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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★★

    The genesis of A Woman Under the Influence originated from Gena Rowlands, John Cassavettes's wife, wanting to perform in a play that actively tackled the difficulties faced by contemporary women, especially in the under-discussed issue of stress and overwhelming influence those in the housewife role are forced to accept. John's script, however, ended up being too intense and emotional to perform eight times a week, and it was instead transformed into a film that nobody wanted to fund. Most of…

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★½

    Eiko Kadono is an author who has written a plethora of works, approaching 200 at this point in time, and while she's divided her time between nonfiction and essays, the real essence of her best contributions are defined by her children's literature, more specifically her episodic novel Kiki's Delivery Service and the five sequels that followed. As with any moderately successful novel, the rights to make a film were quickly snatched by those at Studio Ghibli, and Sunao Katabuchi was…

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One month after Twin Peaks' cancellation, David Lynch wanted to return to the world the show inhabited through the familiar self-contained medium of film that would allow fewer restrictions and interference that the series faced throughout its run. Continuing Twin Peaks, however, was not without its setbacks, as Mark Frost's friendship with Lynch strained as a result of the lack of control the two had for most of the second season, and Frost's dissatisfaction with the ideas Lynch had for…

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★★★★

    (Note: This review is the second part of a two-part review, covering the final 14 episodes of this series. As these episodes come in the aftermath of the show's defining and most appealing mystery, it is highly advised that one continues having already seen the whole thing. Spoilers are rampant throughout. You have been warned)

    {Editor’s note: although each episode was written without any titles in mind beyond a numeric system implying general progression, the titles given to each episode…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★

    Haven't I been here before?

    Where the fuck do I start with this, my--my BRAIN's too wrinkled for this shit, man.

    I don't need to do a basic set-up for Tenet because, well, the excited discourse of its promotion was inescapable, and any attempt to spoil it once it came out usually earned people a trip to the firing squad. Rumors floated around that it was going to be Christopher Nolan's six-hour masterpiece even though 70mm IMAX prints barely run…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★

    During pre-production of Twin Peaks' first season, film producer Monty Montgomery became very interested in making a film adaptation of novelist Barry Gifford's latest work, a pulpy road-trip tale of star-crossed lovers that Monty absolutely loved, even though two chapters were incomplete. Wanting to direct the film by himself, Monty asked his friend David Lynch if he could assist in writing the screenplay and attaching himself as an executive producer. At this point Lynch was trying to rescue two projects…