I am totally 'tevs on the cult of Twin Peaks (had it's moments the first go 'round), but this pc over on Grantland for the the 20th anniversary of fire walk wiff me is great top to bottom and, also, funny:
"Cut to the WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS sign, as seen in the opening credits of the TV show. It's one year later; Laura Palmer is spooning coke up her nose before homeroom and generally coming undone, after facing years of debasement at the hands of an evil spirit she knows only as "BOB." Lee, who managed to thoroughly haunt the TV series, is wrenching and phenomenal as the living Laura. Greil Marcus called her work "the most bottomless female film performance of the latter days of the twentieth century — the most extreme, the most dangerous," and he's not wrong. She's playing a child who tries to protect herself by co-opting a language of cruelty and sexual intimidation, bent on destroying her own innocence before BOB can, a lost little girl pinballing between abject despair, femme-fatale tough talk, canny seductiveness, and just straight-up being a monster. Lee is playing a vast range of stereotypes and archetypes here, all of which still seem to have sprung convincingly from one character's soul; this is, among other things, one of the bleakest, cruelest movie about teenage self-actualization ever made."