Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Oscar Countdown: Lady Bird and the Never-Ending Ritual


Before you know it all of the stars will be walking the red carpet under the shadow of the Babylon Gate and entering into the Dolby Theater, which was the former site of the Hollywood Masonic Lodge.

The master of ceremonies this year-- like last-- will be born-again social crusader Jimmy Kimmel, whose show is taped at the Hollywood Masonic Temple. 

Astonishing coincidences, don't you think? 





The two big favorites this year are The Shape of Water--which has been compared to Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast-- and Lady Bird, the quirky coming of age story starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan that's very much in the style of Juno, a previous Oscar darling. Lady Bird currently has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lady Bird has also been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Not bad.

Regular readers don't need to be reminded how both of these films mainline the rising archetypes we've been poring over here since Chris Cornell's death at the MGM Grand Casino on the Detroit River. I know a lot of people still have trouble wrapping their heads around the exegesis I've been laying out here but if so, there's Exhibit A and Exhibit B. 




The missus and I went to see Lady Bird on Valentine's Day and yeah, I don't know. 

I've had plenty of worse times at the movies, believe me, but I just couldn't shake the feeling I'd seen this movie at least a dozen times before. Of course, that's how I feel after pretty much every movie I see anymore. Because I have.

Given that's it also about an intact family and a girl who believes in God I wasn't quite sure how it lived up to its rep as being some radical feminist salvo against Trump. Plus, it also takes potshots at the new extreme left in the dead-on portrayal of a spoiled rich punk who hates Capitalism yet drinks deep from its trough every minute of every day. 


So is Lady Bird another Hollywood SJW struggle session? Not even close.


But I did have a serious problem with the film. I mean, the script was crisp and punchy and the story moves along at a pleasant clip, but then it just stops. I mean, stops dead in its tracks. 


My wife and I wondered if there was some kind of problem with the projector because it kinda feels like they just ran out of film and decided to just roll the credits on account of reloading the cameras was more trouble than it was worth. You got your money's worth, folks. Please proceed to the exits. 


And sure, Saoirse Ronan is perfectly charming and has great comic timing but she also looked a bit too old for the part. She looks 24, not 17.


So yeah, I was kinda left wondering what all the hype was about.


That is, until I tallied up all the emergent archetypal dominant bases Lady Bird hit. Then it was clear as glass.




Let's start here, which not only gives us a glance at Saoirse Ronan's head pasted upon a stork but also as a Max Ernst-styled Loplop Bird Superior. 


So just as The Shape of Water ties into Oannes and the Babylonian Mer-lineage that takes us up to Atargatis and the late-model Sirens, its companion piece Lady Bird gives us a heapin' helpin' of the pre-Picsean Siren. 

This is a tag-team we're looking at here and you really can't understand one film without the other.

What we're looking at here is that Siren archetype I've been screaming into the wind about, punching you right upside the head and demanding you pay attention already.



And just in case you didn't get the memo, the Olympics slammed it all home again with the Siren's Korean cousin here. Like I've said before, we're all being initiated, whether we want to or not. Everything is about to ripped out of the ground in order that this new paradigm can be planted. Get ready.

So, we saw the Ash Wednesday thing-- did I mention we saw this on Valentine's Day?-- but let's take a short, spoiler-free look at some of the others.



There's the emotional support peacock we're becoming so familiar with, speaking of Juno.



And the obligatory submersion-baptism shot.



And the extraneous Vega call-out.



And the callout to the Nephilim-Sons of Heaven-Vegas-Pearly Dewdrops, in the form of a rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Giants in the Sky" (from Into the Woods).

Add in the overall ambience of religion and the Church and you start to get the picture; we're being initiated into the new religion. I have no earthly clue if Greta Gerwig was consciously processing that in her script but it's pretty clear what's going on here.




All the more so when you place all of this in context. 

Saoirse Ronan has been doing a lot of modeling for fashion giant Gucci, who have plugged directly into the emerging archetypal dominants with their 2018 line and the promotional campaign behind it. The concept art for the new line is full of potent symbolism, including a Siren (de rigeur by this point), a Sphinx and most significantly, Pearls.


And as such it depicts certain scenes in which giant women-- Colossi, really-- descend (read:"drop") from the sky or straddle entire continents, wearing pearl necklaces, whether real or costume. The odds this is all some kind of fluke-coincidence are about googolplex-infinity to one. In my opinion, at least.

But what do I know, right?


But just in case, there's Ronan rocking the now-familiar Pink-Orange-Red for Gucci.


Of course, Ronan's first big mainstream turn was in Sir Peter Jackson's adaption of The Lovely Bones, in which we see that familiar trope of the traumatized young girl-- Susie Salmon, in this case-- breaking through to a new reality. 

Yet again. Yet again.



Not only does she break through to another reality but she does so accompanied by the haunting timbres of Our Lady, Queen Dowager of Sibyls, singing Tim Buckley's immortal "Song to the Siren." 

Is this all starting to make sense to you now? I hope so, because as I told you, this never ends. Ever. 

This is your new reality.



Just in case the message isn't clear enough we also see Susie's brother, Buckley, nearly asphixiated.


No, seriously. His name is Buckley. You remember Buckley, don't you?



If you're still not quite convinced, we also hear Our Lady serenade us again during another pivotal scene in the film. The song in question here is the haunting lament, "Alice," which may or may not be a reference to Alice in Wonderland. It was originally recorded for the film, Stealing Beauty, which featured Liv Tyler.*


That actor in the clip is my former neighbor, Mark Wahlberg, who's also in another well-received film this season and that's Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. His co-star there is Michelle Williams, former wife of the late Heath Ledger.


We talked quite a bit about Williams, particularly in connection to the Heath Ledger memorial at Cottlesloe Beach in Perth, Australia. That event gave us a moderately strong FLAP hit, FLAP being an acronym for "Fraser Locality Alignment Pattern."

As entirely-arbitrary, acausal luck would have it, Wahlberg would film with Martin Scorsese just over the border from Braintree, as well as other locations in the Boston Metro area in the Whitey Bulger allegory, The Departed.


And wonder of wonders, The Departed would also feature the conspicuously non-Irish Ray Winstone, who also starred back in 1994 in Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird. 

With a Vega, no less.



Winstone would more recently do a strange turn as HG Wells in the British anthology series, The Nightmare World of HG Wells. Which featured music by...





...aww, you know by now. As far as I know this was her first-ever original score work, meaning she was hired to so the soundtrack, not hired to sing for one by another musician. It was said to be her first full-length work since Milk and Kisses.

A purple pileus is a mushroom, incidentally. 


And ironically, we're now living in HG Well's nightmare world.


All the Money in the World is about the kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III, and is garnering praise for the acting of Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin "Little" Spacey after he ran into a major kiddie beef.



John Paul Getty III being the father of Balthazar Getty, who appeared in Lost Highway with Patricia Arquette. Getty and Arquette famously fuck to the lilting strains of one Elizabeth Davidson Fraser and "Song to the Siren."


But believe it or not, the Getty kidnapping is also the subject of a new FX series, with the Mark Wahlberg character played by...


...Brendan Fraser. And the John Paul Getty Sr role filled by...



...Donald "Vega" Sutherland.


In another Fraser-adjacent remake, we also saw Tom Cruise fill Brendan Fraser's shoes in 2017s Mummy reboot. More on that later. Along with the other ten-million posts sitting in the queue waiting for me to add stupid jokes to them finish.


Tom Cruise starred in the Elizabeth Fraser crypto-allegory, Minority Report, nominally based on the Philip K Dick novella. Oh, didn't I tell you Minority Report is about her? 

Yeah. Damnedest thing.  

Something tells me this whole Siren business would be too mind-blowing even for Dick.



Anyway, Fraserganger Samantha Morton also played Mary Stuart in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.



A role soon to be tackled by the Lady Bird herself, Saoirse Ronan.



By the way, Ronan's movie debut was I Could Never Be Your Woman. 

She played a character called Izzie, short for Isabel, an Iberian variant of Elizabeth.

She played the daughter of a Rose, who was dating a Pearl. 

You can't make this shit up.


Saoirse also has a lovely pair of Frasereyes herself, now that you mention it.



Just in case this all seems a bit of the Hollywood Merry-Go-Round for you, I'll add that there's no discernible direct connection with these films or their makers, other than they're all in the same general business.


Or they're all in the same Elizabeth Fraser cult. 


That would be my guess.


With that in mind, let's hop a jet back to Perth.



Yes, Heath Ledger's hometown got itself a major dose of Siren ritualism with the Siren Song, um, ritual. The Perth Festival follows on the heels of the Sydney Festival, which itself featured a more explictly Fraser-centric Siren ritual with the performance of Aquasonic.

More explicit in that they at least acknowledge that they were impersonating Elizabeth Fraser. Maybe the Siren Song folks thought that went without saying.


Take a look at that video up there. Know where it's filmed? Right there in that green area, which just so happens to be bordered by Elizabeth Quay in the east, David Carr Park in the south and Fraser Ave on the west. 



Why do those names sound so familiar?




Right. Thanks.



The Perth Festival also featured a performance by an artist from Tonga, who submerged herself in a tank of water.


And as I've mentioned before, the Siren Song ritual kicked off the Perth Festival, which coincided with the formation of Cyclone Gita, which ravaged Tonga a few days later. Siren Song was played at dusk and dawn for the length of the festival.





I should mention that we saw a similar yet less potent FLAP coinciding with the location of the Siren Song's performance last year at the Dark Mojo Festival in Hobart, Tasmania.



And smack dab in the middle of all this, popular retro-rock magazine Louder Than War dropped its new issue with you-know-who on the cover. 

Timing is everything.


*You remember Liv Tyler, right? She played Arwen in Fellowship of the Ring. Remember the Aragorn-drowning scene and all? Remember Elizabeth Fraser singing 'Lament for Gandalf?' 

Good times.

101 comments:

  1. The Western Australian town of Broome, known for it's (drowned) pearl diver's and pearl industry is currently flooded after being hit by (or nearly hit) Cyclone Kelvin -

    "Broome receives record rainfall as Cyclone Kelvin passes by"

    https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/02/19/broome-receives-record-rainfall-cyclone-kelvin-passes

    And Former cyclone Gita sparks state of emergency in New Zealand as it's about to hit the area around Christchurch tomorrow -

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/former-cyclone-gita-sparks-state-of-emergency-in-new-zealand-20180220-h0we0e.html

    New Zealand is where 'The Lovely Bones' was filmed.

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    1. "New Zealand's national carrier on Tuesday cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled the country.
      Even before the storm hit in full force, heavy rains in the centre of New Zealand brought floods in Christchurch, prompting a warning from Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
      "The full impact of the storm will be felt overnight and tomorrow morning," she said, urging residents of low-lying areas to evacuate.
      "We are expecting homes to be flooded."
      Air New Zealand said all flights to the capital would be grounded from 2.45 p.m. (0145 GMT) as weather authorities issued warnings of severe weather and heavy rain and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph)."

      https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/flights-to-new-zealand-capital-grounded-as-former-cyclone-gita-hits/ar-BBJlOnP?OCID=ansmsnnews11

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    2. Sheesh- amazing that Gita is still tearing around. Is that a record?

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    3. I don't know.
      I haven't seen anything in the media about it being a record.
      That should be the end of it now that it's hit the middle kingdom, I would imagine.

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    4. More on the latest here. How many cyclones bring snow?

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5415431/New-Zealand-blasted-heavy-dump-SNOW-Gita.html

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  2. Since you just now touched on it, something I've been meaning to say is Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) and her connection to all this. Forgoing that she's contemporary to Elizabeth I / John Dee - before her imprisonment, people marched around with a creepy image depicting her as a Siren (google image "Mary Stuart mermaid" & it comes up). This was because 'mermaid' was somewhat synonymous with 'prostitute' back then and it was commonly assumed her lover had murdered her husband. After reading a biography on her (by a certain Antonia Fraser) - it's much more likely that the Scottish nobility was planning on murdering her husband and decided to take Mary & her alleged lover out as the scenario progressed (a sort of "3 birds 1 stone" scenario) but, nevertheless, a Siren she was called.

    Also, Walt Disney himself ascribed to the theory that the "Mary Mary Quite Contrary" rhyme was about Mary Stewart. The one all about the Aikea Guineas.

    Bonus: two other actresses famous for playing Mary, Queen of Scots were connected to Orwell's infamous List of Stalinists. Katherine Hepburn was, at one point, on it & Vanessa Redgrave's father was on the final list. And I'm not exactly fishing as they were the only two actresses ever mentioned.

    TL;DR - the Mary Stuart thing goes, goes & goes.

    But as always, keep up the good work. I was sleepin on this blog when I first found it but man, stuff like this just can't be ignored.

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    1. Speaking of Hepburn, the satirical mermaid image also has her last husband, James Hepburn Duke of Orkney and Earl of Bothwell symbolized as a hare (the Hepburn family crest) in a circle of 17 swords.

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    2. ‘Thou rememberest

      Since once I sat upon a promontory,

      And heard a mermaid on a Dolphin’s back

      Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,

      That the rude sea grew civil at her song;

      And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,

      To hear the sea-maid’s music.’

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    3. Saoirse Una Ronan seems to translate to “freedom/liberation”, “lamb”, and “little seal”...as in a selkie?

      Love yer blog!

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  3. Thank you Christopher Knowles!
    Man, the script keeps going... Unbelievable!!
    For "Frasereyes" look how Saoirse Ronan eyes are in "The Host"
    https://youtu.be/XLIKIdABD44?t=1m2s

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    1. The eyes- windows to the soul. Saoirse's eyes, pen ultimate freak show. What a trip, this dew drops drop. PKD would be amazed indeed. To shine forth is key! 87

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    2. Thanks, Pictus- I was going to get back to the Host soon.

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    3. Speaking of Fraser eyes, one of the XF tropes is the sudden appearance of a sudden blinding light. Note Gillian's eyes in those scenes.

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  4. Now I'm sure, you're doing it on purpose: first with Colbert, now with Sondheim. Given how incredibly detailed your research is, how could you misspell their first names? Apart from that I share your lack of enthusiasm regarding Lady Bird. Funny enough I watched it, because Colbert hyped it. How is it possible that such a movie deserves an Oscar, when an average episode of a show like THE MIDDLE is ten times better? Grüße aus Wien, Peter

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    1. I guess the notme-timesup hashtag era might have something to do with it. It was fine I just felt like I've seen it a dozen times or more already. Seriously.

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  5. For about a week, a neighborhood theater was showing

    The Shape of Water
    Lady Bird
    Living Among Us

    Yeah...

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  6. Are they ever going to be disappointed when the Vegans finally show up and react towards their followers the exact same way the Great Cthulhu reacted towards his own when he finally emerged from the depths in Lovecraft's story:

    He violently killed everyone that was there. He straight-up didn't give a s**t, no "thanks for waking me up", nothing. The "Vegan-hopefuls" won't even have time to cry like little bitches, lol.

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    1. Today I've been listening to the song "New Tibet" by Bonnie 'Prince' Billie. Featuring Angel Olsen on backing vocals.

      You think we don't fight.
      Birds fight.
      Birds hate.
      We fight, even as we reincarnate.
      Free us, and a mess of mess will come rolling down upon you.

      We are not what we should be
      we just do what we do.

      If we had power,
      we would not fight for you
      we would crush you.

      We do what we do.

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    2. I think the Engineer-David encounter in Prometheus is particularly instructive as well.

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  7. Chris,last night's episode of The Alienist, Hildebrandt’s Starling, again relates so well to references in the Secret Sun. There are still too many spoilers from the episode as well as the book to cite them.
    Karin


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    1. There's a scene on Ash Wednesday just like the one at the top of the post.
      https://somanyshows.com/alienist-episode-5/3
      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/arts/television/the-alienist-recap-hildebrandts-starling.html Look at Your Bird, Laszlo https://25yearslatersite.com/2018/02/20/the-alienist-hildebrandts-starling/
      Karin

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  8. We might all be swimming with the fishes if the magnetic reverses. In detail here -
    https://youtu.be/vJKTLuvGAU4

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    1. Aquarius is the 'Bringer of Water'. Gonna be a lot of water around when the poles shift.

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    2. And yet it's an air sign. I've yet to wrap my head around that one.

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    3. The Native Americans out west long ago knew about "rivers in the sky" that caused massive floods, and which atmospheric rivers have since been confirmed by science. Perhaps similarly, Fort used to refer to water and ships in the sky above us in some of his musings.

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  9. Major spoilers for the The Alienist & The Angel of Darkness.



    http://17thstreet.net/alienist-books/alienist-characters/alienist-character-list/supporting-characters/
    A character has the last name Fraser & a variation of Elizabeth I've never seen before.
    Karin

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    1. I can't remember if I read Angel of Darkness. Actually I think I did and wasn't thrilled with it.

      But Elspeth Fraser. I mean, yeah.

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  10. Your Veritas interview was cool, but do you realize you did it on a fascist mouthpiece?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G8chlHPGTo

    Go into the video and check out the "Bureau of Memetic Warfare" logo. That's a reference to this board:

    https://8ch.net/bmw/index.html

    "If we should ever manage to rehabilitate, in the minds of the public, the image and politics of Hitler, we shall have won the war as the public would never again (or for a great period) be taken in by Jewish propaganda."

    The symbol is a fascist symbol.

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    1. Yes, we were talking about memetic warfare. Hence using that symbol to indicate a discussion about weaponized memes. Mel also used The X Files logo. Does that make him the Cigarette Smoking Man? Do the swastikas in Schindler's List make Steven Spielberg a Nazi? It's all about context, my friend.

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  11. The tagline for the Saoirse* (meaning 'freedom' & prnounced 'SEER-sha') starring 'Hanna' (2011), about 'A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.', is 'ADAPT OR DIE'.

    *& there is a character named Saiorse in 'Song of the Sea', released 2014, about 'a 10-year-old Irish boy named Ben ... who discovers that his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for the apparent death of his mother, is a selkie who has to free faerie creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha.'

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    1. I'm sorry, did you say Hanna?

      https://secretsun.blogspot.com/2012/06/true-hollywood-horror-story-sequel.html

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  12. “The country will be in for a trauma the likes of which we haven’t seen.” So said US Sen. James Buckley (brother of conservative writer William F. Buckley) in March 1974, a comment directed at President Richard Nixon. Ironically, in the same article where Buckley makes that statement, future presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush Sr. remark that resignation is a bad idea and that Bush Sr. said he worried about the "instability" a resignation would bring to the "political system." I sense a similar situation building. Earth-shaking stuff. I think of Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums," filmed in 2000 in New York (although anything related to "New York" was erased) and released shortly after 9/11, about a family "led" by a scurrilous patriarch and who have a pet dog named "Buckley," which is killed in a car crash involving Owen Wilson's self-absorbed writer character Eli Cash. I sense something big coming ... and few of us are ready for it. http://www.reddirtreport.com/dust-devil-dreams/duck-buckley

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    1. Owen Wilson is playing Zeus in a movie called 'Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin', filming now, with Daryl Hannah of 'Splash' fame playing herself.
      Storyline:
      This is an action film following the adventures of Naya The Golden Dolphin Princess and her mission to save the Earth.
      James Franco is in it, so maybe his part will be cut out, or re-filmed with Christopher Plumber playing his part?-)
      Wilson's brother Luke was just involved in a real life car accident where some guy was killed.
      "Luke Wilson, pro golfer Bill Haas involved in deadly Ferrari crash in California"
      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/14/luke-wilson-pro-golfer-bill-haas-involved-in-deadly-ferrari-crash-in-california.html

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    2. Oh man, the Wilson brothers. That's a whole different kettle of fishpeople we have no time to open.

      Owen Wilson is probably wondering how he became Doug McClure.

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  13. When I took my subscription copy of the UK film magazine Sight & Sound out of its bag the other day, I thought for a second that Elizabeth Fraser was the cover star. Instead it's Greta Gerwig:
    http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/march-2018-issue
    And incidentally, one of S&S's 'Films of the Month' is 'A Fantastic Woman' starring Daniela Vega.

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    1. Greta Gerwig played a mermaid in an episode of 'Portlandia' titled 'Doug Becomes a Feminist' and of course the fish-man in 'The Shape of Water' is played by actor Doug Jones.

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    2. She also has a minor role in Ti West's 'House of the Devil' (2009) which is obviously influenced by (amongst other movies) Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby'. It's well worth a look.

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    3. Our Lady? With those big brown eyes? Heresy!

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    4. Ha ha. Heresy indeed. It was more the hair and her pale skin. And spending too much time here too, probably.
      And yes: Tom Noonan.

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  14. "Las Vegas is a Spanish word and means “the meadows.” Vegas was Spanish-Mexican territory before it became part of the United States and was likely named in honor of the Vega family of Spain represented today by Inigo of Arteaga and Martin the XXVIII Lord of the House of La Vega. The Colonna family run politics in Vegas and the Pallavicini family run business. They enable organized crime. I believe Caesars’ Palace hotel and casino in Vegas is named in honor of the Sforza-Cesarini family. The mafias are involved in most casinos in the United States and use them for money laundering and gambling rackets using fixed bets and rigged slot machines. The Jesuit Xavier University educated James Zenni Jr. is a founder and owner of Z Capital Group which owns Affinity Gaming with casinos in Vegas including Silver Sevens Casino."

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    1. Oh, that's just what they want you to think.

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  15. & on the 23rd of this month, "Annihilation" will be released. All manner of alien/transgenic goodies coming our way:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89OP78l9oF0

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annihilation_(film)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Reach_Trilogy

    SPOILER:

    "A team of four cross the border into an uninhabited area known as Area X. The team consists of an anthropologist, surveyor, biologist, and psychologist. None of the team is ever identified by name. The story is told through the biologist's field journal. They are part of the 12th expedition into Area X and it is revealed that the biologist's husband was part of the previous expedition into the same area. The narrator's husband returned unexpectedly from the expedition, showing up in their kitchen without any recollection of how he got there. The rest of his expedition show up similarly. A few months later he died of cancer along with the others in the 11th expedition.

    After the first night spent at the base camp, the 12th expedition come upon a set of spiral stairs into the ground. Inside the staircase (which the biologist repeatedly calls a tower), they find cursive writing that begins with the words "Where lies the strangling fruit...." The writing appears to consist of a plant material growing several inches from the exterior wall. While the biologist is examining the writing, she accidentally inhales spores from one of the script-defining growths. After returning from the tower, the biologist discovers that the psychologist, who is the appointed leader, has programmed the group with certain triggers via hypnosis. By saying the phrase "consolidation of authority" everyone except the biologist immediately enters a state of hypnosis. The biologist believes that the spores she has inhaled have made her immune to the hypnotic suggestions and influence of the psychologist. The group decides to return to base camp for the night. At dusk, they hear a moaning noise from far away."

    Spiral staircase? Mind control? How...curious. Feel like I've seen that somewhere before. Full text of spiral staircase/tower writing:

    "Where lies the strangling fruit that came from the hand of the sinner I shall bring forth the seeds of the dead to share with the worms that gather in the darkness and surround the world with the power of their lives while from the dim lit halls of other places forms that never were and never could be writhe for the impatience of the few who never saw what could have been."

    Can't wait to see this one actually. Or read the books.

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    1. Didn't we see the trailer for this 45 years ago? I hope the February release isn't a bad sign. It looks very interesting, even if Natalie Portman puts me to sleep.

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  16. "Minority report" the movie is a pretty different animal from PKD's short story. Most people of course prefer the movie, because the short story gives you just too much food for thought in a very short time. I haven't seen the movie but I've seen comments of people making the comparisons, enough to agree that the differences are quite fundamental.

    I'm beginning to think I should watch the movie, though. Maybe there's something more then than just a bad adaptation.

    By the way, it looks like my comments have just been censored out of another site. Everything I posted, deleted. Just me. No explanation, in spite that I did ask for one. Perhaps I was making a few guesses that were just a little too accurate for the Pentagram's comfort, or something. It wasn't a forum about esoteric stuff, just one about straightforward geopolitical predictions. I suppose it just bugs some people when you can separate signal from noise. I think I did post something about Copernicus, number 114, and superheavy bombs that might have annoyed someone.

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    1. Don't worry. It's just a baseless human intellectual fantasy that they could understand, discover or share some idea which would alter a power structure based on will.

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    2. I don't know where all this Elizabeth Fraser stuff got injected into the script. The first draft was completed shortly after Jeff Buckley's death and there wasn't any of it in there. And voila- there it is, so blatant and unsubtle I feel kind of stupid for missing it.

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  17. not to pick nits; but the tasmanian festival is Dark Mofo. even before you mentioned Ronans 'Frasereyes'; I thought she was like a MkII of your alien hybrid models - the girl next door variety.

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    1. I think you'll find that Chris was making a joke with a play on words there dboy.
      Dark Mojo being like voodoo:-)

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    2. Dark Mojo is much more descriptive. Dark Mofo sounds like an unreleased blaxsploitation flick.

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    3. Lmao. Dark Mofo needs to be produced.

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  18. Jennifer Lawrence is carrying this now.
    She is taking a sabbatical to fix American democracy while promoting her new movie Red Sparrow, wherein she plays a Russian spy.
    I would tell her not to get on that particular yacht, but there it is.
    I guess being worked over seems like a thing when there is money involved.

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    1. I feel better already. Wonder-Jennifer is here.

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  19. "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a mermaid's tail slapping a human face - forever."

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    1. It's re-worded version of a quote from Orwell's 1984 - "If you want a vision of the future imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever".
      Some do consider it their "Bible".

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  20. Amazon HQ2 in DC? This story almost writes itself.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-20/did-amazon-employees-unwittingly-reveal-location-hq2

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    1. And certainly a prime location for some spooky interference with "sensitive deliveries" in case Alexa isn't doing her job well enough.

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  21. Snow Patrol - Chocolate

    It's been around since the beginning. Everyone sees it in their own way. The glory of the Lord covers everything. The standard depiction of a ladybird is the red kind with seven spots. Related to a die. In the I Ching 7 is young female.
    Be a G. I Ladybug. Bird. Be I 104. 8 * 13. Two decks of cards. 52 cards, 52 weeks. 4 suits, and 4 seasons. 12 courts, and 12 months. The 364 pips, + a fool, 365 days a year.
    It is what it is, what Tiffany - is I think we're alone now. Everywhere, all the time.

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  22. Before the 20th century Court cards had feet. During the 20th century crown after crown fell. This isn't something new. Someone noticed you and you got an amplification of your knowing. You got a knock on the door. Like Neil said on the phone, where we go from here is up to you.

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  23. Snow Patrol - Chocolate.

    25. On the E at Delphi by Plutarch.

    Euclid's 47 proposition. Where the passenger train 47 hit the the freight train 36.(twilight language blog).

    Fraser, STrAWberry. Digging in the dirt.

    The Greek Omega is a W.

    The serpent on the Tau cross. I am the A and the W.

    Awaken.

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    1. I am, I am Superman. And I know what's happening.

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    2. Because you are neither cold nor hot (red or blue) I shall spit you out of my mouth.

      Red and yellow is orange. Blue and yellow is green.

      Coldplay, Yellow.

      Powder finger, My Happiness.

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    3. If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!

      I'm doing this wrong.

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    4. https://youtu.be/yTg9nIQoLSA. Tell me about yellow.

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  25. TH, the symbol of Royal Arch Masonry. Cheers to This.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KrdVZwzvQn4

    All the time everywhere. And why should I go upon this cross?

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  26. As sync would have it, I am watching LOTR again. Did not realize Liz sang Lament for Gandalf. Perfect. However, just to be pedantic, it was the Samewise drowning scene in the Fellowship of the Ring. Aragorn drowns later. Sam is saved by Frodo offering him the Masonic handshake of brotherhood.

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    1. This one, Michael: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8KhZOP9sMU

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  27. Yeah, see the last age was water, the new age is air, so carinated drinks. Champagne supernova. How is that controlled by what?

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  28. Been watching Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit, the last few days. Hadnt watched any LOTR in 10 years. Funny that you mention it. Not that its obscure or anything. Timing though..

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  29. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQK-UcRezE

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    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Field

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    2. Itchycoo Park. "The meaning of the name Ichigo is Strawberry Or Best Guardian. The origin of the name Ichigo is Japanese."

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  30. FYI - not that it currently has any relevance.

    The Colorado river where it runs through Austin was renamed to Lady Bird Lake not too long ago. Long time residents still call it Town Lake. And yes I know, its a river not a lake. Ha.
    Anyhow, named after Lady Bird Johnson. Lyndon Johnson grew up not far from Austin.

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  31. Chris!

    Take note of this-

    Greta Gerwig's appearance on PORTLANDIA a few years ago!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eua-XJ4pRPI

    (And of course the namesake goddess of that show/city is a Siren)

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    1. Yes indeed. Darren pointed us that way earlier. Thanks for the link JB

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  32. Greta Gerwig routinely played a vamp/ingenue type in her twenties. Ladybird was okay, but it touches on the zeitgeist, hence the excessive praise. Note Tracy Letts as the father in the film. One of America's best playwrights. His 'Killer Joe' play, adapted to the screen and directed by William Friedkin is one of the best black comedies I have ever seen. I plug it here, because it never got the attention it deserved.

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  33. Ronan did City of Ember. Which is a good movie... but full of strange symbolism at the end.

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  34. Hi Chris, the other day, my daughter sighed and said, "We've been over this. Immortals tend to be obsessive. They replay these stories because none of them have ended yet." In the meantime, I would add that the replaying of the story is both an ego thing and a remembrance thing. After all, as I get older, I find nostalgia is a potent thing.
    In the Bible, YHVH promises to show future events to His prophets - for the people to be warned, and as confirmation of His word. I suspect that the Vegas/elohim/etc., are not just dropping hints to condition the masses, but as a sort of dialogue with those of us who are alert and watching.

    It's like leaving notes for the police when you're a serial killer - baiting, displaying your power but not playing your final card yet.

    I saw a trailer for 2017's "Cold Skin" yesterday. In it, a replacement lighthouse keeper discovers an aquatic humanoid race and ultimately, humans appear to be the monsters. The word used in the advertising was "Lovecraftian." Revelation's passage about a nation rising from the sea seems more and more haunting.

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  35. CW ended Reign this past Summer after 4 seasons. Australian actress,Adelaide Kane, played Mary, Queen of Scots.
    https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/reign/
    Nostradamus was a character in seasons 1-3.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reign_(TV_series)
    Karin

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  36. So ... that bit you included about Jeff Buckley talking about Chris Cornell and "that chick from the Cranberries" ... wow, it really kinda spooked me. And so, last night, in my dream I noted both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam - sensing that something was not quite right with the latter band. In fact, I woke up, wondering if there was some news article on Eddie Vedder. Anyway, a friend of mine who does not follow Secret Sun - I know - randomly included some Jeff Buckley YouTube videos on their FB page, including this one, with Chris Cornell remembering Buckley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FRgyM6Q8Nc&feature=share

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  37. More great work, Chris. I don't know where you find the time to sleep, man! I can barely juggle work and Amid Night Suns these days! But sometimes, occasionally, I attempt to have some semblance of a social life. But man, living in London is difficult when you're poor. Still, I count my blessings. Anyways, keep up the great work, my man. I'm looking forward to your analysis of Minority Report. Sam Morton was definitely well cast for spooky Fraser resonance. Plus, I read somewhere she was the original voice for the AI in the movie 'Her', before Scarlet rerecorded her part. Friggin' D~Wave! Probably. :)

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  38. Watched Ladybird a couple weeks back not really knowing anything about the film. Fairly standard indie stuff with a few stand out scenes but mostly just kinda bland in a way that doesn't make much impression. It was alright, but I wouldn't ever care to watch it again and I wouldn't call it a great movie. Pretty surprised to see it gaining such a reputation.

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    1. You're not imagining it, it's obnoxious shit-tier Noah Baumbachish script, with doilies. This profile, with the pee story and the shoe gifting...: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/magazine/greta-gerwigs-radical-confidence.html

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  39. http://kxan.com/2018/02/21/hbo-creating-westworld-town-near-austin-for-sxsw/

    For anyone near Austin, TX for SXSW, they’re “creating” Westworld. So you can LARP such disturbing things as rape and murder, perhaps...

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  40. Here's the latest Gucci atrocity if you haven't seen it yet:

    https://www.businessinsider.sg/gucci-models-carry-severed-heads-show-2018-2/

    And here's a bit on non-mermaid water beasties:

    http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/02/weird-encounters-with-frog-men-gill-men-and-other-amphibious-humanoids/

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  41. Empire state building lights out in honor of the casualties in parkland fl. . ..lights out except for an orange halo

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  42. Or maybe the whatever and whomever are just running out of symbolism to hypnotize us with. Annihilation just looked like one of those eco warrior green power things to me. And The Shapeless Water? Lovecraft does romance novels. Not that all that Hollywood mofo-mojo aint actually there...but I'm beginning to think that the wise wizards of memetic warfare have been hiding in their ivory towers a tad too long and have lost all touch with, well, most of it. Or how cast a decent spell. I could easily be wrong, and this whole pearl orangey muted red thing could just as easily be because the photoshop warlocks have overused teal and orange and don't know any more than to mute the palette.
    But I could be wrong.
    Or the whole shebang stinks of heavy late night bonding over rather disgusting rituals invoking elder gods that we don't want to hear about, and a discussion on how to bring all this neat new age slobber together and hammer it into the heads of those damned idiot peasants we so love to hate.
    But what do I know? I don't share the same obsess-er, knowledge that Chris does. And as one of those stupid peasants, I ask "Okay, so is this just another Roman orgy death and destruction binge fest that they have to have every odd month or so, or is this shit actually gonna go somewhere? I got crops to tend, and unless Ladybird moloch siren things leap out of the water and threaten the world, I could care less." As I have said before, with all this rather ritualistic symbolism - we get watered down hollyweird invoking movies, while them there ancients, they really whooped it up with fire and sacrifices and everything.

    But hey, I could be wrong.

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    1. The 'Roman orgy death and destruction binge fest' that the ancient romans had every odd month or so was done for what purpose? And why is the still being practiced today?
      JUST 'human nature'?
      Or someTHING else?
      Why did ancient peoples sacrifice their children to MOLOCH?
      SSDD.

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  43. "Transgender actor Daniela Vega shines in Oscar contender"

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-22/fantastic-woman-review-daniela-vega-shines/9470280?section=arts-culture

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  44. For Second Thoughts: will is an active mental state. Yes, power structures have been changed. And this one, here's how it works. One starts with attention. Now, without getting all esoteric, attention means one is observing, deeply, and deciphering, the power structure and how it works, how it's implemented. Generals on the battlefield who are successful do this, and often win while at a disadvantage. It's look, see, act. The will comes in on the last word, because will is a major component of action. As simple as an athlete desiring to win. And if they don't win one time, they keep at it. No need for fancy ass mental states, esoteric magic. Just plain ol' human will. Mind you, some don't believe in that woo woo.

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