richsmith wrote:Watching Episode 8, and to a lesser extent 11, on the big screen at MOMA among an almost-full house of Lynch aficionados was one of the more fun screening experiences in recent memory. The image quality of this series, when projected in DCP, is utterly stunning. And so far the experience of watching the first 11 episodes back to back, revisiting most of them for the first time, has made me appreciate the series so much more. Even the lesser episodes, such as 9 and 10, are a lot more interesting than I thought on first viewing, and what is surprising to me watching now, knowing exactly where the series is going, is just how completely in control Lynch is at every moment. Going back today for parts 12-18, and cannot wait for how that last hour is going to look.
Are they doing short breaks between episodes, or between every two episodes or something? I was curious how they were handling that.
Hope you enjoy the final day!
There was an hour break after Ep 8 on Saturday, and the same after Ep 14 on Sunday. Otherwise they played them straight through. Having now got to the end, I have to say my appreciation for this series is off the charts. It's just stunning in every way, and far more tight and cohesive than I gave it credit for on first viewing. Really, the only reservations I have left are: 1) there's still too much Dr Amp, 2) most of the new Roadhouse characters could easily be cut or trimmed, and 3) the Freddie/BOB fight still sticks out like a sore, wet, limp thumb.
Mostly, though, it struck me just how warm and moving the whole thing was. It really puzzles me that so many believe the series is cold, distanced, and unemotional. Perhaps it's because the emotional life wasn't presented in the soapier, more accessible manner of the first two seasons. But for as much as the pinnacle of S3 is found in its dark terrifying vision (climaxing in that ear-shattering scream which, on the big screen, provoked chills that didn't subside until long after I left MOMA), the quieter, more emotional moments were just as devastating; in particular, Dougie and the Mitchum Brothers at the piano bar at the end of Episode 11 (which felt to me on this go-around as the strongest outside the Eps 3/8/18 trifecta), and the Norma/Big Ed reconciliation brought me, a certified non-crier, to the verge of tears.