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(@7000eur)
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What to watch, while waiting for the next episode?

Please, leave aside the rest of David Lynch's filmography and all the so-called great shows running currently on TV (from Fargo to Stranger Things - yes, they're not bad, but they are very far away from even being interesting to a TP fan).

 

My recommendation will be this small gem that came in 1989, just one year before the TP pilot aired, called "Parents".

 It's a suburb horror story set in the 50's (got a light?) with strong sense of dark humour and soundtrack brought to you by - ta-daaa - Angelo Badalamenti.

The colour palette, the sound, the quirky humour, the slow pace - everything screams Twin Peaks. 

 

Any other suggestions? Something from those days, that have slipped under the radars? Or something contemporary, that have the same grit, harsh, badass atmosphere of season 3?

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Posted : 30/06/2017 5:34 pm
(@silentbobni)
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Banshee 

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Posted : 30/06/2017 5:43 pm
(@karen_paynter)
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Always a matter of subjective taste, but this show:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5114356/?ref_=nv_sr_1 ( saw it via Amazon ).

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Posted : 01/07/2017 5:18 am
(@7000eur)
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Amazing scene from Amarcord. The painting on the wall, the shaking lamp, the huge shadows, the strange subject of "Can you lift me?". It's like watching an adolescent version of a scene from season 1/2 set in Italy with a gentle Lost Highway touch to it.

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Posted : 01/07/2017 12:18 pm
(@mark_chamberlain_stevens)
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Midnight Cowboy, if you haven't seen it in a while-it pairs well with TPR

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Posted : 03/07/2017 12:56 am
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Posted by: Karen

Always a matter of subjective taste, but this show:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5114356/?ref_=nv_sr_1 ( saw it via Amazon ).

Hey! My mother loves that show! : -)

 

Back on topic, two or three things come to mind (titles link to IMDb pages)...

 

Let Me Make You a Martyr (2016)

Directed by: C. Asraf, J. Swab

Starring: N. Nicotera, S. Quartin, M. Boone Junior and Marylin Manson

This one is more on the Crime Drama/Pulp side of things and it's a beautiful, difficult and pleasantly morbid tale of revenge. It has its trippy moments, it deals with some very dark themes and situations and it closes on a "positive" note of sorts that kinda reminded me of Blue Velvet, in a way. It also features strong performances by all cast, including a great one by Marylin Manson.

 

The Neon Demon (2016)

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring: E. Fanning, K. Glusman, J. Malone and Keanu Reeves 

One of the (if not THE) best looking movie of 2016, from a director whose entire body of work is imbued in lynchian (and others) influences. The themes (the aleatory nature of beauty and its relation with death; surfaces and reflections; the way the entertainment and showbiz destroy people and so on) are nothing new and the style is glossy and shiny as the characters and the story it serves are superficial and vain. There's also, definitely, an argument to be made for the movie being a classic case of "style over substance" (it IS Nicolas Winding Refn, after all) - but it's an interesting, thought provoking and weird film, nonetheless. 

 

Motivational Growth (2013)

Directed by: Don Thacker 

Starring: A. DiGiovanni, D. Doetsch, K. Brown and Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs stars as the voice of a moldy fungus, growing in some guy's bathroom and personal-coaching him with existential advices, until things starts going wrong. The guy's vintage television set also speaks to him and-- oh, shut up!! What are you waiting for? Go and watch the crazy thing!

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Posted : 04/07/2017 6:09 am
(@7000eur)
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I am acting like captain Obvious here, but just in case someone haven't seen it.

It's incredibly close to Blue Velvet and the overall Lynch vibe.

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Posted : 04/07/2017 6:41 am
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Why not "Stranger Things"? There is an ad for it on this site all the time, and I think the second season is comming this autumn.

https://youtu.be/NpYEJx7PkWE

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Posted : 05/07/2017 8:52 am
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I think he only meant it as "let's avoid the more obvious suggestions otherwise this topic will turn into an endless list of: Stranger ThingsTrue DetectiveWayward PinesRiverdale and so on". But yeah, it did come off a bit "unnecessarily elitist"

And yeah, Stranger Things is a damn good show and, yeah, s02 is hitting on Oct. 31

 

It's also worth noting that DL's daughter, Jennifer Lynch, exist. She made four features film, none of which fared well with critcs or audience, and she is now mostly working on shorts and as a tv series director.

 

TL;DR - Jennifer Lynch's carreer is peculiar although uneven and not always brilliant. Boxing Helena (1993) is kinda interesting, but flawed; Hisss (2010) is a dud and she rejected it; Surveillance (2008) and Chained (2012) are her best works to date and both more than worth a watch.

She wrote her debut movie, Boxing Helena (1993) at nineteen years old and shot it when she was 24 - which makes it interesting, but it shows; the movie also suffers from a crippling "trying to follow on my father footsteps" complex and, all things considered, is not particularly good. Still, Sherilyn Fenn is in it and Julian Sands goes batshit crazy for her - and Jennifer Lynch does show some potential, so it's not completely unworth of a watch.

Her second work, Surveillance (2008), probably is the most interesting and well made of the lot. It's a devious, character-driven, little psychological thriller with some horror elements that (much like Kurosawa's Rashômon [1950]) tells the same story from the various characters' point of view. JL seems way more in control of the matter, both on the narrative and stylistic aspects of it, and the movie is carried by strong performances by all cast, with Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond deserving a special mention for how well they play off each other. Nice soundtrack, including a great use of her father's song Speed Roadster.

In 2010 she goes on to direct Hisss, an India/USA produced attempt at a high-concept horror movie that results in a mostly forgettable effort - the only actually memorable thing is how bad the CGI is and how juvenile the practical effects feels. Story-wise it tries to avoid being too obvious and it... doesn't completely fails at it, while acting is all over the place (but, mostly, bad). Anyway, she rejected the movie, saying that the producers "took the footage and changed it into what they wanted it to be. So it's not my film." 

Couple of years later, she release Chained (2012), which pairs Vincent D'Onofrio (the unforgettable 'Gomer Pyle' from Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket) as serial killer Bob (!!), with Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks - The Return's very own Richard Horne) as his captive helper. Once again, a twisted and morbid psychological thriller with solid acting performances and a disturbing feel all through out. Worth a shot.

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Posted : 05/07/2017 5:43 pm
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Also  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231277/?ref_=nv_sr_1 A kind of sequel from a different filmmaker.

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Posted : 05/07/2017 11:01 pm
(@darren_colgan)
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This is a difficult task... My suggestion is a little outside the box considering there is't a lot linking it to Lynch, but I have a lot of time for Von trier's "Riget". From a similar time, lots of dark humour, paranormal goings on, and plenty of just plain weirdness.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108906/

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Posted : 06/07/2017 1:52 am
(@eric-from-sweden)
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Wait a minute..! How 'bout "Les Revenants"?! A superb french mini series with a real Twin Peaks-feeling to it, if you ask me. Supernatural things. I've heard about an american version called "The Returned", but please check out the french original. Only two seasons. The first season is really amazing. And set in a small french village near the Alps, we get the snow capped mountains in the background to give you that little extra TP feel. I think it's available on Netflix.

Btw, I think I must be blind, I didn't se the OP:s line about "Stranger Things" when I wrote my latest post.

https://youtu.be/NpYEJx7PkWE

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Posted : 06/07/2017 3:37 am
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Posted by: Eric from Sweden

Wait a minute..! How 'bout "Les Revenants"?! A superb french mini series with a real Twin Peaks-feeling to it, if you ask me. Supernatural things. I've heard about an american version called "The Returned", but please check out the french original. Only two seasons. The first season is really amazing. And set in a small french village near the Alps, we get the snow capped mountains in the background to give you that little extra TP feel. I think it's available on Netflix.

Btw, I think I must be blind, I didn't se the OP:s line about "Stranger Things" when I wrote my latest post.

I've heard the creators are fans of TP. It's available on Amazon ( going by English title the Returned, but make sure it's the French show ( subtitled ) and not the American remake ). Ending of 2nd season you could say is "Lynchian." ( We won't discuss that for people who haven't seen it. )

Gordon Cole would give it two thumbs up.

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Posted : 06/07/2017 5:34 am
(@silentbobni)
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A few other shows I could recommend would be the Fades, Utopia and if you liked les Revenants an Australian show called Glitch. I should have went into more detail on Banshee, it has a small town with a dark undercurrent and even the final season is a murder investigation of a young girl found murdered and wrapped in plastic beside a river in a nice tip of the hat to TP.

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Posted : 06/07/2017 9:20 pm
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Posted by: Eric from Sweden

Wait a minute..! How 'bout "Les Revenants"?! A superb french mini series with a real Twin Peaks-feeling to it, if you ask me. Supernatural things. I've heard about an american version called "The Returned", but please check out the french original. Only two seasons. The first season is really amazing. And set in a small french village near the Alps, we get the snow capped mountains in the background to give you that little extra TP feel. I think it's available on Netflix.

Btw, I think I must be blind, I didn't se the OP:s line about "Stranger Things" when I wrote my latest post.

- and Mogwai do the music to Les Revenants.  🙂
It's on my 'to watch' list.
Completely different style - but one of the few tv programmes I've watched religiously every week was Person of Interest.  It's now finished, but I'll happily go back & watch it again.

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Posted : 06/07/2017 10:24 pm
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