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“Twin Peaks” Podcast for NERDSoul Sunday’s

This past week I was invited to contribute to the NERDSoul Sunday’s podcast by The Comic’s Bolt, and in the podcast I talk about Twin Peaks (of course) and why I love the series, what made it viable for primetime broadcast TV, and the show’s use of melodrama to hybridize other genres. If you have the time, take a listen and let me know what you think! If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, do you agree with some of my points or take a different stance? And if you haven’t watched the series, maybe it will pique your interest? I’ve also included a link to the video essay I made in 2016, which is the source of much of the research I reference in the podcast. PODCAST: The Strange World of “Twin Peaks” VIDEO ESSAY: Exploring “Twin Peaks” And as a bonus, here are two of my favorite Twin Peaks videos: Twin Peaks, Without People Twin Peaks but without context (*spoilers*)

Brown, Kiddo, & Tarantino

OR: Tarantino’s Leading Ladies: Jackie Brown, Beatrix Kiddo, & Women’s Empowerment On-screen Quentin Tarantino’s body of work – from his feature film debut Reservoir Dogs (1992), to his most recent epic The Hateful Eight (2015) – consists of films that are violent, highly stylized, dialogue-driven, oftentimes problematic, and always provocative. Though each film in Tarantino’s oeuvre is quite different from the one that came before it or followed, numerous qualities of his work remain consistent. In each of his films Tarantino celebrates popular culture by commemorating genres that were once relegated to the margins by Hollywood, such as martial arts cinema, Blaxploitation, and spaghetti westerns. While appropriating genres, Tarantino provides his own authorial stamp by writing dialogue-driven scripts which are benefited by episodic structures. A “Tarantino film,” one can almost always be assured, features revenge at the heart of the narrative and creates pleasure through the irreverent combination of humor and violence. And, with each of Tarantino’s films, the appropriateness of his representations of violence, race, gender, and revisionist history, come into question time and …

It Is Happening Again: “Twin Peaks” is Almost Back

After over 25 years, Twin Peaks is returning to television on Sunday, May 21st and I am so, so excited! Incase you don’t follow me on Twitter and see my annoyingly obsessive tweets, Twin Peaks is pretty much my favorite show of all time. I’m not an OG fan because I wasn’t even born until 1991, so I couldn’t watch it in its first run, but thanks to Netflix I discovered the series shortly after graduating from film school. As an undergraduate I took a television class in which my teacher lectured passionately about how important and revolutionary Twin Peaks was for TV, and it stuck with me. So once I realized it was on Netflix, I decided to give the series a shot and was absolutely floored by the first episode; immediately captured by its unique atmosphere. Twin Peaks is campy fun, but also terrifying. It’s surreal, yet frighteningly close to reality. It’s sometimes lighthearted, though often horrific and dark. Each episode catapulted me through a series of emotions from start to finish. It captured my attention in a way that no other show has, or I presume ever will. I …

Trailers for Some of My Favorite Cult Classics

From magnificent treasures, to movies so bad that they’re good, here are the trailers to some of my all-time favorite cult classics! What are yours? Be sure to share your recommendations in the comment section below. 🙂 Labyrinth (dir. Jim Henson, 1986) Wet Hot American Summer (dir. David Wain, 2001) Office Space (dir. Mike Judge, 1999) The Big Lebowski (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Troll 2 (dir. Claudio Fragasso, 1990) The Breakfast Club (dir. John Hughes, 1985) Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969) Harold and Maude (dir. Hal Ashby, 1971) Hausa (dir. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, 1977) The Room (dir. Tommy Wiseau, 2003) What are some of your favorite cult classics?

House // Hausu

Sometimes I like to indulge in ultra-bizarro films. The Room and Troll 2 remain two of my favorite B-movies, but House (or Hausu) takes the cake for the strangest film I’ve ever seen. It’s dark, weird, violent, and absolutely hilarious. So if you like indulging in the unorthodox, give this 1977 Japanese cult classic a chance and let me know what you think. And as always, please share your B-movie and cult classic suggestions below. I need more weirdness in my life!

‘Twin Peaks’ Is Returning

Twin Peaks first premiered on ABC in 1990, just a year before I was born. Nearly two decades later, during film school, one of my professors gave a lecture on the series and how it impacted network TV. I was intrigued. Once it became available on Netflix I decided to take the plunge and what I discovered was both wildly strange and completely magical. David Lynch and Mark Frost’s creation was unique, fascinating, and ahead of its time. For me, Twin Peaks embodied the oddness of life with its own bizarre Lynchian twist. Much like Blue Velvet, the series presented a small town that looked quaint and perfect on the outside, but once its facade was peeled back its dark and menacing interior was exposed. Last night I finished season two of Twin Peaks and was immediately disappointed that there wasn’t more. Because the season finale wasn’t written to be a series finale (it was unexpectedly cancelled prior to season 3), so many questions were left unanswered, and goodness I wanted more. But in an unusual turn of events, I woke up this morning to see …

Wet Hot American Summer

Have you ever heard of Wet Hot American Summer? Like most of the world, your answer is probably no…and that’s a total and complete shame considering it is one of the funniest, most underrated comedies starring everybody and their brother. The all-star cast of funnies includes Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showater, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Joe Lo Truglio, and Judah Friedlander. Wanna see it now? My “first time” with Wet Hot American Summer was about two summers ago. I was attending a weekly cult classics showing at The Loft Cinema in Tucson. Each Friday/Saturday a new cult movie was shown, and each weekend I was able to add a new goofy movie to my list of favorites (including Troll 2, Labrynth, and The Room). I had never heard of Wet Hot, but decided to go anyways. It. Was. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I left the theatre wondering how the hell one of the funniest movies I had ever seen (with a bunch of famous people in it) could fly under the radar …