Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
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Time Out says'Goddamn, these people are peculiar!' opines Harry Dean Stanton's trailer-park manager in Lynch's big screen prequel to his cult TV series. He's right: not only are his fellow-characters weird, but the film's makers must be pretty odd too. For one thing, they evidently never felt that the tortuous narrative need make sense to audiences; for another, they appear to have made no attempt to conceal the cynicism that presumably motivated their desire to cash in on their TV success. It begins a year before Laura Palmer's death, with FBI agent Desmond (Isaak) investigating the murder of one Teresa Banks (Gidley); meanwhile, Dale Cooper (MacLachlan) has his usual premonitory dreams. The whole thing looks like off-cuts from the series that were eliminated because they were either too nasty or too inept. Moreover, the cast consists largely of the series' weakest performers (Lee, particularly, as Laura Palmer, proves she can't carry a movie). Self-parody would seem too generous an assessment of Lynch's aims and achievement.