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: The Glass Castle

Director: Dustin Daniel Cretton Stars: Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson, Naomi Watts Cretton turned heads at the tail end of 2013 with his little indie charmer Short Term 12, a heart-wrenching peek within the world of temporary foster care. The film showcased a host of up-and-coming talents (see Lakeith Stanfield, for example) and provided Brie Larson with … Continue reading Review: The Glass Castle

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 18

This post will contain SPOILERS throughout. How did we get here? A few years ago it seemed impossible for Twin Peaks to return. Then the news broke. We knew, eventually, that it would be 18 hours and that David Lynch would direct it all. Then it was about waiting. And waiting. When it arrived I don't … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 18

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 13

This post will contain SPOILERS throughout. This week's Twin Peaks stuck to an emerging and somewhat frustrating template as the ongoing series revealed the extent of its chronological playfulness (glass half-full) or ineptitude (glass half-empty). Back in its initial two season run, the show fell almost immediately into the one episode = one day formula. With … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 13

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 10

There will be SPOILERS throughout this piece. While half the world was having their bums numbed by one of the most dramatically bereft episodes of Game Of Thrones so far, Twin Peaks fans were treated to something moderately more stimulating as Lynch and Frost keep the engine running this week with a lot of bitty moments forwarding some … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 10

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

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 6

There will be SPOILERS throughout this post. I've been thinking a lot about my gripes last week with Part 5, an installment that I liked in the main, but which caused me frustration because I felt that the narrative was dawdling. When I talk to friends and colleagues about Twin Peaks ,  or really any David Lynch material, I … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 6

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 5

This post will contain SPOILERS from the beginning. For some of us it's been an awfully long fortnight following so much new material. It was almost overwhelming being handed four hours of new Twin Peaks, especially seeing as David Lynch seems keen to double-down on his reputation for dream logic, disturbing brutality and extremely absurd humour. It … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 5

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 4

There will be spoilers throughout this post. After the intensely weird odyssey of Part 3 (especially it's opening), Part 4 can't help but feel a little more grounded, though we're still talking  comparatively here. We return to the casino where the man-child version of Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is causing a stir winning big on … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 4

Some Kind Of Dream Place: Mulholland Drive In The Cinema

"Now its dark," Frank Booth sinisterly intones more than once in Blue Velvet as his evil deeds transfix both Jeffrey Beaumount and the audience watching. It's a line of dialogue that - The Straight Story and possibly Dune aside - could act as generic tagline to most of David Lynch's feature work. But for Lynch this takes on … Continue reading Some Kind Of Dream Place: Mulholland Drive In The Cinema

Review: Demolition

Imagine someone told you that there was a new album by Coldplay, Adele or Ed Sheeran and that it was really 'edgy'. Would you believe them? Would it turn out to be that way? Or would it be the coffee shop consumerist version of 'edgy'? Something that sounds different to their prior somnambulist form, but is … Continue reading Review: Demolition

Review: While We’re Young

I sit here writing this at the still relatively young age of 31. 32 is fast approaching. I don't consider myself old, yet still I'm starting to begrudge the fact that 'youth culture' doesn't really include me nowadays, and more and more I'm the one actively withdrawing my participation. Be it my own culpability or … Continue reading Review: While We’re Young

Review: Birdman

There are movies that get called pretentious when they're not. Movies that approach their subject matter from a unique or perhaps obtuse perspective that, because of said approach, don't spoon-feed the audience. They assume some intelligence or participation on the viewer's part. Recent examples being Under The Skin, Upstream Color or Holy Motors. The method may be unconventional, … Continue reading Review: Birdman