3 things about Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS

Prometheus [2012]

1. A row of untouched exercise machines.
2. A geologist who first maps the structure, then gets lost on his way out.
3. She gently inserts his head into the bag and zips it up.

3 other things.

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3 things about Steven Soderbergh’s ERIN BROCKOVICH

Erin Brockovich [2000]

1. “Are you going to be something else that I have to survive?”
2. He picks up several rocks and throws them at the plant.
3. The way Albert Finney leaves her office.

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3 things about John Maloof & Charlie Siskel’s FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Finding Vivian Maier [2013]

1. A time before area codes.
2. Phil Donahue.
3. “Get a hat! Get a hat!”

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What TWIN PEAKS means to me.

As a young teenager who was already movie obsessed but just beginning to think seriously about making them, two separate events occurred that changed everything for me. The first was seeing True Stories. The second was Twin Peaks.

I happened to read an article in the Rocky Mountain News about an “offbeat” new series due to premiere on ABC. The article said its creator was David Lynch, a film director who for some reason had decided to make a TV show. I was 14 and only vaguely knew who he was. It sounded interesting though so I tuned in. In the first few moments of the show a deputy kneels before a corpse, steadiest his camera to take photos of the crime scene, and then begins to weep. With crystal clarity I remember the exact moment when, soon to be deliciously repeated throughout the series, and many times thereafter as I steadily made my way through his oeuvre, I first experienced that uniquely Lynchian type of dislocation, the disquieting yet thrilling realization that all the usual bits of context one uses to guide oneself through a narrative are suddenly useless, and all at once you’re not quite sure where the hell you are or how the hell you got there. A deputy kneels before a corpse, steadiest his camera to take photos of the crime scene, and then begins to weep.

Twin Peaks has been a creative gateway to so many wonderful things that I’m hesitant to single any out. David Lynch, jazz, coffee, Preston Sturges, and Barry Gifford are just a few. And Laura Palmer’s diary inspired me to start my own. 55 notebooks later, it’s still going strong. (Annoyingly though, I stopped keeping a diary for an eight-month period between 1992 and 1993, which just happens to coincide with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.)

It’s still hard for me to believe that in a few short hours I’ll be watching new episodes. So what are my expectations? Honestly, I am thrilled to go wherever David Lynch and Mark Frost may lead us. I just basically trust that they know what they’re doing. To me, Twin Peaks has always been more about a place and a mood than a storyline or a narrative destination. Let’s rock.

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TWIN PEAKS-inspired cocktails for Sunday, and beyond.

Holy smokes. I can hardly believe that about 48 hours from now, I’ll be watching a new episode of Twin Peaks. You might say my socks are on fire. In fact, I believe I’m need of a drink. Or five.

These originally appeared on Chicagoist, but for ease of access here are the straightforward recipes. If you’re looking for something simple to make you can’t go wrong with the Knotted Cherry Stem.

GHOSTWOOD COCKTAIL

1.5 oz. Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin
.75 oz vodka
.75 oz Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps
1/3 oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
1/2 teaspoon creme de cacao
2 dashes orange bitters
5-6 mint leaves

Slap the mint in the palm of your hand then add to a mixing glass along with everything else. Stir with ice until cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

MY MOTHER’S SISTER’S GIRL

1 oz. Plantation 3 Stars rum
1 oz. Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold Rum
.5 oz. KOVAL Ginger liqueur
.75 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
.25 oz. Blue Curaçao

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled coupe.

KNOTTED CHERRY STEM

1 oz. mezcal
1 oz. Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco
.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
.25 oz. Besk Letherbee, or Malört

Shake with ice, strain into an old fashioned glass or a small goblet filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a cherry.

FISH IN THE PERCOLATOR

2 oz. high-proof rye whiskey, such as Rittenhouse Rye 100
.5 oz. Amaro Averna
.25 oz. coffee liqueur
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash grapefruit bitters

Combine ingredients in an old fashioned tumbler and add a jumbo ice cube. Wrap a Swedish fish with a swath of grapefruit and impale on a cocktail pick; use it to stir the drink briefly and leave it in the glass as a garnish.

JACOBY’S COCONUT

1.5 oz. coconut rum
1 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
.75 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
.75 oz. Gilka Kaiser-Kummel Liqueur
.25 oz. Plantation O.F.T.D. overproof rum
5 drops ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Gently add a few drops of bitters to the top of the drink and serve.

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3 things about David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me [1992]

1. His nametag reads SAY GOODBYE TO JACK.
2. Screaming into a bowl of corn flakes.
3. “I always thought you knew it was me.”

3 other things.

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3 things about John Landis’s AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

An American Werewolf in London [1981]

1. Step, step, step, squish. He stops and looks down.
2. Frank Oz has a dual role.
3. Piccadilly smashup.

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