Twin Peaks: The Return (d. David Lynch)
While I am not adding it into my official top 10, I just had to make a mention of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return”, which is more than a mini-series, it’s a triumphant cinematic piece of art. It’s been labeled a long 18-hour film that is meant to be watched, discussed, and processed in small doses instead of being binged. Anyone looking for concrete answers and conclusions will find it frustrating, others willing to go on the journey will find it hypnotic, rewarding, and profound. The last 2 episodes of the series explored the literal forces of good vs evil, yet Lynch opened up a lot of complex metaphors and fascinating questions on time, space, fate, and determinism for the series as a whole. Even if we’re liberated and spared from evil forces, are some of us doomed no matter what? Are some of us destined to be self-destructive? Reflecting back at much of the series, it explored how one tragedy or misstep can lead to much more suffering and agonies for many, and that humanity and communities are all connected by certain chain reactions for years and even decades after. While good triumphs over evil, and the awful realities that occurred are left reinvented, or rather remade and re-winded, David Lynch along with co-writer Mark Frost refuses to wrap everything up in a pretty bow. Lynch asks some fascinating and metaphysical questions that generate great after thoughts. Despite what anyone thinks of the conclusion, just look deep into these questions Lynch has raised. All around this is one ambitious work of art, a work of art that defies the label of being called “mini-series”, or “a long movie”. All around “Twin Peaks: The Return” is a towering artistic achievement that is the true cinematic achievement of 2017.