Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The Score: 10 out of 10

When seeking a symbol to summarize David Lynch's career for this site's banner, the red room stood out as an indelible image in a career filled with unforgettable on-screen images. Here Lynch strikes a universal chord in viewers with dream-like surrealism as Laura Palmer reaches out from beyond the grave to a confused, empathic Agent Cooper. They meet in a red room populated with abstract symbols, where non sequitir stanzas are recited in response to basic questions and everything occurs backwards. Yet Lynch somehow makes this sequence feel tangible, real, and familiar as if we were dreaming it ourselves.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


The Score: 9 out of 10

The feature length pilot took America by storm with 33% of all TV viewers finding a warm welcome to the strangest town in the Pacific Northwest on Easter Sunday April 08, 1990. Millions of viewers nationwide grew excited for the next episode scheduled to air that upcoming Thursday. A buzz developed as people talked about the pilot episode with everyone they knew. Co-workers discussed the show at the water cooler, shoppers talked of it in line at stores, patrons chit chatted about their favorite bizarre character over drinks at bars, and women at the salon speculated about who they thought killed Laura Palmer. Twin Peaks (1990-91) was not just a hit TV program, but a shared cultural experience.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


The Score: 10 out of 10

After Ronette Pulaski wanders across the Washington-Idaho state line, the FBI assigns a special agent to take command of the investigation at Twin Peaks. Special Agent Dale Cooper enters the scene as a genius detective on the order of Sherlock Holmes, who in spite of some humorous eccentricities, establishes himself quickly as a strong and competent lead investigator. The rest of the series primarily revolves around his investigation of Ronette's assault and Laura Palmer's murder.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


The Score: 10 out of 10

Many considered David Lynch incapable of working within the constraints of network television. They cited his unorthodox style, his time-consuming attention to detail, and his habit of filming extreme content. Lynch's eloquent response was broadcast in the form of Twin Peaks (1990-91), the most popular work of his career. Twin Peaks would make him a household name and introduced the adjective Lynchian to the mainstream vernacular to describe his unique style of film making. Twin Peaks is the best program aired on network television and its influence on the current generation of TV creators is without equal.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


The Score: (First Rating) 7.5 out of 10 (Rating After  Watching 35mm Print of Film) 10 out of 10

Wild at Heart (1990) follows two oddball lovebirds as they take an absurd road trip through America's heartland while on the run from a wicked witch, the police, and numerous assassins. The film begins in flames with the protagonist delivering excessive blunt-force trauma to the head of an attacker in self-defense, and then ends after a visit from the good witch who inspires him to return to his true love and sing her Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender. Everything in between is a disturbing, farcical journey through the dark side of human existence.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


The Score: 10 out of 10

David Lynch received the Academy Award nomination for Best Director three times in his career: The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Dr. (2001). Although he never won the award, we argue he earned it each time. Strong arguments have been made that each of these could be considered Lynch's masterpiece, each film clearly ranking among the best films ever made. Even those who prefer Lynch's other projects will acknowledge the important place these three films occupy in his body of work. Blue Velvet is a powerful film, completely unique to his style. No other director could have made it the way David Lynch did.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DUNE (1984)

The Score: 10 out of 10

David Lynch proved himself with The Elephant Man (1980), gaining status as the hottest new director in Hollywood. His rising star even caught the attention of George Lucas, who released a little independent film of his own that year: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). But the young artist's mainstream popularity would be threatened as he confronted the Hollywood system during the production of his science fiction epic: Dune (1984). Dune would be the first and last big-budget film of David Lynch's career, but is the most awesome attempt at a transcendent blockbuster ever committed to celluloid.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The Score: 10 out of 10

David Lynch first learned and employed several innovative film techniques during the production of Eraserhead (1977) that he would later master in his second feature film The Elephant Man (1980). David Lynch took Hollywood by storm on the release of this film, receiving some of the strongest critical acclaim of his career and enjoying more success at the box office than he would with any of his other films. The Elephant Man is widely considered Lynch's most accessible film for mainstream audiences, and is considered a good starting point for most viewers interested in his work.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"In 2004 [Eraserhead] was deemed 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry" (Wiki Entry for Eraserhead). Since the U.S. Library of Congress only selects up to 25 films per year for preservation in the National Film Registry, the official archivists of the United States have essentially declared Eraserhead (1977) one of the most important films in American history.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Works of art are easy to overlook at first glance. Some art is so far ahead of its time that only the passage of years will help it be appreciated. Many films must wait for changes to cultural tastes and style before their audience's sensibilities are attuned to receive them. Many masterpieces of art and literature are greeted at first with underwhelming or even hostile reviews and bad word of mouth before one day gaining the recognition they deserve. Most films directed by David Lynch fall into this category.

Friday, September 17, 2010

EASY A (2010)

The Score: 9 out of 10

Emma Stone makes me laugh. She has a natural affability and charm that immediately endears me to all the characters she plays. But she also possesses a priceless sense of comedic timing that turns the most innocuous character moments into hilarious movie gold. And Emma has a lot of help in this film from a surprisingly strong list of supporting actors and from screenwriter Bert V. Royal, who pens a brilliant part for her in a great film opening today: Easy A.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CATFISH (2010)

The Score: 5 out of 10

The marketing of Catfish (2010) is ridiculous: "Don't let anyone tell you what it is." You might be able to get away with that if you were Alfred Hitchcock at the height of his career when he released a similar marketing campaign for Psycho (1960). But the demand for complete secrecy for a documentary by unestablished filmmakers—regardless of its inventiveness—is simply hyperbolic marketing.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


The Score: 9 out of 10

Few TV programs have the ambition and resources of ABC-Disney's LOST (2004-10), and with the recent changes in the way Network TV is structured we might not see another series of this epic magnitude for a long time to come. LOST dared to dream big and it pulled in millions of devoted fans because of those dreams. And since the sixth and final season of LOST is being released today on Blu-Ray and DVD, we will take this opportunity to look back on the series as a whole with some perspective.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


The Score: 8 out of 10

Inception (2010) is a great achievement in modern filmmaking. The cinematography is beautiful. The sound design and special effects are compelling. The stunts and action sequences will catch your breath. The labyrinthine plot and narrative structure is engaging. The casting of the film is appropriate and their acting is solid. Christopher Nolan is a director to be reckoned with, approaching action and suspense on the order of Alfred Hitchcock. We look forward to his third and final Batman film currently in development, scheduled for release in two years. But in spite of all this, there is one thing missing from Inception: HEART.

Monday, August 16, 2010

SALT (2010)

The Score: 8 out of 10

Salt is a compelling action film crossed with a well-rounded thriller. The film has strong characters, interesting plot developments, compelling action sequences, and is always entertaining. And considering the recent discovery of Russian sleeper agents still operating in the United States, Salt is an eerily relevant film for our day. Fans of J.J. Abrams's ALIAS (2001-06) TV series should find Salt particularly appealing, since both shows share a lot in common in both tone and story.

KICK-ASS (2010)

The Score: 8.5 out of 10

Kick-Ass does not establish its tone well in the first half of the film. Despite its aspirations, Kick-Ass was made on a relatively low budget compared to most superhero films and at times it shows. Some scenes and situations fail to unfold organically. But once Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz enter the picture as Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, the story begins to take shape and ends up as one of the most enjoyable films this year. By the time the end credits roll, the flaws from earlier will be forgotten.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

GLEE - SEASON ONE (2009-10)

The Score: 7.5 out of 10

Glee (2009-10) Season One finished its 22 episode run on a mixed note. The first 13 powerhouse episodes of the season were fresh and politically incorrect. The first 13 episodes of season one would easily earn a score of 9 out of 10. The writing, direction, acting, singing, dancing, and comedic tone were close to perfect. Glee really earned its Golden Globe Award as the best comedy on television last year. But as the season progressed, the show began to feel more commercial and politically correct. The unique blend of humor and drama was simply abandoned and it digressed into formulaic television. In short, it seems the passion is gone.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


The Twelve Year Old Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass
Speaking of things to anticipate in April, here are some videos and trailers for a film released the same week new Glee episodes begin running again. The film is called Kick-Ass and it looks like it will do just that. Kick-Ass opens in theaters nationwide in the USA and Canada on April 16, 2010.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Don't Stop Believing... in GLEE

Sometimes the Golden Globes get it right. Congratulations Glee for being the best comedy on television. This quirky primetime musical dramedy is the surprise hit this year in television.. Begin with the Director's Cut of Episode 1 and do not stop until you have finished all 13 available episodes. We can look forward to the last nine episodes of Season 1 starting on April 13, 2010.

[Editor's Retro-Note: Aside from Joss Whedon's episode as guest director, the next nine episodes were nothing to get excited about. Check our Full Review of Season 1 to learn more.]

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