Watch Naomi Watts do something besides yell “Dougie” with this primer on global slang

Naomi Watts is one of the shining lights of the new season of Twin Peaks, finding unexpected dimensions within a trite suburbanite house-wife archetype and tirelessly innovating new ways to say the name “Dougie.” Seriously: At least 70 percent of her lines include her tearing into that stupid name, and killing it…

The A.V. Club to Dale Cooper: “You have to wake up”

There are currently two Dale Coopers on Twin Peaks. One is a demon using Coop’s body as a lantern-jawed vessel for sowing chaos and misery in the mortal realm; the other is inching ever so slowly (as is the wont of new Peaks) toward consciousness and interpersonal interactions that go beyond toddler-like mimicry.

Twin Peaks turns nostalgia and garmonbozia up to the max, for good or ill

In “The Return, Part 3,” exasperated as Lucy and Andy get sidetracked by seemingly irrelevant evidence, Hawk blurts out, “It’s not about the bunny!” After a beat, he second-guesses himself, asking “… is it about the bunny? No! It’s not about the bunny.” The conference room’s adorable doughnut disturb sign…

With Chuck, the boxer who inspired Rocky gets his own corny redemption story

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There really was a Rocky Balboa. Well, sort of. His name was Chuck Wepner, and when he wasn’t throwing punches in the ring, he sold liquor in New Jersey. In the mid-’70s, the “Bayonne Bleeder,” so nick-named for his habit of absorbing a lot of blows to the face, was at the right weight at the right time to score an…

It’s a small eternity before Shut In delivers anything resembling a thrill

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A thriller that takes a long time to get even remotely thrilling, Shut In spends much of its first half assembling elements that do, at least, inspire curiosity about just how they’ll combine to create havoc. A brief prologue sees clinical psychologist Mary Portman (Naomi Watts) bid farewell to her husband, who’s…

Matthew McConaughey gets lost in Gus Van Sant’s deathly dull Sea Of Trees

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The screenplay for The Sea Of Trees, penned by Chris Sparling (Buried), is one of those narrative Rube Goldberg machines where everything falls into place in the unlikeliest, corniest, and worst possible way. Its protagonist is Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), a science adjunct who buys a one-way ticket to Japan…

Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are making a Hamlet retelling called Ophelia

Though she didn’t get cast as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot, The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley is making up for it by signing on to play a similarly iconic character in Ophelia, a YA-friendly retelling of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The movie will be an adaptation of Lisa Klein’s 2006 book of the same name,…