Summer is in full swing here at the Interjections podcast, and we’re rolling right along with a few new flicks:
- Gal Gadot appears in the first solo Wonder Woman film ever, as she discovers that war surrounds her Mediterranean island enclave and must defeat Ares in order to restore balance to the DC universe.
- Brad Pitt lowers himself into Netflix with the pseudo-biopic parody of General Stanley McCrystal’s time as leader of American forces in Afghanistan with War Machine.
- Johnny Depp lowers himself back into that bank vault full of gold coins as he fails to recapture the magic of Jack Sparrow with a fifth(!) Pirates movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Will Will Turner turn up? Or did this franchise clearly take a Swann dive?
- Cory also gives us his thoughts on the new limited Twin Peaks series, without even seeing the original!
- Tristan continues his New York series on classic films with Spike Lee’s opus Do the Right Thing, showcasing racial injustices in Brooklyn in the 1980s – a still timely message for us all.
Tune in below to hear all this and some new trailers. Remember to comment responsibly!
I must confess to the fact that I’m a Twin Peaks newcomer. I haven’t seen any of the previous episodes but I’ve been recapped on the Laura Palmer murder mystery and the ensuing oddities from friends. Having said that, I’m still a devout fan of David Lynch’s oeuvre of idiosyncratic surrealism (The Elephant Man, Dune and Blue Velvet being my personal choices for his magnum opuses).
Lynch’s collaborations with Kyle MacLachlan have been a tremendously fruitful marriage of actor and director. Kyle seems to be readily incorporated into Lynch’s brand of bucolic madness. In the intervening 25 years, Agent Dale Cooper has a nefarious doppelganger: a tanned weekend warrior with a mullet and pitch-black irises. Quite the stark contrast to his well-groomed, fastidious image during his stay in Twin Peaks.
Much like his other excursions into dream logic, the dialogue is serpentine with quotable nonsequitirs such as when Dale advises a lodging employee to hire another bouncer, she cryptically replies “It’s a world of truck drivers.” Along with that, the 217-member cast includes a cornucopia of celebrity walk-ons (Ashley Judd, Jane Adams, Matthew Lillard, etc.) and loopy characters (the absentminded neighbor is my favorite).
Lynch can be oblique but he doesn’t alienate the audience with pretentiousness. Within a reconnoitered building, a man is garrisoning a “top-secret” project which is a glass box that seemingly hypnotizes the people around it. How it correlates to the overarching story is still an enigma but when the guard states that his colleague once saw something materialize inside the box, we are anxiously awaiting a phantasmagorical glimpse ourselves.
Emboldened by a slot on Showtime, the show isn’t bound by network censors and therefore, a highly charged, carnal sex scene can occur before a EVP-esque poltergeist can collide through the booth and savagely slaughter the copulating couple. It’s a genuinely scary set piece. Cooper is largely missing from the premiere episode but the plot now pivots on gravitating Cooper back to the wilderness.
The latest incarnation of Twin Peaks is an unassailable success. It proceeds to ferry us back to the land of Lynch’s gonzo imagination and terrifying quirkiness (the deputy chief gains information from messages from a log). To some, it might be a wave of nonsense or a shaggy dog story with no coherent ending. To me and those who grew up on the show, its puzzling structure is chief among its pleasures.
Rating: 4.75 out of 5
Cory and Tristan are back in a big way, much like a certain television series that hasn’t been around since they were still innocent children. That’s right, Sunday saw the highly anticipated return of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s mystery opus that brought to television an entirely new genre of small-town murder fantasies. Lynch literally changed the game, and here he has new episodes finally to either answer the questions left behind in 1992, or just fuck around with our heads for a few more episodes. Either way, it’s a damn fine way to spend some time.
A very bad way to spend some time would be to see the film adaptation of Baywatch, according to Cory. Dive in to our podcast to find out why, like the recent adaptation of CHiPs, this film was a horrible mistake.
Speaking of horrible mistakes, a lot of space-faring journeyman make them along the way to a new colony planet in Alien: Covenant, but you probably already would have guessed that from it…being an Alien movie. The disposable crew this time includes Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Billy Crudup. Michael Fassbender, of course, returns as the Lawrence of Arabia-lite android David.
Finally, Tristan brings us one of the many unsung films from late 2016, lost in the glut of Oscar races – Christine – a little film that tells the story of oddball reporter Christine Chubbuck as she navigates changing methods in the news world of Sarasota, Florida.
Grab some cherry pie and coffee, sit down, and listen in below:
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