All posts tagged: TV Show

Favorites of the Decade

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ūüéČ Here are a few of my favorite albums, shows, movies, and events‚ÄĒboth personal and public‚ÄĒfrom the last decade. I’m surely missing a lot, but everything I’ve listed below certainly had an impact on shaping the last decade of my life. And while I think it’s important to acknowledge the many bad, strange, and horrifying things that happened (or were made) between 2010 and 2020, I’d rather celebrate the positive. What are some of your favorites from the past 10 years? I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019) When marriage equality passed in the U.S.! Days – Real Estate (2011) 20th Century Women (2016) Making it through college and having some of the most fun and exciting experiences of my life. I cherish that time with my friends (and the lack of responsibilities) dearly. Moonlight (2016) Every Beach House album. My time with Hayley‚ÄĒa quirky and loyal rescue dog who I was lucky to have in my life for a number of years. They Came Together (2014) The Tree of …

“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 …

My Favorite TV Intros of All Time

In no specific order, here are a few¬†of my favorite TV intros of all time. Be sure to share some of¬†your¬†favorites¬†in the comment section below! Freaks and Geeks If you haven’t seen Freaks and Geeks¬†yet, I advise you do so, because it’s a spectacularly fun show. How the hell did it only last one season? Anyways, this intro is great because it succinctly introduces each of the main characters to the audience, and shares a little bit about them based on how they react to the experience. The music is awesome, the premise is great, and above all, James Franco’s moment is magical. Portlandia No TV show intro makes me happier than¬†Portlandia‘s. Prior to watching Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s series I had been a fan of Washed Out for a while, so¬†when I first watched the show¬†and heard “Feel it All Around” as the featured theme, I was ecstatic. I’ve only spent a couple of days in Portland, but from what I remember,¬†Portlandia‘s intro captures the essence of the city perfectly. House of Cards …