Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Mike (Al Strobel)

“Ees it—fyooo-chore? Or ees it—past?”

And already, we start to get our payoffs.

Other than, you know, Cooper, my favorite aspect of Twin Peaks is its supernatural elements, something we get quite a bit of in “Part 2.” We only saw a glimpse of “the good Dale” (as Annie Blackburn referred to him as in Fire Walk With Me) last episode, but we spend almost half the runtime with him this time, getting to see the bizarro-world our FBI agent has been living in for the past two and a half decades.

Lynch hasn’t lost his Black Lodge touch—these sequences…

Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan)

It’s time to be brutally honest with you all—I don’t like the original Twin Peaks. If you found a way to isolate it down to its perfect protagonist, a handful of really lovely side characters, and its supernatural elements? Perfect show, PERFECT show. But the slow pace of the original, combined with the fact that I don’t like most of the characters, makes it a tough sell for me. …

Arvin Russell (Tom Holland)

Antonio Campos is a director that likes to challenge himself. Whether it be portraying sociopathy without resorting to “RRRR HAVE SEX STAB PEOPLE” or creating a biopic based off one of the only on-air suicides in history—of which he didn’t have access to the original footage. So he once again challenges himself with keeping track of multiple main characters in The Devil All the Time, which proves to be tough, but satisfying to watch when done right.

Not every character in this movie is fleshed out well, but all of them are superbly performed. This is a movie with a…

The Protagonist (John David Washington)

It’s become cool to hate on Christopher Nolan. It sucks that that’s the case — yeah, obviously I think that there are filmmakers that deserve the title of “Doctor Professor Epic Movie Person” over him, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’s bad. But some of the criticisms levied against him do have value — and the ones I agree with have never seemed more apparent than in the divisive, jaw-dropping Tenet.

For me to say this movie isn’t well choreographed, doesn’t have great music, the special effects aren’t stunning, and the characters aren’t, at the very least, fun to watch…

Jake (Jesse Plemons), The Young Woman (Jessie Buckley), Mother (Toni Collette), and Father (David Thewlis)

You know the rules. Roll around in the existential dirt, and you’re going to get your temporarily-existing ass hurt. Lightning indeed strikes thrice in screenwriting legend Charlie Kaufman’s new mind-bending acid trip (or perhaps road trip would be more accurate), I’m Thinking of Ending Things. With his first two director’s credits being hits (which, you know, you can always read about here), I had complete faith that this would hit yet again. Before you ask, *scoffs*, no, I don’t get tired of being right all the time.

But what I did get tired of is how consistently fantastic this movie…

Heh, I just got the joke in the article title.

Noah Hawley seems to have a fetish for taking a story we’ve seen done before and doing it differently. Whether it be turning the flat and colorless superhero show into the bizarre, acidic Legion or his reinterpretation of one woman’s strange journey into space and back down to Earth in Lucy in the Sky, he really likes taking pre-existing stories and making them weird as hell.

Fargo, the 1996 masterpiece by the ever dashing Coen brothers, is, well, a masterpiece. (Kinda screwed myself with that sentence structure.) It’s very funny…

I don’t like waiting. Sitting around, eager for the long-awaited event of a lifetime to occur, but dammit, you just have to sit around a little more. One of the many things I happen to be waiting for is I’m Thinking of Ending Things, the newest film by writer-director Charlie Kaufman, considered to be one of the best writers currently living.

But if there’s one thing Kaufman likes to stress, it’s that humans don’t last forever. In fact, Kaufman really enjoys teaching people scary, existentialist lessons — you’re still probably dumb and boring if you’re famous, pure love isn’t real…

I’ve got a lot to do. School starts again soon, I’m balancing two fairly big projects on this website at once, I have about five or six films to rewatch for my eighteen film list, and I’m sure all five of you are passively waiting for my next article. If I don’t complete something in the next couple of weeks, however, I’m gonna go crazy. So there I was, laying on my couch, trying to think of what I can write about. …

Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix)

10. The Master (2012) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson has come a long way as a filmmaker. From his not-so-humble beginnings with the jazzy, smooth Hard Eight to the similarly toned but shockingly expansive Boogie Nights to the mystical Punch-Drunk Love, he started as an upbeat, exciting artist. In 2007, he decided to stop all this “fun” nonsense and made There Will Be Blood, a movie that is looked back on as one of the best of that decade, featuring what many agree to be the best performance of said decade. (If not the century.) …

Henry Swanson

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