Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on March 30, 2015

goingclearGoing Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is HBO’s documentary based on the book of the same name, featuring interviews with notable former Scientologists like Paul Haggis and this guy.

I’m not sure I’d seen video of L. Ron Hubbard before, and I was surprised by him. He does not come off as the kind of charismatic cult leader. He kind of seems like a nerdy John Madden.

It’s well put together, but at least for people who spend a lot of time online and watch South Park and all, not a lot of new info really. LRH was a loon, the beliefs sound nutty, they are secretive and litigious and abusive and vindictive, and David Miscavige and Tom Cruise are creepy and weird. The only interesting new things to me were: John Travolta as more of a victim than a perpetrator, this actress from Homeland being groomed as a potential Tom Cruise girlfriend, and apparently LRH kidnapped his own baby then called his wife and told her he murdered the baby.

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