The Weekend Watchlist
This weekend I plan to continue to watching the animated show Gravity Falls on Hulu. The series features voice acting from Jason Ritter, Kristin Schall, and Linda Cardellini, among others (and some notable guest appearances from big names like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Root, Nathan Fillion, and Will Forte). Gravity Falls follows the story of twin siblings - Mabel and Dipper Pines - who are spending the summer with their Great Uncle Stan, who runs a "mystery shack" tourist trap in the town of Gravity Falls. This is probably my favorite animated show since I first discovered Bob's Burgers, and even though it originally aired on the Disney Channel (and later on Disney XD), it is a fun and original show for all ages. Think Eerie, Indiana meets Regular Show meets X Files.
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This weekend I plan to binge-watch Twin Peaks in preparation for the upcoming reboot. I wasn't alive when the show came out, and I was always afraid to watch when I was a little younger. But, I have since watched the David Lynch classics Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive and I feel ready to enter into this series knowing what he's about.
The one movie I plan to watch this weekend is Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. My sister and I saw this movie the day it came out because of the Judd Apatow/Lonely Island collaboration, and it just superseded every single one of our expectations. We've since watched the additional hour of deleted scenes (almost better than the movie itself) and unashamedly bought matching "Style Boyz" sweatshirts. If you haven't seen this yet, PLEASE WATCH!!
In anticipation of the upcoming Twin Peaks revival, my apartment this weekend will be absolutely Lynchian, with Fire Walk with Me (1992), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006) on the viewing agenda. In general, David Lynch’s films are entertaining, absurd, and macabre, and appear to co-habitate a specific slice of the same psychical realm. And it seems that viewers either fall passionately or are altogether turned off. I belong in the first camp. Somehow, I’ve managed to witness all of David Lynch’s feature films on le big screen (including a press screening of Inland Empire at the NYFF with Lynch present for a Q&A in all his infectous, transcendental meditational blissy, wouldn’t flinch at a public flaying, yeah—him sure did catch-the-big-fish glory).
But this will be my first revisiting of those movies in years, and I can’t wait to see if/how time might flavor my reaction. I am also eager to make some popcorn with my Jungian shadow self, dust off the gateway to the black lodge, and leap back into that creepy-fun world.
For those unfamiliar, Twin Peaks (Seasons 1 & 2, 1990-1991) was inarguably the best network TV show of all time, and would likely be right up your alley if you enjoy any of the following: whodunits, demonology, woods, red curtains, snappy one-liners, logs/lumber, teen drama, melodrama in general, dwarves, small town living, speaking backwards, seedy underbellies, owls (that are not what they seem), cherry pie, & (of course) a damn fine cup of coffee. Twin Peaks 2017 will premiere on May 21st on Showtime.