Thursday, June 25, 2009
"When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out."
The above is a screen grab from David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. I took it from Club Silencio's piece about the film under the "Defensive Cinema" banner. I've agreed with Adam's take on Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding as well as Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction (I haven't seen Cronenberg's Crash, unfortunately), but this take on Lynch's much-maligned prequel to his hit TV series Twin Peaks is a marvel.
I love that movie so very very much. It took all the sinister undertones from the series (which occasionally became quite overt) and cranked them up to 11. The entire movie feels like it's on cocaine, much like Laura Palmer, and for that it actually works. It's the version of this town that the townspeople don't want to acknowledge, when in actual fact it is right under their noses. No coffee and cherry pie at the local diner, here. It's more likely coke and bourban at a bar before being taken back and rooted in a train car.
Below is one of the many stunning moments from the film when Laura discovers somebody in her room. It shouldn't be watched by anyone who ever intends to immerse themselves in the Twin Peaks universe since it, basically, gives away the entire mystery of the television series. Terrifying though, isn't it? You can't say Sheryl Lee didn't have an impressive set of lungs on her, that's for sure!