Watch: Trailers for Every New ‘Black Mirror’ Episode

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Thanks to the bleak dystopias laid out in the Black Mirror series, we can always take solace in knowing that as messed up as our world is, things could be worse. Yes, some episodes of the anthology series seem to be playing out in real life lately; but overall, we haven’t gotten attacked by robotic bees yet or created theme parks to celebrate torture. Yay!

As we prepare our minds and bodies for the upcoming fourth season of the Netflix series, which the streaming service claims will drop by the end of the year, we’ve finally got previews for every upcoming episode – from the dark Star Trek riff “USS Callister” to the Jodie Foster-directed “Arkangel.”

There’s no way to tell just yet, but don’t expect any of these stories to make you cry tears of joy, like last season’s phenomenal and award-winning love story “San Junipero.” These episodes look…bleak.

Watch the preview for every episode below and then go depress yourself with the first three seasons.

 

The First Versace ‘American Crime Story’ Trailer is Here

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“Murder but make it fashion” might as well be the tagline for the upcoming season of American Crime Story. After an award-winning first season that focused on OJ Simpson, Ryan Murphy Series #451 has moved to South Florida for The Assassination of Gianni Versace – and judging by the new trailer, we’re in for quite a glamorous murder story.

Murphy will focus on the murder of the legendary designer by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who took out four other people before Versace, and committed suicide eight days later. It’s a shocking story and yeah, we’re here for it; but let’s talk about how glorious the cast is for a second.

Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez look flawless as Donatella and Gianni, respectively; and Ricky Martin looks very Ricky Martin as Gianni’s lover Antonio D’Amico. Then there’s Darren Criss a long, long way from Glee Club as the murderous Cunanan. Somehow, even as he’s murdering people, he looks high fashion.

The new season starts on January 17th. And if you’re one of the ten people who didn’t watch the first season, you’ve got a great excuse to binge it and ignore your family this holiday season.

 

Louis Vuitton & an 8-Bit Game Pay Homage to ‘Stranger Things’

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All apologies to Halloween, but the real October royalty this year is Stranger Things. The Duffer brothers’ breakout Netflix hit we all devoured last year is about to return for Season 2 at the end of the month – and the intercontinental buzz is already stirring.

Everything began yesterday when Paris Fashion Week’s crown jewel designer Louis Vutton shocked everyone with tees emblazoned with a poster of the show’s cast. While it’s not quite our dream of seeing Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard actually walk the runway, it’ll have to do.

Toward the finale of the show (set in the Louvre, of course), model Sora Choi pounded down the runway with the merch pulled over a billowing collared shirt for a look to end all looks. The addition may have been the product of LV designer Nicolas Ghesquière hanging out with the Stranger Things kids last year at the LV headquarters.

As if this week’s high fashion moment weren’t enough, the show also just dropped an official, 8-bit video game for iPhone and Android. The adventure game is based on fan art and is set in Mirkwood Forest and Hawkins Lab circa 1984. If there were ever a reason to stop playing Dots and Co. on the morning commute this month, it’s this.

With weeks to go until the second season drops on October 27th, we can only guess what other tricks and treats await us.

 

Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer Slam Hollywood’s Sexism Problem, and It Gets Pretty Nasty

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The Hollywood Reporter gathered this year’s crop of Emmy-contending comedic actresses for a roundtable discussion and, sad to say, the conversation highlighted how sexism still permeates the industry.

“The way women are spoken to in social media is truly shocking. It’s how you imagine people screaming at prisoners in Guantanamo.” Lena Dunham said as she and Amy Schumer, Gina Rodriguez and more talked about the amount of rape threats and death threats they receive on Twitter.

Someone even wished Amy Schumer would get ovarian cancer.

Moving beyond the terror of internet trolls, the women touched upon the institutionalized discrimination faced in the industry. Dunham recalled how one man who worked on Girls made fun of her weight and said he hated his job because a man was not in charge. Tracee Ellis Ross, star of Black-ish, said working on a show run by four women (Girlfriends) set up false expectations of the industry.

There are hardly substantial roles for women in Hollywood, let alone roles for women of color. Michelle Rodriguez echoed this, and explained why she would never play a role to reinforce negative stereotypes. “When you compromise, you don’t do your best work.”

Feminism has emerged as a strong force in the entertainment industry as of late. Shonda Rhimes has created an incredibly successful television empire where straight, white, and male is not the default. But that doesn’t mean the struggle’s over by any means.

As comedic actors, lots of these women weaponize irony and humor in the fight (Schumer wrote a whole sketch of men arguing whether she was attractive enough to be on TV), but there are still long strides to be made with women in Hollywood.

Schumer ended with a sound resolution: “Let’s never apologize for anything.”

Check out the full interview at  The Hollywood Reporter.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Fall TV Premieres

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As September begins to take hold of summer and we retreat into sweatpants, consume copious amounts of pie, listen to nothing but Cocteau Twins, and find ourselves wallowing in a general feeling of melancholy depression, there’s no better time to shoot some tubular cathode rays into our eyeballs from the comfort of our own homes. Here’s a list of the shows we’re most excited to see this fall.

SONS OF ANARCHY (Final Season)
Tuesday September 9 at 10PM | FX

Marilyn Manson guest stars as a neo-Nazi drug addict in Kurt Sutter’s final installment of the West coast biker outlaw epic.

THE MINDY PROJECT (Season 3)
Tuesday September 16 at 10PM | FOX

Mindy Kaling plays a lovable gynecologist bumbling through her personal and professional lives.

TIM AND ERIC’S BEDTIME STORIES (Season 2)

Thursday September 18 at 12:15AM | Adult Swim

Largely overlooked comic genie Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim once again team up for their signature blend of deadpan, satire, and gross-out humor featuring John C. Reilly and Zach Galifianakis.

THE GOOD WIFE (Season 6)

Sunday September 21 at 9:30PM | CBS

A slew of critically acclaimed performances power this political drama about a wife who must make do after a scandal puts her husband, a state attorney, in jail.

MODERN FAMILY (Season 6)

Wednesday September 24 at 9PM | ABC

The mockumentary favorite follows a close-knit and diverse extended family in the suburbs of LA.

HOMELAND (Season 4)

Sunday October 5 at 9PM | Showtime

Claire Danes plays an unstable CIA agent assigned to a dangerous military outpost in the Middle East.

MULANEY (Season 1)

Sunday October 5 at 9:30PM | FOX

Upcoming Seinfeld-esque stand-up-punctuated sitcom created by comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney, who stars as a fictionalized version of himself.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAKSHOW (Season 4)
Wednesday October 8 at 10PM | FX

Set in 1950s Florida and based on one of the last legitimate freakshows in history, Freakshow marks the fourth season of the soapy-camp horror tale from writer Ryan Murphy.

THE WALKING DEAD (Season 5)

Sunday October 12 at 9PM | AMC

Post-apocalyptic horror drama series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series. Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a world dominated by flesh-eating zombies.

THE NEWSROOM (Final Season)
November 2014 | HBO

Jeff Daniels plays irreverent news anchor Will McAvoy in the final episodes of the acclaimed political drama.

What Is David Lynch Shooting For ‘Twin Peaks’ Now?

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Last January, I found myself in an absolute tizzy over the fact that rumors were abound that David Lynch was contemplating a third season of Twin Peaks. I couldn’t wrestle with the possibility of reviving something that was on television 20 years ago because now, anyone with a Netflix account has suddenly realized that it would be super cool to watch Twin Peaks so they too can claim their love with proclamations about doughnuts and coffee and cherry pie, oh my, smell those douglas firs!

I recalled the bizarre and lunatic second season of the show, which after the big reveal felt essentially weird state between dreaming and waking up from a nap when you’re not sure if you’re an outlaw in 1927 or just beginning to gain consciousness—but thankfully, that never materialized.  Yet now, in the latest bit of Lynchian news, it seems the haunting and heartbreaking auteur is shooting a Twin Peaks promo, for what one can only assume is in conjunction with the Blu-ray release of the series.

And just as odd as his characters are wont to be, the casting notification for said promo explains their desire for a very specific woman…

Hot Caucasian Girl – Brunette or Redheads Only. To play waitress, 18-27. Must have an amazing body, busty, very period looking face.

Well, then. And according to Bleeding Cool, the home video release of Twin Peaks will also include the terrifying and brilliant Fire Walk With Me, deleted footage, and more.

So in the meantime to see where this all goes, for all your David Lynch needs head HERE.

Talking ‘A.C.O.D.,’ ‘Parks and Rec,’ & ‘Walter Mitty’ With Adam Scott

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Dealing with the strain of divorce can be pretty psychologically ravaging territory. Not only for those whose marriage has come to an end, but for the children, friends, and relatives left in its wake. Whether you’re five, fifteen, or thirty-five divorce creates a schism in your foundation, and although those wounds may mend themselves with time, it can certainly be a life-altering experience to undergo. And when it comes to cinematic portrayals of divorce, the relationships shown usually tend to be on the brutal side of things, exposing the heartbreaking and painful aftermath of a family broken apart. But with Stu Zicherman’s directorial debut A.C.O.D. we get an entertaining glimpse at divorce on screen, with a comedy about a man who thinks he’s put his parents strange past behind him and has his life totally in control, only to find himself back in the chaos of it all.

Starring the always enjoyable to watch Adam Scott, the film focuses on Carter an A.C.O.D.—“Adult Child of Divorce”—and seemingly well-adjusted guy with a great job, lovely girlfriend, and his life totally in check. But when his younger brother rushes into a engagement, Carter is forced to reunite his bizarre parents (played by Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins)—after not speaking for 20 years—and set them on an amicable path to appear at the wedding. But upon returning to his childhood therapist (played by Jane Lynch) he soon learns that the sessions the two shared as a child were used as a case study in a book about child of divorced families. From there, Carter is forced to reexamine everything that’s happened since his youth and begins to unravel his controlled exterior and become a child again amidst the whirlwind of his family. Co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his girlfriend and Amy Poehler as his evil stepmother, A.C.O.D. proves a perfect film for Scott to helm, and a refreshing new comedic voice from Zicherman.
 
So between A.C.O.D., his role on as Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation, and his upcoming role in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Scott certainly has his hands full. But last week, I got the chance to sit down with him to talk about what drew him to this movie, the pleasure of working with friends, and taking on new challenges.
 
I’ve got to admit, for all the people I’ve interviewed, it’s really bizarre meeting you, consindering I fall asleep to Parks and Rec almost every night. It’s probably the only show I’ve watch more than Frasier.
Oh, I think it’s a good show for that. It’s comforting. I do the same thing with Friday Night Lights.
 
So do you cry as you fall asleep?
Yeah, that show, man, it kills me. It’s so great.
 
So how did you first get involved with A.C.O.D and what attracted you to the script?
It was sent to me and I read it and just loved it. It reminded me a little bit of Flirting With Disaster, which is one of my favorite movies. So I said yes right away because I loved it and it was the opportunity to be a lead in a movie; so I kind of just jumped at the chance.
 
What I enjoyed about it was that it had a similar tone to a lot of really great other comedies but tackled a topic that really hasn’t been explored too much in the comedy.
Yeah, it’s a little unmined. I also liked how the lead character starts as this grownup who feels like he has everything wired and is taking the grownup position—perfect job, perfect girlfriend, has everything in control—and then slowly as things unravel throughout the movie he becomes a kid again and loses control and needs someone to take care of him a little bit. I thought that was interesting because it’s usually the other way around. 
 
Did you find he was an easy person to tap into?
My experience with divorce in my family was completely different, but I understood it. I understood the control thing, because as you get older you want more and more control in your life so you don’t lose your mind.
 
It was interesting to watch because my parents got divorced when I was 15 and I thought that I was fine and then now I look back and see I was a total mess.
Absolutely. Mine divorced when I was five, but it was so nice, we had a great childhood and there was no animosity whatsoever. So I didn’t relate to that part of it, but I think we’re all curious about our childhood as we get older and it gets more and more interesting to unravel what was going on.
 
And it’s nice to see a movie about divorce that’s light and enjoyable.
Rather than Kramer vs. Kramer, right?
 
When I was first starting college, I remember taking film classes and getting really snobby about what I watched, so my roommates made me watch Stepbrothers with them. And of course, I fell in love. So when I first found out about A.C.O.D. I was excited to see you and Richard Jenkins reunited as father and son. How is he to work with?
Yes! Oh, he’s the best. He’s such a lovely guy. It’s so fun doing scenes with him because you have no idea what he’s going to do.
 
I love seeing him get really worked up.
Yes, it’s hilarious. That dude is the best, he can do everything.
 
In the comedy world, you tend to work with a lot of the same people frequently—whether it’s Lizzy Caplan or Amy Poehler, etc.—does that create a really easy and trusting atmosphere on set and just make the process that much more enjoyable?
It’s really fun because you’re just making stuff with your friends, and that’s the best—I love that. It makes everything really easy and fun. But that being said, I had never worked with Catherine O’Hara before. It was always a dream to, so that was really great to be able to do that and now, I’m not going to call her a friend because that would be a little presumptious, but we have worked together since and I hope to work with her many, many times. 
 
How was it working with Amy in this film where you two have such a contentious relationship and aren’t the perfect couple we’ve come to know and love as Ben and Leslie.
It was really fun—and really easy because we really do hate each other in real life. But it’s super fun doing anything with Amy, so it was great.
 
When you first started on Parks and Rec, did you know you were going to be there long-term?
I knew I was going to be on the show permanently, but I didn’t know that we would get married. I knew there was going to be some sort of romance down the road, but it was not formed just because they didn’t know how we would get along or how our chemistry would be or whatever. But I never would have guessed we would get married; it’s really great. I remember when we were making A.C.O.D. Amy and I were talking on set and I said I thought they should get married, we liked that idea. And so we were theoretically talking about it, and then six months later we were shooting the wedding episode.
 
Have you seen any of the fan-made Ben and Leslie videos online? They’re pretty ridiculous.
I saw one. Yeah,  it was pretty intense. They’re all very sweet though.
 
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As someone that navigates between television and film, how do you go about choosing projects?
I have a finite amount of time when the show isn’t shooting, so I just try to find something interesting to fit in there. I got lucky the summer before last, I got to do A.C.O.D. and Walter Mitty during hiatus—which was really great. Sometimes the timing works out and then sometimes it just doesn’t and you miss out on stuff because the show’s happening, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The show is so fun and everyone is great and everyone is friends. It’s the best.
 
I’m seeing Walter Mitty this Saturday.
Oh, me too!
 
For the first time?

Yeah, I haven’t seen it yet.
 
Can you tell me a little bit about the experience of working on that?
It was really fun and just fascinating. It’s such a big, epic movie. Watching Stiller direct was just amazing. We did a bunch of stunts and stuff with wires and all that, which I hadn’t done before. So that was a blast. I loved every second of it. It was just an experience.
 
Are you always looking for things you haven’t done before?
Yeah, and Mitty was definitely one of those experiences. It was lots of stuff I hadn’t done before.
 
And with A.C.O.D., how was the task of taking on the lead role?
It was fun, but the two times I’d done it before I at least had a day off here and there. But with this one, it was just like all day everyday on camera, which was really, really a blast and exhausting but in a good way. We shot it in 24 days, which was really quick, so by the end I was super tired, but you have eat breakfast and get plenty of sleep or you will crater in on yourself. Halfway through shooting I freaked out a little bit, just because the pressure of, if I suck in this the movie will suck kind of got to me. But Stu talked me down and it was fine.
 
I’d imagine with the people in the cast there was a lot of improv going on? Or was it a really tight script?
A little bit here and there. We were moving so fast that there wasn’t a whole lot of time and the script was in such good shape that we didn’t really need it. 
 
You’ve been working on writing and producing for yourself, what’s next for you with that?
I’m not totally sure. We’re still working on The Greatest Event in Television History. We have one that airs November 7th and another one coming up. Those are really fun to do and hopefully we’ll do more of those down the road. We’re looking to make a movie sometime in the next couple years. It just feels really great to create something from the ground up and just make something, again, through friends— it’s really satisfying. 
 
Are there any favorite roles you’ve played or experiences that you’ve enjoyed the most working?
Party Down will always have a special place in my heart. Stepbrothers too. And Parks. Those are the three things that really kind of always just stick with me. I miss the Party Down folks, but Parks is just such a perfect, perfect job; I hope it never ends. I love it. But I loved Vicious Kind too. 
 
Between TV and film you really do seem to pop up everywhere. Do you enjoy that constant state or working and being in motion taking on different projects?
Yeah, I like to stay busy. But I have two kids, so I like to stay busy but I also like to have time to let them get to know me a little bit. So I try to work and be with them and other than that I don’t really do anything. I just like to work and then hang out with my wife and my kids.
 
Well that sounds nice.
Yeah! I mean, it’s plenty, right?
 
Do you enjoy the dramatic roles just as much as the comedy?
Yeah. I haven’t done that in a while, but I’m hoping to find something else dramatic to do soon.

Ten Reasons AMC Shouldn’t Cancel ‘The Killing’

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AMC has announced that it is canceling The Killing, a gritty police procedural based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen (literally, "The Crime") and starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as Seattle detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. This is not good.

Simply put, it’s the best crime drama I’ve seen on TV in a long while. (I loved the dark and existential Parisienne policier Spiral, but that was released in the U.S. by Netflix—thankfully—last fall.

"We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of ‘The Killing,’" the network said in a statement. "We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched."

One viewer used the comments section on the New York Times article reporting on the cancellation to write a little note to the station: "To AMC: your audience is too important to alienate. You’ve cancelled excellent show after excellent show while leaving "Walking/Talking Dead" on and cutting seasons up into small pieces so you can make more money." Clearly we need more zombies.

I’ve seen every gray, rain-soaked episode and I am bummed—as I think are many of the 1.5 million viewers of the Season 3 finale.

Here are ten reasons that AMC shouldn’t cancel The Killing.

1. There’s a refreshing lack of violence and jump cuts.

In a world where we have been desensitized to violence and given a steady diet of quick-cut shootouts and chase scenes, it’s refreshing to experience a slow-paced crime drama that focuses on little things like narrative and character development—and not the blood splatter, gunshots and screeching tires.

2. The suspense.

One of The Killing‘s best attributes is that it’s extremely hard to guess the killer. But perhaps the grinding suspense was part of its downfall. The show "has been plagued since the end of its at first critically acclaimed initial season by declining ratings and a mutiny by once-supportive critics and fans when its central mystery—the grisly murder of young Rosie Larsen—was left unsolved until Season 2," writes Greg Braxton of The Los Angeles Times. But it’s exactly the long, drawn-out suspense that made it so compelling.

3. Mireille Enos.

Experiencing Enos’ steely embodiment of the single-minded and emotionally withdrawn detective Sarah Linden was nothing short of a revelation. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter praised her trailblazing performance: "It’s not until you watch Enos play Sarah for a while that it sinks in—there hasn’t been a female American character like her probably ever."

4. It’s a new art form.

Mireille Enos may look eerily like Helga in the famous "Helga Pictures" by painter Andrew Wyeth, but there’s much more visual artistry to the show than just a pale, blank-faced redhead in turtleneck sweaters. Newsday‘s Verne Gay spoke about the third season as an art form: "Everything fans loved about it the first season is back. The rain, the gloom, the pervasive sense of doom…The colors, or lack of them—the ALMOST reds and greens, smudged by deep shades of gray and brown…you start to think this isn’t a TV show so much as the palette of a seriously depressed artist."

5. Joel Kinnaman.

The rangy Swedish-American actor (who stars in the upcoming Robocop remake) seems as comfortable inhabiting the wise-cracking, street smart, recovering addict detective Stephen Holder as his character does in his XXL hoodies. And the chemistry he has with Enos is riveting. One New York Times commenter wrote, "I’d like to see them resurrect the series with just Holder & Linden but doing something else, maybe opening a pet store together. They were the reasons I tuned in."

6. Vegetarianism.

Holder is not only the show’s fearless tough guy, he’s a committed vegetarian ("I don’t eat meat, bitch!" he barks in one episode). It’s an unusual character trait that crops up throughout the series, like when he’s munching on a veggie burger while on a stakeout. Though I seem to recall him eating a fish sandwich, so perhaps he’s a "pescatarian." Either way, it’s different—and cool. UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, who has urged the world to eat less meat to save the environment, would be pleased.

7. Seattle.

From its rain-slicked streets to its fog-steeped forests, the Seattle of The Killing is a perfect setting for solving grisly murders. It’s like an urban version of the creepy moors from The Hound of the Baskervilles. Plus, the only other current television show that is set in the Emerald City is Grey’s Anatomy, which is a snoozefest at best. Aqua Teen Hunger Force was recently set in Seattle, but for its current season, moved to Chicago. And that doesn’t really count, since it’s a cartoon.

8. Depth.

One of the most interesting factors about The Killing was that it took 20 episodes to cover one single case. Yeah, I know it’s kind of crazy, but that’s the kind of depth you just don’t get on regular American TV dramas, which are "chickletized" for short attention spans—and heaps of commercial breaks. The show was a standout in this sense, and it’s a pity that more Americans didn’t tune in, since it could’ve helped, in a small way, combat our collective ADHD. Now where was I? Oh right…Number 9…

9. Veena Sud

The show was developed by the incredibly talented Canadian-born Filipino-Indian-American television writer, director and producer Veena Sud, who served as a writer and executive producer (and cut her teeth as a writer, story editor and executive producer for the TV crime drama Cold Case). With The Killing—which earned her nominations for both an Emmy and a Writers Guild of America award—the multi-talented, multi-hyphenated Sud has established herself as a sort of lone wolf in the forest of American TV crime drama. Paramount Pictures announced that she is writing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 thriller, Suspicion. Sounds juicy. She’s one to watch.

10. There’s little else like it.

Homegrown American crime dramas just aren’t as good as their brethren born across the Atlantic—unless you want to go back to NYPD Blue or Hill Street Blues. From the French Spiral to the Danish-based The Killing to the British-based Low Winter Sun (which premiered last month on AMC), the European-style policiers are…how shall I say…killin’ it.

So there you have it, 10 reasons AMC shouldn’t cancel The Killing. It’s sad to see such an excellent American version of a remarkable European import be taken off the slate. I don’t care who killed Rosie Larsen anymore. I’m more concerned that the studio heads who killed The Killing are getting away with it. Who knows Maybe Netflix will pick it up. But for now, I’m going eat a veggie burger and watch the latest episode of (let’s see what’s on)…Rizzoli & Isles?! Sigh.

 

From Love to Violence: David Lynch in Four Movements

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“When you sleep, you don`t control your dream,” said David Lynch. “I like to dive into a dream world that I’ve made, a world I chose and that I have complete control over.” And with an oeuvre of films that operate in the realm of euphoric dreams and feverish nightmares, no matter the base storyline, his work speaks in a haunting and heartbreaking cinematic language born from his impassioned and strange imagination. But it’s not only the aesthetic and viscerally visual elements that work like through-lines between everything from Eraserhead to Wild at Heart, it’s the thematic undercurrents that infiltrate his stories and the characters that populate them.

And with Richard Vezina’s David Lynch in Four Movements – A Tribute, he makes a cohesive amalgamation of the iconic director’s films to illustrate the motifs—from the dark rooms of the mind to love’s illusions—that tie his work together (plus, some wonderful Angelo Badalamenti to go with each theme).
 
First Movement: Melancholy and Sadness – Questions In A World Of Blue
Second Movement: Action, Violence, and Sex – The Pink Room
Third Movement: Dreams and Nightmares – Into the Night
Fourth Movement: Love and Hope – Mysteries of Love
Take a look below.