November 23, 2016
Let me preface this with a cautious preamble: This is NOT a Hollywood Scandal book.
Esoteric Hollywood – Sex Cults & Symbols In Film by Jay Dyer scholarly analysis that delves into the inner workings of the abstruse aspects that pervade many movies within the film industry, and even some literature, past and present.
While other professional movie reviewers will review movies based on more mainstream criteria, Dyer goes beyond that into the subtle nuances that pervade many of the biggest blockbusters that contain hidden messages that are “intended to be understood, but not immediately apparent” as the author himself states.
That reason, as well as many others are why Dyer does what he does – to show the reader / viewer that there is more than just a man behind the curtain. In fact, some might argue that there is an entire culture pulling some strings, and they wouldn’t be too far from the truth.
Getting back on track, in its nascent stage the book opens up with a short glossary, which will be extremely helpful for people that might not be familiar with the terms, or perhaps were and just forgot what they meant.
After a solid introduction where the author lays the groundwork for the rest of the book, the book is split up into four parts:
Part One: Hollywood Babylon And Kubrick
Part Two: Spielberg’s Android Space Brothers
Part Three: 70s-80s Fantasy Dystopia
Part Four: 007 And Hitchcock
In each of the above parts Dyer goes on to harpoon not only on some of the more popular movies within each of those categories, but ones seeping with overwhelming meaning, and even hidden/darker agendas. Some of the topics within these are philosophy, theology, geopolitics, espionage, literary theory, transhumanism, and much more.
Esoteric Hollywood is similar to the authors blog, but Dyer kicks it up a notch academically, and that’s one of the many appealing aspects of this particular book.
While all of the movie analyses were interesting for me in one way or another, the ones which fascinated me the most were H.G. Wells, Science Fiction Propaganda & Spielberg Mythos, Eyes Wide Shut, ET, Moonraker, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Minority Report, Labyrinth, The Never Ending Story and Blade Runner, AI, as well as the James Bond reboots.
Another salient component of the book are the dozens of small description boxes within various parts of the book. These either give a small synopsis of important individuals or showcase instead vital data that reader will need to comprehend the analysis.
Concurrent with the above are the hundreds of footnotes throughout the book. For those that love delving into the finer strands within research, footnotes are invaluable. The fact that Dyer put so much hard work into that is also greatly appreciated as it’s an aspect within research books that gets easily glossed over.
In its entirety, the book displays very high standards. That’s something quite noteworthy given how many of the subjects tackled within this book dovetail with many other conspiracy subjects. If individuals aren’t careful, it’s easy to get bogged down by many rabbit trails which at times either have a questionable basis or no basis in fact, or are lacking in quality sources even though they usually sound interesting. Because of this having some solid ground to venture from is priceless.
Regardless, this book is a veritable treasure trove of information, some of which might be admittedly quite disturbing if people aren’t familiar with the subjects or agendas involved. Either way, each of the subjects discussed in the book are subjects which the mainstream media rarely ever covers, and which also gets glossed over by most of the alternative media as well unfortunately. Those factors as well as others make this particular book quite unique.
As a caveat, am not personally in agreement with everything the author said in the book. That said, he does source his material, and makes for an intriguing read and as an open-minded skeptic, his work deserves a fair gander if we as a society, but more important, as individuals, are to home-in on the truth. Especially on such abstruse subjects as these.
Hopefully the author considers doing a similar follow up piece, or perhaps something along the same lines. For it being Dyer’s first book, this book as an initial salvo is as compelling as it is rigorous.
Plain and simple, this book is a must read because it will show you some of the hidden agendas that are going on within film right under society’s nose. And if we do not become cognizant of these issues they will continue to undoubtedly affect us in nefarious ways.
 Jay Dyer, Esoteric Hollywood, pg. 4.