Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost’s incredible snowflake of a television show that aired for two magnificent seasons in 1990 and 1991, left quite the legacy in its wake. By blowing apart the typical small-town myths of ’50s Americana with lost dead girls, dorky FBI agents, and trouble with a capital T, Lynch (and Frost, I guess, but you only remember Lynch) haunted our dreams with the show’s indelible images. And it’s lingered — nearly every year we get a Twin Peaks imitator of sort, whether it’s The Killing, Pretty Little Liars, Veronica Mars, or countless others. Fox’s Wayward Pines, due later this year, is nearly a Twin Peaks rip-off, with straitlaced secret service agent Matt Dillon finding nothing but weirdness and trees in a small town with a very big crime. … Read More
It’s been eight long years since the release of Inland Empire, the last feature film directed by David Lynch,… Read More
Forty years ago this week, Jack Nicholson redefined cool, Faye Dunaway redefined icy, and director Roman Polanski and screenwriter Robert Towne redefined film noir with the masterful detective thriller Chinatown. It isn’t just that the period drama boasts terrific performances, crackerjack cinematography, and all the period bells and whistles; it’s also a mighty good mystery, offering twists and turns that blindside the first-time viewer. And isn’t that what really great mystery movies are all… Read More
Few shows inspire as much devotion as Twin Peaks, and with devotion comes fan art. The latest visual ode to David Lynch’s delightfully odd murder mystery/small-town soap opera is a series of illustrated postcards from artist Paul Willoughby, created for a 20th-anniversary exhibition of Twin Peaks-releated art at London’s Menier Gallery, which we spotted at Dangerous Minds. Willoughby depicts the series’ distinctive main characters on the back of postcards showing off the Pacific Northwest landscape that gave Twin Peaks its unique look. Click through for Willoughby’s versions of Special Agent Dale Cooper, Laura Palmer — dead and alive — and all the rest. … Read More
Bound by desert and ocean, the Chilean town of Tocopilla is an axis of gods and monsters. Known as “the devil’s corner,” the mining commune is divided by a power plant — a conduit for the strange electricity conjured from the dual-purpose landscape, widespread Roman Catholic mysticism, and a history of violence and neglect. This is the birthplace of Alejandro Jodorowsky.
The octogenarian director returned to Tocopilla for the first time in 78 years to film The Dance of Reality — his first feature in more than two decades (opening May 23). “The town never changes, because it’s forgotten by time. The same cinema, the same everything. Only my house was a veil. We reconstructed my house for the picture,” he told me by phone from New York, where he was preparing to screen Dance of Reality at MoMA in March. “If you know The Dance of Reality, you will better understand my other pictures.” … Read More
The bro comedy is growing up. This weekend, Seth Rogen and company show us what happens when one couple’s domestic bliss is torn asunder by a wily and wild frat house that moves in next door. Our own Jason Bailey praised the film for “sharing a perspective that ages with [its] audience,” as Neighbors swaps the guy-and-his-bro buddy comedy trope for a guy and his wife (Rogen and Rose Byrne). The heads of the frat, played by Zac Efron and Dave Franco, supply an endless stream of nauseating, juvenile antics to keep everyone on their toes. Frat bros make for difficult neighbors, but they’re certainly not the worst we’ve seen in cinema. Here are ten other movie neighbors from hell. … Read More
At the end of last month, the Director of Public Programs at The New York Public Library and NYPL Live… Read More