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Rob Ager (born 1973) is a British internet-based independent film director, self-help theorist and political activist who is best known for his analytic discussions of themes, hidden messages and other detailed stuff in mainstream films. His Web site, "Collative Learning", features many written analyses and video reviews of films like as well as non-movie related stuff, like hidden symbolism in the work of pop band The Prodigy. He became notable after he posted his videos on YouTube, where he attracted a large audience. Some of his analyses are only available on his website (either written or with a video on order), while other stuff is available on Youtube.So far he has analyzed themes in films such as: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Alien Aliens An American Werewolf in London The Big Lebowski The Birds Blade Runner A Clockwork Orange Cape Fear Creepshow Dr. Strangelove Elephant The Exorcist E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Eyes Wide Shut Flash Gordon Frenzy Full Metal Jacket Halloween (1978) Hellraiser High Plains Drifter Inception Mad Max The Matrix Mulholland Dr. No Country for Old Men Psycho Pulp Fiction Raiders of the Lost Ark Reservoir Dogs RoboCop (1987) The Shining Starship Troopers Star Trek Taxi Driver The Terminator The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) They Live! The Thing (1982) 2001: A Space Odyssey The WarriorsOne of Ager's claims-to-fame was spending a long time explaining that while Kubrick and Clarke themselves said it was coincidence that the computer HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey" actually stood for IBM (to the point of it being made fun of in the book sequel), Ager cites IBM's Product Placement in the film as proof that Kubrick pushing the HAL/IBM angle. Some of Ager's opinions and interpretations have been criticized by some as being a bit far-fetched or just planting Epileptic Trees, but his reviews are quite interesting and shed new light (if only from a Fanwanky perspective) on films you may already know by heart.
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A Clockwork Orange
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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
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Alien
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Aliens
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An American Werewolf in London
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Blade Runner
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Cape Fear
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Creepshow
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Dr. Strangelove
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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Elephant
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Eyes Wide Shut
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Film: Flash Gordon
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Frenzy
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Full Metal Jacket
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Halloween (1978)
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Hellraiser
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High Plains Drifter
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Inception
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Mad Max
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Mulholland Dr.
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NoCountryForOldMen
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Psycho
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Pulp Fiction
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Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Reservoir Dogs
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RoboCop (1987)
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Starship Troopers
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Taxi Driver
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The Big Lebowski
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The Birds
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The Exorcist
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The Matrix
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The Shining
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The Terminator
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
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The Thing (1982)
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The Warriors
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They Live
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2001: A Space Odyssey
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Star Trek (Franchise)
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Epileptic Trees
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Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Fan Wank
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Product Placement
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Take That!
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Word of God
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The Prodigy (Music)
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YouTube (Website)
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Subliminal Seduction
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Subliminal Seduction: He finds several examples of these. He also does this in his own movie projects.
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Take That, Critics!
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Take That, Critics!: He once made a video about Alien which was basically one gigantic "fuck you" aimed at all the people who claim a lot of his theories are far-fetched. All the stuff he mentioned in the video was tongue in cheek and ridiculously over the top.
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Scenery Porn: Ager's reviews make you appreciate the attention to details and backgrounds in films more.
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Reference Overdosed: Ager uses a lot of sources and cites them by name, too.
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He doesn't hide his local accent.
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The Illuminati
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He frequently dismisses belief in the The Illuminati as nonsense, which also sets him apart from most conspiracy theorists.
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Audience Participation
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Audience Participation: He often changes or adapts earlier versions of his analyses, based on interesting suggestions or new information, sent in by readers and viewers.
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World of Symbolism
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World of Symbolism: Or Faux Symbolism to some.
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Properly Paranoid: His detractors dismiss Ager often as being nothing more than a conspiracy theorist. He defends himself by stating that he just reviews films and doesn't rally people to believe in conspiracy theories. Though his own opinions sometimes shine through (see also below: With Europe But Not Of It)
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Out-of-Character Moment: Despite his reputation for discovering previously overlooked details and facts Ager admitted that he was actually mind bogglingly unaware that the film Starship Troopers had satirical anti-militaristic undertones when he first saw it. He then spent the rest of his review exploring these themes in detail. He frequently dismisses belief in the The Illuminati as nonsense, which also sets him apart from most conspiracy theorists.
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Censor Box: He censors nudity so that YouTube doesn't remove his videos.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Pop Cultural Osmosis
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Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Ager is probably better known as a movie analysist at the moment than for his own low-budget movies.
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The Conspiracy
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The Conspiracy: His videos often fuel these kinds of ideas and he made an entire video on how to make sense out of conspiracy theories. Once Ager has found something he assumes is a theme or a message then it will be Word of God. He even tells his viewers that they are free not to believe him, but always says this in a very condescending tone.
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