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David Lynch is a working journalist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently a web producer for KOB-TV in Albuquerque, where he helps to manage the station’s social media feeds, website and digital content, as well as working with reporters on breaking news. David attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he majored in multimedia journalism, minored in Spanish and received a distinction from the UNM Honor’s College. Outside of work, David enjoys watching movies (and writing the occasional review), watching baseball, running, reading and seeing new places. David can be followed on Twitter at @RealDavidLynch, or on his Facebook page.

Review: In ‘Juliet, Naked,’ a delightful (if unfinished) updating of the love triangle trope

We all have idols. Human monuments – whether in the public’s consciousness or merely our own individual headspaces – who we venerate in blogs or by internal means.

But in those obsessions, do we ever stop to monitor ourselves, and consider how we believe they influence the world don’t mirror how they perceive themselves? Have we ever thought about what we’d say if we ever met them, or worse, if they alleged our perceptions are off-target?

That’s one of a few simultaneously interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts explored in Jesse Peretz’s “Juliet, Naked.” It’s also arguably its most interesting, interweaving adoration and comically exaggerated (or perhaps not?) reverence, though the one Peretz spends the least amount of time deconstructing.

Still, that doesn’t stop the director from offering a charming breeze of a romantic-comedy, one buoyed by its three delightfully eccentric leads who find themselves in the same stages of middle-aged life with varying degrees of accepting the fact.

In small-town England, we meet Annie and Duncan (Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd, respectively) a couple stuck in a quagmire of a relationship 15 years in. That’s thanks in no small part to Duncan’s real partner being his ever-growing obsession with Ethan Hawke’s Tucker Crowe, an American has-been musician who Duncan studies with as much ferocity as he can muster.

In a reality that confounds him, Duncan finds himself compensating for the lack of love the rest of the world seems to share, worshipping a rock star that’s more on par with a forgettable one-hit wonder than Tom Petty.

Annie, suffice to say, is increasingly put off by Duncan’s teenage-like infatuation, to the point of developing her own annoyance-fueled opinions of Tucker Crowe (in this world, only mentioning the man by his full name will do). If anything, her frustration is understated; Duncan will be quicker to jump on his blog to review new versions of decades-old Tucker Crowe songs before sharing that intimacy with Annie while they watch movies from couches on opposite sides of the room.

But at this point in her life, she finds it easier to endure than to begin again.

Soon, though, in a serendipitous connection, Annie and Tucker Crowe start corresponding via email from across the Atlantic. Their pen-pal’ing is one fewer standard deviation from being an affair when the washed-up Tucker flies to England and meets Annie, at the same time greeting the arrival of his grandson.

At the same time, Duncan begins to move on from his relationship with Annie in his own ways, and, before long, a love triangle of a new caliber emerges – one of a much more whimsical kind, with incredulity at its core where infatuation would normally reside.

The ensuring tug-of-war is an endearing one, one made more complex by the factor of fame and unexpected sparks.

For all the archetypes the rom-com genre is perpetually in danger of falling into, “Juliet, Naked” stands out by being remarkably fleet-footed, perhaps a bit too much so. The film’s team of writers (three of them, according to IMDB) execute their updating of the love triangle dilemma to hilarious and more-or-less believable ends, using its strong cast as the ticket to an appropriately enjoyable 90 minutes in the theater.

Byrne is easily sympathetic as Annie, bouncing between romantic hopelessness and profane exasperation on a level that’s fewer notches below her turn in the “Neighbors” films as you might expect. 2018 continues to be a stellar year for Hawke, the graciously gruff Tucker attempting to work on the things that matter the most in life.

O’Dowd might be the standout of the bunch, embracing his outlandishness as a foil to his idol’s comparatively collected knowledge of where he is in life. O’Dowd’s is a performance not as nuanced as his costars, and certainly Duncan is easier to condemn, but it’s hard to look past the roots of his vulnerability.

The script works to each actors’ strengths, to be sure. As the story unfolds and becomes an at-times unflinching reminiscing over missed opportunities and pessimistic outlooks, it remains hopeful in its prognosis, while Byrne, Hawke and O’Dowd stay the course for their respective characters and their problems. That being said, “Juliet, Naked” speeds toward a bit of an untidy finish, and another 15 minutes or so would have been welcomed so as to see where our trio ultimately ends up, despite there admittedly being enough clues for us to form our own conclusions.

Perhaps the screenplay’s greatest victory is in using the fantastical notion of meeting an aging musician as an avenue to much more universal themes, including parentage and making up for lost time and lost relationships. It’s never too late to begin again, “Juliet, Naked” teaches us, and not just when it comes to our dreams.

Peretz’s direction ensures that the film’s beating heart is uncovered with the appropriate mixture of tenderness and amusement. At the same time, he makes an admirable, though unvarnished, attempt at connecting the understated majesty of unfinished songs to relationships lacking in their legitimacy. What are demos to chart-topping tunes rooted in heartbreak if not an attempt to reconcile with our pasts, to construct fulfillment from despair?

Perhaps “Juliet, Naked’s” real message – coated in all its zaniness – is that our autobiographical melodies sound most beautiful when they’re formed from rubble.

 

 

“Juliet, Naked” is rated R for language

Starring: Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd, Ethan Hawke

Directed by Jesse Peretz

2018

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Sunspot observatory to reopen following mysterious closure

David Lynch
September 16, 2018 
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/sunspot-observatory-to-reopen-following-mysterious-closure/5072677/?cat=500

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After mysterious circumstances closed the Sunspot Solar Observatory in southeast New Mexico on Sept. 6 – prompting conspiracy theories of close encounters and men in black suits – it was announced over the weekend that the facility will “transition back to regular operations” on Monday.

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Review: Chaos and authority clash in surreal ‘Madeline’s Madeline’

There’s a common misconception about filmmaking 18 years into the century which the exceptionally bold “Madeline’s Madeline” seeks to destroy: That films have to guide the audience through its thoughts and preconceptions.

Most of the time that hand-holding results in muted climaxes, or worse—the all-important “missing of the point.” That’s fine and all in a Hollywoodscape where directors insist moviegoers on forming their own conclusions as they leave the theater (or close the Netflix app), but writer-director Josephine Decker’s ostensibly small, but monumental, film blasts that atavistic notion to oblivion. Continue reading →

Our Backstory, Season 1: The history and consequences of priest abuse in New Mexico

Trailer: Welcome to “Our Backstory”

From KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our investigative team examines, discusses and reports on topics with relevance not only in our state, but across all 50. These are the extra details, extra soundbites and extra tidbits of information that may not have fit into our TV coverage, straight into your ears.

For the latest news from KOB, visit our website.

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Episode 1: A grain in the sands of abuse

For years, abuse by Catholic clergy in one northern New Mexico archdiocese was rampant. We talked to two survivors about their experiences, and confront one of those former priests themselves.

For KOB 4’s original report on Sabine Griego and his victims, click here.

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Episode 2: The court battle

Before reporting on the crisis of priest abuse in New Mexico, we went to court to fight for the unsealing of documents that would become the bedrock of our reporting. An Albuquerque attorney joins us for a discussion on that legal fight.

For more on KOB 4’s court fight, as well as links to other reports in this series on KOB.com, click here.

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Episode 3: An isolated hell – Part 1

In the first of this two-part report, we travel to a town that is small even for New Mexico, and to a lonely abandoned building where unchecked sexual abuse by one man was rampant over 40 years ago.

For KOB 4’s original report on Hacienda de los Muchachos, click here.

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Episode 4: An isolated hell – Part 2

In the second part of this two-part report, we return to the lonely town of Farley, New Mexico, where dozens of boys were abused at an isolated ranch-turned-isolated hell. What, and who, brought an end to it?

For KOB 4’s original report on Hacienda de los Muchachos, click here.

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Episode 5: Not a pedophile, not a priest

In an act of good faith to try and repair its trust with the public, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in late 2017 released a list of what it referred to as 74 credibly accused priests.

A few months later, a pair of lawsuits allege that the list is inaccurate.

For KOB’s original report on this story, click here.

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Episode 6: Who’s to blame?

Hundreds of abused boys and girls swells to hundreds of thousands when you examine the clergy abuse crisis on a national scale. Many of the factors that led to priest abuse in New Mexico parallel trends across the country, and even around the world.

On this series finale of Our Backstory, we talk to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests about the ongoing fight to hold the right people accountable, as well as why a culture change is needed as much as a legal one.

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Organizers offer refunds, tickets to 2019 Zozobra for those left outside park after ‘miscommunications’

David Lynch
September 03, 2018
Link to original story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/zozobra-organizers-offering-refunds-tickets-to-2019-event-for-those-left-outside-park-after-miscommunications/5055703/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two days after hundreds of hopeful Zozobra attendees were stuck outside Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe when Old Man Gloom went up in flames, event officials in a statement said miscommunication was to blame for congested entry points, and they were implementing a plan to give refunds to those left outside. Continue reading →

Gunfire heard ‘on a regular basis’ from property where kids, child abductor found

David Lynch
August 17, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/gunfire-heard-from-property-where-kids-child-abductor-found-on-a-regular-basis/5018597/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Documents obtained by KOB indicate that law enforcement in northern New Mexico knew that several adults and children were living at a makeshift compound just a few miles south of the Colorado-New Mexico border.

For exactly how long authorities knew about the compound’s occupants is unknown, but gunfire could be heard “from the property on a regular basis,” according to a search warrant sworn out by Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe and executed this week. In Hogrefe’s account of the site, he describes “what appears to be a shooting range” along one side.  Continue reading →

Albuquerque marred by three deadly shootings in 12 hours

David Lynch
July 29, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-marred-by-three-deadly-shootings-in-12-hours-/5009195/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The weekend began on bloody terms for the Duke City, as several Albuquerque Police investigations sprouted from three deadly shootings on Saturday and early Sunday.

All three incidents unfolded over the span of about 12 hours, resulting in three dead victims, and at least one still recovering in the hospital from her wounds.

At around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a double shooting at the Giant gas station at San Mateo and Menaul in northeast Albuquerque. According to APD Officer Daren Deaguero, investigators believe an unidentified man shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. Continue reading →

Investigation finds ‘probable cause’ NM representative violated Anti-Harassment Policy

David Lynch
July 28, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/investigation-finds-probable-cause-new-mexico-rep-violated-anti-harassment-policy/5007962/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Formal discipline may be coming for State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D) after an investigative subcommittee found “probable cause” on allegations of sexual harassment against a lobbyist while they collaborated on legislation in 2014.

The subcommittee’s findings were outlined in a report released Saturday, in which it stated there was probable cause the New Mexico representative – in office since 2013 – violated certain portions of the Legislature’s recently overhauled Anti-Harassment Policy. The subcommittee also recommended that a formal hearing be pursued. Continue reading →

APD investigating multiple violent incidents in east Albuquerque

David Lynch
July 24, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/apd-investigating-multiple-violent-incidents-in-east-albuquerque-monday-evening/5000794/

ALBUQUERQUE. N.M. – Albuquerque Police say they are investigating multiple violent incidents Monday evening in the eastern part of the city, including a deadly triple stabbing near Gibson and San Mateo.

One unidentified victim is in critical condition following that incident at Eastern and Palomas in southeast Albuquerque. The conditions of the two other victims are not yet known, but APD says they do have a suspect in custody. Continue reading →

‘It’s on’: Bank robbery suspect shot at officers during pursuit that ended with fatal Smith’s shooting

David Lynch
June 28, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/its-on-bank-robbery-suspect-shot-at-officer-during-pursuit-that-ended-with-fatal-smiths-shooting/4967947/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque Police say concern for the public and a chaotic car pursuit involving gunfire factored into an APD officer’s decision to fire rounds at a chronic bank robbery suspect earlier this month in southeast Albuquerque.

47-year-old Richard Rivera – who had a criminal history dating back to 1995 – died when a veteran APD officer shot at him in the parking lot of Smith’s at Coal and Yale on June 16, APD Lt. Ray Del Greco said at a Thursday morning press conference.

It was the culmination of a vehicle pursuit that began when Rivera and 39-year-old Jennifer Rael held up a Verizon store in northeast Albuquerque—the pair’s third armed robbery in less than a week, Del Greco said.

Del Greco said police were able to track the pair, in a stolen U-Haul van, not far from where the Verizon store is located. Rael told investigators the pursuit began after Rivera turned to her and said “It’s on” before pulling out a firearm.

The subsequent chase involved Rivera firing so many rounds at officers that Rael told investigators “she couldn’t keep count,” Del Greco said.

When a spike strip deployed by APD failed to stop the van, they attempted two pit maneuvers. After the first attempt, lapel video shows the officer firing five rounds at the van.

The pursuit continued briefly before the van was finally stopped at the Smith’s parking lot, after the third pit maneuver. The officer can be seen in lapel video leaving his cruiser, pursuing Rivera on foot while yelling at him to stop and then firing six shots as Rivera approached the Smith’s entrance.

Surveillance camera footage shows Rivera turning back to look at the officer and reaching for his right hip before the shots are fired.

“He was afraid Mr. Rivera was going to either shoot him, an innocent bystander in the parking lot or someone inside the Smith’s store,” Del Greco said, adding multiple witnesses told investigators they heard Rivera say twice that he had a gun.

Rivera died at the scene after attempts by officers to revive him were unsuccessful. Rael, meanwhile, was taken into custody.

Police later searched the van, where Del Greco said they found a cell phone taken from the earlier Verizon store robbery, a gun legally bought by Rael for Rivera earlier in the month, and empty shell casings.