Shovels, Sunset Boulevards, and Sharp Dressed Men: The Return Part 15

"You asked about this shovel," Nadine says to Ed in the opening scene of Part 15 of The Return. "Well, I'm shoveling myself out of the shit!" "Have you been watching that show of Jacoby's?" Ed drawls. Nadine's grin says it all. "You know I have," she replies, before "freeing" Ed to pursue Norma, as they …

How Sunset Boulevard Perfectly Captured the Way Actresses Are Cast Away After Reaching a Certain Age: A Self-Critical Look at Hollywood

In this article I am going to explore how Hollywood moved away from self reflection, and towards self-defence. Sunset Boulevard is the ultimate self-reflection. A critical look from within Hollywood at how female actresses are cast aside as soon as they are no longer physically attractive enough to star in films as ‘the young beauty’. …

The Surprising (Other) Reason for the Sunset Boulevard Allusion in Twin Peaks

Why is Billy Wilder's self-reflexive noir triumph, Sunset Boulevard (1950), the film chosen to serve as what may very well be the catalyst for Cooper's re-awakening in Twin Peaks: The Return? Aside from the obvious facts (e.g., that in Sunset Boulevard, film director Cecil B. DeMille utters a name shared by a major Twin Peaks …

All right, Mr. Lynch, I’m ready for my close-up! (Or Dale Is (finally) Back!) Homeward Bound, Part 15

Welcome back to Homeward Bound Part 15! And what a part it was! So much happening between part 14 and 15 that it’s starting to feel like we’re approaching the high point of the season. I certainly think so. Back to our scheduled programming for this week, of course, with Dale’s plot firmly back on …