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‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

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Last Week’S Review: Part 7 Leaves More Clues Than We Can Count as David Lynch Digs Deep Into the Past

Were there more than 20 lines of dialogue spoken in tonight’s “Twin Peaks”? All signs point to no. In perhaps what was the most existential and absurd installment yet of the surreal drama’s return, David Lynch’s attention shifted from a bloody confrontation in the woods to a journey through time and space that barely touched on the modern day. Instead, “Part 8” tripped back to the past for a largely silent (dialogue-less) series of events (it feels a bit much to refer to them as “a story” at this stage) that of course did not skim on harsh violence and strange mannerisms.

Everyone is going to come to Part 8 with their own interpretations and theories; it’s an installment which seems to welcome that. And pieces of it are more successful than others. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

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This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Silicon Valley’ Finale Review: An International Incident Gives Everyone a Hard Reset, Which Is What The Show Does Best

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Silicon Valley” Season 4 finale, Episode 10, “Server Error.”]

In a season filled with tech metaphors, none of them were as apt as an overheated garage server being lightly attended to with hand-operated fans. As Anton slowly broiled under the weight of unwieldy Melcher data, it was a fitting encapsulation of the monumental stress that “Silicon Valley” put on its main characters this year. The road to technological relevance has never been easy for these guys, but this season finale gave them a solution and a ticket out of the rut they’ve been in for the past few weeks.

It’s a solution that didn’t seem likely at the outset of this episode, as Dinesh looped videos of more Hooliphone explosions caught on surveillance cameras. The Pied Piper gang has been forced to face consequences in the past, but watching potential users in physical pain brought about by their actions seem to be a tipping point for »


- Steve Greene

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‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Teaser: Spike Lee’s First Joint Gets the Netflix TV Treatment, Sets Release Date — Watch

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After making a deal with Amazon for his last directorial feature, “Chi-Raq,” Spike Lee is transitioning to TV on Netflix.

“She’s Gotta Have It,” an adaptation of Lee’s first joint (per Netflix’s official release), will be released on the streaming giant this Thanksgiving. The release date was set in a teaser trailer (below) first shown during the Bet Awards.

Read More: ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series Based On Spike Lee Film Coming To Netflix

Lee is directing every episode of the first season, which centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself. She’s dividing her time among her friends, her job, and her three lovers — labeled as proper nouns — The Cultured Model, Greer Childs; The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet; and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.

The series serves as a contemporary update of the original 1986 film. »


- Ben Travers

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