Book and Film Reviews Archive

The North-South Divide: the Mirror of Egypt

Feature Articles –   The North-South Divide: the Mirror of Egypt In the past decades, if not century, the brilliance of Egypt has been identified with the pyramids of Northern Egypt. But it is in Southern Egypt, in Luxor, that the heights of the ancient Egyptian civilisation become clear to all. Here rise the cathedrals of the ancient world, which are directly echoed in the Cathedrals …

Wanted for theft: Nostradamus

Feature Articles –   Wanted for theft: Nostradamus Nostradamus. Whenever the name is heard, it conjures up wild discussion. Was he a prophet? A charlatan? Whatever the opinion, most have not labelled him a “thief”. Yet this newest in a long list of allegations made against Nostradamus might be the only one that comes closest to explaining the enigma of his “prophecies”. by Philip Coppens Michel …

The Ninth Gate Opens

Feature Articles    The Ninth Gate Opens The Ninth Gate is the movie version of The Dumas Club, a book in which the quest for raising the devil is interwoven in a rich decor of esotericism and ancient books – some of whom indeed set out to awaken the devil – or lead him back to Hell? by Philip Coppens The Ninth Gate was the …

Matrix Constructs

Feature Articles    Matrix Constructs The Matrix trilogy stands as one of the classic movies that redefined film-making, both technically and script-wise. It carefully played and transformed symbolism, hiding it behind a layer of “kung fu fighting”, which at the same time made it more accessible to an entire generation of filmgoers. by Philip Coppens The Matrix film was launched as the movie of 1999. …

Meet Joe Black: Death visits Earth

Feature Articles    Meet Joe Black: Death visits Earth Meet Joe Black uses the classical mythology of Death as an entity and an Otherworldly realm, but has turned the imagery upside down. Rather than a hero’s descent to the Underworld, Death ascends to Earth… by Philip Coppens The descent of men – heroes – into the Underworld, the Realm of Dead, is a well-known mythological …

The Lost Civilization Enigma by Philip Coppens

The Lost Civilization Enigma  Published by New Page Books Also available for Amazon Kindle, iPod/iPad iBookstore, Sony and Barnes & Noble eReaders, as well as audiobook To order, visit the store   SYNOPSIS Are history books giving us the whole story? Or is civilization far more complex and for older than we have been taught? Our school textbooks barely mention the 6,000-year-old Sumerian civilization, yet …

The Lost Civilization Enigma – Is history as the history books teach us?

The Lost Civilization Enigma  Published by New Page Books Also available for Amazon Kindle, iPod/iPad iBookstore, Sony and Barnes & Noble eReaders, as well as audiobook To order, visit the store   Is history as the history books teach us? by Philip Coppens   Or is civilization – when Mankind began to cultivate plants, work metals, build monuments and live in organized settlements – far …

The Lost Civilization Enigma

The Lost Civilization Enigma  Published by New Page Books Also available for Amazon Kindle, iPod/iPad iBookstore, Sony and Barnes & Noble eReaders, as well as audiobook To order, visit the store   In Search of Alesia by Philip Coppens   Vercingetorix In 1936, French police detective and Vice-President of Société Préhistorique de France Xavier Guichard published his life-study into the place name “Eleusis” in a …

The Eager Dead

Feature Articles    The Eager Dead Deborah Blum’s Ghost Hunters and Archie E Roy’s The Eager Dead focus on the so-called Cross-correspondences, which in the eyes of some is definitive proof that we survive death. by Philip Coppens Deborah Blum’s Ghost Hunters and Archie E Roy’s The Eager Dead have both focused on the so-called Cross-correspondences. Blum’s book is somewhat larger in scope, in the …

The Sands of Time

Feature Articles    The Sands of Time The novel – movie and miniseries – Dune may have less of a following than Star Wars or Lords of the Rings, but in esoteric value, it is perhaps a masterpiece of a higher order. by Philip Coppens “We are the secret of the Universe. We know of spice… the spice called melange… the greatest treasure in the …