Author: Jack Godwin

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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“I’ll See You Again In 25 Years”: Marathoning ‘Twin Peaks’

At 10:30 AM on 26th March, I entered Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Britain’s oldest cinema in continuous use. At 19:30 PM on 27th March, I left.  I’d just spent 33 hours drinking coffee, eating doughnuts, and watching Twin Peaks. I wouldn’t commit myself to a marathon screening of any other show – in fact, up until this point the longest I’d spent in the cinema was to see Nymphomaniac parts 1 & 2 back-to-back. But Twin Peaks is different. While it may have stiff competition for favourite TV show, I feel confident in saying it has been the most electrifying and influential...

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David Lynch’s Best Soundtrack Moments

Music is a big part of David Lynch’s work, from the eerie soundscapes of his early films to his own studio releases. As his career continued and full length feature films became a rarer sight, he began to make his own music—and now has five albums and a record label to his name. Twin Peaks‘ season 3 revival looks to include more music than ever, with appearances by Trent Reznor, Sky Ferreira, Eddie Vedder, Sharon Van Etten as well as Lynch alumni Rebekah Del Rio and Julee Cruise. “Everybody and his little brother can get a song and cut it into...

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Heartfelt Embrace of the Weird

Overview: The cosmic adventures of the mismatched team continue as Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) uncovers the secrets of his true parentage, bringing him into contact with his father (Kurt Russell). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2017; Rated PG-13; 136 minutes. Band of Outsiders: Ayesha, High Priestess of The Sovereign sits on an opulent throne, boasting of the perfect evolutionary state reached by her species. The Sovereign are covered in gold, from their clothing and skin all the way down to their eyes. In sharp contrast to the supercilious society and their conceited leader stands the Guardians of the Galaxy,...

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The Dark Tower Gets Its First Trailer

The long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s series of novels has had a tricky production history, but its finally coming together this summer. Following a series of clips tweeted between leads Idris Elba (Roland Deschain) and Matthew McConaughey (Walter Padick) yesterday, we get a longer look at what we’ll be getting later this year. Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think! The Dark Tower is set for release on August 4, 2017. Featured Image: Columbia...

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Humanity and Iconicity in the Captain America Trilogy

Throughout the month of March, Audiences Everywhere will be sharing appreciation for film trilogies, including personal reflections from our writers on some of their favorites. Today, we’re discussing the recent Captain America trilogy. Iconicity is the relationship of similarity between the two sides of a symbol—its form and its meaning. The closer the form and meaning are to one another, the more memorable the symbol is likely to be. An iconic symbol is one whose form resembles its meaning in some way; the opposite of this iconicity is arbitrariness. The red and white stripes, star, and ‘A’ of Captain...

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T2 Trainspotting Comes Close To Greatness

Overview: Twenty years after abandoning his friends, Mark (Ewan McGregor) returns home to Edinburgh to make amends. Meanwhile, Simon (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) plot their revenge on him for the money he stole. TriStar Pictures; 2017; Rated R; 117 minutes. Choose Your Future: The question of how to make a great sequel, especially over two decades later, is one that is often asked but rarely answered satisfactorily. With legacy sequels, you have a wide range of uses of nostalgia. There’s Harrison Ford’s, “Chewie, we’re home,” that made people cry simply watching a trailer for Star Wars: The Force...

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“If I fight, you fight”: Rocky Balboa on HIS 40th Anniversary

When I was growing up, I knew about Rocky. That’s to say – I knew of Rocky. I’d seen the poster, I knew that Sylvester Stallone was a movie star, I knew that at some point he shouted “Adrian!” Like most that haven’t sat down and watched any of the Rocky series, I felt like I already knew the story – and in a way, I did. It is a fairly straightforward underdog story in a lot of ways, which makes it hard to convince non-believers of its worth. The language that Rocky himself uses is simplistic, but the...

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Marie Antoinette 10 Years Later

If you ask anyone what they know about Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, most will quote “Let them eat cake”. As a response to the starving poor of the country she reigns over, it’s the clearest expression of either privileged ignorance or a facetious disregard of the lower classes. It’s worth noting then, that her most famous quote wasn’t said by her at all. The phrase originally appeared in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Les Confessions, where he speaks of a “great princess” who made the remark. Whether or not it really happened, the writing date precedes Marie Antoinette’s arrival in...

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A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger’s Best Kills

The A Nightmare on Elm Street series has had its highs and lows. The original movie had five sequels, an out of canon revisitation – Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is a hard one to define – and a remake. All seven films range from the brilliant to the frustrating to the downright awful. But even the worst films were still successful, and still had interesting ideas and imaginative death scenes – except for the 2010 remake, which isn’t even worth talking about. The breakout star wasn’t Heather Langenkamp, or even Johnny Depp, but Freddy Krueger himself. Robert Englund’s performance was a...

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New Trailer for Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

A quiet domestic drama about gangsters, a horror film about assassins and cults, a comedy about serial killers, a hallucinogenic fever dream set in the English Civil War, and High-Rise. Ben Wheatley’s directorial output is as diverse as they come, and it seems like he’ll be continuing that trend with Free Fire. Set in Boston in 1978, in one warehouse, an arms deal gone wrong explodes into a full-on shootout. It’s a cool idea, but what’s really interesting about this is the talent involved. The cast includes Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor,...

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