Why I Love… #114: Rebel Without A Cause

Year: 1955 Director: Nicholas Ray Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo Uff, what more is there to say about Rebel Without A Cause? Somewhere in the recesses of my laptop is a list of prospective titles for this occasional series, and there are titles on that list that absolutely terrify me. They're the most talked … Continue reading Why I Love… #114: Rebel Without A Cause

The Straight Story and Slowing Down

20 years ago this week, David Lynch's atypical road movie The Straight Story debuted. It seemed like an outlier in his career (at least on the surface). That trademark 'Lynchian' craziness was tempered for the most part. The narrative fitted its title. A Disney financed U certificate film, it charts the true-life exploits of 73-year-old … Continue reading The Straight Story and Slowing Down

The Line Between TV And Film Is Disappearing

HBO's phenomenal miniseries Chernobyl has recently come to a close. A five-part television drama that has garnered universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike, the show rigorously reconstructed the events that caused the 1986 nuclear reactor explosion and the dramatic and costly clean-up operation. It is, simply, essential viewing. It's 9.7 score on imdb (at … Continue reading The Line Between TV And Film Is Disappearing

Minutiae: The Use of Coca-Cola in Mulholland Drive

It's pretty much a note of permanent record on this little site of mine that, in spite of the blog's ill-thought-out name, my favourite David Lynch film (and favourite film of all time) is Mulholland Drive. It's the film that got my obsessing over film. It changed my perspective. Obsession is accurate, as every little detail … Continue reading Minutiae: The Use of Coca-Cola in Mulholland Drive

Review: Lucky

Director: John Carroll Lynch Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Barry Shebaka Henley One of the (many) pleasures of last year's Twin Peaks revival was the precious scenes of Harry Dean Stanton reprising his role of Carl Rodd from 1992's Fire Walk With Me. His involvement added little to the typically strange plot machinations, but he added … Continue reading Review: Lucky

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 17

This post will contain SPOILERS throughout. I had initially intended to cover parts 17 and 18 together as I did the first two way, way back in May when this incredible journey began. However, that first installment of this series didn't nearly crack into enough detail about the contents of those two hours and now, … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 17

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 16

This post will contain SPOILERS throughout. As might well have been expected, there was a lot of activity this week as the show draws closer to the end (next week the final two parts will air together bringing season three to a close), but virtually (maybe even none of it) took place in the town … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 16

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 15

There will be SPOILERS throughout this post. David Lynch's love of Billy Wilder's 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard is well established. He's cited it in interviews as one of his favourite movies, and time and again its influence rears its head in his work. The road itself makes a cameo in Mulholland Drive. In INLAND EMPIRE he recreates a … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 15

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 14

There will be SPOILERS throughout this post. 253. It's a number that has a strange significance in this week's firecracker installment of Twin Peaks, pointedly appearing twice. We finally seem to have reached 'the day' as Sheriff Frank Truman (Robert Forster), Deputy Chief Hawk (Michael Horse), Deputy Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 14

Review: David Lynch The Art Life

Directors: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes,  Olivia Neergaard-Holm You are witnessing a front three-quarter view of an adult sharing several tender moments. That is to say, this documentary is an access point into the creative history of master filmmaker David Lynch, but not a Pandora's box of answers to the riddles in his narratives. If you're … Continue reading Review: David Lynch The Art Life

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 12

There will be SPOILERS throughout this post. Here's a hot take for you; Twin Peaks is better now than it's ever been. How about that? Season Three, or The Return (or whatever you want to call it) has been different, absolutely, and that otherness has perhaps alienated those who wanted the show to continue existing in a bubble, … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 12

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 11

There will be SPOILERS throughout this post. Despite my assumptions last week that Part 10 was tangential filler before our arrival at 'the day' for Hawk (Michael Horse) and Sheriff Frank Truman (Robert Forster) to follow the trail left by Major Briggs, Part 11 found us still two days away from that important event. No matter, for … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 11

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 9

There will be SPOILERS throughout this post. So, we've had a fortnight to let Part 8  sit, we've ruminated, and we've both feared and marveled at where Mark Frost and David Lynch are going to take us next. Part 8 rewrote the rules of TV and did it by simply pretending it wasn't TV. Lynch refers to this season … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 9

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 8

This post will contain SPOILERS throughout. Wow BOB woW. This week's Twin Peaks took us to places television rarely wanders. Lynch - operating with the kind of expansive creative freedom that he's rarely been so fully afforded in his career before and especially not with regards to Twin Peaks - opened up the boundaries of what we can expect … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 8

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 7

This post will contain SPOILERS throughout. I'm sitting here as the UK enjoys a sweltering spell, biting great chunks from a baguette filled with (what else) brie and butter, desk fan blowing hot air at me, thinking about how Dougie Jones (Kyle MacLachlan) seems to divide the audience of new Twin Peaks. There are those who … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 7