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Noel Murray

Noel Murray
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 10 (TV Episode) In a series that's been about changing times, it's remarkable how deftly Lynch uses the quality of the image itself to illustrate a world becoming shadier, starker and -- in every way -- more gray.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 9 (TV Episode) After the trippy flashbacks of Episode 8 (and a week off for the holiday), this was a return to "normal" ... inasmuch as that term ever applies to this show.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 8 (TV Episode) It's better to take it in as an experience: to be awed by the beauty of the pictures and stunned by the inventiveness and passion with which Lynch distorts and destroys them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
71% Fargo: Season 3 - Somebody to Love (TV Episode) The finale episode -- "Somebody to Love" -- was a terrific capper to another strong year, even if it didn't close all of the season's narrative loops.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
95% GLOW: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The show quickly develops into a rich period-piece, using actual wrestling history and culture as the staging ground for stories about ladies of varying shapes, sizes, colors, and social backgrounds.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
92% Fargo: Season 3 - Aporia (TV Episode) This season has made that abundantly clear, with all its kleptocrats, lawless goons and insidious fake news. But this show's also proving that, with a little compassion and persistence, nothing's ever beyond repair.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
A- No Score Yet 30 for 30: Season 6 - Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies (Part 1) (TV Episode) This isn't just another documentary about how everyone was talking about Bird and Magic in the '80s. It's about what they were saying -- and what they meant‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 6 (TV Episode) "Part 6" cuts deep into some of the central "Twin Peaks" themes, using shocking violence and multiple interludes of Lynch's dark industrial hum to help depict a culture of corruption and distraction, poisoned from the inside.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
83% Fargo: Season 3 - Who Rules the Land of Denial? (TV Episode) The last half of "Who Rules the Land of Denial?" is mildly disappointing. But that's mainly because the first half is Fargo at its best, thanks to multiple boffo action/suspense sequences and not one but two wonderful, and wonderfully weird, returns.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 4 (TV Episode) It's been surprising so far how emotionally affecting this new Twin Peaks is.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 3 (TV Episode) This episode is wondrously confounding, even on a literal "How did they do that?" level.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 2 (TV Episode) The truth is I have no idea what it's supposed to be, and I couldn't promise that Frost and Lynch will ever explain it. Whether they do or not though, it's lovely to look at and sickly compelling. So far, so's this show.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 1 (TV Episode) Two hours in, the third season is already perplexing, unsettling and potentially addicting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 5 (TV Episode) Even with two weeks of practice, we're still getting used to how to watch these new Twin Peaks episodes. Until the pieces come together (assuming they ever do), the best way to process this show may be one scene or even one image at a time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Fargo: Season 3 - The Law of Inevitability (TV Episode) "The Law of Inevitability" picks up where the previous hour left off, and is somehow even more wrenching. It's a sick ride, from start to finish.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother) (TV Episode) From the start, one thing that's set The Leftovers apart from other TV dramas is that it rarely wastes a minute of airtime.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
100% Fargo: Season 3 - The Lord of No Mercy (TV Episode) "The Lord of No Mercy" continues this season's uncomfortably relevant inquiries into how our world is secretly controlled by cynics who manipulate what we believe. But this was also a refreshingly action-packed episode.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B+ 92% Better Call Saul: Season 3 - Expenses (TV Episode) While it's tempting to wish that more happened in "Expenses" -- especially given that it's coming on the heels of last week's equally sedate, piece-moving "Off Brand" -- there are signs throughout this hour that the show's gearing up for a big finish.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - Certified (TV Episode) Kevin Garvey, Jr. and his friends and family -- and, possibly, Lindelof and Perrotta -- are feeling no small sense of urgency, as well as the impulse to do something significant with the time they have left.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
67% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Laura's Secret Diary (TV Episode) "Laura's Secret Diary" is more of a piece-mover, advancing three major plot lines.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - Cooper's Dreams (TV Episode) It would have been easy for first-time viewers to assume that all of this was leading somewhere. But for the people making the show, the early stages of Twin Peaks seemed to be more about playing with the toys they had created.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
No Score Yet Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Variations on Relations (TV Episode) It's all very hard to take seriously.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
40% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - The Black Widow (TV Episode) [When Cooper is] flipping a coin to choose between two properties to investigate, the coin rolls onto the file for Dead Dog Farm. This is what staying open to the universe's signs and portents can do.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
50% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Dispute Between Brothers (TV Episode) With the Palmer plot effectively over (aside from the lingering threat of Bob), Season 2 immediately starts introducing and beefing up multiple story lines.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
60% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Checkmate (TV Episode) The death of Leland Palmer in the ninth episode of Season 2 concluded the most significant story line of the first season, but it left a few lingering threads untied.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
20% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Slaves and Masters (TV Episode) The wily "master of disguise" and former G-man Windom Earle is either the supervillain that Twin Peaks needed after Bob's retreat, or he's a gross miscalculation by the show's writers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
80% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Wounds and Scars (TV Episode) Graham makes her debut in "Wounds and Scars," playing Norma's sister Annie, an ex-nun who immediately captivates Agent Cooper with her sweet disposition and hidden sorrow.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
67% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Drive with a Dead Girl (TV Episode) Viewers get to spend a few more disquieting moments with a grinning, singing Mr. Palmer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
50% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Masked Ball (TV Episode) [Duchovny] does make an impression, and there's a nascent progressiveness to the way that Denise is presented as a courageous agent who keeps an open mind about Cooper's Canada escapade.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
83% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Arbitrary Law (TV Episode) On the whole though, "Arbitrary Law" is better than most of what comes next in Season 2, if only because it still highlights the grace and charisma of Ray Wise.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
83% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Beyond Life and Death (TV Episode) It's true that the second season was wildly erratic. But the one constant throughout Twin Peaks was that whenever Lynch was sitting in the director's chair, he produced singularly stunning TV.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - On the Wings of Love (TV Episode) David Lynch may have slacked on his creative responsibilities toward the end of the second season of Twin Peaks, but he brings a lot of life to the show with his performance as Cole.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - The Path to the Black Lodge (TV Episode) For all the missteps and misjudgments made by the Twin Peaks creative team in Season 2, it understood what it had in the soulful, eloquent Maj. Briggs (and in Don S. Davis, the actor who played him).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Miss Twin Peaks (TV Episode) It's hard to think of Twin Peaks in terms of "best episodes" and "worst episodes" because it's all so interconnected, but it's a minor miracle that the Season 2 finale is as good as it is.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
60% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Double Play (TV Episode) The title of this episode doesn't specifically refer to Ben Horne and Leo Johnson, but it works as a way of framing the arcs of these two characters, who both go through significant transitions in this hour.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
40% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - The Condemned Woman (TV Episode) Neither Frost, Lynch nor their writing staff could figure out what else to do with Josie Packard.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Lonely Souls (TV Episode) On the whole this episode delivers closure in a way that's satisfying dramatically while retaining plenty of Lynchian perversity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Demons (TV Episode) Just as season one starts to intensify and build narrative momentum in its penultimate episode, so the chapter before the big reveal of Laura's murderer is a busy one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - The Last Evening (TV Episode) Twin Peaks ended its first abbreviated eight-episode run on a strong note, with the promise of plenty of plot still left to unfold.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
67% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - The Orchid's Curse (TV Episode) Donna's "good girl with wicked desires" character arc isn't as flashy as that of some of this show's other women, but in some ways it is the most relatable because she is so "normal."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
83% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - The Man Behind the Glass (TV Episode) This episode is most notable for introducing two of the season's more entertaining new characters.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - Coma (TV Episode) Twin Peaks produced a number of episodes that '90s TV obsessives still talk about. Coma isn't one of those, which is a shame, because it may be the "purest" hour of "Twin Peaks -- and quite possibly the finest.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
83% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - Realization Time (TV Episode) That's a lot to follow in terms of plot. But this is also a show that traffics in unforgettable images, and one of the strongest appears in this episode.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 2 - May the Giant Be with You (TV Episode) Conventional wisdom also says that Twin Peaks went into a steep creative decline in the second season, but that's inaccurate -- at least early on.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
83% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - The One-Armed Man (TV Episode) [Director Tim] Hunter brings a different kind of style to the show, keeping Lynch's static, portrait-like shots but adding the occasional tilted or split frame.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - Rest in Pain (TV Episode) Always in this town, everyone seems to be on the brink of dropping any pretense of civility.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer (TV Episode) Though it is best known for the way it ends, this defining episode of Twin Peaks is packed with many wonderments.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - Traces to Nowhere (TV Episode) Episode 2 is notable for how quickly and strongly it ramps up the absurdist comedy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: Season 1 - Pilot Episode (TV Episode) If you haven't watched the pilot in a while, know this: It's still about as effective an opening salvo as TV has ever produced.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World (TV Episode) One of the consistent pleasures of Matt-centric episodes is watching Christopher Eccleston play a character who from moment to moment ranges from unsympathetically mule-headed to unfairly abused.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017