All posts tagged: David Lynch

“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*)

Final Thoughts Before the Return of “Twin Peaks”

Tonight’s the night! After re-watching Fire Walk With Me I have some final thoughts I wanted to put out there before the series premiere. *SPOILERS AHEAD* ON NOSTALGIA I’ve certainly been critical of “nostalgia-TV” in the past (see my post on Fuller House), and am particularly weary of 90’s specific reboots and revivals – but unlike other shows, the Twin Peaks return doesn’t bother me. Is my love for the show somewhat nostalgic? Yes, absolutely. Is its newfound popularity since it began streaming on Netflix at least slightly indebted to the grips of nostalgia? Surely. But more than that, Twin Peaks‘ adoration and acclaim should be credited to the fact that it was, and still is, an extremely well crafted, unique, intelligent, and inventive series that changed the televisual landscape forever. Based on how the original series ended and what I’ve gleaned from interviews, I imagine that the revival will pick up with “good Cooper” still stuck in the Black Lodge 25+ years later, trying to get out. Simply seeing the characters/actors return 26 years after the final episode is a return to the same, but I imagine that …

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 …

Exploring “Twin Peaks”

In honor of Twin Peaks Day, I’m reposting this video essay I made on the series last spring. Enjoy, and please feel free to share any feedback! For my final project for CTCS 587: Television Theory, a graduate Cinema & Media Studies course at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, I elected to do a video essay on Twin Peaks. In “Exploring ‘Twin Peaks’” I take a brief look at the production history of the series, as well as the show’s hybridization of genres. Because this was my first attempt at creating a video essay it certainly has its issues – but despite some technical and conceptual roadblocks, I truly enjoyed working on this project. In retrospect, I realize that I underestimated the amount of effort video essays require. From conducting research, to writing a script, recording voiceover, gathering clips, and assembling them into a cohesive format – it’s quite a time-consuming undertaking! All in all, I’d describe making a video essay as a labor-intensive, but immensely fun endeavor. I’m interested in exploring the video essay genre further, so any constructive criticism or feedback is welcomed. Incase you’re interested, here …

David Lynch is Returning to ‘Twin Peaks’ & I’m Nerding Out

As a somewhat recent Twin Peaks fan, I feel as though I shouldn’t be as attached to the story and characters as I am, but alas, I cannot control my feelings. The show hooked me and I love it. I had a feeling that Lynch would return after Showtime saw the uproar caused by his decision to leave. The fans have spoken, and presumably Showtime is offering up a bigger budget for the show. Dear Twitter Friends, the rumors are not what they seem ….. It is !!!Happening again. #TwinPeaks returns on @SHO_Network — David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) May 16, 2015 But whatever it was that caused Lynch to return, I’m thrilled. In many ways, I feel like a “Twin Peaks” reboot wouldn’t be right without weird twists and turns in the process of getting it made. David Lynch’s work is so much about the experience of feeling a specific mood and tone, and without him at the helm of the show, it just wouldn’t be the same. YAY 2016. I can’t wait to see where the wonderful and strange story will lead us to …

David Lynch is Leaving the ‘Twin Peaks’ Reboot

When I heard yesterday’s news that David Lynch is leaving the Twin Peaks reboot, I was devastated. That may sound extreme, but I was seriously looking forward to seeing where he would take the story in this new season. As you may recall from my previous post, ‘Twin Peaks’ is Returning, I watched Twin Peaks for the first time this past year and fell absolutely in love with the story and characters. The ending to the second season was so very incomplete (due to ABC pulling the plug after the second season finale, removing the chance of having a proper series finale) and like many other fans, I wanted to know what happened to everyone within the story world! Fire Walk with Me just wasn’t enough to satisfy my appetite for more. How is it that TV can feel this important to one’s personal life? Lynch shared on Twitter that the reason he left the project was because not enough money was offered to do the script the way he wanted it to be done, and I don’t blame him. …

David Lynch – A Visual Celebration

David Lynch is an auteur. His work is exceptionally distinct, with a mood and tone that’s unusually hypnotic and sensual. He’s said before that words aren’t all that important to him – that what he creates lives in its own world – and for him, discussing his work in detail means that the viewer has less room to explore on their own. This idea of cinema existing within its own realm, where the audience must absorb the work and process it themselves, is quite beautiful to me. In honor of David Lynch’s birthday and his wildly influential career, here are a few iconic stills from Blue Velvet,  Mulholland Drive, Fire Walk With Me, and Twin Peaks.

‘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 …

Netflix Recommendations

This is my first time posting Netflix Instant Queue recommendations, so let me just get the essentials out of the way first. If you have a Netflix account and haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet, you better start now because it’s one of the greatest TV dramas of all time and you’ll love every minute of it. Yes, it can be gruesome at times, but Breaking Bad is certainly worth the watch. Two other essentials are Netflix Originals Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards. These shows are both insanely good, and with only two seasons at 13 episodes each, they’re a fairly quick watch. I’m going to start posting Netflix recommendations every couple of weeks or so, and I would love for anyone to comment below with their suggestions! Twin Peaks Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, Twin Peaks premiered on ABC on April 8, 1990. The show centers around the small town of Twin Peaks, WA, where the murder of a beautiful young woman disrupts the seemingly tight-knit and quaint  community. The show follows FBI Agent …