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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 1992

A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled...

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I loved Twin peaks. I was only 9 and 10 when it was on but I loved it. 9/10
:fresh: Lots of people have :rotten: this movie, but i thought that the symbolism and obscurity of this film made it so interesting. And if the ending were just a little different it may very well have been one of the scariest murder scenes in film.
I thought it was great how everyone did coke in the film and how the film seemed coke induced in itself.

Watching Twin Peaks is like having bully David Lynch fucking with you all the time. As a young lad of 13 or 14, I remember the show when it was on ABC. It was fresh and new, and there was nothing like it (before or since).

Some hate Lynch's movies. Some are lukewarm. Then there are those (critic Rex Reed) who hates Lynch with every fiber of his being. I like Lynch's films. I think they serve a purpose in American cinema. His films are discontinous in the way that many a European film are. His films that are popular (Elephant Man, Dune, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Dr.) all have a narrative that is told through emotions. I guess an emotional narrative would be the best description. What he also does very well is playing with audience expectation. He always twists things and turns them around on the viewer. I believe this is why many people have so much trouble with Lynch. Finally, his films do not always have a clear cathatic resolution, which is the reason (aware or not) that many people go to films in the first place.

As stated earlier, Twin Peaks arrived om air as a midseason replacement in 1990. Lynch created and directed an episode in the first season (perhaps the best episode). Peaks starred Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper, the FBI man who solved cases through dreams and enjoyed his coffee. Agent Cooper was dispatched to Twin Peaks to solve the murder of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). That's the simple premise to a very complex story. Everyone is a suspect. She's left a perilous journal. Cooper and the local lawman ty to fins a one armed man...Cooper has a strange dream behind the red curtain, with a dwarf (Michael J. Anderson) and Laura Palmer....Cooper and local sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean) travel and meet The Log Lady....there's just so much really weird stuff going on. I haven't even tried to get into the numerous sub-plots.

After ABC cancelled the show in 1991, Lynch and co-creater Mark Frost decieded to do a theatrical version of Twin Peaks. The Lynch directed film is a prequel to the TV show, rather than a sequel that many fans wanted to see. The result was Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

This film is Twin Peaks from TV on some major X. Lynch shows us the last seven days of Laura Palmer's life in graphic and heart breaking detail. What we see is a lost Laura Palmer, struggling with her life. Her death could be considered a mercy killing in this world's standards.

But what Lynch did was go further back in time (a year or so) and show us some new characters in this inventive franchise. Chris Issack plays Agent Chester Desmond, an agent that investiagates a similar murder to that of Palmer's. Lynch really screws with us here as we really have no idea what's going on in the first half hour. Desmond disappears without a trace and we CUT TO: FBI HQ in Philadelphia PA. Chief Gordon Cole (David Lynch) and Dale Cooper have a meeting about his weird dreams. Cooper leaves and goes into the surveillence room when Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) appears. But, he was never there. But, he was on the video tape. WTF??? This is never discussed again.

From there we follow Laura Palmer's last seven days on Earth. She's a sad, lonely girl. She's also stalked by a strange man named Killer Bob (a spooky Frank Silva). It's nearly impossible to break down a Lynchian film. As I said earlier, these films work best in terms of emotion and your own reaction to the visuals shown. When this movie works, it works well; when the movie flounders, it's kind of spooky and/or weird. It works for me...but this is certainly not for all.

The fans of the TV show were shocked at this film. It just has such a different feel from the show. Lynch didn't have to worry about censors and seems to have relished that fact. Cooper makes a cameo and is not in the film that long. The opening sequence is confusing and makes little sense( until later). There is a weird dream squence that is too weird to comment on. But all this works on a viseral level. The film is really simple. It's about a girl who will die in seven days...and doesn't know it.


I'm becoming more and more of a David Lynch fan with every film of his I see. Going into Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me I had never seen an episode of the TV series Twin Peaks (although I want to now), so I had not one clue what I was getting myself into. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a murder mystery/horror film. It really felt a lot like Mulholland Dr. to me because of its ambiguity, freakiness and the fact that it was really quirky and weird. In my book, being compared to Mulholland Dr. is a great thing. The film takes a look into what seems like an ordinary small town in America, to discover that under the town's shroud is a lot of sex, drugs and other really messed up things.

The cast is one of the strangest groups of people ever assembled. Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, David Bowie, David Lynch, Ray Wise, Kyle MacLachlan, Heather Graham, etc. Anyway, I loved this underrated film, although it was far from perfect.
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I was first introduced to the world of David Lynch with this movie one night in 1995 after a long night of partying at about 3a.m. It blew my mind the complete confusion and emotions felt after it was over were overwhelming. This movie left me with a strange feeling I have never gotten from any other yet.
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Lynch, 1992) - Zero Stars

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is a candidate for one of the worst films I have ever seen in my life. This film embodies everything I dislike about David Lynch as a filmmaker multiplied by ten. Lynch doesn't even give you a chance to understand this film. It is pure director ego stroking at its worst. Awful, awful film.

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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I saw it when it came out in the theaters even though I had never seen the tv series. Instantly I was hooked and later bought the entire series, the pilot and FWWM. Every so often I watch it again just to get my fix. TP rules!
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