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Doc NYC 2017: Early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jr's Faces Places (Visages villages) co-director Agnès Varda at her Blum & Poe exhibition Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last year's Doc NYC Short List programme had the five Documentary Feature Oscar nominees - Ava DuVernay's 13th; Roger Ross Williams's Life, Animated; Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro; Gianfranco Rosi's Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare), and the 89th Academy Award winner, Oj: Made In America, directed by Ezra Edelman.

Brett Morgen's Jane Goodall documentary Jane with a score by Philip Glass; Ceyda Torun's KEDi, and Agnès Varda and Jr's Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Award winner Faces Places (culminating in a visit to Jean-Luc Godard's front door) from the Doc NYC Short List selections and Blue Velvet Revisited (featuring David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Jack Nance), directed by Peter Braatz (who was second unit on...
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Why 'Twin Peaks: The Return' Was the Most Groundbreaking TV Series Ever

Why 'Twin Peaks: The Return' Was the Most Groundbreaking TV Series Ever
When some phrases pass through the prism of Twin Peaks, you can never hear them the same way again. "Damn good coffee" is one; "Gotta light?" is another. We'll submit a third candidate, one that the just-concluded third season of David Lynch and Mark Frost's supernatural murder-mystery masterpiece has marked for permanent retirement from the critical vocabulary: "Like nothing else on television." The TV landscape remains full of singular, spectacular shows, Peak TV fatigue be damned. But just as the original Twin Peaks inspired visionary showrunners from David Chase
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Twin Peaks Recap: Return of the Queen

Twin Peaks Recap: Return of the Queen
It took 12 whole episodes, but Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) has finally returned to our television screens.

The Twin Peaks chat rooms, message boards and Twitter feeds have been speculating for years on end about where we would find her and how (Is she in Hollywood? Is she the mysterious billionaire in New York? Is she still in a coma? Was she horribly disfigured in the bank explosion? Is she now running One Eyed Jacks?). But I am fairly certain that no one saw this outcome, this development, this new Audrey.

At first I found it confusing and jarring: that weird guy is Audrey’s husband?
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 9 Recap: Whatever This Is

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Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.There's a brief, very beautiful moment in Part 7 of the new Twin Peaks, during the scene in which hotelier Benjamin Horne (Richard Beymer) and his secretary Beverly Paige (Ashley Judd) are investigating a strange sound emanating from the walls of the Great Northern. Ben points in the direction that he thinks the soft, soothing tone is coming from, and for a second he seems to be pointing right at the camera—past it, really…toward our world, at those of us on the other side of the fiction/fact divide. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it breach, but it lays some subtle groundwork for what follows: The aesthetically and thematically provocative Part 8 fitted the Twin Peaks mythos into our very real history of atomic destruction. And this week's
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'Twin Peaks' Recap: Hit and Run

'Twin Peaks' Recap: Hit and Run
Harry Dean Stanton is 90 years old, though he's looked so world weary for so long that he seems somehow ageless and immortal. In light of the key Twin Peaks players who've died before the series' return to the air – Jack Nance, Frank Silva, Frances Bay, Don S. Davis, Warren Frost, David Bowie, and most hauntingly Miguel Ferrer and Catherine Coulson, who reprised their roles as Albert Rosenfield and the Log Lady before they passed away – we're fortunate to have him. When his character, Carl Rodd, tells his younger companion "I've been smokin' for 75 years,
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Eraserhead

David Lynch’s visionary black comedy was shot in sunny California but the bleakly surreal black and white imagery, full of smoking chimneys and dilapidated walk-ups, suggests a nightmare factory town by way of Diane Arbus. The film has such a uniquely grungy beauty (courtesy of Frederick Elmes’ photography) and featured such eccentrically empathetic characters (in particular the woebegone hero played by Jack Nance) that the prescient Mel Brooks took a chance on the unknown Lynch and hired him to direct The Elephant Man. Commensurate with its “hand-made” origins, Eraserhead never had a proper theatrical release trailer, so we’re presenting the trailer for the dvd release.
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Eraserhead: the true story behind David Lynch's surreal shocker

Forty years on, the director’s fatherhood freakout has lost none of its horrific power

On 19 March 1977, the world changed, after which there was a long uncomfortable silence. The occasion was the first public screening of Eraserhead, the feature debut of David Lynch, at the Filmex festival in Los Angeles. It was not a hot ticket. The film arrived with little advance publicity at the only festival to accept it. The screening took place at midnight, drawing a modest crowd who dutifully watched for the next two hours (the film was then longer than the 89 minutes it became). When it ended: nothing. But no one left either. Just silence. Then, finally, applause.

Lynch was barely into his 30s, still a way off from the master surrealist with the silver quiff who created Twin Peaks. And it hadn’t yet become apparent that this was how everyone would react to Eraserhead.
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‘Twin Peaks’: Everything We Learned About Season 3 From Mark Frost’s ‘The Secret History’

‘Twin Peaks’: Everything We Learned About Season 3 From Mark Frost’s ‘The Secret History’
When “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” was first announced, the book was pitched as “a novel that reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago and offers a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.” Finally arriving last month in advance of the long-awaited 2017 revival of the cult TV show, the book offers only a few glancing details of the former while delving deeply into the latter. Author and series co-creator Mark Frost uses the bulk of his narrative to weave the strange history of “Twin Peaks” throughout the larger tapestry of American history and the long legacy of occult conspiracies.

This is not a book for a “Twin Peaks” newbie — and the arcane subject matter makes it unlikely to appeal to anyone who isn’t already a fan. A
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‘Twin Peaks’: Everything We Learned About Season 3 From Mark Frost’s ‘The Secret History’

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‘Twin Peaks’: Everything We Learned About Season 3 From Mark Frost’s ‘The Secret History’
When “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” was first announced, the book was pitched as “a novel that reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago and offers a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.” Finally arriving last month in advance of the long-awaited 2017 revival of the cult TV show, the book offers only a few glancing details of the former while delving deeply into the latter. Author and series co-creator Mark Frost uses the bulk of his narrative to weave the strange history of “Twin Peaks” throughout the larger tapestry of American history and the long legacy of occult conspiracies.

This is not a book for a “Twin Peaks” newbie — and the arcane subject matter makes it unlikely to appeal to anyone who isn’t already a fan. A
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Horror disc round-up: Ghoulies, The Burning, Frogs vs Slugs

Nick Aldwinckle Oct 25, 2016

Fancy some horror? We've been taking a look at the discs of Ghoulies, The Burning, Psychomania and more...

“Have you ever heard a frog scream?”, the tag-line to George McCowan’s 1972 ecological horror Frogs (out now on Arrow Blu-ray) should have read. Indeed, for any of you readers that have ever been rudely awoken at 2am by the sound of a traumatised frog being gifted to you by your pet cat/furry psychopath, an amphibian cry of terror is probably the second worst sound there is (behind, of course, Kaiser Chiefs).

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Not that frogs themselves are inherently evil, though viewing this classic dose of seventies green-themed nastiness might convince you otherwise. Slugs are Ok, too, though we’ll get on to them later on in this month’s vague
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John Malkovich Plays Agent Dale Cooper of ‘Twin Peaks’ in First ‘Playing Lynch’ Video — Watch

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John Malkovich Plays Agent Dale Cooper of ‘Twin Peaks’ in First ‘Playing Lynch’ Video — Watch
We’ve yet to see any footage of next year’s “Twin Peaks” revival. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite for damn fine coffee with a new project sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation: Playing Lynch, a series of vignettes in which John Malkovich reenacts scenes from the singular filmmaker’s outré body of work. The scenes can be downloaded one by one, with proceeds going to Lynch’s transcendental meditation–inclined foundation. Watch a trailer for the series — as well as the first vignette — below.

Read More: David Lynch on ‘Twin Peaks’ Return: ‘Cable Television Is the New Art-House’

Malkovich plays Agent Dale Cooper of “Twin Peaks” in it, providing a new take on the character made famous by Kyle Maclachlan; he’s also set to reinterpret the same show’s Log Lady in addition to John Merrick (John Hurt) of “Elephant Man,” the Mystery Man (Robert Blake) from “Lost Highway,
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Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces

David Lynch and Mark Frost's 1990 TV series looks better than ever, while the 1992 feature prequel digs deeper in Laura Palmer's unpleasant final days without as many rewards. CBS's 9-disc retrospective is a setup for the highly awaited series continuation -- delayed by 25 years. Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces Blu-ray CBS / Paramount 1990 & 1992 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame & 1:78 widescreen / 25 hours + 134 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 72,99 Starring (series) Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Kimmy Robertson, Eric Da Re, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse,Russ Tamblyn, Kenneth Welsh, Wendy Robie, Miguel Ferrer, David Lynch, Heather Graham, Dan O'Herlihy, Billy Zane, James Booth, Michael Parks, Lenny von Dohlen, Hank Worden, David Duchovny, Walter Olkewicz, Jane Greer, David L. Lander,
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'Twin Peaks' cast list: 11 major omissions, from Lara Flynn Boyle to Heather Graham

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'Twin Peaks' cast list: 11 major omissions, from Lara Flynn Boyle to Heather Graham
What a way to start off the week! The formidable cast list for Showtime's forthcoming Twin Peaks revival series was revealed this morning, and man, is it a doozy. In addition to boasting such key returning players as Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), there are a number of surprising A-listers in the mix including Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Amanda Seyfried and Naomi Watts. On the downside, a not-insignificant number of cast members from both the original series and the 1992 prequel film Fire Walk with Me are completely absent from the list. Where, for instance, is Lara Flynn Boyle (or Moira Kelly, for that matter)? Michael Ontkean? Piper Laurie? Joan Chen? Anyone from the mill? (Literally, there is no one from the mill.) So while I'm thankful that most of the major players are back in action, I can't help but
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‘Ghoulies 1&2′ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Ghoulies

Stars: Peter Liapis, Lisa Pelikan, Michael Des Barres, Jack Nance, Mariska Hargitay, Scott Thomson, Ralph Seymour | Written by Luca Bercovici, Jefery Levy | Directed by Luca Bercovici

Ghoulies 2

Stars: Damon Martin, Royal Dano, Phil Fondacaro, J. Downing, Kerry Remsen, Donnie Jeffcoat, Dale Wyatt | Written by Charlie Dolan, Dennis Paoli, Luca Bercovici | Directed by Albert Band

For my film-loving friends and I, Ghoulies and its immediate sequel were almost rites of passage growing up – I distinctly remember renting them from not only the local video shop but also that strange guy that used to park on the street corner renting tapes out of his boot (or, if he was more successful, the back of a transit van). You know the one, he’d have the craziest VHS tapes you’d ever seen – Class of Nuke Em High, Black Roses, The Toxic Avenger, Ghoulies… all films that sold themselves on artwork alone.
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Eleven Emotionally Horrific Art Films

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On Halloween, the tradition is to indulge in films replete with monsters, zombies, and creatures that go bump in the night. But those types of films don’t always provide the psychological terror cineastes may be craving. International and alternative cinema has always been willing to tread where conventional genre cinema dares not be it in films with strong themes, abrasive tones, or emotional depravity. Halloween can be a time not just to indulge in slimy viscera, but in the general suffering of humanity. These are eleven films whose punishment of the viewer with intense emotions and ideas make them not unlike horror films.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) / Day of Wrath (1943)

The original king of despair, Carl Dreyer didn’t just gravitate toward miserable material, he embraced it with a technique so perfected, it felt predestined. In The Passion of Joan of Arc, a film consisting almost solely of close-ups,
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Catherine Coulson, 'Twin Peaks' Log Lady, Passes Away at 71

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Catherine Coulson, 'Twin Peaks' Log Lady, Passes Away at 71
Sad news for Twin Peaks fans and lovers of classic TV. Actress Catherine E. Coulson passed away on Monday at the age of 71. She succumbed to cancer. She was perhaps best known as the Log Lady on David Lynch's cult series.

Twin Peaks is being revived on Showtime, with all-new episodes shooting later this year. Pre-production is happening now in Washington state. Varitey confirms that Catherine E. Coulson was set to reprise her role as the Log Lady, a character which she also played in director David Lynch's film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which served as a prequel to the canceled ABC show.

More recently, Catherine E. Coulson appeared in a fan-favorite role as proprietor of Marionberry farm on Portlandia, which reunited her with Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan, who plays the Mayor of Portland. She also starred in the movie Redwood Highway opposite Shirley Knight and Tom Skerritt.
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Catherine Coulson, Log Lady on ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 71

Catherine Coulson, Log Lady on ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 71
Catherine E. Coulson, who played the Log Lady on David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” TV series and was set to return to the new Showtime version, died Monday morning of cancer. She was 71.

“We are all deeply sad, she meant so much to so many,” said her agent, Mary Dangerfield, who confirmed her death.

Coulson, who also worked as a camera assistant, reprised the Log Lady role in the feature “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and more recently, she appeared on an episode of “Portlandia” and in the film “Redwood Highway.”

Lynch said in a statement, “Today I lost one of my dearest friends, Catherine Coulson. Catherine was solid gold. She was always there for her friends — she was filled with love for all people — for her family — for her work. She was a tireless worker. She had a great sense of humor — she loved to laugh and make people laugh.
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Catherine Coulson, Log Lady on ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 71

Catherine Coulson, Log Lady on ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 71
Catherine E. Coulson, who played the Log Lady on David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” TV series and was set to return to the new Showtime version, died Monday morning of cancer. She was 71.

“We are all deeply sad, she meant so much to so many,” said her agent, Mary Dangerfield, who confirmed her death.

Coulson, who also worked as a camera assistant, reprised the Log Lady role in the feature “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and more recently, she appeared on an episode of “Portlandia” and in the film “Redwood Highway.”

Lynch said in a statement, “Today I lost one of my dearest friends, Catherine Coulson. Catherine was solid gold. She was always there for her friends — she was filled with love for all people — for her family — for her work. She was a tireless worker. She had a great sense of humor — she loved to laugh and make people laugh.
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'Twin Peaks' Cast: Who's In, Who's Out?

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'Twin Peaks' Cast: Who's In, Who's Out?
It's a great time to be a "Twin Peaks" fan, and speculating which actors will be involved in the upcoming Showtime revival -- which has already started filming in Washington State -- is a fun diversion for die-hards. While I'm not interested in actual plot details (co-creator Mark Frost has responded to the multitude of fan-taken set photos by imploring them to #KeeptheMysteryAlive), I am curious to know which characters we can expect to see 25 (or 26, if the show premieres in 2017) years after the original series left the airwaves. To that end, I'll be keeping tabs on the involvement of 33 still-living "Twin Peaks" stars via a running list, which I've compiled below and which I'll be updating as more information presents itself via sightings, social media posts and actual confirmations by Lynch, Frost and the stars themselves (to date, only one of the original actors has been officially confirmed to return). First,
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Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.22, “Beyond Life And Death”: How’s Annie? How’s Annie? How’s Annie?

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Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 22, “Beyond Life And Death”

Written by Mark Frost & Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by David Lynch

Aired June 10th, 1991 on ABC

“Wow, Bob, wow. Fire, walk with me.” – The Man From Another Place

Les: And so, we’ve come to the end of our look back at Twin Peaks. After two seasons and 30 episodes of cherry pie and damn good coffee, dancing dwarves and one-armed men, Invitation To Love and One-Eyed Jack’s, Ghostwood Estates and Black Lodge, cross-dressing David Duchovny and near-deaf David Lynch, Twin Peaks was canceled in the summer of 1991. Going from its position as a genuine hit—with a premiere watched by over 34 million people—the life of Twin Peaks ended not with a bang but a whimper. The show lost its focus as Lynch and Mark Frost stepped back, and audiences stepped back along with it, the show shedding viewers every
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