I’m watching LOST again, just because I want to sort things out, and I think I got everything straight, and of course all those ostensibly unanswered questions have been answered, but what’s this I noticed? And this just happens to be on YouTube. (Spoilers?)
At 0:56 it sounds like a dubbed voice, not Naveen Andrews’ (Sayid’s) voice. It sounds a lot like the voice of the demon from The Exorcist. “Do you want to know who I am?” the voice asks. Very similar in theme and I just bet the sound people played with it a bit there to make it sound like that.
Mind you, Sayid has been through a lot, and will continue down a dark path, one that is intertwined with the hapless demonesque Linus, only to be overshadowed by a larger demon.
Maybe I’m just too into it at this late hour, but that sounded like the Exorcist demon to me.
Sometimes reading a Dan Brown novel yields some pretty interesting facts. Case in point: a key part of the engaging – albiet poorly written- story involves “Luke’s Dark Father.”
At first I was like No Way. And then I was like Way. There actually is a sculpture of Darth Vader included in the construction of this neo-cathedral.
In the 1980s, while the west towers were under construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral.
He’s kind of difficult to spot, but there are hints at the link. Also claimed to be in the structure are stones from Mount Sinai and a moon rock.
In anticipation of the upcoming blockbuster, Clash of the Titans, Urlesque posted some silly reproductions of the incomparable and iconic line: Release the Kraken! After opening up the readers to make interpretations of their own, they got a bunch of submissions. I love this one by Zeblue. If you have no idea what this is, well…
It’s only a matter of time before Epic Beard Man gets a nod. See more at Urlesque.
Maybe this was what Michelangelo was going for all along?
via I Have Seen the Whole of the Internet
Johnny Depp worked with Brando, I sometimes forget. But this lil story is awesome.
Halloween is in six days, and this year I’m fairly worn out on typical horror movies. Like I said before, slasher and gore, torture and mutilation, these things don’t work on a 42-yr-old man, but there are some movies that can scare me, and i still haven’t seen Paranormal Activity, so I can’t say for sure it will.
For years, I would faithfully trot out my pet Halloween movie as the main course for friends and family to scream and shudder to: Richard Donner’s The Omen (1976). THRILL as Damien’s nanny hangs herself! CRINGE as the photographer’s head is sliced off by a pane of glass! Good stuff, to be sure. But it’s gotten old, so this year I’m adopting a new favorite; a movie I didn’t think I was going to like, mostly due to the odd title.
The Mothman Prophecies is a well-told, chilling tale of the psychological bent, that creeps into the realm of truth and fact in a jarring climax straight out of Hitchcock’s wet dreams. Based on a novel by John A. Keel, the fantastic world of cryptozoology sprung clean and new from the Richard Gere vehicle. It’s a testament to weird beliefs that spread easily, just because someone wrote them in some book. But now I’ve come full circle to The Omen, again.
Anyways, I can’t wait to screen this new scary favorite this week for friends and family, and hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.
Re-Engineering Fundamentalism is one of the most intriguing things I’ve ever read, particularly for the intelligent discussion that follows on this Boing Boing post by guest blogger Paul Spinrad. Paul is a special kind of Christian, one who is looking for a new, human, forward-thinking faith to take over the dying throne of Old-Myth style religion. Some highlights:
*much of human experience consists of irrational or pre-rational emotions and yearnings that can be constructively channeled in religious/mythological frameworks. The key is constructing frameworks that are risilient enough to provide security but flexible enough to adapt to a ceaselessly changing universe.
*As the Tibetan Book of the Dead makes clear, any gods or demons you see are fabrications of your own mind; once you realize this, you will be liberated from them.
*Religion is NOT either Literally True or Useless. Instead, it tells us about our own deepest fears, hopes, and aspirations, and gives us a means for working through our irrational problems and making sense of them. As long as religion is introverted and subjective, it can be immensely useful.
* Even Christianity is subconsciously steeped in the dichotomy, with death-and-resurrection at its mythological core. The universe is bigger than your personal self, which dies and changes forms, but guess what? You’re still a part of it all, you magnificent bag of goo, you.