Author: Jack Godwin

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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Twin Peaks : The Return Part 8

I was away and unable to write these recaps for parts 6 & 7, but luckily Josh covered me for both and kicked ass in the analysis as they went. I was pretty eager to get back into writing these when I saw Part 8. On the one hand, I’m a little perplexed on how to even approach an episode like this, but I do get to write about one of the best hours of television ever made, which itself confirms for me that David Lynch is the best living filmmaker. I’ve been waiting for my excessively high expectations...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 5

There is actually something to note about the opening credits – they are really reminding me of the absence of the classic Angelo Badalamenti score. There’s a more traditional score seeping in, but not much of it is recognisable. We begin with various shots of Vegas and Rancho Rosa. It’s kind of beautiful if brief, and got me thinking that the location-hopping of this show is actually working really well. The world of the show is feeling a lot more expansive than before, while making the original town feel even quainter by the minute. Outside Dougie’s car in Rancho Rosa, the...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 4

How about those opening credits? Okay, fine I’ll stop talking about them. Still at Silver Mustang Casino, now the owner of the casino has turned up to get Cooper off the premises as quietly as possible, before he bleeds the entire place dry. The old woman starts to call him “Mr. Jackpots”, so that’s what I’ll start calling this version of Coop. After winning 30 mega jackpots, he meets Bill Shaker, who in a confused conversation lets him know that he’s Dougie Jones, and he lives in Lancelot Court, the house with the red door. Escorted to the owner’s...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 3

While both parts 3 and 4 are available, I’m going to do them both separately. So, to be clear, this is not going to be the behemoth post last week’s turned out to be. And that’s not surprising really, there’s a little less to chew on this time around. I’ve got to say, this title sequence is excellent. You’d think they wouldn’t touch the original, but I believe they’ve created something incredible. I still can’t get over those waves fading into flowing red velvet fading into a dizzying shot of the red room’s floor pattern. I might end up...

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 1 and 2

There’s no show like Twin Peaks. There really is no other show that I would make a subscription to a streaming service for its merits alone, drink coffee and stay up late writing about. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact I have a 9-to-5 I would likely have been sat refreshing my browser at 4am when the show is set to air in the U.K. Instead I am here, promising you a recap that’s a little different. Not because I have any particular plans, but because even Twin Peaks recaps resist normalcy. We begin in the black lodge, watching the...

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