Really Weird Stuff E7: Realization Time

On RWS E7, we’re discussing Twin Peaks Season 1, Episode 6, “Realization Time”, written by Harley Peyton and directed by Caleb Deschanel. This is best known as the one where Waldo the Myna bird helps the investigation, and the Bookhouse Boys go to One-Eyed Jacks. But there are so many other delicious scenes, including Audrey sleuthing all over Horne’s Department store and a nod to “Double Indemnity” in Catherine’s scene with the ambitious life insurance agent, Mr. Neff. Special guest, Matt Fisher of Ex-Rated Movies Podcast helps us explore such mysteries as:

HOW does Audrey know exactly what to say to the stock boy?
WHY doesn’t the Bureau have a budget for better wigs?
HOW does Blackie keep from gagging during that failed flirtation with Big Ed?

PLUS: Matt discusses why Twin Peaks is the only television drama he’s watched more than once!

Listen to RWS Episode 7 here!

Really Weird Stuff E6: Cooper’s Dreams

“Cooper’s Dreams” is the 5th episode of Season One of Twin Peaks. It was written by Mark Frost and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, who is one of the more experimental auteurs in the Peaks-verse Lynch/Frost, notwithstanding. It originally aired on May 10th, 1990 and is perhaps best known for being the one where Cooper’s a little on edge and only has time for coffee, and the gang hikes to the Log Lady’s cabin for tea and spooky log testimony. Special guest, Cecelia Gunn joins us to explore such mysteries as:

WHAT is Doc Hayward doing, tagging along on strenuous police field work?
WHY does “Flesh World” keep publishing photos of Leo’s truck?
HOW come nobody, including Maddy, remembers meeting Maddy?

PLUS: Donut Crimes, gun-happy Peakers, and of course, STFU JAMES!

Listen to RWS Episode 6 here!

Paid in Puke S6E10: A Star is Born

On the series 6 finale, we’re hate-watching Bradley Cooper’s 2018 abuse-masquerading-as-romance remake, “A Star is Born”, starring Lady Gaga and no other women. It’s a tough hang in every sense of the phrase, but hopefully you’ll enjoy hanging with us and making fun of it. Who does the best Jackson Maine as Sling Blade impression? Which is the worst song? What’s the best part of the brownie? What happened to the Bradley Cooper who was in Wet Hot American Summer? All this and more will be revealed! 

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Paid in Puke S6E9: Dirty Dancing

On today’s episode, we’re carrying a watermelon for Emile Ardolino’s 1987 romantic drama, “Dirty Dancing”, starring Jennifer Grey, Cynthia Rhodes, and Jane Brucker. It’s a slumber party classic for women of a certain age. We reminisce about how much of the plot we understood when it first came out, Johnny’s chaotic energy, and the short-shrifting of Lisa Houseman. 

On the Lunchtime Poll, we discuss memorable moments from our youth that resulted in our radicalization. 

Paid in Puke S6E8: Annihilation

On today’s episode, we get existential AF with Alex Garland’s 2018 surreal sci-fi film, “Annihilation”, starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Tuva Novotny. 

This is a heady one, but it’s a lot of fun if you can stomach some pretty intense body horror and a trippy synth score. It’s basically John Carpenter’s The Thing on acid but with WOMEN. 

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Really Weird Stuff E5: The One-Armed Man

On RWS Episode 5, we’re discussing Twin Peaks S1E4, “The One-Armed Man”, written by Robert Engels and directed by Tim Hunter. This is a very plot-heavy episode but it’s still a lot of fun. Special guest Ryan Weadon (Ex-Rated Movies Podcast) joins us to explore mysteries such as:

WHY won’t Lucy just tell Andy what’s on her mind?
WHAT is the real purpose of Ben’s Little Elvis?
HOW much time did Hank spend on his domino sketch?
IS Hawk’s girlfriend a local gal?

PLUS: Ryan inspires our very first t-shirt with the line, “Call me when you’re a drawer, Josie!” Get it here!

Listen to RWS Episode 5 here!

Paid in Puke S6E7: Fatal Attraction

On today’s episode, we’re talking about a film that won’t be ignored: Adrienne Lynne’s 1987 problematic as-HELL thriller, “Fatal Attraction”. This film was a box office smash that starred Glenn Close, Anne Archer, and we guess a little bit Michael Douglas. It tells the story of woman named Alex, a 34-year-old NYC book editor who becomes impregnated after sleeping with a married man she meets through work. When she expresses an interest in having a relationship with him, he becomes violent and irrational, eventually coercing his wife into murdering her. 

What a piece of work is man!

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Really Weird Stuff E4: Rest in Pain

On RWS E4, we’re discussing S1E3: “Rest in Pain”, written by Harley Peyton and directed by Tina Rathborne. It’s the first episode without any direct Frosty Lynchness, but we do get plenty of time with the delightful Shakespearean insult machine that is Albert Rosenfield, and two iconic Bobby Briggs moments. Special guest Chris Brugos joins us to explore mysteries such as:

HOW can two perfectly terrific women be in love with Ed?
WHY doesn’t Donna wear that derby hat more often?
WHAT is up with that dumb Bookhouse Boys signal?
WHERE are Gersten and Harriet Hayward?

PLUS: James, WHO?

Grab your best funeral garb and join us!

Listen to RWS Episode 4 here!

Paid in Puke S6E6: Mulholland Dr

Baxter’s in her dream place talking about David Lynch’s 2001 surreal Hollywood Noir, Mulholland Dr, starring Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring. We do our best to explain what it all means, and marvel at Naomi Watt’s myriad acting talents.

On the Lunchtime Poll, we tell of dreams that bled into our waking lives. 

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PS: This seems as good as time as any to mention that Baxter and Annie have a Twin Peaks podcast called Really Weird Stuff, available on our website and wherever you get your podcasts!

Film Review: When Today Ends

When Today Ends


Michael Leoni wrote and directed When Today Ends, a docu-style drama presented as found footage from four teens who turned to social media to combat their depression. As we follow them through their days, we start to see darkness under their smiley internet personas and rehearsed affirmations. The meaning behind the title begins to take shape. These are the faces of suicidal kids who won’t make it through the day. Leoni’s narrative feature debut is a powerful missive on a far-too-invisible mental health crisis. It’s the sort of film that should be shown in schools, if only the schools weren’t part of the problem. 

The one thing I wish Leoni had done was include a kid who really did seem to have everything but was still struggling internally. Suicidal depression can manifest even in kids who aren’t being beaten every day or berated at home. But the kids we do meet are fully formed, unique souls with fears, wants, and voices all their own. There’s Jenna (Jacqui Veni), a smart and kind college student whose persona of perfection is also her biggest stressor. There’s James (Derek Breezee), a hockey champ who doesn’t understand why the rest of his team has it in for him. Nicole (Gavin Leatherwood) is a trans girl trapped in a dangerously conservative community who must hide her true self from peers and family alike for her own safety. Megan (Angel Guadalupe) is a high school student who feels invisible until she takes drastic steps to be seen.

Leoni uses a “curated media” motif to legitimize a story shot entirely on cell phone. And it mostly works. Despite the low-budget feel of the production, the performances are all outstanding. The actors understand their characters in a very holistic way. They are fully-formed people who really feel like they’re only a comment away from interacting with you. Sometimes it gets so real that it’s almost voyeuristic but you’re so invested in their well-being that you are compelled to stick around. The bad news is that the kids aren’t alright. Not by a longshot. 

It’s about time we as a society started showing some goddamned empathy for teenagers. Even without the pressures the kids face in When Today Ends, there just isn’t a teen out there truly having a good time. The high school curriculum is challenging. They’re tired all the time because they’re hormonal and their bodies are still growing. Teens are basically expected to work a full-time job with extracurriculars and then do homework, all while deciding whether or not they want to go to college, and if so, where, and what will they study and can they even afford it? If they have crushes or best friend drama or bullies or siblings, that just adds to the pile. They’re so busy and under insane amounts of pressure and then grownups get mad at them for being sleepy. That’s the BEST base scenario for being a teenager. What if your parents are in the midst of a messy divorce or a close family member is sick, or your family can’t always afford food, or you’re being bullied and you don’t even understand why, or you’re trans and your parents are scary Christians? Suicide is never the answer, but you can start to see why it might seem appealing to many kids. Especially when their parents or teachers blame them for their problems or worse, ARE the problem. 

On a personal note, this movie made me realize how awful a punishment it is to take a teen’s phone away. Grounding them is one thing. But isolating them from their peers, when they already feel so painfully alone most of the time is a next level cruel. I like that When Today Ends doesn’t paint social media as the problem but rather as a tool to combat the problem. Yes, it can be misused but is mostly very positive and even a reason that some teens have lasted this long. 

When Today Ends is currently streaming on multiple platforms.