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Twin Peaks: The Return Review

As David Lynch toys with his thematics and prose, Twin Peaks: The Return takes on a strange, unique form. Continuing on the events of Twin Peaks to some degree, the eighteen-episode series has a mind of its own. Shattering the traditional conventions of television with an ensemble cast of vaguely connected events, the highs and lows of Twin Peaks: The Return all circle around Lynch’s ability to feed a narrative through a series of inconsequential, yet wholly interesting events. That is the beauty and the brainlessness of the show, with a thankfully larger deal of highs than lows. Adapting a television show decades after its initial run is no small feat, any creative should fear such a challenge, but this director and his lengthy list of cast members seem up for the challenge. 

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The Dukes of Hazzard Review

Opening on the sprawling fields of Georgia, The Dukes of Hazzard hopes the somewhat rugged, historic fields will distract from the absolute nothingness within. Our chirpy narrator tells us that this is where the apple pie may have been invented. Such delicious texture and variety similar to apple pie are nowhere to be found, and I find this claim of invention rather dubious. Redneck comedy with two rather rich gentlemen at the helm of it, The Dukes of Hazzard adapts the mediocrity of the television show with all the cold beers, denim shorts and burnt-out stars it can get its hands on. That explains Burt Reynolds, anyway. Rest his poor soul, his latter days as a performer are filled with these stinkers and duds of the comedy genre, a supremely upsetting segment of twilight years, reserved for hillbilly comedies detailing NASCAR racers and petty feuds.  

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Review

As his world crashes around him, the fearful animosity and anger that Ron Burgundy transmitted through the airwaves of the 1970s comes to a close. His reign of terror is over. For a decade, movie-goers were able to enjoy a time of peace and tranquillity, a character based on Mort Crim would be laid to rest. Of course, no good thing can come to an end, nor, it seems, can a mediocre product. It will live forever, shuffling through the minds and hearts of somewhat nostalgic young adults. Their minds unphased by copious drinking and drug use, they are the perfect audience to experience Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. A hefty experience indeed, one whose running time exceeds that of many more rewarding experiences.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Review

Should we point a finger of blame to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for the state of news reporting currently? Perhaps. Ron Burgundy is not a man you or I could call “professional”, or “competent”, but he sure loves his job. Why that is? No idea. Some deep-rooted kink for facilitating power through the airwaves of the gullible, a fascistic need and desire to clutch to power, his jagged fingernails digging in ever deeper to the rotund beauty of fame and fortune. To suggest any of these themes would be realistic would be, well, Mort Crim would have stern words with nonbelievers. 

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