“Every day, once a day, give yourself a present,” FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper of TV’s “Twin Peaks” once advised. “It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.” Or, perhaps, a slice of cherry pie.
Pie and coffee go together like … David Lynch and strange movies. Odd as the director’s oeuvre is, Lynch’s films continue to resonate with popular culture years after more conventional fare has faded from memory. With a new version of “Twin Peaks” set to air on Showtime starting May 21, we’re serving up several double features pairing Lynch’s work with films that seem strangely connected.
Sometimes that connection is fairly explicit; WILD AT HEART famously borrows themes and imagery from THE WIZARD OF OZ, and the director’s love of SUNSET BOULEVARD and LOLITA comes through loud and clear in MULHOLLAND DR. and TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME. But whether Lynch echoes predecessors (as with the disturbing sideshow tales FREAKS and THE ELEPHANT MAN) or the other way around (the surreal takes on parenthood in ERASERHEAD and RAISING ARIZONA), each is a highly entertaining double bill. Or - as Agent Cooper might put it - a damn fine night at the movies.
Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.