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.