Started by Guybrush, Jan 18, 2023, 12:15 AM
Quote from: MonaSomona on Aug 29, 2023, 04:18 PMOh, yeah ...that. It was a bit of a surprise. A dismal surprise.
Quote from: Lisnaholic on Aug 29, 2023, 04:46 PM I sat there watching in disbelief, thinking "This is allowed on Netflix ?!?"
Quote from: Lisnaholic on Aug 31, 2023, 05:43 PMYes, that's a good point, Mona. That episode just doesn't fit in well with the style or story: it's like the director/writer had this one fetish that he/she wanted to explore, and they finally got the chance to do it.
Quote from: Guybrush on Dec 18, 2023, 12:33 PMI'm fascinated by cults, so I also watched the Twin Flames doc on Netflix while sick and working from home. I just had it on in the background while working on other stuff.This started out as a matchmaking service, sort of, but quickly turned into a full-on cult with its own belief system and the usual trappings, like people being told their parents are demon infested people who must be avoided. The point of this cult was matching people up with their "twin flames" (destined romantic partners) and the cult leaders, a couple, are the only ones who know who people's twin flames are. Twin flames should be pursued at any cost, even the unwilling ones, essentially turning some of the members with twin flames outside of the cult into stalkers. One of the people interviewed ends up doing prison time for months due to this.Then it just gets crazier. The leaders make a food company and make their members buy their meal plans or whatever so a lot of them put on weight. And the cult has so few guys in it, the leaders are kinda forced to matchmake female same sex unions. Because most of them are not lesbian, they get around this problem by announcing one of them as being divine masculine and the other as being divine feminine. Some of those designated something they physically don't align with end up doing surgery, like having breasts removed.Among all this grief they're causing, the leaders are of course also sucking their members fiscally dry.It's the sort of thing I hope more people see so that hopefully people are reminded to not be so gullible and that these leaders get thrown in jail where they belong.
Quote from: DJChameleon on Dec 18, 2023, 05:36 PMYeah I watched that and it just reminded me of how new age religions start out and just major culty vibes.One thing that kept bothering me is that the head guy was not even attractive like normal cult leaders, he didn't even have the right amount of charisma either. It's just that he took advantage of severely lonely people and it worked. He needs to get thrown under the jail.
Quote from: Guybrush on Dec 18, 2023, 06:57 PMYes, it's baffling. How does this absolute phoney douchebag and his weird wife manage to have such control over these people? His tantrums etc. I wonder if some people just find psychopathic behaviour enthralling.
Quote from: DJChameleon on Dec 18, 2023, 07:04 PMIt definitely has to do with the fact that they are lonely and I feel like they just ignore that behavior and it doesn't stand out to them as something out of the ordinary until later on.The longing to find someone in life and not be alone is a strong feeling to tap into. I will give him credit for recognizing that in the first place to set up his con system.
Quote from: Guybrush on Dec 19, 2023, 01:27 PMYup and it does seem like quite a few people did wake up and smelled his bullshit, but ofc at the end of the doc, it says the cult is still expanding. I hope that's not true anymore and that this doc essentially kills it.Watching it also reminded me I should see The Vow. The Twin Flames leader guy makes his followers watch it to convince them that he's not a cult leader like Keith Raniere (which seems to not have the intended effect on them).So now I'm watching The Vow on HBI which is about NXIVM, Keith Raniere's large cult. Most have probably read about Allison Mack's involvement in trapping young women in a secret society where they got hot iron branded with Keith Raniere's initials and made to have sex with him.The Vow is quite long, spanning a lot of episodes and two seasons, so I'm not quite at the juiciest crimes yet, but it's still fascinating.