Twin Peaks refresher

I’m still shocked that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks aired on a major television network – let alone in primetime. The series heavily influenced a lot of prestige TV that followed its cancellation after its second season back in 1991, but I can’t think of another show that’s ever run the gamut of styles and genres quite the way this one did. The original run of episodes was thrilling because we had absolutely no idea what kind of show it would be from one moment to the next. Twin Peaks was the absolute king of tonal shifts, often whipping from surreal to comedic, from melodramatic to genuinely heartbreaking, from profound to eye-rollingly dumb. This show contained multitudes. But through it all, it remained enigmatic, eccentric, exciting, and distinctly Lynchian – even when Lynch himself scaled back his involvement during the show’s questionable second season.

With the limited series revival heading to Showtime this weekend, now’s a good time for a refresher about what you need to know, some questions left unanswered, and a bit of good old-fashioned speculation about what we might see in the future. Grab a cup of damn fine coffee, a slice of cherry pie, and join me for a whirlwind trip to small town America in the Pacific Northwest.
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Okja Trailer

There have been plenty of movies where an unsuspecting kid stumbles upon some kind of friendly creature, only to have the government or some greedy corporation want it for their own purposes. However, you’ve never seen that story in the hands of a director like Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer).

Okja can best be described as E.T. The Extra Terrestrial meets Michael Clayton with a bit of Heat thrown in there for good measure. A young girl finds her hippopotamus-like friend Okja taken away from her home in the mountains of South Korea in order to be turned into a food source by the Mirando Corporation that has the potential to feed millions of people around the world. What follows is a plan to get her back involving a big heist that will expose all the shady dealings this company has been partaking in.

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Good Time trailer

Over the last five years, Robert Pattinson has been doing some great projects. From his work with filmmakers like David Cronenberg, David Michôd (The Rover), and Anton Corbijn (Life) to his most his recent film, The Lost City City of Z, Pattinson has been delivering quality performances in some high-quality movies. He has continued to show more and more range lately. Hopefully, we’ll say the same of his work in Josh and Benny Safdie‘s Good Time, which debuts this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Below, watch the Good Time trailer.

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47 Meters Down

It’s summertime, which means it’s the time of the year to hit the beach with your family and friends. Of course, maybe you won’t want to pay a visit to the beach if you have sharks on your mind. If 47 Meters Down is an effective shark movie, then maybe a few of us might think twice before swimming out too far from shore this summer.

Below, watch the 47 Meters Down trailer.

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new lisbeth salander

Earlier this year, Sony surprised many movie fans by confirming that they were working on a follow-up to David Fincher’s 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They also confirmed the rumors that Fincher and original stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara would not be returning. This was to be something of a reboot. To emphasize this, the studio even chose to skip the next two books in author Stieg Larsson’s series and instead adapt The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which was written by David Lagercrantz and published 11 years after Larsson’s death.

And now we know that Claire Foy, best known for starring in Netflix’s The Crown, is the current frontrunner for the role of antisocial hacker/crime solver Lisbeth Salander.

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the irishman

A stylish period thriller about love, betrayal, violence and the Mafia starring Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci: Goodfellas or The Irishman? Scorsese is aware of the similarities between his classic gangster movie and his upcoming Mafia hitman film, which is set to be produced by Netflix.

But just because he’s treading familiar and comfortable ground doesn’t mean he’ll be making the same movie. The director has explained how the two films are completely different.

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twin peaks season 3 trailer

The marketing for the hotly anticipated and long-delayed third season of Twin Peaks has been a masterclass in trolling, with each new preview offering only tiny snippets of footage, virtually no dialogue, and no indication of story. It’s frustrating and baffling and totally bizarre and, well, appropriate for Twin Peaks in every possible way.

The latest Twin Peaks season 3 trailer has arrived and it offers more of the same. Heck, if offers a lot more of it! This nearly wordless montage of characters doing things is somehow creepy and effective, despite offering up a whole lot of nothing.

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split

M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split sequel won’t be restrained to the small budget of its predecessor. Blumhouse produced the horror thriller, which follows a man with 23 distinct personalities who kidnaps three girls, for just $9 million, which is actually a bit bigger than some Blumhouse productions. That movie went on to earn a whopping $275 million worldwide in theaters, prompting a sequel titled Glass (the reason for that title is, of course, a spoiler). The filmmaker is currently developing the sequel, but now we have word that the film will not be a conventional Blumhouse low-budget production.

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baby driver poster

The funny thing about this new Baby Driver poster is that, technically, it represents everything we hate about modern movie poster designs: it’s all giant floating heads hovering over a city skyline. However, there’s one key difference and it means everything. This poster is hand-illustrated. Suddenly, the go-to choice for hacky Photoshopped posters looks stunning. This should be a new rule – marketing departments are only allowed to make floating head movie posters if they hire a talented artist to bring it to life. The walls of our multiplexes will thank you.

Anyway, you can check out the new Baby Driver poster below.

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gypsy trailer

Another day, another look at a new series coming to Netflix. At this point, the streaming service’s modus operandi seems to be all about overwhelming the competition with the sheer amount of stuff they’re putting out on a monthly basis…and it certainly helps that enough of it has been good enough to warrant our continued attention.

And while many of Netflix’s movies and shows involve offering a platform to recognizable filmmakers looking to work free of the traditional Hollywood model, the upcoming series Gypsy comes from a newcomer. In fact, the big draw here seems to be the chance to watch Naomi Watts star in a 10-part psychological thriller series. Is that enough to get you to press play? Well, let’s answer that question after we watch the new trailer.

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