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Ah, playlists. They've always been ways to communicate unsayable feelings and to transmit us to different, sometimes extremely specific times and places.

But lately my YouTube and Spotify recommendations have been filled to the brim with extremely specific yet somehow universal playlists. Though they all seem to express a variety of different experiences, most are escapist and some are definitely weirder than others.

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Armie Hammer Has Checked Into an In-Patient Treatment Facility

The actor has reportedly checked into an in-patient facility for drug, alcohol, and sex issues.

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Armie Hammer has checked into an in-patient facility for drug, alcohol, and sex issues, according to multiple reports.

The actor, known for his roles in films such as Call Me By Your Name, was spotted leaving the Caymans on May 29; sources confirmed that Hammer was headed to a Florida facility.

"Everyone looks at Armie thinking that he's had some sort of privileged life — and that must mean there were no problems in his youth and everything was peachy keen," Hammer's close friend told Vanity Fair. "But that's not necessarily the way things go. Just because you come from an upbringing where financial resources are plentiful doesn't mean life isn't without problems."

Back in March, Hammer was accused of rape by a 24-year-old woman. At the beginning of the year, disturbing screenshots of messages allegedly sent by Hammer began circulating around the Internet. Hammer denied all accusations.

Experts on lucid dreaming suggest that one of the best ways to take control of your dreams is by getting into the habit of asking "am I dreaming" in your everyday life.

But sometimes the strangeness of real life events can make it really difficult to tell. And if the details of "reality" that seem absurd or inexplicable are actually evidence that you're dreaming all this, then what kind of dream are you having? What message should you take from it when you eventually wake up?

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December is officially Sufjan Stevens Christmas Music Month.

If you weren't previously aware, Sufjan Stevens—the folk singer behind songs like "Chicago" and "Visions of Gideon"—has created a total of 100 Christmas songs, immortalized on two magnificent, multi-album compilations: 2006's Songs for Christmas and 2012's Silver and Gold.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

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Good luck finding a movie in 2019 that's sparked more public discussion than Todd Phillips' Joker.

Set in 1981, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a mentally-ill, failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. Despite the film spawning debates on mental health, mass shootings, and the value of comic book movies, Joker is a box office smash, becoming the highest earning R-rated movie ever.

One thing isn't up for debate, and that's the dancing ability of Joker. Honestly, Phoenix's dancing is downright impressive. While The Joker displays dark, sadistic, and creepy intentions, Phoenix's moves are dazzling, sophisticated, and majestic. NY Times dance critic Gia Kourlas said Phoenix is a "great dancer" and "moves with uncultivated finesse — dreamily, animalistic, like a rock star."

In Joker, Phoenix has two memorable dance numbers: One takes place in the bathroom and the other on a set of now iconic stairs. The bathroom scene takes place after Arthur kills three men on the subway. While in his faded clown makeup, Arthur runs into a disgusting public bathroom, embraces his inner demons, and celebrates his new love for chaos with a spell-binding dance routine.

Watch Joaquin Phoenix Do a Creepy Dance in 'Joker' | Anatomy of a Scene www.youtube.com

If you've been on the Internet in the past month, you've probably already seen the second dance number, which takes place on a set of now infamous Bronx stairs. Fresh off another kill, Arthur celebrates his new love of violence by chaotically dancing down the stairs on his way to guest star on his favorite late-night talk show.

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Both dances are expertly crafted, but where do they stand among cinema's most memorable dance scenes?

Dirty Dancing, Final Dance

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Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and nobody out dances Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Joker's dance scenes might be memorable, but Dirty Dancing has an enrapturing dance number that culminates with the iconic lift during "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." In regards to the lift, New York City-based choreographer Sydnie Mosley said to not try it at home because of the difficulty in "finding that point of balance in the air." Good luck trying to mimic Swayze and Grey. Edge: Dirty Dancing

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"Stranger Things" Actress Maya Hawke Releases "Call Me By Your Name"-Inspired Video

Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke's daughter is launching her career as a musician.

Most of us responded to Call Me By Your Name by posting screenshots of the peach scene on the Internet, but Maya Hawke wrote a song and released a video inspired by the ultra-nostalgic emotions conjured by that film.

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Her song "To Love a Boy" is a breathy, saccharine, and unpretentious tune about wanting to love someone like one loves the ocean. Its video looks like a homemade montage pieced together on iMovie— and it is. Hawke said, "I wanted to do the whole thing really not professionally. So I spent all my own money to make the video and I had to rent the mermaid costume, which ended up being incredibly sh-tty, but in a way that I think is really funny."

You might know Hawke from the third season of Stranger Things, wherein she played iconic lesbian heroine Robin. Unfortunately, "To Love a Boy" leaves no question about whether Hawke is straight in real life.

Maya Hawke - To Love a Boy www.youtube.com

In contrast to the down-to-earth impression she gives on both Stranger Things and in this video, Hawke is also the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, so she's Hollywood royalty through and through. The video's DIY aesthetic paints the opposite picture, though, portraying her as a frazzled mermaid trying to find her way back to the sea. It comes complete with early Lana Del Rey-esque blurry clips of spinning ferris wheels and other carnival imagery, though without the self-seriousness.

With her newly burgeoning music career and her star-making performance on Stranger Things 3, it seems that Hawke is making a break for the kind of fame that her parents have—albeit by playing the underdog on TV and a self-made musician on the Internet. Maybe we'll see her starring alongside Timothee Chamalet soon in another work of escapist romance, set on any given boardwalk or field of wildflowers and designed to pull on the heartstrings of every young queer person looking to live vicariously through an onscreen romance. Neither of them are actually queer, but a girl can dream.