Be Reasonable: Episode #059 – Jay Weidner

Joining Marsh this episode is Jay Weidner, the author and conspiracy theorist who co-founded Sacred Mysteries, and filmmaker behind the Kubrick’s Odyssey series of documentaries outlining what he believes to be Stanley Kubrick’s role in faking the moon landings.

  1. #1 by Thomas Jackson on March 26, 2019 - 22:44

    I’ve been a long time fan of Stephen King (I have a Dark Tower tattoo) and it was painful listening to Jay impose his own views about “secret messages” hidden in the film (specifically the All Work And No Play scene). The entirety of that scene makes sense once you have read the book and know that this is Jack’s last shot and his only friend left in the world got him this one last chance. He’s mad at Wendy because he doesn’t know what he’s going to do if they don’t stay and take care of the hotel. The hotel, by the way, is located in Oregon (Mount Hood) and the manager asked Kubrick not to use room 217 in the movie, because he was afraid it would spook guests and cause no one to want to stay in that room. The hotel did not have a room 237 at the time.

  2. #2 by Jim on March 28, 2019 - 21:24

    So the answer to all research is “I read it on the internet. Not in a place that is easily found but it’s there if you really look for it and ignore all other sources.”

  3. #3 by DocM on March 29, 2019 - 11:34

    A point that really got me was when the self-described videography expert pointed to Lord of the Rings as an example of how movie makers get better over time, when in fact all three movies of the trilogy were shot simultaneously.

    Pretty much everything he said was wrong, but that one annoyed me…

  4. #4 by Maurice on March 29, 2019 - 13:19

    Interesting episode again, thanks Marsh!
    I was very annoyed by the way Jay put himself out there as a very intelligent man. He kept on telling that Kubrick put all these clues in his movies and that he did not expect people to find out until after his death. All these very well hidden clues. But here is Jay who saw through all of that and found these clues very easily, look at how clever he is! bah! 🙁

  5. #5 by Bob on March 29, 2019 - 15:27

    I came away flabbergasted by his logic, nothing you said could phase him, if the facts don’t line up he just ignores them, if “his facts” works OMG. He seems to read sooooo much into Stanley’s The Shining. Usually a conspiracy believer seems to think they are smarter than anyone else and whatever you say means nothing. The whole part about NASA being so diabolical but at the same time inept just makes no sense. And I always tell my moon hoax friends that if Russia could prove that it was fake they would have done it back in 1969, that would have been a PR win for the Soviets like no other. Sheesh

  6. #6 by Bob on April 1, 2019 - 21:56 It’s actually hilarious when you speed up the moon footage.

  7. #7 by Tim on April 11, 2019 - 17:13

    I love the assertions that ‘the film would melt in the 200 degree heat’. IT’S A VACUUM! Without an atmosphere, it wouldn’t matter how hot the surface got! How does he not know this?!

  8. #8 by Kyt on April 16, 2019 - 02:10

    I looked him up on imdb. He has no credits in sfx. Also if he was in sfx then he would know that the CG side is called VFX.

    Finally, his comprehension of camera technology in the 60s is painfully underwhelming but I’ll let this guy explain it

  9. #9 by Chris on April 18, 2019 - 05:13

    That was a great video! I related due to my attempts to use video editing software available to the casual user fifteen years ago. Not easy.

    It was fun when it took six hours to render a two hour video on a Compaq laptop. Now it is a bit quicker.

  10. #10 by Penny on April 7, 2020 - 01:13

    I particularly dislike the stereotype that people from the US are bad at geography because of some sort of moral, or educational failing.
    The US is an enormous country. It’s a lot too keep in one’s head already. I don’t expect Europeans to be able to put every american state on the map and name its capitol.
    (Side tangent, sorry.)

  11. #11 by Ann Jones on May 21, 2020 - 04:27

    My favourite version of this was a joke article I read which said Kubrick faked the moon landing but he was such a perfectionist that he filmed on location. There was a photo of the landing site with items marked as “lens-cap”, “script page” etc.
    I’ve forgotten the writer’s name but it was well done.

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