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  1. Tim Gerdes

    DEADWOOD The Movie May 31 2019

    I thought this was fantastic, with two minor quibbles. The flashbacks seemed clumsy. I understand why they felt the need to do this but they disrupted the story for me. My only other complaint, I wish they had done an entire 4th season. I wanted to see more of everyone. As it stands it was a...
  2. Tim Gerdes

    Game of Thrones Season 8 (2019)

    While it is true that the show has heaped abuse on its characters, it has also saved its most masochistic endings for the characters who have been the most unrepentantly awful, most notably Joffrey and Ramsay. I don't have any real sense of who will end up on the throne on the end but I can't...
  3. Tim Gerdes

    Captain Marvel (2019)

    I wasn't intentionally avoiding his point. To be clear the reaction would be different, sure. But I think we also both know why the reaction would be different and the history and context that would inform the ensuing controversy. Speaking as a white male over 40, I can't say I am at all...
  4. Tim Gerdes

    Captain Marvel (2019)

    Historically, female characters have been so under-represented in film, and in fiction in general, that there was actually a system designed to determine whether a story had a strong female character (see: Bechdel test). One could argue, persuasively in my opinion, that no white male actor...
  5. Tim Gerdes

    Captain Marvel (2019)

    I saw this last night. Went into it with zero expectations and almost no knowledge of the character's backstory. I loved it and felt that it was another great entry in the MCU. For me these films are all so intertwined and self-referential that they've become harder to weigh as individual...
  6. Tim Gerdes

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion thread(Warning: Spoilers!)

    As I see it, Yoda is a religious leader in political exile, much like the Dali Llama. Luke is in self-imposed exile because of a crisis of faith. And to invoke Obi-Wan, from a certain point of view, Luke is right. The Jedi were arrogant elitists and their blindness to what was happening...
  7. Tim Gerdes

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion thread(Warning: Spoilers!)

    I didn't see it as a weakness at all though. I liked the efficiency with which Johnson removed Snoke from the story, so the third film can concentrate on Kylo Ren as a villain in his own right. In this sense he was more a plot device than a character, which is why his lack of backstory didn't...
  8. Tim Gerdes

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion thread(Warning: Spoilers!)

    Snoke existed as a character in The Force Awakens, and my criticisms about his random introduction as a thinly veiled Palpatine retread, much like the countless other retreads JJ Abrams introduced in TFA—apply to his appearance there. I don't think Johnson can be held accountable for not...
  9. Tim Gerdes

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion thread(Warning: Spoilers!)

    While I wasn't invested enough in Snoke to care about his backstory, to me this is more of a failing of The Force Awakens than The Last Jedi. The First Order rising from the ashes of the Empire makes sense, but Snoke is clearly both knowledgable in the Force and powerful. As we know from the...
  10. Tim Gerdes

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi discussion thread(Warning: Spoilers!)

    First generation Star Wars fan here. These movies have been imbedded in my psyche since the age of five when I first saw Star Wars 1977. And as such, they're nearly impossible to review or comment on objectively as films. I was not expecting to love The Last Jedi. While I enjoyed Rogue One a...
  11. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    CBS owns Twin Peaks, not Lynch and Frost. It's part of the reason the show went to Showtime, a CBS property. Regardless, I am happy that David Nevins took a huge risk on something so challenging, especially after reading the script and knowing the outcome, as well as having to bring Lynch back...
  12. Tim Gerdes

    Indiana Jones 5 (2022)

    When the Force Awakens came out, I remember reading that Harrison Ford agreed to play Han Solo again only on the contingency that he would star in the next Indiana Jones film. Personally I am more than okay with that. I never want to see an Indiana Jones film without Ford. Unlike Bond, I don't...
  13. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    I can see that. I felt that sting in 1992 when Fire Walk With Me came out, and I was expecting some resolution to the season 2 cliffhanger. That experience made me appreciate that I am never going to get easy answers from a Lynch film.
  14. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    For me, this was the entire point. The Fireman and Judy are playing games with humanity, with Bob and Laura their respective totems on Earth. It is a cycle that will continue forever. I don't believe the Bob was created from the atomic blast (especially if Frost's secret history is to be...
  15. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    Just as Lynch did with FWWM, refusing to give us the answers we crave, I love that its 25 years later and we are essentially in the same place, with both Cooper and Audrey trapped in cliffhangers. What an insane acid trip of a show that was. Couldn’t be happier with how it unfolded.
  16. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    I took Cooper's conversation with the one-armed man to mean that he is having another tulpa created to replace the Dougie created by his doppelgänger. Perhaps if the new tulpa is created from the good Coop, he will be a better husband and father than the first one. I fully expect Cooper will...
  17. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    Yes, Frost was again credited as Cyril Pons. I had a very difficult time understanding what Steven was saying to Gersten. Did anyone else get the impression from their conversation that he had killed Becky?
  18. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    It's more than sloppiness. Last week there was an establishing shot of a moon, followed shortly by a scene with Charlie and Audrey where a new moon is referenced. I refuse to believe anyone as meticulous as Lynch (who, when filming the original pilot, personally arranged each grain of sand on...
  19. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    There was a lot going on with her. Showtime apparently prohibited her from giving interviews because she was talking too much, she insisted the entire original cast apart from Kyle did not have contracts, long after other actors were on set filming, and she repeatedly accused the production of...
  20. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    While watching last night, after the warden was murdered there was a shot of the moon that struck me, but I couldn’t place why. It seemed important somehow. Rewatching this evening, without the surprise of the Audrey reveal I was able to concentrate on the scene itself. When Audrey says that...
  21. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    The best word I can think of to describe this episode is disorienting. While Twin Peaks is often slowly paced, unnaturally emotive and non-linear, much of part 12 seemed especially dreamlike. The seemingly reused footage of Dr. Jacoby, the exit of Cole's lady friend to the bar and Audrey's...
  22. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    I have absolutely nothing to base this on, but my own feeling has been for a while that Cooper will wake up either at the end of Episode 12 or early in Episode 13. I think the show's third act will have all of the disparate plot lines converging in a single location. To that point, in the pilot...
  23. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    From reaction to this episode it seems that last night crystalized Twin Peaks fans into two groups, those who love the show because of David Lynch, and those who love the show in spite of him. I fall into the first camp, and am amazed and delighted that Showtime was willing to produce this. The...
  24. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    Maybe it's just Lynch's homage to the final scene in the Sopranos. ;-)
  25. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    I'm willing to accept that it was just a continuity error between two takes, but between Shelly's reaction and the Windom Earle motif, the scene seemed cut that way by design.
  26. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    I don't think that's right. I took some screen shots to illustrate. The first image is before Bing (Riley Lynch) runs in and asks "Anyone seen Billy?" It cuts to the other side of the counter and then to a reaction shot from Norma. Then it cuts back to the first side of the counter again, in the...
  27. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    What are we to make of the final scene in the diner? The song Sleep Walk is playing and when the guy comes into the diner asking "Has anybody seen Billy?" all of the patrons are replaced with other people. And it almost seems as if Shelly has noticed what happened.
  28. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    This has been the one part of the new series that I found jarring at first. While I've really enjoyed all of the performances, I thought it seemed a surprisingly conventional way to end each episode, akin to something like the Peach Pit After Dark on 90210. Coupled with the fact that, with a...
  29. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    I think it is fair to say that some of the performances are unusual, in part because Lynch was influenced by the emotive 1950s Hollywood melodramas popularized by Douglas Sirk. A couple of observations about episodes 3 and 4, which I will spoilerize in case people have not yet seen them:
  30. Tim Gerdes

    Twin Peaks returns in 2016 on Showtime

    Catherine Coulson had cancer and died within about ten days of filming. Not only was she on oxygen, she was quite obviously in a lot of pain, and her speaking and breathing belabored not because of a dramatic choice but because she is literally dying. That she filmed anything in that condition...