Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★½

As a longtime fan of the Twin Peaks TV series, it’s surprising that I’d never gotten around to watching this until now. I decided there had been enough waiting and purchased the Criterion blu-ray on a whim during this past Barnes & Noble sale. I started a Twin Peaks rewatch earlier this year but kinda fell off while halfway through season 2 (as most other viewers often do as well), so I was beyond ecstatic to revisit this small Pacific Northwestern town and watch familiar faces doing things I hadn’t seen before. What I wasn’t expecting was such a barrage of intense, surreal imagery that is beyond my own vocabulary to describe in plain english. Each of the dream sequences are perfect in every way, and really make up for the film’s very few shortcomings. Sheryl Lee’s is magnetic, much like Ray Wise, who is a genuine horror to witness. When they share the screen it’s hard to look away, and I can’t for the life of me decide which performance I like more.

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