Wrap it in plastic as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of David Lynchâ€™s classic big-screen Twin Peaks prequel, Fire Walk With Me!
â€śAn undervalued, hallucinogenic gem â€¦ a backward-closure of sorts for fans of Lynch's cult television series. Terrifying and overwhelmingly sad, Fire Walk With Me is also disturbingly and deliberately funny.â€ť â€“ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Jeered at Cannes, belatedly hailed as a masterpiece, guaranteed to inspire nightmares, David Lynchâ€™s widely misunderstood â€śprequelâ€ť to his 1990-91 cult TV smash Twin Peaks was dismissed by critics and fans seeking tidy answers to lingering questions about the final days of ill-fated high school beauty queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). But taken on its own terms, Fire Walk With Me is a purely Lynchian dreamscape, and perhaps the directorâ€™s darkest, most unsettling vision of what lurks beyond the neatly manicured facades of plastic suburban America. Coffee-loving FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is back on the scene - tracking an enigmatic killer from one bucolic Washington town to the next - as are the Log Lady, the Man from Another Place, the demonic parallel reality of the â€śBlack Lodgeâ€ť and the shape-shifting, stringy-haired demon known only as â€śBob.â€ť Filled with mystery, horror and the darkest of dark humor (as well as tantalizing references to the both the Jekyll and Hyde story and Little Red Riding Hood), and featuring two spellbinding set pieces--one in a nerve-wracking traffic jam and one in a noisy roadhouse known as the Pink Room - that are alone worth the price of admission, Fire Walk with Me is an unforgettable descent into the depths of human madness ... and of Lynchâ€™s singular cinematic imagination.
(David Lynch, 1992, USA, 135 min., Rated R) HD Digital Presentation