Favorite Tracks: Marilyn Manson “The Pale Emperor”

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Marilyn Manson source: Wikimedia Commons

I’ve already talked about Marilyn Manson’s latest album “Heaven Upside Down” which was released last year but I thought I would make a list of a few of my favorite tracks from his 2015 album “The Pale Emperor”.

note: viewer discretion advised, there is explicit content in selected music videos

 

Alina’s Album Rating: 4.5/5

Listen to Marilyn Manson’s “The Pale Emperor

Broken Eyes (Poem #209)

Broken eyes look clean

holding images in eyelids,

falling into iris thoughts

dark and endless.



 

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False Romantics (Poem #207)

Boiling lips, kiss hot in the

summertime. The hearts of lovers

flutter and divine unknown futures,

romance figures dive into pools

of blood and oil.


 

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Favorite Tracks: The Glitch Mob “See Without Eyes”

Latest Album “See Without Eyes” was released in May 2018

A few of my favorite tracks from this album,

 

Take Me With You (feat. Arama)

 

Disintegrate Slowly

 

Go Light

 

Alina’s Album Rating: 3.5/5

Listen to The Glitch Mob’s “See Without Eyes

Cold Skies Blossom (Poem #206)

Cold skies blossom in the night and I am discouraged

from thinking there will be an end to it all. The eyes

of the summer sun are darkened by rain clouds and

I am waiting for the cold skies to blossom.


 

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-Alina

A Vampire Mockumentary: “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014)

 

What We Do in the Shadows” is a mockumentary film that takes the classic vampire tropes in horror and sheds a little bit of humorous light on them.

I recently watched this film for the first time (can’t believe that I haven’t seen it earlier considering my taste in movies) and I thought this film was amazing.

I am a big fan of the classic horror monsters such as Dracula, Nosferatu, Wolfman, Frankenstein, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon…just to name a few. And I loved that this film really pulled from the different classics.

There is a Dracula-esque character, Nosferatu, and the Victorian vampire (I am thinking like Louis from “Interview with the Vampire“). Not only did the creators pull from classic vampire tropes but new popular ones as well such as the young vampire bad boy and the pitting of vampires vs. werewolves which have become more prevalent in the last ten years.

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Nosferatu” (1922)  source: Flickr

A few key aspects that stood out to me while I was watching the film includes the use of the documentary style (acting as if vampires are real and giving them cultural credit), the relevance of the ending and how it critiques the “usual” endings in horror films and lastly the popular pairing of werewolves and vampires in a single story that has taken off since the infamous “Twilight” phenomena.

Talking about the cultural phenomena of vampires in the form of a documentary fits the trend in horror and suspense films of “found footage”. A popular style that really began to pick up with the “Blair Witch Project” (1999). It is refreshing and at the same time provides the audience with the “behind the scenes” look at vampires, making them more silly and relatable than I think audiences would care to admit.

It was great to watch vampires have to fight about chores and see them deal with the mess of murder. I appreciated the Master/Slave dynamic that was used in this film as well (the old concept of vampires having human slaves that take care of them in the daylight). I get the impression this little detail among others when it comes to the vampire tropes have been neglected in recent years.

Although this mockumentary provides a lot of laughs it doesn’t actively seek to paint vampires in the popular morally-conflicted-“good”-guy-who-kills-people light. There are no blurring of lines, the vampires in this film talk about killing and we see them kill brutally. We get glimpses of their terror (and love for torture) and can imagine just how horrible it would be to come across a vampire. Overall, great movie and I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants a laugh and isn’t repelled by vampires.

Side Notes: The special effects for transforming, flying, and werewolf stuff was not that bad. I was impressed by the quality and effort that was given in making these little details “good”.

Alina’s Rating: 5 out of 5 Bats

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Favorite Tracks: The Wombats “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life”

Currently listening to The Wombats new album “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life“.

A few of my favorite tracks,

Lemon to a Knife Fight

Ice Cream

Turn

 

I highly recommend this album, The Wombats have kept it poppy and retained their own unique style even after all these years. It’s been amazing listening to The Wombats go from their 2007 album “Proudly Present…A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation” to this latest album. And I love being able to listen to them on the radio! Oh yay!

Alina’s Album Rating: 5/5

Listen to The Wombats “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life