When William Friedkin set out to direct The Exorcist back in the 70s, he had never personally witnessed an exorcism before the shooting of this iconic 1972 film; however, more than 40 years later, he would witness an Exorcism for the first time and document it for the world to see.

The demonic realm has always intrigued and fascinated me — I try to read and research the subject whenever I stumble upon articles regarding demonic possessions cases. The 2009 book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio: is an excellent read, and it is one of my favorite non-fiction books on the subject of Exorcisms. There was a 2011 movie with Anthony Hopkins based on this book; It was well received, but it wasn’t a faithful adaptation of Matt Baglio’s work, and it wasn’t as thought-provoking as, say, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005). 

Father Gabriele Amorth (1925-2016) has been on my radar for many years now, as I’ve been closely studying his work. He was the Catholic church’s most respected Exorcist. He founded the International Association of Exorcists, a training institution for priests’ training in Exorcism rites. He also wrote several highly acclaimed memoirs; The Devil is Afraid of Me: The Life and Work of the World’s Most Famous Exorcist and My Battle Against Satan

Friedkin is allowed unprecedented access by the Vatican to witness and record an Exorcism by Father Amorth. We meet Cristina, who is believed to be possessed by a demon or some dark entity. By the time we meet her, she has been through 8 Exorcisms, and they are about to perform the 9th. As father Amorth begins the Roman rituals of Exorcism, we see Cristina become violent, aggressive, and this unnatural, terrifying voice comes from inside of her. She screams and grunts — it all seems over the top, but it does feel genuine and straight out of some strange dark realm.

Perhaps the most significant thing this documentary attempts to do is bringing this evidence to medical professionals, scientists, scholars, and neuroscience experts to examine. All of them can’t articulate or properly diagnose what Cristina or other victims of so-called possessions are experiencing in medical terms. They all seem to agree that there is something entirely out of logical explanation happening to these people.

It is exceptionally fascinating to realize that even now, in 2021 the best weapon we have to combat these types of cases is not a medical doctor but Exorcism-trained priests.

Reading serious non-fiction works by Authors like Matt Baglio or Father Malachi Martin and even watching documentaries like The Devil and Father Amorth will challenge your views on spirituality to some degree. However, this documentary does little to satisfy any skeptics of demonic possessions; it instead leaves you with more questions than answers. Additionally, it establishes no concrete medical, psychological, or scientific explanations for this phenomenon. So, yes, this documentary is a must-see.

Three out of Five Popcorn Bags 🍿🍿🍿

The Devil and Father Amorth (2017)

*Project 11: Alex Smith

Man, was I moved by this ESPN documentary-style piece on Alex Smith. I had no idea how close he came to losing his leg and how a flesh-eating bacteria almost took his life.

I remember how excited I was for the 2018 season with Alex Smith as our starting Quarterback, and how well the team was playing with him during the first half of the season; The Redskins were on top of their division — The team seemed to be flowing well, and on their way to make a playoff run….. things looked extremely promising.

Then, Alex Smith suffered what appeared to be a career-ending injury, eerily similar to Joe Theismann’s career-ending leg injury back in 1985, which occurred on the same date as Smith’s injury (November 18). 

From that point on, everything fell apart for the 2018 Washington Redskins football team. However, most importantly than football, it almost ended the life of Alex Smith.

It was an incredibly revelatory experience watching this Project 11 piece. Learning how Smith’s unique predicament took the doctors by complete surprise. How unfamiliar they were with this infection, plus there wasn’t anyone with a similar experience that they could use as a reference point to lean into, especially an infection like this within the sports world.

Watching him in the hospital fighting for his life. How incoherent he seemed after the infection took over. The gruesome images of his leg, and then, 17 surgeries later attempting to reclaim his life. It was such a catastrophic ordeal for him and his family. 

His recovery has been remarkable, to say the least.

I was always an Alex Smith fan, and after watching this documentary piece, it is beyond evident that we should not count him out, and we definitely have not heard the last from him.

 I am rooting like hell for Alex Smith. 


The opening lyrics to the first track of Gustavo Cerati’s 2010 album Fuerza Natural evoke some profound emotions, and they always manage to put me in a reflective mood. Those opening lyrics are haunting….

Puedo equivocarme, Tengo todo por delante Y nunca me senti tan bien, Viajo sin moverme de aqui….

Rock en Español has always been a critical component of my musical DNA, and within that DNA, Gustavo Cerati’s music has played a crucial role in shaping saïd DNA. This is why I was beyond excited when I heard that a documentary about the making of Fuerza Natural was available.

We are transported back to the recording sessions of the Fuerza Natural album, which became Cerati’s final studio album—filmed by Leonardo Fresco, a musician who collaborated with Cerati many times and played keyboards on Fuerza Natural. This documentary is a black and white intimate look at Gustavo Cerati’s recording and creative process. And although this documentary piece is only 15 minutes long, it still manages to capture some remarkable images and moments.

We get to see some cool stuff, like the recording of the song Cactus (Track 8), as Cerati plays the acoustic guitar himself. We get a quick peek at the handwritten lyrics and music notes for He visto a Lucy (Track 13). We see some pretty neat, old-school special effects made in-studio.

He seemed deeply involved in the music-making process. We get to see him carefully listening and fine-tuning every single piece of musical notes, making adjustments, changes, and offering constant feedback to his studio band. There is a moment when we see Cerati providing input on exactly how he wanted the bass to sound like….. that was a pretty cool thing to see.

I also notice his constant chain-smoking, which might have contributed to the respiratory issues that he developed after suffering the stroke. It is pretty surreal watching him happy, full of life, creating magic in the recording studio, and then barely a year later, he would fall into a coma and lay on a hospital bed for four years until he died in 2014.

This short documentary piece is a must-watch for all Soda Stereo and Gustavo Cerati fans; for 15 minutes, we get to pretend that we are there with him, and he still is here with us.

BOB LAZAR: AREA 51 Documentary

img_1121I liked it, and I didn’t. But overall, I was not very impressed by this new Bob Lazar: Area 51 documentary, Directed by Jeremy Corbell (streaming now on NETFLIX). It didn’t do much for me, and in a way, I felt like Steven Greer’s UNACKNOWLEDGED (2017, also streaming now on NETFLIX) was way more entertaining and thought-provoking than Jeremy Corbell’s documentary, where he made a solid attempt to reframe the Lazar story by adding a more personal structure to the documentary. Showing Lazar at work, at home, also adding his wife and friends to the story. We also get Mickey Rourke as a narrator, adding an air of a Hollywood top billing celebrity to the credits.


img_1123At the end of the day, It doesn’t really matter if you believe in Lazar’s story or not, it doesn’t really matter if you believe in UFOs. It matters how the story and the material are presented to the viewer, which I felt like it was presented somewhat poorly. Although there are some exciting and entertaining moments throughout the documentary, it still fails to bring the story together within the world of UFOLOGY and to connect Lazar’s story with the current impact of the Ancient Aliens TV show in modern popular culture.

Bob Lazar and the director of this documentary (Jeremy Corbell) went to the Joe Rogan Experience studio and recorded a podcast, which was longer than the actual documentary, and to some degree a lot more entertaining. Perhaps the most exciting thing I took away after listening to the podcast was the revelation that some of the “crafts” at area 51 actually came from Archeological digs (according to what Lazar was told). 

Now that is one powerful revelation and a revelation that comes with some serious implications that could put our entire understanding of ancient civilizations upside down (if you believe in Lazar’s story). The idea that most of those crafts were obtained from archeological digs and not recovered from some UFO crash is mind-blowing, to say the least.

Could it be possible that ancient cultures had developed this kind of technology?

Could previous civilizations had at some point reached a higher level of technology, even higher than our own current technological abilities?

Or perhaps there was some type of mass extinction event that suddenly wiped out those civilizations which caused those crafts to be left behind and as time went by they got buried away along with the ruins of those past civilizations, only to be discovered by modern humans within the last century?

Is difficult for me to believe that an alien civilization visited us in ancient times and left behind their crafts and all their advanced technology. Unless they came to stay, brought their technology with them, and never left. Only to be wiped out along with those ancient civilizations at some point. Maybe Graham Hancock’s theory about how humans are a “species with amnesia” is right on the money, perhaps we have lost our own sense of history, our true ancient history, and at some point in our distant past, we were a highly advanced species. A species that had an advanced understanding of physics. Maybe that explains many of the pre-diluvian tales of pre-Columbian cultures throughout the Americas and other parts of the world.

This documentary never addresses the real questions regarding Lazar’s story, it just tries to vindicate the parts that have been proven true, and some parts feel somewhat circumstantial. Element 115 still remains a mystery. Lazar refused to discuss on the screen whether he sneaked some of element 115 out of Area 51, which is a claim he made sometime back in the ’80s. So I guess if you are not familiar with Lazar story, you will find a lot of value in this documentary, but in case you are very familiar with his story, this documentary feels like we are just catching up with Bob after all these years. Like we are seeing how he still manages to live a ‘normal’ life, while still maintaining firm with his claims and story. But the main thing I found fascinating was Lazar’s comments on the Rogan podcast. When Rogan asked him if he had any idea where those crafts come from, Lazar replied that they came from an archeological dig.

Bob Lazar: “it’s not just old, it’s ancient.”




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