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Tribute to FWWM25

I wrote this for the 20th anniversary of Fire Walk With Me. I was going to update it, but decided it is more fun to see how much Twin Peaks has changed in only 5 years.  I have added new commentary in parenthesis. One thing that has not changed in 25 years, FWWM is my all time favorite Lynch movie and one of my top 5 films of all time. It is beautiful, moving and has the single best acting performance ever captured on film. Let’s find out if I said the same thing 5 years ago…

For this essay, I thought I would focus on FWWM’s legacy in the world of David Lynch.  This movie has been reviewed many times and 20 years later we are still trying to figure it out.  How cool is that? All of his movies are a bit of a head scratcher, but this one should be a breeze.  It is set BEFORE the series ever begins, so we already know the plot as back story.  Also, it is based on a character that an entire book was written about, The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer.  Still it was a shock and surprise to critics and Lynch fans back in 1992.  This year being the 20th year, there have been all kinds of revivals on the subject of Lynch films and characters.  I believe FWWM is the best David Lynch movie ever made.  It is his masterpiece.  It has everything a Lynch film needs.

1. Horror – BOB behind her dresser drawer is the scariest thing ever. (My sister called me after seeing this scene literally screaming and crying.)

2. Creepy characters – The old woman at Fat Trout Trailer Park makes her presence felt in less than 30 seconds of film.

3. Dreams – Laura’s dream where she ends up in the picture hanging on her wall haunts me to this day. (OK, how freaking cool is it that now we know she is actually inside the Convenience Store? I often thought it was the gateway to the Red Room, never considered she was above the Store. I don’t ever remember anyone else saying that either- SR 2017)

4. Split story structures – Lynch loves to drop us into a linear story and then rip us out with his bare hands.  The scene with David Bowie cuts together years of a story in a few moments.

5. Love – (Yes, all of his movies are about love.) When BOB leaves Leland for that brief moment before bed and he visits his daughter’s room to tell her that he loves her is a moment of the purist love of all.

If it is quintessential Lynch, then why is it not beloved like Blue Velvet or lauded with awards like Mulholland Drive?  Simple, movie watchers are dumb.  OK, maybe that is a little harsh. How about I say uneducated? (Again, look how things have changed. No critics or Twin Peaks fans say they don’t like FWWM. In just 5 years time that has totally been washed away. SR 2017)

The trick to FWWM is being very knowledgeable about Twin Peaks.  That is asking a lot of someone who just popped in a DVD to watch after the kids went to bed. (DVD? Streaming is the future, Scott – SR 2017) Critics who say Lynch just throws things up on the screen that make no sense have not paid close enough attention.  In a very early scene of the movie, FBI director Gordon Cole shows Agent Chet Desmond a dancing girl named Lil.

She dances in place with one hand in her pocket and shows her tailored dress off while wearing a blue rose. Chet looks at it and moves on. In the following scene his partner, Sam, asks him about the dancing girl. Chet goes on to explain each detail of the girl and how that pertains to the case. To me (and I admit, I didn’t get this the first time I watched the movie) this was Lynch telling us: Everything I show you matters and has a meaning. The dancing was referring to leg work.  The tailored dress referred to drugs.  The Blue Rose?  He can’t tell us about that.  (I can, in 2017 we know what the Blue Rose is. It is a magazine that…oh, it also is a Task force that Gordon was on the first case of. See, we know so much more in 5 years. SR 2017) Leaving the viewer intrigued.  The jaded viewer may say, that is dumb, why have that dancing girl? It is weird just to be weird, even if they explain it. Except, we know that Gordon Cole has a hearing problem and talks loud.  It makes sense for him to give his direction with code. Everything in a Lynch movie means something.

On a personal level, I have to admit an oddity.  I watched this movie every year on my birthday.  Creepy I know, but why?  The reason plain and simple is Sheryl Lee’s performance.

The story of Laura Palmer is really fascinating.  If Laura doesn’t die none of us meet her.  She had to die to bring Twin Peaks to life.  She had to die to escape a horrible existence.  The reason you watch most movies is to see the end, but this movie you know the end before you hit play.  She dies.  Come to think of it, why isn’t this movie the number one grossing movie of all time instead of Titanic?  Everyone knew the boat sank, everyone knew Laura Palmer dies.  It is inevitable.  It takes the idea of fatalism and the meaningless of life to levels that Kierkegaard never dreamed of.  I see all of that in Sheryl Lee’s performance.  I believe that her performance in this movie is the best female acting job ever put on film. (I had a feeling I thought this 5 years ago. SR 2017) Her huge cry when she goes to Donna’s house asking if Donna is her best friend.  Her amazing smile of innocence when she simmers an angry Bobby outside of the school.  Her abusive and scary behavior as she threatens Harold Smith.  Her losing all control as her father and the One Armed Man argue in the car.  Her seductive actions at the Roadhouse where she can even make the name BUCK seem sexy.  I can not think of another role for a woman that covered so many levels. And if you know Sheryl please tell her the Red Room is awaiting an interview about this acting job. (OK, this is just mean. 5 years later and still nothing. I feel like I am in a play called Waiting for Ga’Lee. SR 2017)

So why are we still obsessed with this movie 20 years later? (25 now) Simple.  It is art.  20 years means nothing to Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  20 years isn’t a drop in the bucket to Bach’s “Wachet Auf.”  I believe that FWWM is a moving painting.  It is a piece of art that needs to be looked at, studied, and is meant to horrify us.  It is a reflection of a society that hides its darkness under small town goodness.  I know that this movie still causes rifts in the Twin Peaks fan base; although over the last couple years it is not as controversial as before, but I will make a bold statement.  If you don’t love FWWM then you are not a Twin Peaks fan. (Wait till I find out that when Twin Peaks: The Return happens, it will actually all happen again. SR 2017) What you are is a television fan, and that is OK.  But when you truly have Twin Peaks in your blood, as in owls, scorched engine oil and Douglas Firs in your veins, then FWWM is just the cure you need to help wash away the dreck of movies that will be released this year. (And it gets so much worse once Hollywood only makes Comic book movies. SR 2017) Movies you will see, forget and never ask the question: why the hell did that monkey just say Judy?  I thought we weren’t gonna talk about Judy.

I have to admit, 5 years later, I stand behind that essay. There are only 3 hours left of TPR and I would still say FWWM is my favorite section of Twin Peaks. When TPR references FWWM I think the show comes alive. Probably by the time most of you read this, we knew who Judy was. I kind of like that 5 years ago, I didn’t even think there was a chance I would ever find out. Happy Birthday, FWWM. You don’t look a day over 20.

Scott Ryan is the managing Editor of the Twin Peaks Magazine, The Blue Rose. Order the Dougie Special to get all 4 issues. All Day August 28th The Blue Rose Facebook Page will post a picture an hour to celebrate #FWWM25

New Podcast: Twin Peaks Part 14

Scott Ryan and Josh Minton discuss Part 14 of Twin Peaks: The Return. We talk about Andy the hero, Sarah the…??? and we talk a bit about fans who are hating on Twin Peaks. tsk, tsk. Those who are hating it all are missing out on a great ride.  Scott does wonder about the Freddie scene, but again pauses final judgement until the end of part 18. Listen to the podcast here or head out to iTunes.

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Twin Peaks Weekend Video

The Blue Rose spent the weekend in Snoqualmie, Washington with a bunch of crazy Twin Peaks Fans. We had fun, hugged, laughed and did some good. We were able to raise $300 for the Catherine Coulson Welcome Fund. This was our first time helping out The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We plan to continue to assist them as they carry on “The Log Lady’s” legacy.

Watch the video which uses a song Scott Ryan wrote in 2015. Share and spread the word of the love that Twin Peaks’ fans have for the world created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. Watch the passion of all these people, who submitted pictures through The Blue Rose Task Force Group. Just like Twin Peaks, all are welcome and all our family. Press Play and let the ear worm begin.

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Podcast: Twin Peaks Parts 11-13

The Red Room returns to Twin Peaks for parts 11-13. David Bushman, author of Twin Peaks FAQ and curator at the Paley Center, joins Scott and Josh for the talk. Topics include, Audrey, the use of nostalgia in The Return, editing and the purpose of the Owl Ring. For those of you who were angered by Scott’s complaint about the Log Lady editing from part 10, might be surprised at what his comments are now.

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Twin Peaks Parts 9-10

Courtenay Stallings of The Blue Rose Magazine joins Scott & Josh to discuss Parts 9 & 10 of Twin Peaks. Courtenay and Josh gang up on Scott when it comes to Richard Horne and his use in the series. We also talk about time in Twin Peaks, the three detectives and the Log Lady’s newest message to Hawk.

 

WARNING: There is a whistling that happened on Josh Minton’s Mic. It happens less after 30 minutes. Sorry. We blame Bob.

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133 Josh Eisendstadt talks Twin Peaks

For the past few years Scott and Josh Eisendstadt have re-enacted the fight scene at Deer Meadow. I play Chris Isaak he plays Sheriff Cable. That is how crazy of Twin Peaks fans we are. Today he joins me to discuss the first 8 parts of Twin Peaks: The Return. Of course, we keep talking about Part 8 because it is so consuming. Every time I have had Josh on the show, people love it. He is one of the Red Room’s favorite guests, and we have him today. Enjoy.

 

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132 Live Podcast from ATX Festival

Episode 132 of The Red Room Podcast takes you live to the ATX Television festival. Scott attended a few panels and you get snippets of them. Guest include: Ken Olin, Adam Arkin, Edward James Olmos, James Callis, Noah Hawley, John Cameron, Mary McDonnell, Gary Levine, Scott Saccoccio, Jesse Zwick, Sarah Caplan, Marin Ireland, and Katee Sackhoff. There are some great stories in here and fans of Battlestar Galactica and Fargo will be especially happy.

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131 Twin Peaks Panel at Awesome Con

On July 17th, in Washington, D.C. David Bushman hosted a live Twin Peaks panel at Awesome Con. Episode 131 of The Red Room Podcast airs this live discussion. Panelists include Mark Givens (Deer Meadow Radio, The Blue Rose Issue 2) Mya McBriar (Twin Peaks Blog, The Blue Rose Issue 1, 2), Pieter Dom (Welcome To Twin Peaks) and Scott Ryan (The Blue Rose Magazine, Red Room Podcast).

The panel covers the mysteries behind the new season of Twin Peaks and is full of questions from the audience. The panel was only scheduled for 30 minutes, but you will love what happens when the room moderator tries to end this panel. You never mess with Twin Peaks fans who want to talk about the show. You can listen to the panel here or head out to iTunes to download.

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130 Twin Peaks Parts 5-6

Scott & Josh are back discussing parts 5 & 6 of Twin Peaks: The Return. We have comic book artist and writer, Jeff Lemire who was inspired by Twin Peaks. We also have John Thorne (The Blue Rose, Wrapped in Plastic). We talk about parts 5 & 6 on this, if you want to hear us talk about parts 1-4, click here.

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Scott Writes A Book

 

She broke my heart. That started it all. I sat in my room with my heart pounding and my thoughts racing. How could she have done this to me? I grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper, and decided to write down my thoughts. The first thing I wrote wasn’t about what happened or a plea to get her back. I wrote two words: Chapter One.

I was 10 years old. I wrote Life In Timberline. A 6 page hand written lament about my first love.

Today, June 7th, 2017, 37 years later, my first book is published. Yes, in 2014, I self published an eBook called Scott Luck Stories, but this book, thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history, has pages, a cover, pictures and an ISBN number. This book is on sale across the globe. It can be found in book stores, online stores and on my own website. I have signed over 90 copies already and sent them out. I did it. I didn’t know at 10 years old that I was becoming a writer, although the fact that I wrote Chapter One before I shared what was on my mind, should have been a clue.

For my entire life I have written things. Movies, songs, Broadway reviews, Television series, essays, novels, blogs and magazine articles. But now I am published. This journey of bringing this book to life has been an amazing experience. My favorite part of my book is my Special Thanks section. Mostly because there are so many people who helped me get here. I love thanking people who help. I won’t repeat those thanks here. They are in my book. Did you know I have one? I do. It is fun to have a dream come true.

So let’s talk thirtysomething. It started as a podcast and just an interview with Richard Kramer. It grew so quickly, and before I knew it, I was getting emails on a daily basis from some of the artists who have inspired me the most. Writers whose words set my life on a trajectory of honesty and compassion. Actors that made me understand what creating characters was all about. I spoke with directors that shaped how I would film scenes for my movies. I learned so much about art by doing this project. I am excited to share thirtysomething with the world, but I am more excited to share how good art is crafted in a time where well crafted items are usually thrown away for something new and inferior.

I also need to thank the fans of thirtysomething. These people love this show in such a deep way. I can’t imagine the letters and comments that the people connected with the show must get. I get Facebook messages all the time with people just pouring out their hearts to me. This show touches people in a way that just doesn’t happen anymore. I am honored to take these stories and listen. I respect the show and the fans that created all these feelings.

I have had a very good year and half working on this project. I couldn’t have done it without my wonderful wife Jennifer that supports me everyday. No artist thrives without encouragement. I am lucky I have it.

There will be other projects, The Blue Rose Magazine is taking off, and I have 3 other books I want to start as soon as I can. The thirtysomething project will always be my first book that actually worked out and was born into the world — just like I dreamed as a ten-year old. I am still excited to write those magical words that I wrote so long ago. They always mean begin. Begin is such better than finish. So while I put this experience to rest, I know that I will very soon grab a pencil and paper to write again: Chapter One.

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