What I Enjoyed, August 2017

My foray into foreign cinema continues with films by Godard, Wai, Bergman, and more.

August was a nice month. I got some work done, traveled to Maine for my brother’s wedding, and watched a lot of wonderful films from new-to-me directors.

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All the Great Scenes: The Thread Will Be Torn, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

David Lynch is the master of intensity, and this scene proves it.

There was a stillness.

The sound design in this scene totally makes it. And Ray Wise’s performance as Leland Palmer is brilliant. I think he’s one of the great underrated actors.

Also, Lynch’s seeming obsession with the elderly walking slowly never gets old.

A Beginner’s Guide to Twin Peaks

An exploration into what makes Twin Peaks so great, and what folks new to the show need to know—entirely spoiler-free.

I unabashedly love Twin Peaks. It’s my favorite television series, and it occupies a good chunk of my mental energy. I’ve been thinking a lot about why it’s so special. While doing so, I thought it would be a fun idea to create this: a spoiler-free beginner’s guide to Twin Peaks.

If you’ve never watched the show and are interested in what all of the hubbub is about, this is for you. Heck, if you’re already a fan, then you may enjoy this too.

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Favorite Album of 2016

Musical highlights of 2016.

A handful of new albums came out in 2016 that I really enjoyed. A few albums are from artists I have been listening to years, while others are recent discoveries. My taste in music tends to orbit around indie rock, with some ambient, jazz, and Japanese dance music mixed in.

The highlights from this year for me were the following albums:

  • Blanco by David Bazan
  • Ruminations by Conor Oberst
  • 22, A Million by Bon Iver
  • LP2 by American Football
  • Art Nature by Tomggg

While I have enjoyed the aforementioned highlights, my favorite album of 2016 is Plays the Music of Twin Peaks by Xiu Xiu. It is a cover album of Twin Peaks music, and Xiu Xiu totally nails it. The interpretations of each song are a bit darker than the originals, which works to great effect.

My favorite songs from the album are:

Blue Frank / Pink Room — A combination of two songs from Fire Walk with Me, which go together like cherry pie and a cup of coffee. It’s one of the heavier songs on the album, and listening at a high volume is recommended.

Audrey’s Dance — The horns and animal calls mixed with the xylophone and ambient noise are spot on.

Falling — Jamie Stewart’s soft and emotional vocals are powerful in this cover of the opening song from the show. It gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.

Plays the Music of Twin Peaks has been on repeat for me since its release. It has me so excited for the new series coming next year. Also, Xiu Xiu’s live performance that was commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art is incredible: