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Melancholia and the Infinite Sadness: A truly Dark Side of the Rainbow

When first told about the idea to combine Lars Von Trier’s cinematic ode to romanticized depression with the mid-’90s classic from Smashing Pumpkins, what struck me was the obvious similarity of titles. But then the little things start to add up:  Kirsten Dunst’s character in Melancholia is named Justine and the Pumpkins song “1979” also features a character by that name; “Justine never knew the rules.”

David Plate, a multi-media artist who goes by “MK Ultrasound,” has collected a list of correspondences between the two pieces of media (enough that he considers Von Trier may have utilized the album as a direct influence or even intended it as a secret soundtrack). If you want to experience it and judge for yourself, Plate has made this experiment in Xenochrony available to the public:


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Where are Freddie Mercury’s Ashes?

Freddie Mercury, flamboyant front man for the rock group Queen died from complications of AIDS on November 24, 1991. Where his remains remain (ahem) are a mystery.

Mary Austin (right) was trusted with the location of Freddie Mercury's ashes. She has said that she will never tell anyone where they are, as was his wish

Mary Austin (right) was trusted with the location of Freddie Mercury’s ashes. She has said that she will never tell anyone where they are, as was his wish

The Daily Mail tells the tale. Sorry for the rhyming.

No, I’m not. Read on, True Believers:

In the days before his death, his once lithe body now  rendered extremely frail by Aids, Freddie Mercury made one final request of the woman he described as ‘the love of my life’. That she, and she alone, should collect his ashes after his cremation and dispose of them at a private location never to be disclosed.

For more than two decades Mary Austin has abided by Mercury’s wishes and kept the whereabouts of his ashes a secret. Not even his elderly parents were told.

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Pop Art, Robber’s Masks, and Skate Culture with Alex Scher


Being a self-proclaimed movie buff, I know all too well how pretentious the film world can be, but the “art world” can be even more overbearing and stuffy. So, it’s always refreshing to encounter those who work against that “pretentious artist” stereotype. I typically gravitate to filmmakers who turn art cinema (whatever that really is) on its head. And, I suppose, there’s really no difference when it comes to other artists I admire.

I just relocated to Chicago for a stint, where I happened to meet up-and-coming artist, Alex Scher. His tongue-in-cheek, skate culture spin on pop art is a refreshing recourse to the darker, more “serious” art I often come across.

After seeing some of his work, I sat down with him to discuss art, skate culture, and whatever the hell is up with his robber’s mask obsession.

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The Clown Motel

Andrew Huff (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Andrew Huff (CC BY-NC 2.0)

There are some things that shouldn’t exist. And I’d have to say The Clown Motel of Tonopah, Nevada is probably one of them.

Spooky via Oddity Central:

A clown-themed motel in the middle of the desert sounds a lot like the perfect setting for a classic horror flick, but the Clown Motel is actually very real. For decades, it has been catering to truckers, long-haul drivers and tourists traversing the Nevada desert, although those suffering from coulrophobia – the fear of clowns – tend to stay well away even if it means driving dozens of miles to the next town. And for good reason, considering the place is crawling with clowns.

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Twin Peaks Tarot

I’ve got good news. Those Tarot Cards you like are going to come back in style. Benjamin Mackey, the co-creator and artist of the ongoing series SAINTS from Image Comics, has stepped through the gateway between two worlds and brought back a treasure like no other. He has beautifully placed the characters and mythology of Twin Peaks in a re-imagined Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck.

Artwork by Benjamin Mackey. Used by permission.



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Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord

Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens.

Original Darth Darth Treatise via Reddit

Via tickld:

The following mind-blowing theory comes from genius Reddit user Lampawarroo, whose careful research and masterful insight brings us what may be the greatest Star Wars theory ever conceived. Here I will seek to establish that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumbling idiot he portrays himself as, is in fact a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control. Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine- rather, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning. It’s entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Jar Jar Binks throughout both trilogies.

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