After The Strain aired the season two finale on Sunday night, fans immediately took to social media to express their displeasure over Nora Martinez’s untimely demise.
If you too were upset over the heroic character’s death in the season two finale, then read on to see why it could have disastrous consequences for future seasons:
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It’s been 20 years, but Twin Peaks is back in the media again. David Lynch’s bizarre crime series about a murder in a small logging town has been a cult hit since its 1991 debut. But now that’s it returning next year on Showtime, the media gets to obsess over the show again — in a more Internet-y way, of course.
I was too young to remember the original hoopla of Twin Peaks‘ 90s debut, and so I found this media roundup of interviews and news promos from 1991 to 1992 to be really interesting. People were just as perplexed by it then as they were today, but their most passionate obsession was with the show’s originality. In the ’90s television was dominated by sitcoms and crappy network crime dramas. A show like Twin Peaks blew everyone’s minds. “It’s SO unusual,” beamed Kathie Lee of Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee (before it was Live! With Kelly and Michael). Donahue — remember him? — even dedicated a cheesy whole show to the TV show, barking at the cast to explain the plot to him because he didn’t get it.
If you’re as amused by old stuff from the ’90s as I am, this playlist of more than 40 videos will keep you weirdly entertained today.
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Pawel Kuczynski is a name you should know, especially if you’re interested in satirical artwork of any kind. This amazing Polish talent has been working over a decade to produce some of the most thought-provoking pieces of artwork on the page. Whether he’s making a statement about the world of politics or making a more general attempt at analyzing the human life and its value, you can’t help but feel a little embarrassed and a little bemused every time you lay your eyes on one of his illustrations.
While he might be a Polish artist, his works are clearly speculative of the entire world, and there are even some hints of metaphysical concepts that appear throughout his collections. Each piece of art tells its own individual story, but themes that touch on the value of human life, human interaction, and disconnect in human thought are certainly present in them all. There’s a lot to be said in regards to these illustrations, but what’s most obvious is that they manage to say everything they need to without using words at all. So on that note, I’ll stop here and just let you enjoy…
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This 2008 short film by acclaimed director De Denis Villeneuve won numerous awards during its festival run. Now, you can view the film in its entirety online…for free (yay, Internet). Next Floor is a clever film that critiques society’s obsession with excess and overconsumption by showing an upscale dinner party having a particularly “meaty” meal. The film then takes a surprising twist that’s both smart, hilarious and, most importantly, not ham-fisted. Bon Appétit!
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There’s probably no song as cherished, as frequently covered, and as as heavily lauded as Joy Division’s post-punk classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Written by Ian Curtis in 1979 shortly before his suicide in 1980, the song’s bleak lyrics and bittersweet ties to reality still hold up today as an ageless ode to decaying relationships. So of course someone had to turn it into a video game.
Created by Gordon Calleja with Might Boy Games, Will Love Tear Us Apart is a free browser game that takes the lyrics of the Joy Division classic and makes them interactive. Each level is a different lyric from the song, and there are three (surprisingly hard) levels in all. The game, like its source material, is cold and bleak, with an art style that’s weird and ominous. The game puts you in charge of a couple as you play mini games to help them with their communication. In words it sounds simple, but the game interprets it more abstractly.
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It’s officially October, which means the majority of my recs will be shamelessly biased toward horror. So you can imagine how happy I was when a web series geared as an “interactive murder mystery” waltzed across my Tumblr dashboard one day. Interactive web series are hit or miss, and I honestly can’t think of one that I thought was worth my time. But the best thing about Virtual Morality is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, nor does it try to pat itself on the back for being oh-so clever or innovative. Instead, it takes its formula from slasher flicks: cheesy, bloody, fun.
Virtual Morality puts you in the POV of Abbie, a shy Catholic girl who’s attending her first house party. Throughout the show you’re given options on how you want Abbie to act. She can either hang out with the vapid, popular girls or snort coke with the attractive guy who looks like The Weeknd. The choice is yours…kind of.
Each episode has the same beginning, so whatever choices you make in the previous episode don’t carry into the next episode. But the series is designed with the intention that you, the player, will replay the episode several times to see as many endings/possibilities as possible, which is exactly what I did. So I guess your choices not affecting later episodes don’t matter.
What matters is the story, which focuses on a murder at a house party that gets published to Instagram. And if you’re thinking this series is a satirical jab at social media culture, you’d be correct. Hell, there’s even a guy getting stabbed with a selfie stick. Its message isn’t subtle.
If you’re looking for something fun and different to get you in the Halloween mood, check out episode one. There are three episodes in all and it should only take you about an hour to play. But most importantly: Don’t like, don’t share, don’t subscribe (or else).
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If you’ve been feeling like you haven’t accomplished much lately, then you might not want to see this video recently released by a group of Stanford students. Or maybe you will want to… because they accomplish something pretty extraordinary with limited means.
To put it most simply, I’ll quote the beginning of the video: “In June 2013, a group of students sent a balloon to the edge of space over the Grand Canyon.”
Attached to that balloon was a GoPro, and it soared just under 100,000 feet (the stratosphere is at approximately 65,000 feet) before dropping back down to Arizona in one hour and thirty-eight minutes. Two years later the footage was found by a hiker and returned to the students. Pretty remarkable, right? It makes you rethink what possibilities exist with a little creative ingenuity.
Now go watch the video — it might just give you goosebumps.
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