Last weekend I saw It Comes at Night, the sophomore effort from writer-director Trey Edward Shults. His debut film, Krisha, was one of my favorites of last year, with an energetic style and a merciless yet empathetic approach to storytelling. Alas, It Comes at Night was disappointing, a half-cocked gambit to avoid the sophomore slump that feels more like the idea of a horror movie than the real thing. Despite some impressive, practically lit cinematography and an engrossing atmosphere, the film sadly feels like a rough draft.Read More
Optimism Vaccine wraps up David Lynch month by talkin' about the Twin Peaks legacy and how Twin Peaks: The Return stacks up to the original series. Hot takes abound and Jake passionately defends Fire Walk With me. What more could you ask for?
What’s it like to watch a movie known more for its extratextual context than its actual content? Watching The Straight Story, David Lynch’s 1999 G-rated Disney feature about an elderly man’s 240 mile journey from Iowa to Wisconsin to see his brother, is an exercise in experiencing a film outshadowed by its reputation.Read More
What lies beneath the dark grimy crevices of suburbia and who the hell just tosses a severed ear in a field? These important questions (and more!) are answered as two Optimism Vaccine authors attempt to find the perfect double feature pairing for David Lynch's masterpiece, Blue Velvet. Crack open an ice cold Heineken (actually, fuck that shit, PABST BLUE RIBBON!) and listen in as our David Lynch month continues.Read More
“I’ll see you again in 25 years.”
Spoken (backwards!) by the recently murdered Laura Palmer, it seemed just another cryptic sentiment in a show full of codes, but the show’s creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost have once again defied expectations. It took a little more than 25 years, but Twin Peaks is returning to our screens and fulfilling Laura’s promise. The show was a sensation in 1990, fueling water-cooler conversations around the world, but this new “TV Event” isn’t the first televisual addendum to the original show. In 1992 there was Fire Walk With Me, a film that served as a prequel, examining Laura’s final days. It was not readily embraced. Booed at Cannes (though what isn’t?), it was dismissed by critics and, even with an established fanbase, failed to ignite the box office. Some quarter of a century later, it’s still the subject of debate. Some have reclaimed it as the lost gem of Lynch’s career. Others remain unconvinced. Here at Optimism Vaccine, we’re split down the middle. So we decided we’d lay out our best takes, positive and negative, and let you decide…Read More