Author: Jack Godwin

Death and the Passage of Time in Twin Peaks: The Return

One of the most unexpectedly powerful moments in Twin Peaks: The Return, a series that gave us many poignant scenes, involved none other than Carl Rodd. Harry Dean Stanton’s character, who we had previously seen stealing the show as the grouchy manager of the Fat Trout Trailer Park in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, has changed a lot since we last saw him. Other than the usual signs of ageing, he seemed a little more relaxed and generous, and while his exhaustion is still present, now it seems more melancholic than beleaguered. Carl sits down...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Finale

Part 17 In South Dakota, Gordon tells Albert and Tammy a secret he has kept to himself for years. Before he disappeared, Major Briggs shared with him and Cooper his discovery of an entity once called ‘Jiao Dai’, later called ‘Judy’, an “extreme negative force”. The trio had a plan to lead them to Judy, before something bad happened to both Cooper and Briggs. Phillip Jeffries, “who doesn’t really exist anymore”, told him that he was onto Judy before he disappeared. The last thing Cooper told Gordon was to do everything he could to find him if he disappears...

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Death Note is a Frustrating and Pointless Adaptation

Overview: Light Turner (Nat Wolff) stumbles across a notebook with the power to kill any person whose name is written in it. He uses this power to rid the world of criminals, a secret crusade that earns the attention of master detective (Lakeith Stanfield) known as ‘L’. Netflix; 2017; TV-MA; 100 minutes. Context and Translation: There are plenty of people out there who can more authoritatively and comprehensively address the issue of whitewashing in this adaptation of a uniquely Japanese story. But as a fan of both the manga and the anime on which this film is based, I believe...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 16

Recap: We begin with Richard and Mr. C driving through the night. Mr. C has received three sets of coordinates, and two of them match. He sends Richard to go check it out, as Jerry Horne watches them through some improperly utilised binoculars. As he reaches the exact location, Richard is electrocuted until he disintegrates. “Goodbye my son” Mr. C says, unfazed. He texts an unknown number ‘: – ) ALL.’ In Lancelot Court, Hutch and Chantal arrive to stake out Dougie Jones’ house. The FBI also arrive but find that no one is home. Meanwhile, Dougie is in...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 15

Recap: In Twin Peaks, Nadine approaches Ed at the Gas Farm, having walked all the way from town with her golden shovel. She reveals to Ed that she has had an epiphany: she has been manipulating him for years and guilting him into staying with her, but now she wants him to be free. Once Ed works past his disbelief, he heads straight to the Double R Diner to find Norma. Once he finds her, as is always the way for this couple, they are kept apart by the arrival of Walter. As Otis Redding’s Montery Pop Festival performance...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 14

Recap: In Buckhorn, South Dakota, Gordon Cole rings the Twin Peaks Sheriff Department to return a call. Frank tells him that they found missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary, and says they have learned of the possibility of two Coopers. Albert fills Tammy in on the origins of the Blue Rose taskforce. In 1975, two young field agents were investigating a murder in Olympia, Washington. They arrived at a motel to arrest the suspect, Lois Duffy, when they heard a gunshot. Entering the room, they found Lois dying from a bullet wound, a woman with a gun standing over...

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5 Less Discussed Hitchcock Films That Need to Be Discussed

Originally published August 13, 2016. If there’s a shorthand term in film journalism and conversation more useful than “Hitchcockian” I am yet to hear it. While terms like “Lynchian” are often misused, “Hitchcockian” is usually appropriate as a point of comparison because, well, whatever is being described, he probably did do it first. As far as I’m concerned there is no single director more influential to cinema, whose intellectual engagement with how an audience thinks and feels was more beneficial to the medium. Because of this, films like Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds and Vertigo have become essential viewing for the aspiring film buff, and rightly so. But Hitchcock didn’t...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 13

Recap: In the offices of Lucky 7 Insurance, a conga line of the Mitchum Brothers, Dougie, Candie, Sandie, and Mandie enter to a bizarre off-beat percussion, much to the shock of Anthony, who believed they were going to kill Dougie. Instead, they give Bushnell some gifts, while a terrified Anthony hides under his desk and rings Duncan Todd to give him the bad news. For his failure, he now only has one day to kill Dougie himself. Back at Dougie’s house, the Mitchums’ gifts have arrived. Janey-E receives the gym set for Sonny Jim, as well as a brand...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 12

Recap: We begin with Gordon, Albert, and Tammy, who are drinking wine and discussing the case. The two older agents decide to bring Tammy (and the audience) into the loop regarding the “blue rose” cases, with material that ties into what some of you may have read in Mark Frost’s book The Secret History of Twin Peaks. He reveals that in 1970 the United States Air Force shut down Project Blue Book (which really existed), their 20-year investigation into UFOs. They concluded that no credible evidence existed, which was a massive cover-up (the project continued in secret with Windom...

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New Alt-History Drama ‘Black America’ Announced

You’ve likely heard of Confederate, the recently announced alternate-history TV series from the showrunners of Game of Thrones, or at least the controversy surrounding it. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ vision of a modern day Confederate nation where slavery is still legal was criticised for a number of valid reasons. In fact, you can see our own executive editor Richard Newby quoted in this all-encompassing article about the backlash in The Hollywood Reporter. By what feels like a strange coincidence, or some karmic balancing of the universe, Amazon Studios has now announced the title and plot for the unnamed project they...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 11

Recap: We begin with three children playing catch, the camera following the ball they throw. In any other show, this might be respite, but for Twin Peaks, we’re immediately on edge. There’s something about kids that feels even more vulnerable after the hit and run. Something isn’t right, but it turns out it’s for the better – Miriam is alive, crawling her way to help in bloody desperation. Becky desperately needs to see Stephen, so she rings Shelly to bring her car to the trailer park. Norma stands up after eleven episodes of sitting at the same table to...

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Video Essay: Transformers and Film Studies by Lindsay Ellis

I’ve been following Lindsay Ellis’ in-depth video essays since her days under the moniker of Nostalgia Chick. Back when she began the show in 2008, her witty explorations of the strangest corners of the 90s film landscape were a rare example of genuine intelligent analysis meeting the areas of pop culture usually thought of as below the bar for such discourse. In recent years, Ellis’ output has developed into something even more impressive. Her Youtube channel is one I make sure to keep up to date with, for both her analytical video essays and her show “Loose Canon,” where she...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 10

Recap: First of all, Richard Horne turns up at Miriam’s trailer. He knows that she saw him fleeing the scene of the crime after he ran over the young boy, but tries to act innocent. She warns him to stay away, as she has mailed a letter to the Sheriff Truman informing him of what Richard has done. While she thinks that might protect her, she’s fatally wrong. Richard breaks in to her home, brutally beats her, then leaves the gas on with a lit candle to burn the trailer down. He rings up Chad, asking him to intervene...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 9

Recap: Entirely unlike last week’s groundbreaking experimental experience, part 9 is pretty straight forward. In fact, it’s probably the easiest one so far to recap, right after the part 8 became known as “the one that broke recappers.” We begin where we left off (chronologically, anyway), as Cooper’s doppelganger is bloodied but otherwise fine, approaching a farm where Hutch and Chantal, who we last saw in Part 2, are waiting. Hutch, played by Tim Roth in another astoundingly small role for a big name, who has killed the owners of the establishment. Hutch treats Cooper’s wounds, gives him a...

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Attack on Titan Season 2 Is Action-Horror At Its Finest

Overview: Reeling from the weight of recent revelations, the Survey Corps continue their quest to secure humanity’s survival and discover the truth about their world. 2017; Crunchyroll/Funimation; TV-14; 12 episodes. An Uphill Battle: I feel like it’s worth pointing out two things up front: I am not a huge anime fan, and I am fully up to date with the still-running manga this show is adapting. The medium is one that has given me a few shows I really love, but I am often put off by certain attributes that come up time and time again. The manga, which has...

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