Twin Peaks: Season 2 (1991)

The second season of “Twin Peaks” in unquestionably far more inconsistent than the first, absolutely hitting lower lows. There’s around seven episodes in the middle of the season that are easily the show’s worst, a show running on fumes, spinning its wheels, chasing subplots that are bizarre, but not in the engaging Lynchian way. For…

Twin Peaks: Season 1 (1990)

“Twin Peaks” begins as “Blue Velvet” ended, with a bird. Cue the slow transitions between that bird, the mill, and other locations around the titular town. Of course, if you watch the series with the “Log Lady Intros” filmed for reruns of the show and later included with home releases, the series begins with Catherine…

Twin Peaks: International Pilot (1990)

The international pilot of “Twin Peaks” is the same as the actual, American pilot for the first seventy minutes or so, before continuing twenty minuted beyond what the proper televised pilot covered, and extending into sequences that “answer”, to some degree, Laura’s killer, albeit in a much different fashion to how the television series eventually…

Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)

“The Missing Pieces” is in many ways the halfway point between “Fire Walk With Me” as a film and “Twin Peaks” as a television series. Where “Fire Walk With Me” is extraordinary for subverting so many of the tropes of the series and of ones like it – a dead girl serving as the plot…

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

“Twin Peaks”, like so many other stories, is built off the murder of a young woman. That death becomes the starting point for the show’s actual narratives – the detective uncovering the mystery, the soap opera antics of the townsfolk, the descent into supernatural horror, and so on. When network and audience demands led to…

More Things That Happened (2007)

“Inland Empire” was already three hours long, but this collection of deleted material still runs at a fairly lengthy hour and fifteen minutes. Unlike “The Missing Pieces”, the very carefully and deliberately presentation of deleted material from “Fire Walk With Me”, “More Things That Happened” doesn’t transcend its status as special features to become kind…

Inland Empire (2006)

An astonishing, staggeringly powerful film where director David Lynch is finally completely unrestrained, liberated from any barrier between his vision and his audience. [Spoilers for the film, as well as “Mulholland Drive” and “Lost Highway” below.] Before seeing “Inland Empire”, I thought that “Lost Highway” and “Mulholland Drive” worked as perfect counterparts, both dealing with…