Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Malcolm Sloan (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #59)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Malcolm dumps a lot of exposition in bizarre, rambling dialogue while hiding his sinister plans.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sheriff Cable (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #60)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Cable is surly and smug in defense of his provincial prerogative...until confronted with FBI fisticuffs.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

NOT JUST O.J.: 7 Subjects in O.J.: Made in America (video essay)


My first video essay of 2017 is finally available and it took a while to put together. As part of "Oscars on Fandor Month" it celebrates Ezra Edelman's 8-hour documentary O.J.: Made in America, which is nominated for Best Documentary in tonight's ceremony.



In order to analyze this film, I "cheated" and took two different approaches. The two-and-half minute introduction compares Made in America to its coincidental 2016 companion, the dramatized miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson. Then, I move on to the primary approach: delineating seven subjects the film deals with besides O.J. Simpson, although they all involve him of course.

Here is my introduction to the video:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Jonathan Kumagai (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #61)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Jonathan spends several days observing the town as a mysterious stranger before revealing his very focused agenda.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vivian Niles (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #62)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Vivian is crisp, calm, and articulate – she will destroy your confidence with artfully phrased passive aggression rather than overt hostility.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Teresa Banks (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #63)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Teresa, rootless, enigmatic, and hardened despite her youth, has cultivated her wits and uses them in a risky move that ends up backfiring.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tim Pinkle (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #64)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Pinkle is a disaster of all trades, master of none, equipped with the belief that if he talks fast and frequently enough, he can bluff his way through.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Thomas Eckhardt (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #65)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Eckhardt’s sinister vibe and polished presentation do him little good when dealing with desire and betrayal.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lost in the Movies Gets a Makeover: February 2017 Status Update (including Ben Dixon call-in: "divorce the Democrats"?)


Lost in the Movies gets a new address, background, and commenting format (with old comments finally restored) - plus updated directories/galleries, Twin Peaks news, the situation with Fandor, video shares, and political notes (including another call-in to Ben Dixon & my tweets on the subject of "divorcing the Democratic Party")

You've probably noticed that some things have changed around here. First there's the background - a change both subtle and easy to sense right away. The sides of the blog are now enveloped in dark red curtains (and a peek at a chevron floor depending on the size of your screen). A Twin Peaks focus is well under way, with new character studies every day as we count down the months (just over three), weeks (exactly thirteen) and days (ninety-two) until the new series premieres on Showtime. The character pieces have proved popular so far; you can navigate the series through this directory.

But there's a lot more going on too...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Invitation to Love (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #66)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

The TV sets of Twin Peaks are always tuned to Invitation to Love, a cheesy, over-the-top soap opera whose events often mirror what's going on in the town itself.



Chet Weems (played by the fictional actor Martin Padley) is a nebbishy little guy embroiled in a web of intrigue and desire.



He is married to the good-hearted, clean-cut Jade (Selina Swift) but tempted by her sultry, vampy, big-haired sister Emerald (also Selina Swift!).



Emerald and Jade are the daughters of the wealthy but embattled Jared Lancaster (Evan St. Vincent).




Emerald has teamed up with the very eighties-looking (headband and jean-jacket vest) scoundrel Montana (Jason Dimbo) to take advantage of the nobler Lancasters.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jones (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #67)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Jones’ presence is regal and unsettling; her diplomatic air cloaks a perverse sense of duty.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Johnny Horne (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #68)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Johnny is immersed in his own inner world, further isolated when he loses his one significant human connection.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Einar Thorson (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #69)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Einar is a garrulous visitor to Twin Peaks, seemingly as interested in having a good time as making business deals.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Carl Rodd (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #70)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Grouchy but gregarious, Carl is much more attuned to his surroundings than he would like to be.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dougie Milford (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #71)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Dougie is in love, and he will fight to defend the integrity of his romance with a much younger woman.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rusty Tomaski (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #72)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Rusty likes beer and heavy metal and isn’t concerned with much else, even when danger looms before him.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #73)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Clad in a leisure suit, sporting a pompadour, the rambling Jeffries appears to be traveling through space (and maybe through time, though I have my doubts).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sylvia Horne (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #74)



The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Sylvia is never happy, and she's not afraid to let others know.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Daryl Lodwick (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #75)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Lodwick feels at odds with his environment, never quite grasping what the people around him are interested in or want.

Friday, February 3, 2017

"Little Nicky" Needleman (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #76)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

An orphaned brat with a tragic backstory, Nicky isn’t much liked by the other characters onscreen – or the viewers.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nancy O'Reilly (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #77)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Nancy is so devious she’ll stab anyone in the back – even her own sister – although there may be more to her than pure malignancy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Heidi (TWIN PEAKS Character Series #78)


The TWIN PEAKS Character Series surveys eighty-two characters from the series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as well as The Missing Pieces (2014), a collection of deleted scenes from that film. A new character study will appear every weekday morning until the premiere of Showtime's new season of Twin Peaks on May 21, 2017. There will be spoilers for the original series and film.

Heidi is often in awkward situations, and her standard response to this awkwardness is to giggle.