Lost in the Movies: THE ARCHIVE: 2018


Patreon podcast begins w/ Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch/"films in focus"/guest appearances (Max Clark, Andrew Cook, Em & Steve from No Ship Network) • The Kingdom viewing diary • first season viewing diaries: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, The X-Files, The WireStar Wars: The Clone Wars film/TV prologues • Celebrating Lost in the Movies' 10th anniversary • TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion • "5 Weeks of Fire Walk With Me" concludes w/ horror/art film/Lynch/original series/season 3 comparisons and Twin Peaks interview: Lindsay Hallam

Chapter 29: Packing the Podcast (January - March 2018)
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Lost in the Movies on Patreon
Joining Patreon as 2018 begins

Patreon update #1: The Last Jedi & more
Reviewing Star Wars' Episode VII to initiate my podcast

Patreon update #2: Mulholland Drive & Twin Peaks (+ Reactionary Boomers, Stranger Things & more)
My podcast explores how David Lynch's TV pilot-turned-film relates to his popular TV series

My film Class of 2002 - 5th Anniversary
Looking back across a half-decade at my short film, which itself looks back on the previous decade

Patreon update #3: Army of Shadows (+ Hill Street Blues/Mark Frost & more)
My podcast covers Jean-Pierre Melville's French Resistance classic

Patreon update #4: Interstellar & The Prestige (+ millennials, Soviet communism, mumblecore & more) and preview for Fire Walk With Me as horror/art film & Fellini montage
A Christopher Nolan double feature on my podcast


Patreon update #5: Marie Antoinette & Heart of a Dog (+ The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, French response to #MeToo, Roman Polanski, SMILF, The Stepfather & more)
Pairing two different life stories for my podcast

Creating Journey Through Twin Peaks (pt. 2 of 3)
Chronicling the process of making my Twin Peaks videos

Patreon update #6: Inherent Vice, Monkey Business & High-Rise (+ history of video essays, Donkeyskin/Fire Walk With Me & more) and preview of the TWIN PEAKS Character Series "Rules"
On my podcast, three disparate films characterized by a descent into narrative chaos and disintegrating social norms

Patreon update #7: Blade Runner 2049 w/ Max Clark (+ music of Journey Through Twin Peaks & more)
A guest joins my podcast to discuss the Blade Runner sequel

Patreon update #8: Carnival of Souls, Upstream Color & The Shanghai Gesture (+ Christoper Nolan & more) and preview of Come On Over, Veronique (Kieslowski Montage)
My podcast unites a diverse triptych with a common narrative: a young woman struggles internally and externally with forces that seem beyond her control


#10YearsOfLostInTheMovies start now
The announcement of an ongoing Twitter thread sharing my whole archive ten pieces at a time

Patreon update #9: High and Low & Elephant (+ podcast recommendations & more)
The last double feature for my podcast applies an intense formal focus to themes of violence and social division

Lost in Twin Peaks #9 - Pay Dirt!: discussing my Patreon podcast w/ Twin Peaks Unwrapped
A podcast I'd been a guest on many times invited me back to talk about my own podcast

Patreon update #10: Rogue One, Brawl in Cell Block 99 & Marie Antoinette (+ Mark Twain on the French Revolution, right-wing hypocrisy, Eisenstein vs. Griffith & more) and preview of the TWIN PEAKS Character Series Top 30 Runners-Up from The Return
Hard to find the common thread in the films covered by the tenth podcast although they do all have similar outcomes

Chapter 30: The Spring of TV (March - July 2018)
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New entries every day (until the 10th anniversary in July)
Announcing my commitment to daily posts (eventually all viewing diaries or podcast episodes)

Viewing diary: first season of Breaking Bad begins tomorrow
The first of my "season 1 viewing diaries" for 2018, focused on one of the most popular cable dramas of all time

Breaking Bad - "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1)
A high school chemistry teacher finds a new line of work

Breaking Bad - "Cat's in the Bag..." (season 1, episode 2)
The sloppy partners in crime have a couple big problems

Patreon update #11: David Lynch's Cinema - Connecting Eraserhead & Inland Empire, bonus: Blue Velvet (+ Diane Evans in Twin Peaks, Everything Sucks!, Frontline on Iran & Saudi Arabia, The Wind in the Willows & more)
My podcast couples the first and last Lynch films, with another one as a bonus

Breaking Bad - "...And the Bag's in the River (season 1, episode 3)
A slyly clever flashback prepares us for one of Walter White's dramatic turning points

Breaking Bad - "Cancer Man" (season 1, episode 4)
Walter and Jesse wander into separate stories after their big adventure

Breaking Bad - "Gray Matter" (season 1, episode 5)
Old friends re-open old wounds

Breaking Bad - "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" (season 1, episode 6)
The iconic Heisenberg emerges

Breaking Bad - "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal" (season 1, episode 7)
Concluding the first season as business settles into a groove

FINAL WEEK - What will I watch? Until 4/1, 2nd tier patrons pick a film I'll cover on my podcast
Wrapping up the "select a film" reward on my Patreon after three months

Patreon update #12: Pi (+ Parts 17/18 as Frost/Lynch versions of the same story, Academy Awards, film vs. TV expectations & more) and Images from "4 Ways to Watch Fire Walk With Me"
Aronofsky's debut feature becomes the first solo film subject of my podcast since the second episode

Viewing diary: first season of Mad Men begins tomorrow
Introducing the second viewing diary of spring 2018, the season of Mad Men set in 1960

Mad Men - "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (season 1, episode 1)
A typical day at the office for Don Draper and the very first day for Peggy Olson

Mad Men - "Ladies Room" (season 1, episode 2)
Now that Don's family is part of his story, we split time between the advertising and domestic worlds

Mad Men - "Marriage of Figaro" (season 1, episode 3)
The Drapers throw an afternoon party in the suburbs

Mad Men - "New Amsterdam" (season 1, episode 4)
Pete and Betty both feel unmoored

Mad Men - "5G" (season 1, episode 5)
Haunted by family ghosts in the bright light of day

Patreon update #13: Spirited Away (+ announcing The Return rewatch series, two perspectives on Twin Peaks' meaning & more)
My podcast gets lost inside Hayao Miyazaki's fantastical world


Mad Men - "Babylon" (season 1, episode 6)
Peggy's career at Sterling Cooper takes a surprising turn

Mad Men - "Red in the Face" (season 1, episode 7)
Alcohol and oysters (and age) provide Don with an edge over Roger

Mad Men - "The Hobo Code" (season 1, episode 8)
Alternating between the Great Depression and the early sixties

Mad Men - "Shoot" (season 1, episode 9)
Don's golden opportunity and Betty's poignant Coke campaign

Mad Men - "Long Weekend" (season 1, episode 10)
Crisis hits the office late at night

Mad Men - "Indian Summer" (season 1, episode 11)
Don and Peggy rise together, in different ways

Patreon update #14: A Man Escaped (+ Top 15 Twin Peaks music, political podcasts, narrators of Citizen Kane & more) and preview of "Fire Walk With Me in season 3"
My podcast focuses on one of the most meticulous World War II prison escape movies

Mad Men - "Nixon vs. Kennedy" (season 1, episode 12)
From Dick to Don - the story finally gets told (and intercut with a crucial presidential election)

Mad Men - "The Wheel" (season 1, episode 13)
The first season closes quietly and effectively, with a fantasy bidding farewell to the fifties dream and the soundtrack hearkening to the sixties ahead

Rewrapping Twin Peaks: discussing the pilot w/ Twin Peaks Unwrapped (+ J.C. Hotchkiss & John Thorne)
Revisiting the episode where it all began, twenty-eight years ago...

David Lynch: The Art Life
This documentary weaves together Lynch's personal memories and reflections with footage of him working on his paintings, clips from his early films, and snapshots/home movies of his youth

Living the Art Life
Screenshots from a vivid, vibrant Lynch doc

Star Trek - "The Cage" (unaired pilot)
Trek's unusual beginning, with a different captain and a premiere not released until after many episodes, films, and spin-offs

Patreon update #15: Twin Peaks pilot & Eyes Wide Shut w/ Andrew Cook (season 3 rewatch prologue begins, the Frankenstein legacy, my short film Class of 2002 & more)
Pilot is prologue for my Return rewatch, and I invite a guest to discuss Stanley Kubrick's last film on my first public podcast episode

Leading up to The Clone Wars: 5 "prologue" entries, starting tomorrow
To pave the way for my eventual Clone Wars viewing diary, I share reviews/discussions of the pre-series films/shows

Star Wars: The Clone Wars prequel prologue - The Phantom Menace
A much-maligned Star Wars that was generally well-received at first - how does it prepare us for The Clone Wars?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars prequel prologue - Attack of the Clones
The prequel film that leads directly into The Clone Wars - what can the show continue, and what can it improve?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars microseries
Before The Clone Wars, there was Clone Wars - gorgeous stained-glass windows in the church of Star Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The worst-reviewed Star Wars film by far is actually the 2008 cartoon, but viewed as a pilot for the series it's pretty effective

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - discussion w/ Bob Clark on the feature film (& more)
My former Evangelion conversation partner, who is a big Clone Wars fan, joins me to explain and analyze the film and its style of animation, as well as the series that sprang from it

Patreon update #16: Twin Peaks season 1 & The Piano (+ Lynch/Frost/Cooper & more) and preview of Red character study
Re-visiting Jane Campion's arthouse hit twenty-five years later, plus surveying the first season of Twin Peaks for my podcast

The Kingdom viewing diary
Introducing a complete episode guide for the short Danish horror series

The Kingdom - "Unheavenly Hosts" (episode 1)
A grouchy Swedish doctor is introduced to a strange hospital alongside the audience

The Kingdom - "Thy Kingdom Come" (episode 2)
Haunted ambulances and basement corridors compete with bizarre misanthropes to foster a weird vibe

The Kingdom - "A Foreign Body" (episode 3)
Amidst the gothic spookiness, Lars von Trier incorporates screwball comedy

The Kingdom - "The Living Dead" (episode 4)
The first season races toward its unexpected final moment

The Kingdom II - "Death on the Operation Table (episode 5)
Although created several years later, only a few hours have passed onscreen as the second season begins

Patreon update #17: Twin Peaks season 2 & Séraphine (+ cartoon classics & more)
My podcast explores season 2 as a single unit (but also at three very different points) while focusing on a film about an early outsider artist

The Kingdom II - "Birds of Passage" (episode 6)
Glimpsing a spare, haunting vision of the afterlife

The Kingdom II - "Gargantua" (episode 7)
Decoding a mysterious painting to determine the spiritual structure of the Kingdom hospital


The Kingdom II - "Pandemonium" (episode 8)
And so we must be prepared to take the 🕇 with the 😈

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the film
The TV phenomenon began life as a movie

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (unaired pilot)
Although never officially aired (or even released?) this "episode" has been widely seen and discussed by fans

How's Annie? (interview with Cameron Cloutier & Amy Ostbo, director & actor from Queen of Hearts, a Twin Peaks fan film)
An ambitious production, shooting at the Twin Peaks locations themselves, makes for a great conversation with the Obnoxious & Anonymous host (we also dive into Cameron's Golden State Killer project)

Patreon update #18: Mark Frost's connection to Fire Walk With Me & film in focus: Holy Motors (+ Korean peace talks & more) and preview of Vivian/Phyllis character studies
How does Frost intersect with the film he mostly stayed away from? Plus, my podcast finally catches up with one of the most acclaimed films of the decade...

3 First Seasons: Veronica Mars / The X-Files / The Wire
Aside from my weekly podcast, three first season diaries dominate the last ten weeks leading up to the site's tenth anniversary

Veronica Mars - "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1)
Kicking off a murder mystery in a divided Southern California beach town

Veronica Mars - "Credit Where Credit's Due" (season 1, episode 2)
Wait, is that (*squints*) Paris Hilton? Veronica Mars' parade of uber-zeroes guest stars has begun...

Veronica Mars - "Meet John Smith" (season 1, episode 3)
Veronica helps a student track down his missing parent (between the iMac and the DVD rental store, the top image is very much of its time)

Veronica Mars - "The Wrath of Con" (season 1, episode 4)
Going undercover as a gamer to bust a college student's scam

Veronica Mars - "You Think You Know Somebody" (season 1, episode 5)
Veronica investigates her own boyfriend - as well as her dad's new girlfriend

Patreon update #19: Twin Peaks in the In-Between Years/1992-2014 & The Lobster (+ getting back into Twin Peaks & more)
What once seemed to be the post-Twin Peaks era is, in retrospect, the inter-Twin Peaks era...my podcast breaks this down alongside a very unusual dystopian romance

Veronica Mars - "Return of the Kane" (season 1, episode 6)
As political fever sweeps Neptune High, Veronica both embraces and questions the populist candidate

Veronica Mars - "The Girl Next Door" (season 1, episode 7)
One of my favorite episodes explores the apartment community where the Mars live, featuring Jessica Chastain as a troubled young woman whom Veronica wants to help

Veronica Mars - "Like a Virgin" (season 1, episode 8)
Veronica's attention is drawn to a controversial website (shades of the work that put Mark Zuckerberg on the map a year earlier)

Veronica Mars - "Drinking the Kool-Aid" (season 1, episode 9)
The detectives' deep dive into a cult proves...surprisingly pleasant

Veronica Mars - "An Echolls Family Christmas" (season 1, episode 10)
The holiday party thrown by a movie star becomes even more dramatic than you would expect

Veronica Mars - "Silence of the Lamb" (season 1, episode 11)
Our emphasis shifts to another Mars as a serial killer prowls Neptune and the police grudgingly invite their ex-sheriff back to help out

Patreon update #20: My questions before Twin Peaks season 3 & film in focus: The Devil Rides Out (+ making Journey Through Twin Peaks & more) and preview of Josie charater study
In the last prelude to the Return rewatch, my podcast regards a Hammer horror classic and re-visits questions I posed beforehand to see how they were (and weren't) answered

Veronica Mars - "Clash of the Tritons" (season 1, episode 12)
Neptune High has its own secret society - is that creepy, or just goofy?

Veronica Mars - "Lord of the Bling" (season 1, episode 13)
While her dad investigates a music industry kidnapping (maybe), Veronica tries to help a grieving classmate figure out his mother's fate

Veronica Mars - "Mars vs. Mars" (season 1, episode 14)
Veronica sticks up for a teacher accused of taking advantage of a student, while her father is hired by the student's parents

Veronica Mars - "Ruskie Business" (season 1, episode 15)
Rarely has a quasi-pun title covered so many bases: this episode features an eighties dance, a Russian bride, and an actor named Tom Cruz

Veronica Mars - "Betty and Veronica" (season 1, episode 16)
A cross-town rivalry gets serious when the teams kidnap each other's mascots; Veronica goes undercover for her own community even though she sympathizes more with the underdog Pan High

Veronica Mars - "Kanes and Abel's" (season 1, episode 17)
While sleuthing for a harassed honors student, Veronica returns to the scene of her friend's death (this entry features my first big guess about the killer's identity)

Patreon update #21: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch (public video) - Parts 1 & 2 / film in focus: Radio On (+ Josie Packard as a character, my video essay Learning to Look & more)
The Return rewatch begins on the one-year anniversary of the premiere (rounded up here a few days after my podcast episode published on Patreon) - I cover Parts 1 and 2 alongside a British rock film

Veronica Mars - "Weapon of Class Destruction" (season 1, episode 18)
Nineties darling JTT pops up for a guest appearance full of surprises, as Veronica pursues a potential school bomber

Veronica Mars - "Hot Dogs" (season 1, episode 19)
One more relatively light high school mystery before the season heads into its dark, dramatic final stretch

Veronica Mars - "M.A.D." (season 1, episode 20)
Taking on a case of sexual jealousy and humiliation, Veronica is led to disturbing discoveries about her own life as well

Veronica Mars - "A Trip to the Dentist" (season 1, episode 21)
This time, Veronica the detective is working for Veronica the client - it's her own mystery she needs to solve

Veronica Mars - "Leave It to Beaver" (season 1, episode 22)
And finally, who killed Lilly Kane?


The X-Files - "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1)
The X-Files opens with a light rather than a darkness in the woods

Patreon update #22: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Parts 3 & 4 / film in focus: Swing Time (& more) and preview of New Mexico Townspeople character study
The joy of Dougie pairs with the joy of Astaire-Rogers in my twenty-second podcast

The X-Files - "Deep Throat" (season 1, episode 2)
The mythology really kicks in, as does the iconic theme song

The X-Files - "Squeeze" (season 1, episode 3)
Shifting gears to the urban and the (quasi-)human

The X-Files - "Conduit" (season 1, episode 4)
Mulder connects deeply with a UFO case that reminds him of his own lost sister

The X-Files - "The Jersey Devil" (season 1, episode 5)
Urban legend meets rural folklore as The X-Files splits an episode between city and country for the first time (but definitely not the last)

The X-Files - "Shadows" (season 1, episode 6)
Mulder and Scully take a backseat to a secretary whose boss may be trying to tell her something...from beyond the grave

The X-Files - "Ghost in the Machine" (season 1, episode 7)
Going into nineties tech thriller mode, though the hook feels even more relevant decades later

Patreon update #23: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 5 / film in focus: The Wrestler (+ my 2016 video essays, Anna Karina & more)
Snapshots of two troubled blondes, one looking up, one looking down: my podcast continues the Return rewatch and tackles a new film in focus, in both cases exploring lives haunted by a big event in 1989

The X-Files - "Ice" (season 1, episode 8)
Drawing (pretty directly) from The Thing - or rather its source material - the agents are locked away in an Alaskan science station with a dangerous parasite

The X-Files - "Space" (season 1, episode 9)
Not a popular episode, but I love the part cheesy, part creepy effects in the tale of a possessed ex-astronaut

The X-Files - "Fallen Angel" (season 1, episode 10)
Mulder goes rogue and connects with an amateur enthusiast who knows his reputation

The X-Files - "Eve" (season 1, episode 11)
One of the best early episodes of The X-Files uses a striking color palette and chilling performance to evoke seventies supernatural thrillers

The X-Files - "Fire" (season 1, episode 12)
Brits set fire to America once again, as the FBI pursues a psychic pyromaniac and Mulder rekindles a less literal old flame

The X-Files - "Beyond the Sea" (season 1, episode 13)
My favorite episode of the first season introduces Scully's dad (a familiar face for Twin Peaks fans) and offers an unforgettable Brad Dourif performance

Patreon update #24: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 6 / film in focus: Before Sunrise (+ Homeland & centrism, listing favorite films & more) and description of Laura character study, pt. I
My podcast pairs a dark, violent episode with a warm, romantic film

The X-Files - "Gender Bender" (season 1, episode 14)
Sharp contrast between metropolitan decadence and quasi-Amish simplicity

The X-Files - "Lazarus" (season 1, episode 15)
Two hearts beat as one - The X-Files dips into police procedural mode (with a twist of course)

The X-Files - "Young at Heart" (season 1, episode 16)
An old case re-emerges for Mulder when a supposedly dead killer taunts him

The X-Files - "E.B.E." (season 1, episode 17)
Mulder and Scully plunge deeper into the UFO lore than ever before, racing cross-country to track a mysterious truck

The X-Files - "Miracle Man" (season 1, episode 18)
Deep South preacher and faith-healing protégée ring X-Files alarm bells

The X-Files - "Shapes" (season 1, episode 19)
Searching for a werewolf-like killer on a Native American reservation

Patreon update #25: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 7 (+ The Rolling Stones early albums & more)
Taking a break from films in focus (with one upcoming exception), my podcast centers an unusually plot-heavy Return episode and offers an overview of the sixties Stones

The X-Files - "Darkness Falls" (season 1, episode 20)
Loggers and environmentalists grapple with a primeval foe deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest

Patreon update #26: "Gotta light? HOLY SMOKE!" - guests Em & Steve of No Ship Network/Sparkwood & 21 discuss Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 8 & the final film in focus...for now (+ Too Many Cooks, podcast recommendations, my Return viewing diary & much more)
My guests are two veteran podcasters as my podcast reaches the most iconic episode of the new Twin Peaks and a Jane Campion film about a cult deprogrammer (part of the Part 8 conversation is public)

The X-Files - "Tooms" (season 1, episode 21)
For the first time a monster-of-the-week comes back for seconds

The X-Files - "Born Again" (season 1, episode 22)
Mulder and Scully shuffle off to Buffalo, pursuing a ghost cop and psychic killer kid

The X-Files - "Roland" (season 1, episode 23)
For the last time, one of the first season's favorite devices: a single person occupied by two different presences

The X-Files - "The Erlenmeyer Flask" (season 1, episode 24)
The X-Files goes big for the mythology-heavy, high-stakes season 1 finale

The Wire - "The Target" (season 1, episode 1)
A run-of-the-mill murder acquittal (after a witness backs off) launches an investigation with a much larger target, a tale told from two points of view throughout the season


The Wire - "The Detail" (season 1, episode 2)
The Daniels detail settles into an abandoned basement, where it seems both the police and the dealers are hoping they'll fail

Patreon update #27: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 9 (+ Bob Dylan's Pretty Saro music video & more) and description of Laura character study, pt. II
My podcast on a quiet Peaks episode and melancholy Dylan montage

The Wire - "The Buys" (season 1, episode 3)
Omar bursts on the scene, figuratively and literally (he robs the stash house)

The Wire - "The Old Cases" (season 1, episode 4)
"It's a thin line between heaven and here."

The Wire - "The Pager" (season 1, episode 5)
The battle between Omar and the Barksdale organization turns deadly

The Wire - "The Wire" (season 1, episode 6)
Wallace experiences a crisis of conscience

The Wire - "One Arrest" (season 1, episode 7)
Can the season continue to divide its perspective without appearing to take a side?

The Wire - "Lessons" (season 1, episode 8)
The cops get more than they planned for with a new informant

Patreon update #28: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 10 (+ Chilean Revolution, my spring viewing diaries & more)
The Return rewatch reaches another dark, violent episode; elsewhere my podcast examines events in early seventies Chile

The Wire - "Game Day" (season 1, episode 9)
Basketball as the backdrop for a much bigger game, in which Avon isn't merely on the sideline

The Wire - "The Cost" (season 1, episode 10)
An episode thick with snitches

The Wire - "The Hunt" (season 1, episode 11)
The aftermath of a big event has negative ramifications for both sides of Baltimore's battle

The Wire - "Cleaning Up" (season 1, episode 12)
With one episode to go, I wonder what's left for the season - and the show

The Wire - "Sentencing" (season 1, episode 13)
Police and dealers experience jarring ups and downs as the case and season conclude

Rewatching Parts 5-8 of Twin Peaks season 3: a conversation w/ Lindsay Stamhuis on 25 Years Later
As part of a longer series, this Peaks community invited me to discuss four episodes leading up to the big one - all kinds of interesting new questions and ideas arise in the midst of our conversation

Chapter 31: An Extended Anniversary (July - September 2018)
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Patreon update #29: 10th Anniversary Episode - Top 30 David Lynch/Twin Peaks pieces & Top 12 Video Essays (plus: the future of Lost in the Movies, plans for new Journey Through Twin Peaks & more) and description of Laura character study, pt. III
My podcast commemorates a full decade of Lost in the Movies

Greetings from Twin Peaks (pictures & a small status update)
I finally make the pilgrimage to Snoqualmie and North Bend in Washington State, and share my photos of where Twin Peaks was shot

Patreon update #30: Twin Peaks season rewatch - Part 11 (+ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the British New Wave, Twin Peaks as a meditation on art and creativity, podcast recommendations & more)
I cover one of the most exciting episodes of The Return as well as a brand new political superstar, and my "Opening the Archive" section begins a new approach, highlighting individual pieces from my past

Freed from comment limbo!
When I realized that many comments from the past few months had been prevented from posting, I shared them - revealing thoughtful insights into The Wire, The X-Files, Mad Men, and more

Patreon update #31: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 12 (+ Billy Liar, The Great Movie Ride & more) and description of Laura character study, pt. IV
The Return rewatch covers Audrey's comeback while "Opening the Archives" delves further into the British New Wave


Patreon update #32: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 13 (+ This Sporting Life, living in 3 centuries, the decline of Hollywood, Richard and Audrey Horne & more)
Rugby and arm wrestling are the sports of the week on my podcast

Patreon update #33: DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES • Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 14 / film in focus: Sorry to Bother You (+ Let the Right One In, abuse in Mulholland Drive, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Incredibles 2 & more) and preview of Walter/Pianist/Bleeding Drunk character studies
My longest podcast episode covers one of the most memorable parts of Twin Peaks, a popular left-wing film of the moment, and a Swedish vampire book and adaptation

Patreon update #34: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 15 (+ Let Me In, Spielberg biography, the era of the mix CD & more)
Death defines my podcast both through this Twin Peaks episode and the "Opening the Archive" vampire remake

Patreon update #35: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Part 16 / film in focus: Medium Cool (+ Sarah Palmer's inner smile, late cinematic popularity, podcast recommendations & more) and preview of Fire Walk With Me & season 2 episodes
For the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 Chicago protests, my podcast reviews Haskell Wexler's counterculture document, while my Return rewatch juxtaposes Cooper and Diane in a very important episode


Patreon update #36: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Parts 17 & 18
One of my longest podcast episodes is devoted entirely to the two-part finale of The Return

Revisiting the Episodes: Twin Peaks comments collection #4 (winter 2015)
Several years later, I finally share extended responses to ten episodes I rewatched after completing my Journey videos

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion begins tomorrow morning, publishes hourly
I decided to republish Reddit comments from a 2016 rewatch, presenting them as a spoiler-free guide for first-time viewers of the series

The pilot almost seems to exist in a parallel universe, where there are no more episodes and the premise remains forever suspended in mystery

The charm of getting to know the characters and the town

Twin Peaks hits its most Wild at Heart as David Lynch steps in again

The conclusion of the first phase, full of frustrated longing

Creating a sense of Twin Peaks as a community full of little corners to explore

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S1E6 "Cooper's Dreams"
It's useful to view this episode through the two characters most important to the show: Cooper and Laura

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S1E7 "Realization Time"
The writers weave a web that makes the whole community feel connected

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S1E8 "The Last Evening"
Mark Frost's episode is fast, action-packed, and centered around areas of public community

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E1 "May the Giant Be With You"
Refreshing if you can relax and let the episode (like the waiter) guide you into the correct frame of mind

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E2 "Coma"
Whenever I think of my favorite scenes from this stretch of episodes, most are from this hour

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E3 "The Man Behind Glass"
Who is this girl Laura Palmer, what did loved ones misunderstand about her life, and what impact does her outsize legacy have for the people left behind?

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E4 "Laura's Secret Diary"
The episode is doing stealth work, trying to build an audience for mostly non-Laura-related stories

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E5 "The Orchid's Curse"
This is a show all about crossing boundaries and the confusion and occasional clarity these transgressions unleash

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E6 "Demons"
Lesli Linka Glatter delivers the best evocation of the supernatural/eerie/uncanny this side of Lynch

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E7 "Lonely Souls"
A case could be made for the episode's climax as Lynch's finest work, although the following scene in the Road House is equally superb in its own quiet, devastating way

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E8 "Drive With a Dead Girl"
Twin Peaks takes a turn toward the Hitchcockian

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E9 "Arbitrary Law"
Probably my strongest piece in this Companion, reflecting my ambivalence about this crucial, dynamic episode

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E10 "Dispute Between Brothers"
An episode so disastrous I find it kind of riveting

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E11 "Masked Ball"
For all the episode's flaws, the Josie scene feels like exactly what her story was supposed to be: a web of intrigue and desperation, rooted far away but amplified by the mood of the woods

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E12 "The Black Widow"
By now I regard this as a genuine camp classic

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E13 "Checkmate"
The episode begins and ends with a bang, several actually

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E14 "Double Play"
Despite enjoying mid-season 2 more than usual on this rewatch, this episode brought that appreciation to a grinding halt

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E15 "Masters and Slaves"
This and the previous episode may be the twin valleys of Twin Peaks

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E16 "The Condemned Woman"
A face on the sheriff's desk, a face on the breakfast table, a face in...a drawer pull?

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E17 "Wounds and Scars"
Lots of understated, masterfully controlled long takes and camera movements which really contribute to the episode's "room to breathe" feel

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E18 "On the Wings of Love"
An abundance of charm, spilling over from one sequence in particular

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E19 "Variations on Relations"
Remarkable how coordinated the story feels, with puzzles to solve and characters interacting

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E20 "The Path to the Black Lodge"
The pieces begin to come together here with a sense of an imminent climax and the Lynch iconography and Frost-fueled mythology finally merging

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E21 "Miss Twin Peaks"
This episode is nothing if not diligent: I don't think there's a single plot point missed as it marches toward the climax

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: S2E22 "Beyond Life and Death"
The Black Lodge is the best example of Lynch performing emergency surgery

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: Preparing for Fire Walk With Me
I can't say for certain you'll like the film, but I CAN say it's an absolutely crucial part of the narrative

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: Fire Walk With Me
In 1992, a Reagan Republican shifted the hero of his most popular story from a chipper, straight-arrow FBI agent to a traumatized drug-addicted teenage prostitute

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: The ending of Fire Walk With Me
Laura's pain is extremely real but so, ultimately, is her relief

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: The Missing Pieces
Like a collection of short stories circulating around the subject of a great novel

The show exists in the tension between the two poles of Lynch and Frost

TWIN PEAKS First Time Viewer Companion: episode directory
After posting every hour for thirty-five hours, I rounded up every entry, plus my viewing diary for season 3

Accompanying my anniversary podcast with many images for a video presentation

The Twin Peaks finale opens the floodgates of listener feedback, while my archive reading explores Evangelion's apocalyptic conclusion

Patreon update #39: Dead Poets Society (+ Twin Peaks for new viewers & more) My monthly Ethan Hawke podcast series begins in the late 80s with the actor as a shy 50s preppie


Patreon update #40 (The End of Evangelion, Carrie Page as the dreamer, American Made, The Children Act, Wire's 154 & more) and preview of Zama review
It all returns to nothing...whether you're Shinji Ikari or Carrie Page (podcast episode)

Patreon update #41: Mark Twain (+ the 2000s decade/documentary, the French Revolution, Nicaragua, podcast recommendations, early Fire Walk With Me draft & more)
My podcast covers the extraordinary life of Mark Twain, courtesy of Ken Burns' documentary

Patreon update #42: Gattaca (+ The Contender, Kavanaugh hearings, Twin Peaks interviews, podcast recommendations & more) and preview of Daguerreotypes review
My Ethan Hawke series continues with a 90s sci-fi thriller, plus I re-visit a 2000 political drama in light of recent news

Patreon update #43 (The Shining, Cooper & Mr. C, the year after Twin Peaks, Hill Street Blues early season 4, Mimi, Schitt's Creek, "race vs. class" on the left, podcast recommendations & more)
Alongside a look at the Twin Peaks fandom post-season three, my podcast discusses the Mark Frost-supervised season of Hill Street Blues and revisits my review of Kubrick's horror classic as Halloween approaches

"5 Weeks of Fire Walk With Me" (finally) resumes this week
A year after pausing to work out some ambitious concepts, my series of essays finally returns with a few tweaks to the upcoming schedule

4 Ways to Watch Fire Walk With Me: Art Film, Horror Movie, Lynch Project, Twin Peaks Episode
Fire Walk With Me is many things: an art film focused on trauma, a multifaceted participant in the horror genre, an example of Lynch's cinematic aesthetics and themes, and the culminating episode of a TV show


Patreon update #44: Halloween (+ Fire Walk With Me as horror movie, The Old Dark House & more) and preview of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Halloween hits my podcast as I review the John Carpenter slasher classic, revisit my coverage of early Universal horror, and analyze the Twin Peaks movie as part of the same genre

Patreon update #45 (Fire Walk With Me as art film, Sherilyn Fenn in Twin Peaks season 3, what is Judy? & more)
What do their mirror reflections tell Nana, Adriana, Alma, Suzanne, Weronika, Laura, and Audrey? My podcast explores the Laura Palmer study in light of European art cinema, as well as the backstory to Sherilyn Fenn's appearance in season 3

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Twin Peaks: The Return
Tracing every way that the Showtime series echoes, extends, transforms, and celebrates the once-maligned film that preceded it

Patreon update #46 (Fire Walk With Me in season 3, Pyaasa & more) and preview of Renee/Jade/Knox character studies
Two poignant tales of modern-day martyrs: linking Twin Peaks film and new season, plus my archive review of an Indian classic

Finding the Missing Pages: interview w/ Lindsay Hallam, author of Devil's Advocates - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
My talk with the author of a new book that explores the film's connection to recent art horror, trauma cinema, and classic melodrama, as well as Lynch's important collaborators

Patreon update #47: Steamboat Willie's 90th anniversary & 9 other classic Mickey Mouse cartoons (+ Lindsay Hallam's Fire Walk With Me book, the Soviet War and Peace - Andrei & Natalya, Democrats in the midterms, Vic Berger's Walkaway video, Nazis vs. MAGA normies, Armistice Day, Halloween/political podcast recommendations & more)
The diverse approach of my podcast encompasses Mickey Mouse, Leo Tolstoy, and Laura Palmer - in the last case, discussing my recent Twin Peaks author interview

Patreon update #48: Training Day (+ Fire Walk With Me as Lynch project, the Soviet War and Peace - 1812 & Pierre, Jonathan, CNN's The 2000s, Twin Peaks fan theories, Ocasio-Cortez clapbacks, Bernie 2020? & more) and preview of Lady Bird review
My Ethan Hawke podcast miniseries reaches the 00s while I look at the place of Lynch's sixth film in his oeuvre and revisit a review of the '69 Tolstoy adaptation from my archive


Patreon update #49: The Social Network (+ the Angela Nagle immigration controversy, LeftTube, Fire Walk With Me as Twin Peaks episode, the RR counter/the ring in season 3, Disney's aesthetics/ideology, the Hollywood War and Peace & more)
My podcast covers "the Facebook movie" as it relates to 2004, 2010, and 2018, plus concluding my War and Peace archive review and exploring Fire Walk With Me's roots in various Twin Peaks episodes

Patreon update #50: Requiem for a Dream (+ The Blue Rose Magazine in 2018, The Green Book, A Charlie Brown Christmas/It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown, Sherilyn Fenn in Twin Peaks season 3, who is Red? & more) and preview of Mary Shelley review
Nothing goes better together than a deep dive into narcotic states of consciousness and a melancholy Peanuts TV special as my podcast offers the first of a couple Christmas-y episodes

Patreon update #51: Before Sunset (+ Twin Peaks season 3 blu-ray special features, It's a Wonderful Life, 2000s politics: Bush administration/Obama campaign & more)
Christmas continues on my podcast when I revisit a lengthy review of the holiday classic and follow up with the Before... pair in Paris after 9 years

Patreon update #52: FREE Blade Runner 2049 conversation w/ Max Clark plus preview of Civil War Cinepoem
At year's end, I slow down the podcast pace as my sci-fi conversation from the spring goes public

(I covered this period on Episodes 27 and 28 of my Patreon podcast)

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