(don't see this posted anywhere yet, but sorry if I just managed to miss it)
No you're the first to post. It off a 12" that will be release in US on 22nd June
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I know the video is old news, but I didn't want to create a similar thread before digging a bit first. Basically, this maddening visual orgasm is the reason I've come here, as I think I've found the method to its madness. I'd like to hear other perspectives though before jumping into the fire myself, so if anyone has any theories about the video, please share here or PM me. I can guarantee that no idea, no matter how seemingly farfetched or insane, will faze me in the slightest.
Edit: I will also provide a link to my "theory blog," though that may be a while since it's less than half complete. So if anyone has any questions in the meantime about what something means in the video, I'll do my best to check in here and answer them. Most importantly, my immense gratitude goes to Owen and M. Blash for making this absurd masterpiece. As strange as it may sound, this video means the world to me. Without it, I may have been dead by now--no joke.
I don't have any theories, but I can discuss minutiae with you. I just rewatched the video and noticed these things:
Graffiti: —ikes in the kitchen
Tropical Fantasy juice cocktails
The revolving images that Owen presses on the window panels at 0:22, a lot of them get laid out on the floor before 1:25. At 1:05, there's the back of a naked woman in a shower on the left door, then the bottom half of a naked man on the left door and a naked woman on the right door (this last picture reappears on the floor and also at 4:51 with nipples faded out).
At 3:27, there's a somewhat creepy shot of Alison Pill lying down with the mask on in front the fireplace with a flash before the same scene is shown in better lighting.
Yeah, I also noticed that same detail with the graffiti. I've tried to decipher it, but to little avail. My best guess is "Yikes, in the kitchen." Considering some other scenes, it may make some sense.
In my view, the tropical fantasy drinks represent the paradise that the hatted people and Owen live in...or think they live in.
The naked woman is a very important motif in my theory, though I didn't notice the naked guy on the door and the faded nipples until now--good catch. I didn't think that she might be in a shower either...it's possible. Considering the other imagery in the video though, I've always thought she was standing against a bathroom door in front of a mirror, with the arch behind her being the doorway and the black trapezoid in front of her being the mirror.
The mask may be the single most important element in my theory. Alison Pill wearing the mask, however, is only one part of the equation and there is a lot more that meets the eye there. The fireplace imagery is also important, though I'd call it more of a secondary theme. The flash of light I think is actually much more relevant and ties directly into the mask theme.
Balloon boy hoax: of course that's important too. And interesting @ the father's infomercial. He reminds me of a poor man's Billy Mays.
Really, pretty much everything one could ever think of in this video can be dissected and interpreted in some way. The question is if anyone can tie it all together into something that makes any semblance of sense. With that, it's a bit premature and hardly anywhere near complete, but here is my blog:
I'm a skeptic; my guess is you're reading more into the video than what was intended. I could well be wrong. Regardless, there are a lot of details I had never noticed and I will enjoy reading the rest of your analysis.
It doesn't look like a Y for "yikes".
The shower picture is another person. I posted some screenshots on Tumblr (not safe for work) to show what I'm referring to. If you want to take higher resolution screenshots, download the video from Vimeo and use a video player (such as VLC) to slow down the speed.
Aren't Mr. Green, Mr. Black, and Cigarette Guy the same person (Tom Arsenault)? Some of his top teeth are coloured black? He and Owen take turns wearing the pink costume.
Post by Nicole No. 5 on Jul 25, 2013 1:50:30 GMT -5
soap, the Spanish armada, stage knives, and pineapple Crush was basically all I got from this video. along with a fantastic mix of of elation and confusion, of course. but I agree, perhaps reading a bit too much into it... there's no way it can all be cohesive.
Thanks, I hope you will continue reading--you shan't be disappointed.
I was also somewhat doubtful of "Y," as I state in the blog. It actually looks closer to a question mark to me.
Oh now I see what you mean by the shower pic, thanks.
You are right, they are indeed all played by the same person. I just wanted to let the chronology of the video speak for itself; we don't get to see the full connection between them immediately since Mr. Green's eyes and Mr. Pink's face are concealed until certain points.
Yep, that is Heidelberg, though in my theory the "H" has a double meaning to it.
nicole No. 5: I know it's extremely difficult to believe, but there really is a connection between it all, in my opinion. The Spanish Inquisition reference is also intentional misdirection... in my opinion.