“Unfriending” Hawthorne

“Unfriending” Hawthorne
“Unfriending Hawthorne” Near the top of the list of film adaptations that drive literature professors to angry distraction is surely The Scarlet Letter (Ronald Joffé, 1995), a big budget Hollywood version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel. Beautifully shot and interestingly performed by a diverse range of actors—as Hester Prynne, Demi Moore, a young movie starlet; ...

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 10: Laura is the One] (2017)

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 10: Laura is the One] (2017)
“An Essay of Images” In his quirky little book, Catching the Big Fish, David Lynch describes how he uses Transcendental Meditation to aid in his creative process. In some of the episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return, such as “Gotta Light,” he is surely casting bait in search of Moby-Dick. However, in the more tranquil ...

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 9: This is the Chair] (2017)

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 9: This is the Chair] (2017)
“A Vision of Parents and Children”

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 8: Gotta Light] (2017)

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 8: Gotta Light] (2017)
“Allegories of Television”

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 7: There’s a Body Alright] (2017)

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 7: There's a Body Alright] (2017)
“Warhol/Snow/Lynch” The end of episode seven of Twin Peaks: The Return, cheekily entitled (by my Dish Network DVR), “There’s a Body All Right,” is caught between two experimental film traditions of the 1960s: that of Pop artist, Andy Warhol, and the structural cinema of Michael Snow. In my favorite shot of the entire series thus ...

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 6: Don’t Die] (2017)

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 6: Don't Die] (2017)
“The Fort/Da of Twin Peaks” For a show that has deliberately subverted its audience’s expectations of compelling emotional drama, episode six of Twin Peaks: The Return finally delivers the goods. A little boy is run over by a truck driven by a crazed drug mule. For emotional impact, the sequence rivals only Agent Cooper shepherding ...

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 5: Case Files] (2017)

Twin Peaks: The Return [episode 5: Case Files] (2017)
“Over the Waterfall: The Centrifugal Nature of Twin Peaks: The Return” The credit sequence of Twin Peaks: The Return begins with the familiar school portrait of Laura Palmer superimposed on the waterfall near the Great Northern Hotel. However, unlike the earlier seasons, when we see the flowing cascade from a distance, we now watch from ...

Twin Peaks: The Return [episodes 1-4] (2017)

Twin Peaks: The Return [episodes 1-4] (2017)
“Return to Twin Peaks, or, Experimental Cinema Comes to American Television” As the first episode of Twin Peaks: The Return begins, good Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) sits trapped in the Black Lodge. His doppelganger, also played by MacLachlan, but now with horridly long, greasy black hair, so disturbing compared to the G-man’s trim hair ...

Twin Peaks (1990)

Twin Peaks (1990)
The Turn and Return of Twin Peaks: A Prolegomenon Showtime’s publicity for Twin Peaks: The Return, the sequel to Mark Frost and David Lynch’s 1990 murder mystery soap opera, emphasizes the notion that the original was the show that changed television. This is largely true: Twin Peaks inexplicably aired on network television, ABC, a network ...

The Lost City of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z (2016)
“An Image of Amazonia” In “An Image of Africa,” his scolding 1975 lecture to the Anglo-American literary establishment delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe laments the modernist celebration of Joseph Conrad’s purportedly anti-imperialist novel, Heart of Darkness (1899). Achebe argues that, despite the indictment of the lunacy of White imperialism in ...