by Armando Vanegas
Twin Peaks had to be interesting to see back in 1990. It was at a time when TV largely stayed in their lanes and never threatened to disturb the status quo. But that’s what happens when you get David Lynch, then of Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, have the audacity to condescend to TV and bring his weird brand of black lodges and dancing little people in small red rooms with striped floors. For a few years now, I’ve been attempting to experience this show and see what makes it special. After all the hype, I heard about the latest revival by Showtime from last summer, I wanted to review the first two seasons and share some thoughts as someone who was completely new to it and was totally out of the loop as this show was way before my time. I also wanted to give it a chance as it’s considered a pioneer of Peak TV and David Lynch has made things that I’ve liked in the past, so I wanted to see what his vision would look like if it was contained in a network TV show.
by Nile Fortner
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock star in the Netflix Original film The Week Of which reunites the two former Saturday Night Live mega-stars. This is a movie coming from Adam Sandler and it’s part of Sandler’s eight-picture deal with Netflix.
Adam Sandler’s eight-picture deal with Netflix has been mostly negative with the exception of The Meyerowitz Stories, where Adam Sandler shines along with his co-stars Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman. The Meyerowitz Stories showed viewers that Sandler has range as an actor and can show us a new side that we do not see very often. It took Sandler out of his comfort zone and away from the mediocre to just straight-up bad material that we’ve been getting from him over the last few years. Unfortunately, The Week Of is Sandler going back to his comfort zone and bad material.
Who Gets to Call it History?
Director Piotr Szkopiak Talks Justice, Katyn, and The Last Witness
Director Piotr Szkopiak on the set of The Last Witness
Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures
By Christopher M. Rzigalinski
History is written by the victors and those with power. Significant events in the lives of ordinary citizens often go missing from news reports, calendars, and textbooks. But May 11th, 2018 was a monumental date. The Last Witness, Polish-Anglo writer and director Piotr Szkopiak’s second film, opened in Poland that day. Red carpet arrivals and press coverage mattered little compared to the importance of Szkopiak’s mother being present to watch the film.
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