Thoughts on Twin Peaks Season 3

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After twenty-five years, Twin Peaks made it back on the air. After having originally aired it’s first two seasons on CBS, the show has moved to that stations cable affiliate, Showtime. What this meant for the show is that Twin Peaks would be closer to David Lynch’s personal vision than it would resemble the TV show people loved. The break in fandoms happened after the release of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and I think that film helped prepare people to be ready for what was in store. You can still never be ready for a Lynch project, and I still am trying to wrap my head around what I’ve witnessed. Here are some of my thoughts, in brief, about the new season. This article assumes the reader is caught up on season three, or in other words, there are spoilers below. Continue reading

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Lost Highway (1997)

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Lost Highway is a fever dream of a film that concerns a jazz musician named Fred Madison (Bill Pullman, Independence Day, Spaceballs) who’s life spirals downhill after receiving a strange message telling him “Dick Laurent is dead”. Shortly thereafter he’s convicted for the murder of his wife Renee (Patricia Arquette, A Nightmare on Elm St. 3, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure). Somehow, while in prison, he transforms into a young man named Pete Dayton (Balthazar Getty, Natural Born Killers, Ladder 49) and is released. Pete falls in love with a mafioso’s dame (also played by Patricia Arquette) and the downward spiral begins a new.

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“The Secret History of Twin Peaks”, A Novel by Mark Frost.

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The Secret History of Twin Peaks, written by Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost was released last Fall in anticipation for the show’s then upcoming triumphant return, which started this past May on cable network Showtime. The Secret History of Twin Peaks comes pre-packaged in the mythology of Twin Peaks. The forward, written by FBI director Gordon Cole, describes that this document was written by someone named “The Archivist”, who has taken it upon himself to compile a history of the mysterious events that have been happening in the town. Gordon has assigned the document to be investigated by a yet unnamed FBI agent. Continue reading

Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

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Escape from Tomorrow
is the absurdist story of a father’s mental breakdown while on a trip to Walt Disney World with his family.  In the opening moments of the film, our protagonist Jim White is on his last day of vacation at the Disney resort and is enjoying the morning on the balcony of the family’s hotel room.  He is on the phone with his boss, whom fires him for reasons unknown.  Then Jim’s son Eliot locks the door to the balcony and climbs in bed with his mom (Emily).  Sleeping in the other bed is Jim’s daughter Sara.  Both of the kids are around five or six years old, which adds to the stress of the situation as they go into the park. The weight of the job loss plus having to deal with the temperaments of his children lead to fights between Jim and his wife. Continue reading

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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It was WAY  back in the autumn of 1995, when I was in 8th grade, that I read about this crazy sounding film about bank robbers fighting stripper vampires in Fangoria. At this point in my life I was more of a franchise horror fan than a crime/action movie person. All that changed upon the films release in January 1996. Continue reading

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