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A lot of things have changed in the two and a half decades since the end of the original Twin Peaks. But a lot of things remain the same as well. Agent Cooper may not be himself, but he still enjoys a slice of damn good cherry pie. After a forkful of fruity goodness, you could see his taste-buds igniting resulting in yet another minor reawakening within dormant part’s of Cooper’s brain. One piece at a time, Agent Cooper is being reassembled, but who will he be when he finally returns? Surely twenty-five years in the Black Lodge and living another man’s life will change Agent Cooper despite his persistent love of baked goods and coffee.
In the mid-90’s Skeet Ulrich seemed like a likely candidate for heart-throb status and A-list stardom. After making some noise in a couple of cult films, Ulrich was poised for success. While few would deny the actor’s status as a heart-throb, movie stardom proved elusive. These days, Ulrich has gone from dangerous teen to TV dad.
What the hell happened?
We’re a little more than halfway through the third (and presumably final) season of Twin Peaks and David Lynch is starting to reward us for our patience. The first several episodes introduced seemingly random, disjointed plot threads. Characters would appear for a scene and then disappear for weeks at a time. It was easy to think that a lot of these diversions served no purpose other than to entertain the show’s eccentric creator. But it turns out a lot of those dangling plot threads are actually connected. This episode connects some dots without giving viewers the full picture.
Kevthewriter looks at actors who play older or younger than their real ages.
From week to week, this season of Twin Peaks can feel like a different show. Even within a single episode, the new Twin Peaks can turn on a dime. From moment to moment, you never know what to expect. After last week’s transcendental journey through Lynchian horror, it probably comes as a relief to some viewers that this week’s episode is more grounded. For others, this episode might feel a bit pedestrian following the grand weirdness of the previous hour. For that reason, it’s probably for the best that we got a week off to process the nuclear-powered origin story Lynch served up in episode 8. Part 9 feels like Lynch gathering up loose plot threads and tying them together so we can start to move on.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still processing last week’s trippy episode of Twin Peaks. Okay, I get the impression most of you aren’t watching David Lynch’s revival on Showtime. Fair enough. It’s not for everyone. But trust me when I say it is unlike anything else on television. Since Twin Peaks is taking the holiday weekend off, I figured I’d take the opportunity to check in on this season of Fear the Walking Dead.
Halfway through this week’s episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, I started to panic. I realized that the episode was half over and almost nothing had happened in the conventional sense. How the hell was I supposed o write a recap in the morning? After nearly thirty minutes that resembled an experimental film with almost no dialogue, I figured it was very likely the back half of the episode was going to follow suit. While I couldn’t imagine what images would flash across my television screen next, I was correct that the entire hour would be devoted to surrealism. This was the strangest, most disturbing, most ambitious hour of television I have ever watched.
In late June of last year I took advantage of some free days to visit my Mother in Virginia for her birthday. It was a fun long weekend that included meals out, a screening of Finding Dory, and an unexpected shared activity when I ran across a puzzle in the book store that was just too good to pass up. It consists of thirty-nine posters from a wide variety of classic films stretching from the silent era of the 1920s into the 1970s. It was an engrossing project to undertake alongside my Mother and we naturally discussed several of the featured movies as we built it. What stunned me a little was that I had actually only seen twenty-six of the thirty-nine films honored. I have vowed to fill these gaps in my knowledge of film and take you along for the ride as I reconstruct the puzzle in question. I’ll re-watch the movies I’ve already seen along with experiencing the ones that are new to me and share my thoughts on each one.
This puzzle sure has a lot of genre and “B” pictures represented, doesn’t it? It’s sort of a mixed bag, including the aforementioned populist fare alongside Oscar bait pictures, classic comedians, and yes some truly great films. Aside from pointing out that there’s nothing here from after the 1970s, you can’t really complain that it isn’t trying to be genre inclusive. Today we’re looking at a movie that, in my personal experience, is actually more famous for its poster than for the film it was created to promote. During my twenties I seem to remember this poster cropping up on the walls of plenty of my female friends’ apartments. I’m not sure how many of them had actually seen the movie, but the poster in itself could certainly be interpreted as an expression of female strength. Being that it was written, directed, and produced by men in 1958, I don’t think it should be much surprise that Attack of the 50 Foot Woman doesn’t quite live up to its iconic advertisement’s implied promises.
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Viewers who have been frustrated with the Twin Peaks‘ revival’s stubborn refusal to indulge their nostalgia for the original show had reason to celebrate during this, the seventh hour of the new season. Not only did the episode spend more time within the familiar city limits of Twin Peaks, but there were lots of familiar faces, references to old mysteries and even a few answers to be found. After six straight hours of keeping his audience off-balance, David Lynch finally let Twin Peaks fans find their footing for a moment or two. This hour was arguably less audacious than previous episodes, but in exchange it packed more payoffs than one is used to seeing in the weird world of Twin Peaks.
Mike, the One-Armed Man, arrives to Agent Cooper in a vision with a warning. “You have to wake up.” His words echo the thoughts of viewers who may be growing frustrated with the glacial pace of Cooper’s return from the Black Lodge. Through six hours of television, we have watched helplessly as our protagonist stumbles through someone else’s life. On some level, we all just want him to snap out of it! Little by little, that’s happening. This week Coop traded in his awful green blazer for his familiar black suit and one more piece snapped back into place.
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight kickstarted a trend to make superhero movies more dark and gritty. In more recent years, however, people are starting to get tired of the “dark and gritty superhero” trope and embrace lighter fare, like the majority of the MCU movies. In fact, one of the main complaints against Batman V. Superman was that it was too dark and gritty. But there are still some superhero movies and TV shows that can do dark and gritty well. Ironically, Marvel’s Netflix series show this. One example is Jessica Jones.
Like Batman V. Superman, Jessica Jones takes a more realistic, grounded approach and shows what the possible negative consequences of those with powers in the world would be like in real life. But what does Jessica do that makes it beloved yet makes Batman V. Superman hated? Why does one franchise get away with being dark and gritty yet another doesn’t?
Hey guys! It’s your old pal Daffy Stardust filling in for Lebeau on the new season of Twin Peaks this week as he and his family are out of town for a well-deserved vacation at Universal Florida. I’m sure he’ll be filling you in on all the fun they had, but in the meantime he asked me to share my own thoughts about David Lynch’s continuation of his classic TV show from the early ’90s.
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If David Lynch was going to return to Twin Peaks, one thing was clear, it was going to be on his terms. Lynch nearly walked away from the project early on when Showtime didn’t approve his budget. But ultimately the eccentric auteur got his way and for better or worse, the new season of Twin Peaks reflects Lynch’s singular vision. Showtime gave David Lynch a pile of money and complete creative control. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what he did with it.