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  • Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    ★★★½

    "Is it Future...or is it Past?"

    ***

    The only missing pieces really worth seeing from The Missing Pieces are the more coherently edited (but still totally enigmatic, but still pretty cool) teleporting-David-Bowie scene, some small scenes at the very end that take place immediately after the Season Two finale/cliffhanger, and the scene of Leland Palmer teaching Laura and Sarah some Norwegian, which would have knackered the flow of Fire Walk With Me if they'd kept it in, but which is…

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★½

    "Do you think that if you were falling in space...that you would slow down after a while, or go faster and faster?"
    "Faster and faster. And for a long time you wouldn't feel anything...and then you'd burst into fire...forever...and the angels wouldn't help you. Because they've all gone away."

    ***

    Held back from true and utter Lynchian greatness by the sporadic intrusions of plot that focus on characters and situations other than Laura Palmer and her tragic story - the…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    "My world is fire and blood."

    ***

    You've heard all the hype by now.
    Said hype has reached Breaking Bad-levels of insane acclaim.
    Which begs the question:
    Is the hype deserved?

    YES.
    YES YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

    30 years have passed since the last Mad Max movie.
    Many imitators and pretenders to the throne of action cinema have come and gone in those intervening decades, and with the occasional exceptions here and there (e.g. The Raid), the past decade…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    "Here's to the ones who dream / Foolish as they may seem /
    Here's to the hearts that ache / Here's to the mess we make..."

    ***

    La La Land is GREAT.

    But is it really 7 Golden Globes-winning "GREAT"?

    Or, even more especially, is it really 14 - freakin' FOURTEEN!! - Oscar-nominations "GREAT"?

    See, here's the thing:
    I'm afraid that all of this overwhelmingly monumental amount of hyperbolic hype and astounding acclaim is going to eventually negatively impact the…