October 10, 2019
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (35mm)October 10, 2019
Horror / 1992 / 134 minutes
Fans of the show Twin Peaks were largely unhappy with David Lynch's movie prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me when it hit cinemas in 1992; thankfully the film has since found favor as a cult classic and is now highly regarded in Lynch’s canon. Telling the tale of tormented and doomed small town teenager Laura Palmer, Lynch's film is a harrowing decent into incest, murder and mental illness, arguably the closest the director would get towards making a straightforward horror movie. Most of the TV cast makes an appearance – albeit in brief cameos – but its Sheryl Lee that really shines in the central role, delivering a performance that runs the gamut from schoolgirl sweet to sex kitten seductive to full-blown hysteria, at times all within the same scene. Also superb is the brilliant Ray Wise as her father, committing fully to a character that somehow elicits both sympathy and skin-crawling disgust. With Moira Kelly, Chris Isaac, David Bowie and Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper.
The FarewellOctober 10, 2019
Drama / 2019 / 98 minutes
Easily one of the best reviewed films of 2019, Lulu Wang's The Farewell is sure to elevate the status of the writer-director, as well of that of her star, rapper-turned-actor Awkwafina. Based in part on experiences from Wang's own life, The Farewell deals with a Chinese American family who, upon learning that the aged family matriarch (Zhao Shuzhen) has fallen terminally ill, hide their knowledge of the illness during a wedding visit to China, which proves difficult for the granddaughter (Awkwafina) who has maintained a close relationship with her. Naturally a clash between Eastern and Western culture factors in, but Wang deftly eschews melodrama for intimacy and emotional truth, and the lived-in bond created by Shuzhen and Awkwafina sells the deep love and profound grief with a quiet authenticity that pulls at the heart strings without ever feeling cheap or manipulative. Expect Oscar buzz for this one, and rightfully so. With Tzi Ma, Diana Lin and Lu Hong.