It’s been less than 24 hours since the airing of the first 2 episodes of the new Twin Peaks series (followed by parts 3 and 4 which are available on streaming services), and I’ve already watched all 4 episodes twice. What to say. Yes, I like it, but it’s definitely very far from what I was expecting — and I kinda love it for that. Frost and Lynch have not gone soft, and instead have amped up the weirdness and supernatural elements, to a degree we never saw in the original series. It’s definitely darker than the original show, more on par with the film (which I’ve said I don’t quite like), but it’s still adding more whimsy than we saw in the film — and I think that despite all the darkness, it works best because of the serialized form we’re offered (instead of in one concentrated 2-hour chunk). It’s a slow start, but Lynch has said that for him this is to be taken as 1 movie, separated in 18 parts, not episodes. I think it was good that they gave us 4 episodes right away, because it lets you take in more of what this series is going to offer — more than what you get from just the first 2 episodes. And I thought that the second viewing was even more interesting, but that’s maybe because I had so much pent up anticipation and excitement leading up to the premiere, that I was probably in shock while watching most of it, and so the re-watching let me take in everything better, with expectations already in check. What they are doing here is definitely ballsy — I can’t imagine what it must be like trying to watch this if you’ve never watched Twin Peaks before (never mind countless times like me), because this is the deepest dive yet we’ve seen into all of the supernatural mythology that has surrounded the series. In fact, it’s now the main focus (at least in these first 4 episodes). The best is that there’s just so much mystery going on that my wife and I have already had multiple discussions trying to dissect everything (we’ve both watched it twice together). I think they’ve managed to push the envelope just like they did back in 1990 with the original two seasons, instead of just playing nice and doing a retread of what those seasons were like, and that’s something I can definitely get behind.
I finally watched this yesterday, and as many people were saying, this is indeed quite a good flick, and I’m confident to add it to my list of favorite super-hero movies (that includes Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Deadpool, and Guardians of the Galaxy). Even though I had heard it was good, I still had doubts, since it’s the same team that did The Wolverine, a film I thought was awful. But no, they really did an amazing job and told a compelling tale, and the performance in the film by the young girl who plays Laura/X-23 is fantastic. Kudos to Jackman on finally getting a proper Wolverine film out there.
And another BitSummit has come and gone in Kyoto. As with last year, I’m quite sad I couldn’t be there, and seeing so many of my friends (through social media) have a blast — during and after hours — was a pain. But I am happy to see that it looks like it’s been the biggest edition so far, and I am looking forward to catching up on what happened on the main stage through the Twitch archives (I think everything was streamed). Big ups to the gang for putting on what is one of the most exciting developments in indie gaming in Japan in recent years, and I’m sure we’re going to see them coming in strong again for the next edition. The photo above (tweeted by Jeremy Parish) is of the opening speech by James Mielke, the event’s founder and creative director.
Nice to see Brave Wave getting coverage for their Ninja Gaiden: The Definitive Soundtrack release over at Time Out Tokyo.
I missed posting this in time for Duncan‘s pop-up shop that he did this past weekend at Kanno Coffee, but I still love seeing all of his products in one image like this. Via Canvas.
“L’appel du vide” a beautiful photography project by Lukasz Palka that offers up a rooftop view of Tokyo.
For its latest episode, Toco Toco TV revisits the gaming space through a profile of Kazutoshi Iida (Doshin the Giant). He produced three games (that was always his plan), before turning into an academic. The episodes features a great look at some of Kyoto’s art spots.
Twin Peaks is my all-time favorite TV series. I first watched it when it originally aired, and since then I revisit it on a regular basis. Because we were about to get a new season of episodes (kicking off tonight), I decided to re-watch the series yet again from last month (I think it’s maybe my 6th viewing), which I finished last week. I also re-watched the Fire Walk With Me movie, which I don’t really like — because of the overly dark tone (and lack of Mark Frost) it just doesn’t feel very Twin Peaks-y (but that said, I’ve still re-watched a bunch of times). I had heard that the new season would pick up a lot of stuff from the movie, and it was indeed interesting to re-watch it with that in mind, since it did introduce things that we hadn’t seen in the TV series. So yeah, I’m now completely ready for tonight’s season premiere — including today’s purchase of cherry pie and donuts.
I didn’t get a chance to post my regular Sunday morning cartoon round-up last week, so I’m combining two Sundays in one. The big news is of course that Samurai Jack‘s new episode run is now over, and what an ending that was. I’m so thankful to Genndy Tartakovsky for producing this amazing extra season of the show, and giving the series a proper ending. I loved seeing Jack and Ashi’s relationship truly blossom in the final two episodes (despite the dark turn it takes) and I really wasn’t expecting to see something so final. I’m of course sad that I will no longer be getting new episodes of Samurai Jack on a weekly basis, but at least I got this lovely 10-week resurgence.
I’m still watching the second season of Mickey Mouse shorts, with last week’s shorts taking the form of “Eau de Minnie” and “O Futebol Classico” (which was by far the stronger of the two), and this week watching “Down the Hatch” (I loved the bit where they play hard rock with Donald’s vocal chords) and “Goofy’s Grandma.” For last week’s Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies short, I watched the still incredible “Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a Half Century” — still one of my favorite Looney Tunes settings. Today I watched “Speedy Gonzales,” which acts as the intro to the character.
For the last thing, both last week and today, I decided to start a re-watch of the old The Scooby-Doo Show — I’ve watched tons of Scooby-Doo series in my life, but that’s the one that I remember the most (the episodes originally aired in 1976-78, but I probably watched it in the 80s as reruns). I’ve watched the first 2 episodes, and it’s pretty fun, although the stories are incredibly dumb — they barely try to make the mystery interesting. And I’d completely forgotten that this series had a laugh track, which comes off as weird. But it’s been fun, especially since it’s been so long since I’ve watched anything from Hanna-Barbera.
Alvaro Arregui’s Nuevo Studio has completed a new branding project, in the form of the very slick web presence of filmmaker Yukihiro Shoda — check out the site.