True Detective Season Two Has David Lynch Influence
As a huge fan of David Lynch and a growing fan of Nic Pizzolatto, writer of True Detective, I found the above article over at Slate an interesting read. A sample:
Some have already remarked on the fact that a street sign with the words “Mulholland Dr.” on it is prominently featured early on—indeed, there’s a big, fat close-up of it—in the first episode. Not only that, but the car passing by the sign in question is carrying the dead body of Ben Caspere, the city controller whose death sets off this season’s featured investigation, and the episode repeatedly cuts to its journey. In Mulholland Drive, the crash of the car in question set off the plot of thatmovie, and the film repeatedly cuts back to its journey. Also, we don’t know that the figure of Caspere is dead at first—he’s got sunglasses on and is sitting straight in the backseat, next to a not-entirely-un-Lynchian black crow mask, which of course will return in episode two.
My brother showed this to me today. It is a series of scenes from HBO’s Season 2 of True Detective. We laughed liked hyenas for the entire five minutes. Jet fucking black. I loved the fist season and this clip makes me want to see the second season like yesterday. It is an understatement to say there some really great lines. I’ve always liked Colin Farrell’s work, but he is entering a new land of sweetness here.
Vanity Fair recently put out a long form article on True Detective writer and creator Nic Pizzolatto. If you are interested in the show the article deals with his writing process and the background of how the show to be. I found it interesting that unlike a lot of TV series there is no writers room, that he doesn’t seem to like writing by consensus, and that he wrote the entire first season by himself. I was also happy to see that he is influenced by David Milch, whose series Deadwood, in my opinion, is the greatest TV series ever.
David Chase Analyzes the Sopranos Ending
In the above article David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, analyzes the last scene. Everyone that watched it remembers the controversy that it created at the time. I think this breakdown of it is really interesting, because it shows not only how a director thinks, but also how a storytelling medium can try to convey more than one thing at a time. Chase is referencing past works of music and film, referencing them, tying up his story, and trying to get the audience to reflect upon their lives all at one time.
Lawrence Wright On Scientology
Here is an author of Going Clear, a book on Scientology, about the religion and the upcoming documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Even though this author’s main focus is on Scientology, he says things that are relevant to other religions as well. What are people looking for when they become part of a religion? What makes people believe in something that may appear absurd to outsiders? What are things that a religion does to keep its members in line? The author speaks of the things that many religions share, but also what separates Scientology from those other religions as well.
This is an interview with the director and writer of Going Clear, the new HBO documentary coming out about Scientology. There are also some clips from the film. It’s a brief interview, but I think an interesting one. What interests me about this film, aside from the fact that something as strange as Scientology is interesting in and of itself, is that from what I’ve read, and from what they say in this interview, this film provides a window in belief and religion at large. Why do otherwise intelligent people believe in things which are just not credible?