Posts Tagged ‘David Lynch’


Sorry for the delayed Scifi News podcast. Despite my batteries being worn down over the weekend, I still managed to get this show done.

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Tidbit News:

Agents of SHIELD spinoff

‘Kingsman’ Actress Sofia Boutella Nabs Lead Role in ‘Star Trek 3′

Stephen King’s Dark Tower is a go (Special guest joins me on this topic)

April is Poetry Month – Futurama Haiku

The BIG 3 topics this week:

Twin Peaks – Is it on or is it off?

Deadpool – Movie has begun filming and the comic is dead

Daredevil 1st episode review


twin-peaks

Ladies and gentleman, it is time to have some cherry pie and some damn fine coffee. Twin Peaks will rise once more to continue its storyline from season two in  2016. So, should I spoil this series by revealing who killed Laura Palmer or how Agent Cooper is now…? No, I know the general time rule about spoilers and yes, we’re running close to 25 years since it aired but frankly, I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it by now. To me, this show was truly remarkable for its time from the cast, to its direction, haunting images and music from Angelo Badalamenti and Julie Cruise. I want that magic once more.

If you were a fan like me you will remember this great SNL parody sketch which includes the late and great Jan Hooks.

Yesterday, I came across this piece from Vanity Fair and I almost plotz in my pants. I have not seen Twin Peaks in ages but I do remember this scene and this shot above. This was one of those OMG moments that is making fall in love with this series all over again. I am also thrilled to know that there will be a new publication, “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks” by co-creator Mark Frost. The only 3 produced media outside the show were the Agent Cooper Tapes (audio), The Diary of Laura Palmer (book) and my favorite Wrapped in Plastic (magazine). I am beyond eager to delve back to this great series.

 via http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/10/twin-peaks-book-being-released

UPDATED: Twin Peaks fans’ quarter-century wait is over. One of the top cult series of all time is coming back with a new limited series on Showtime from its original creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost. The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. In a fact that will delight Twin Peaks devotees, Lynch and Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch set to direct every episode.

via [VIDEO] ‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline.


Having just seen this movie, I am reminded of another movie where I was thoroughly confused from beginning to end. What is that movie?It was Dune by David Lynch. This begs the question, is John Carter this generations Dune? I can say that since both came from printed material, that range from 50 to 100 years, trying to bring them to the big screen is nearly impossible. Hell, do you remember how Peter Jackson struggled with making the Lord of the Rings series into three separate movies and was told to make all into one?

Granted when I first saw Dune, I had a vague idea about the series but did not know the source material and how dense the created universe came to be. After reading Dune, several times (normally I read a book once), I saw how hard Dune the movie tried to live up to Dune the book. In John Carter’s case, I am aware of the material from Edgar Rice Boroughs but I never read it. I have a feeling, when I read John Carter of Mars, I would like it more than the movie – which is usually the case.

Now, having said this, John Carter lost me completely. I had no idea who the aliens were from the humanoids to the 4 armed freaks nor did I have a clear understanding of the story/conflict. What threw me off were the names of characters and certain words they movie used – just like Dune. Once I was off put by this, I really couldn’t care for John Carter as there was nothing for me to latch on. Even as attractive the Princess looked on the screen, the onscreen chemistry was painful to watch. The Princess in certain scenes looked orange and I was yelling in my head, “Why is John Carter going afterPrincess Snooki?”

Recently, I watched JJ Abrams Star Trek movie and rewatched it with commentary. I loved his approach to update a tired franchise and have it accessible to not  hard core Trek fans but also non Trek fans. I had wished this John Carter was done differently where it wasn’t so CGI heavy and there was more of connection to the lead. With marketing ad touting, “Before Avatar and Star Wars there was John Carter,” you have better deliver on the goods; Carter failed. I still think that Mars is a great setting for scifi for movies like The Martian Chronicles and Total Recall but overall Mars is a tough cookie to crack. Remember Red Planet, Mission to Mars, John Carpenter‘s Ghost of Mars? I think it is safe to say John Carter can go on this list as well.

Hail Mars!


by Kevin J. Olson

[Kevin J. Olson of Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies is one of the more renowned horror writers online. His brilliant essay is a special treat for those who crave subtext in genre films.]

What is probably one of the most unconventional horror films ever made, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, is, perhaps, only matched by David Lynch’s Blue Velvet as one of the oddest, most surreal horror experiences I’ve ever seen. Cronenberg’s film is akin to Lynch’s in the sense that both films sit on the fringes of horror (using the prototype of the genre to explicate darker, more postmodern themes that society marginalizes and deems taboo) and really ask us to consider what makes a horror film horrifying. It’s not just the visceral nature of horror, and it’s not just the getting-under-skin ideas at play – it’s a mixture of both. On the surface both films seem to be something else entirely: Lynch’s film is dark, yes, but it’s also comical (mostly ironic in the way a lot of postmodern work is) in the same way Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (another film that stretches the genre) is darkly comical; whereas Videodrome is without laughs. There’s nothing remotely comical about Cronenberg’s exercise, an odd hybrid (as most of his movies are) of science fiction and horror; however, like Blue Velvet, there are deeper questions about sexuality and violence, and the effects those two things have (especially when combined) on society. Videodrome is as displacing a horror film that I’ve seen; a film that plunges the viewer into the depths of sexuality and violence to give us an otherworldly, uncomfortable experience that asks us not what we find objectionable about sex and violence, but how we consider platforms for these oft taboo subjects.

via Cinema Viewfinder: Cronenberg Blogathon: Videodrome (1983).