Fire Walk With Me Should Have Been Made - and was, Thank God!
For any Twin Peaks fans out there, I found a really cool blog today. The guy went to where they filmed Twin Peaks and shot photos of lots of locations - including the Double R, the Great Northern, the Palmer house, etc. (Didn't get the high school, though, to my mild disappointment.)
Anyway, this really brings back a lot of memories. My dad had to twist my arm to get me to watch that show, but after one episode I was hooked for life. (With a few notable exceptions, most of the stuff that my dad twists my arm to watch has been first-rate. I wouldn't, for example, have ever seen Robert Altman's A Wedding - a truly great movie - if he hadn't insisted. The list goes on.) TV has never seen anything quite like it since (though I agree with the Wikipedia article that notes that almost every show since it aired is cinematically influenced in some way. It definitely changed TV - for the definite better.). As icing on the cake, the blog author's Blogger profile says he's a a 31-year-old Cancer - meaning roughly the same age as me (a 31-year-old Aries). He talks about watching Twin Peaks "As a teenager." MAN that brings back memories! During the second season, my friends and I had frequent costume parties (I was always Dr. Jacobi) where we ate cherry pie, drank black coffee (which I hated at the time but now love) and watched the show.
One gripe. At the bottom of the blog page is a link to www.firewalkwithmeshouldnothavebeenmade.com. There's no content yet (aside from a pic and banner), but the URL is self-explanatory.
I would just like to say unequivocally that I LOVED Fire Walk With Me - the "prequel" movie that hit theaters about a year after the show was cancelled. I admit - I thought it was a bit weird when it came out and was hugely disappointed that it wasn't just a big-screen episode of the series. But it got stuck in my head, and that summer (1992) I had the opportunity to see Lynch's Industrial Symphony no. 1, which started me thinking seriously about Fire Walk With Me. I watched it again sometime in the summer of 1998 and have seen it several times since. I now think it's a brilliant film - one of my favorites by Lynch or anyone. Maybe a bit of an acquired taste (what Lynch film isn't, though?), but very rewarding once you get into it. The trick isn't to think of it as separate from Twin Peaks - it's not. But if all you ever liked about Twin Peaks was the quirky humor, this film is lost on you. If you got in to the darker, spiritual side of the show at all, though, give this a second watch. It'll definitely be worth it.