Deeply Unsettling

Playlists of Psychopaths

Movies have tricked us. They made us believe that Classical music and psychopaths are strongly intertwined, when in fact, it’s actually R&B and Hip Hop that scratch that psychotic itch.

Perhaps I’m tapping this perplexing news piece a bit late – The Guardian and Independent already covered this on September 2017 – but the thought of this vile connection came up to me while enjoying a classical piece on the radio last night which naturally evoked Alex in A Clockwork Orange and Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs.

The gist of the research as described on both magazines:

The researchers at New York University named Eminen’s Lose Yourself and Backstreet’s No Diggity as two favourites amongst those with the highest psychopath scores, The Guardian reports.

In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too.

Psychopaths have sensitive souls. However it’s not Bach that helps eradicate their inner demons, but Blackstreet and Eminem.

Love this song? You’re probably a psychopath.

So what can we say about classical music and psychopaths in films?

A myth?

Scene: A person enjoys a blood covered glass of milk while relishing over a 10 minute symphony –  a Slim Shady symphony.

Which brings us to…

Milk 

Another deeply unsettling complexity. Adults drinking milk in movies is deeply unsettling. Milk associates us with childhood innocence, the most tender times of our lives. So what the hell is an adult doing with a glass of milk?

A Clockwork Orange, No Country for Old Men, Hitchcock’s Suspicion, and Inglorious Bastards all use the act of drinking milk as eerily as possible.

 

According to culturacolectiva.com , showing an evil adult drinking a glass of milk also represents evil consuming or destroying innocence (i.e. SS colonel Hans Landa asking for a glass of milk when offered wine in Inglorious Bastards).

Milk is used for lighting contrast, meshes well with blood and creates the best contradiction to antiheroes –  drinking it means overpowering the good.

Alongside manipulation, ‘innocence’, smooth-talking, uncanny sense of normalcy and niceness, it seems that psychopaths, in and outside the film industry, have a rather surprising taste in music and love milk.

 

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I’m ready to NOT give a fuck! 🖕

This is, by far, the best gift ever!

#MarkManson

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Now, here’s me. A person that tends to takes practically everything personally and worries over the shittiest things that don’t deserve an ounce of my attention. But, these shitty insignificant matters somehow find a way in and suck the energy out of me, and I can’t seem to block.

I was way worse before. As I get older, I learn how to get my shit together and better bullet proof my over-sensitivity. Because otherwise, it’s going to be pretty impossible to sleep at night! #NyQuil

So… my good friend just brought back this book for me from Amsterdam (because you just can’t get it here in Israel). Two copies for both me and her. Because, let’s face it. She needs to learn how to give a fuck as well, although she’s doing a MUCH better job than I do. I had my eye on this book for some time now and I though “damn, I think I need to read this!” And I’ve had my fair share of self-improvement books and whatnot, but if it has the word Fuck in it, it must be better than those politely written other ones. Someone just needs to say it like it is, and this guy, Mark Manson, is doing just that. I just started reading his blog too. Good stuff on there, let me tell ya!

A colleague pissing me off at work, drivers over-honking their horns in a traffic jam from hell at the crack of dawn, an impatient cashier anyone, my fucking asshole of a neighbor… can’t let those get to me… but, they do!

So, fuck yes! I’m going to self-improve. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to care, because that’s not what he’s talking about. He simply says, make room and care about things that really matter like Friends. Family. Purpose. Burritos. The guy loves his burritos. For me it’s chocolate cakes. Definitely chocolate cakes.

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I know myself better than anyone. I can’t not give a fuck at all and that’s not the purpose anyways. The thing is, I have to learn to allot my fuck-givings. And that is work, my friends. That is work. But, I’m willing to do this work for the sake of my sanity.

“Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”

And to this I say, hell yeah, Mark.

Introducing Liam Brandon Murray

Ok… I saw this awesome post on my Facebook wall the other day and thought it was absolutely amazingly macabre.

I’m taking a slight detour from films today and flipping over to fashion and costume couture. As a former costume designer and an advocate of all things strange and unusual, passing on this Facebook gem would be a mistake.

I mean, look at this. I’d get married in this.

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So, the man behind this is Liam Brandon Murray, a UK sculptor and artist that crafts baroque-like garments formulated from deeply layered urban elements and fabrics creating an overwhelming wearable artwork.

You can even dare put this in a washing machine.

There’s so much thought put into each garment, an almost microscopical attention to every detail, stitch, and finish that make each piece one of a kind. It’s not unnoticeable that Liam often incorporates religious elements and iconography into his designs, claiming he wanted to be a religious artist as a small boy. If you look closely, you’ll see Jesus on a cross, cherub angels, and church edifices. And there’s a hidden meaning behind this, you bet.

Not only does religion take a significant part in his designs, there’s eccentric glances of what would humans wear when they come to terms with their alien origins and star heritage. Liam’s wearable pieces cover the human form top to bottom, leaving no area untouched, from gowns to hats, shoes to coats and even wedding dresses.

If you’re looking for a little steampunk in your wardrobe, you found your guy.

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So, how does Liam make his pieces?

Liam uses a mix of different formulas he calls “a cauldron”, containing an interesting mix of materials, including liquid foam for stretch, latex, stretchy fibers, and stretchy paints, among other things.

Once it’s on the fabric, he injects the back so it seals and becomes watertight.

I’ll get you my prettyand your little dog too!”

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“Liam Brandon Murray fine art wearable sculpture. still in progress/not finished. Creator and founder of this art genre. All rights reserved. all under copyright.”

Moving like a spider…

 

Liam’s goal is to get the art world to recognize costume and fashion as fine art.

https://www.worldofwearableart.com/2017/06/liam-brandon-murray-garments-as-intricate-as-cityscapes/

Lord Maharaja & Star Bride on stage in the 2016 WOW Awards Show

 

This is rare fine art. Not often do I come across such brilliance so fit for the hottest galleries and couture runways in the global “Big Four” fashion capitals of the 21st century -Paris, Milan, London and New York.

I don’t know Liam personally, but stumbled across these beauties on Facebook and absolutely had to take a sneak peak at his page and see what other treasures he’s got in there.

On The World of WearableArt editorial piece, Liam said that: “It’s my goal to get the art world to accept that as a piece of fine art. It’s just as good, if not more so, than a standing sculpture. This thing has to work, it has to move. [Costume and fashion designers] deserve more credit in the art world, I think.” 

Best of luck, Liam, and keep indulging us with your genius.

Liam Brandon Murray

Liam Brandon Murray

Looking Forward to…

Hey there!

For those of you not working on Sundays I wanna say TAKE ME WITH YOU!

Here in Israel, we do work on Sundays and it’s usually a draggg…

Today, it took me about 40 minutes to get out of bed, convince myself that this is all for the best and that routine is good for me. This is a self session I go through every single morning while repeatedly mumbling “I can’t do this all over again”.

So, I finish working in like 2 hours and I just can’t stand today and all I can think of is venting and writing and thinking about stuff I look forward to this week.

And so, without further ado, here are the 5 things that’ll hopefully salvage my bored soul from this yawn of a day.

  1. Tap class – the one and only reason I can endure Sundays. Now that I’ve leveled up, I find Tap a LOT more challenging. #taptaptapgiphy (17)
  2. Viking, season 1 – nothing lifts up my spirit these days more than Ragnar Lodbrok’s ocean Blue eyes (I can just drown in them). Thank god for TV, Scandinavia and Travis Fimmel.giphy (18)
  3. Natural Born Killers lecture – how about a glimpse inside the mind of serial killers to shake off a conventional week, eh? Bring on the psycho’s, sociopaths, and utterly deranged. I’d like to pick their brains, please.
  4. Tuesday in McDonald’s – just made lunch arrangements with my other very bored and excitement seeking co-workers. JUNK, JUNK, JUNK! #junkfoodforthesoul
  5. Sleep – I’m pretty sure that doing all of the above grants me the right of a good night sleep.

I’m usually a happy person, unless it’s a Sunday. That’s when I can be a real b$%&^*. On Mondays I’m still recuperating, so I’m basically more communicative on Tuesdays and further on. Until then, I try to take part in activities that require less to no talking. Ahh, venting is good. It’s good for you.

I won’t be doing this every Sunday because I’ll be probably fast asleep on my keyboard, so enjoy this while you can. Anyways, I think it’s a nice change from posting movie reviews. I felt like a change’s in order. You with me?

Thank you for reading. Comments are always more than welcomed.

* We’ve Come a Long, Long Way Together *

Hey, Y’all!

I have just been congratulated by WordPress for my 3rd year blogging! Yay

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Phew… 3 years, eh? gosh, I have never been this committed to anything in my whole life!

But… there’s one reason why I keep doing this, apart for my love to movies which began at age 5… Yeah guys & gals, it’s you!!!!!

You are a-w-e-s-o-m-e!!

I love being surrounded by amazing bloggers, participate in awesome blogathons , read great movie reviews, hilarious stories, and witty haikus (I’m looking at you, Anthony), see super cool art, adore Meg & Michelle (I’m looking at you, Paul), and catch up on naughty bedtime stories (he knows who he is…).

I often take blogging hiatuses, I’m fully aware of that… and I always end up missing the blogosphere and being engaged and just share stuff with you. It’s fun. I love it. I appreciate you dearly for reading my posts, commenting, liking, and following… I never take that for granted, and I do hope our virtual relationship will carry on for many years to come. Let’s raise a toast, shall we?

 

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Here’s to many more years of blogging ❤ 

 

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OMG, It’s Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Are you ready to spook the bejesus outta someone or get the jitters yourself tonight? Have you packed your candies and rehearsed your Trick or Treat? Have you gruesomely decorated your front door and backyard with fake spiderwebs, jack-o-lanterns and polystyrene graves? Have you practiced singing horrific lullabies by the fire place and dusted off your favorite Vincent Price films?

Although trick or treating and celebrating Halloween is not a part of my religion, I do solemnly dedicate this day to watching scary as shit movies and playing super dark video games. I love this day so much as it includes all of my favorite things: pumpkins (eating and carving), costumes, witches, horror, black cats, dark decorating, Gothic and quirky films and sweets. Love sweets.

And so, this is my agenda for today:

  1. Play dark video games. Right now focusing on “Fear For Sale – Mystery of McInroy Manor”
  2. Change my ringtone to Beetlejuice theme
  3. Watch Vincent Price on The Masque of the Red Death
  4. Check if Penny Dreadful 3rd season’s out yet
  5. Suffer quietly. I skipped working today due to bad stomachaches, which I’m sure will get better once I accomplish all of the above.

For all of you celebrating this magnificent day, I wish a very scary Halloween.

May you be properly scared and scream your lungs out!

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