts at the character ! I can't praise this series highly enough - season 2 hurry up !!!


Elvis Found Alive [DVD] [2011]
Elvis Found Alive [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Joel Gilbert
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 6 Feb 2014
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The alternate history of the king of rock and roll reveals why Elvis chose to keep his political views to himself publicly, why Elvis put on so much weight suddenly and why he was surrounded by so much drugs, why there's a huge spelling mistake on his grave, what really happened when Elvis met Richard Nixon, and how Elvis helped the FBI bring down key mafia kingpins ! Is it all true - probably not - but it sure has been all thought through carefully enough to make you want to believe that it is and the constant intercutting with real life footage recalls such films as JFK and Nixon. You even get to hear the King belt out some new songs - included is a moving pop video to his daughter. Also of interest is Elvis' beliefs about how Obama became president and that because of those beliefs Elvis would only attempt a public comeback if Obama didn't get re-elected - that of course didn't happen and Obama remains in the white house and Elvis' comeback will have to remain on hold until there's a new president in town. So does the great man live - wether or not this documentary is genuine or not it doesn't matter - in the hearts of all his fans he will never die and is as alive today as he was back in the 50s, 60s and 70s. All in all very interesting.


Prayers of the Last Prophet
Prayers of the Last Prophet
by Yusuf Islam
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 28 Oct 2013
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Jesus the Christ said that the greatest commandment was to love God with everything you had, any true muslim meets the requirements of that commandment. These beautiful prayers show how a muslim loves and acknowledges God 24 hours a day, from getting up in the night as God descends down through the seven heavens to listen to prayers said during this time, to prayers said when travelling, visiting the sick, entering and leaving the mosque, to the cold wake up call of visiting graves and seeing with our own eyes that this is where we're all heading. This book also shows God at His most merciful and loving in His dealings with mankind - the O Son Of Adam is a moving example of this. Highly recommended !


WWE: Goldberg - The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
WWE: Goldberg - The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
Price: 17.11

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 25 Oct 2013
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Bill Goldberg was one of the greatest wrestler's of all time ! Why, because under fair conditions he hardly ever lost a match! Apart from his defeat by Booker T in 2000, the only other times he was ever defeated was when his opponents cheated - GUTLESS COWARDS like kevin nash, scott steiner, bagwell/luger and wimp triple h could only ever beat goldberg with the help of additional lackeys and weapons like sledgehammers, iron rods and mace ! Pathetic loser's the lot of them - not one of them had the guts to take on Goldberg honestly. The only other wrestler who ever came close to beating Goldberg in a fair fight was the brilliant Sting, if hogan hadn't gotten involved who knows what would've happened ?
All of Goldberg's key matches are here including his defeat of The rock - try finding that one amongst the endless rock boxsets, 'the great one' doesn't like to be reminded of that loss.
Bottom line is Goldberg was the real deal - he came in, did the job, always fought clean - everything a genuine wrestler should be. This collection truly honours the man by letting all his matches speak for themselves. Of that Goldberg himself would approve.
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Prayers of the Last Prophet
Prayers of the Last Prophet

4.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 15 Oct 2013
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Jesus the Christ himself said that the greatest commandment was to love God with everything you had, any true muslim certainly meets the requirements of that commandment. These beautiful prayers show how a muslim loves and acknowledges God 24 hours a day, from getting up in the night as God descends down through the seven heavens to listen for prayers said during this time, to prayers said when going out, visiting the sick, entering and leaving the mosque, to the wake up call of visiting graves and seeing with our own eyes that this is where we are all heading. The cd also shows God at his most merciful and loving in his dealings with mankind, the O Son of Adam is a great example of this.
Highly recommended


Split Image [1982]
Split Image [1982]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 19 Sep 2013
This review is from: Split Image [1982] (VHS Tape)
A lost classic ! Before they worked together in Best Sellar, Brian Denehey and James Woods appeared together as father and cult deprogrammer. Michael O'Keefe has never been better, showing a huge range as he goes from skeptic, to 100% believer when he comes under the influence of Peter Fonda's cult leader. Torn between his love for fellower believer Karen Allen (feelings he's not supposed to have) and his loyalty to his new master, to his complete hatred towards his family after his conversion, O'keefe gives it everything ! Fonda is just mesmerizing as this modern day messiah - the parallels with sun myung moon are obvious, certainly life in the compound and members going out falsely collecting for charitable causes is right out of the Moonie handbook. Dehenhey, one of the most underated actors in hollywood is his usual bullish self and Woods is as volitile as ever - prepared to rip O'Keefe into pieces in order to return him to the person he was at the start of the film, something he ultimately fails to do as O'keefe wasn't in love with Karen Allen at that point. You won't ever see a better film about cults and deprogramming, the effects on the person turned and the families thrown aside as a result. Absolutely outstanding - catch it if you can before it dissapears forever !


Damages - Season 5 [DVD]
Damages - Season 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Glenn Close
Price: 13.05

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, 13 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Damages - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
What an absolute cop out ! Season 4 ended with the shock twist that ellen parson's was going to tell all against patty hewes at her grand daughter's custody hearing. A few minutes into season 5 and that storyline gets put on hold in favour of 10 tedious episodes that all lead to a trial that then never even happens !
Worse than all of this is that for those 10 episodes we're led to believe (ie. LIED TO) that parson's has taken a swan dive off her office roof. Did she fall ? Was she pushed ? Neither, she conveniently fainted right at that spot instead thanks to an illness that is only even revealed in that final episode - parson's has got to be the only person in medical history who falls unconscious with her eyes open !
Not since The Sopranos has there been such a 'screw you' from the writer's to the fans of a series, in the form of outright deception on their part; who pull the old Saturday-morning Picture routine of showing the hero going over a cliff in a wagon only to reveal the following week that the hero was never even in the wagon to begin with !
5 years of my life wasted watching a show that ultimately never went anywhere because it never had the guts to put its money where its mouth was !
Oh, Ryan Phillipe - you may think you're the next John Malkovich, seeing as you've spent your entire career ripping him off with your moody pouting and endless smoking...BUT YOU'RE NOT ! That would require talent on your part, something Malkovich has in grand canyon-size proportions whereas your own wouldn't be adequate enough to fill even a tea spoon !
All in all a colossal dissapointment, one which the creators/writer's should hang their heads in disgrace over !
The next time I see their names alongside a tv series I certainly won't be watching - fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...
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