Friday, October 17, 2014

Open David Lynch Thread

After writing about David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, I thought I would leave this post open for any comments on what you would consider his best work. I do not have many comment droppers, but you lurkers are invited to leave a quick suggestion or explanation for what you consider his best film or work. I have not seen everything he has done, but enough to be familiar with the probable works selected. 

I'll take your comments and paste them into the blog entry with your name to identify your choice. 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I liked the one with one with that old guy... what was it called? Lawnmower Man?

With the thoughts you'd be thinkin said...

The Straight Story? But my personal favourite is Eraserhead

peterike said...

I had to visit IMDB to even remember what the hell Lynch did. I guess I have seen some of this stuff.

I always found "Blue Velvet" to be a vile piece of consummate stupidity. "Dune" is a laughable mess (though an excellent book). "Twin Peaks" just more idiocy. There's nothing whatsoever "creative" in his mish-mash storylines that simply circle the drain forever before mercifully disappearing. Far too many people confuse incoherence with creativity, ineptitude with originality.

I think I enjoyed "Eraserhead" as a teenager, but haven't seen it since. But then, Lynch's sensibility is entirely adolescent. All the "gee whiz" attitude towards stuff he simply doesn't realize is nothing but rot.

He's one of those people that makes me think I should have been a film director because I could put out mountains of dreck and still be rich and famous.

nikcrit said...

@peterike,

whoa! rather scathing dismissal of david lynch. I know many film buffs who get impatient with lynch's cryptic-ness, but he's a solidly major talent; there's a lot going on in his films, though some just don't have the faculty, interest nor patience to be availed it.

Blue Velvet was an ensemble of great cariactures; people still dress up as 'Frank Booth' on Halloween; that movie featured one of his special talents: profoundly dark wit that in moments breaks into pure hysteria.
To the uninitiated, i would recommend 'lost highway;' though still fantastical and dreamlike in moments, it's more or less a straight-ahead narrative with the moments in which it's not straight-ahead clearly introduced and set-up...... Good performances by patricia arquette and william pulliam (sp?); also, memorable and hilarious cameo by robert blake.

nikcrit said...

@peterike,

whoa! rather scathing dismissal of david lynch. I know many film buffs who get impatient with lynch's cryptic-ness, but he's a solidly major talent; there's a lot going on in his films, though some just have neither the faculty nor interest nor patience to be availed it.

Blue Velvet was an ensemble of great cariactures; people still dress up as 'Frank Booth' on Halloween; that movie, as well as lynch in general, featured one of his special talents: profoundly dark wit that in moments is pure hysteria.
To the uninitiated, i would recommend 'lost highway;' though still fantastical and dreamlike in moments, it's more or less a straight-ahead narrative with the moments in which it's not straight-ahead clearly introduced and set-up-for...... Good performance by patricia arquette and william pulliam; also, memorable cameo by robert blake.

nikcrit said...

@peterike,

whoa! rather scathing dismissal of david lynch. I know many film buffs who get impatient with lynch's cryptic-ness, but he's a solidly major talent; there's a lot going on in his films, though some just have neither the faculty nor interest nor patience to be availed it.

Blue Velvet was an ensemble of great cariactures; people still dress up as 'Frank Booth' on Halloween; that movie, as well as lynch in general, featured one of his special talents: profoundly dark wit that in moments is pure hysteria.
To the uninitiated, i would recommend 'lost highway;' though still fantastical and dreamlike in moments, it's more or less a straight-ahead narrative with the moments in which it's not straight-ahead clearly introduced and set-up-for...... Good performance by patricia arquette and william pulliam; also, memorable cameo by robert blake.

peterike said...

Feh on "Blue Velvet." John Simon's withering take down is well worth a read. I hope the link below works. Scroll down a bit to see it.

Favorite comments if the link don't work: "How long has it been since an American movie has garnered a harvest of laurels like the one being heaped on a piece of mindless junk called Blue Velvet?" "The whole thing is pure swinish hogwash."

Simon makes a pretty compelling case that the entire movie is David Lynch's wish-fulfillment fantasy of sadomasochism, homosexuality, etc.


http://books.google.com/books?id=1qKqcD3VMi0C&pg=PA124&lpg=PA124&dq=john+simon+review+of+blue+velvet&source=bl&ots=ngqhgKhgr5&sig=7m9p8x9hNypIsx3zjpVucNKPTpk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gadCVJy5F4qNsQS8j4GYDA&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=john%20simon%20review%20of%20blue%20velvet&f=false

nikcrit said...

Simon makes a pretty compelling case that the entire movie is David Lynch's wish-fulfillment fantasy of sadomasochism, homosexuality, etc.

well, if that's true i can only say 'what a waste!' of a guy who was dating Isabella Rosselini at the time Blue Velvet came out.

MuadDib said...

Number one is Dune, number two is the first season of Twin Peaks.

peterike said...

Nikcrit muh man! Some time back you asked me about some Joan Armatrading songs and I never got back.

I would just start with the "20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection," which is on Spotify.It's a good best of.

If you'd rather hear a full album, then definitely "Me, Myself, I." In fact, on consideration, I'd listen to that. It's a great pop album. Shows her at her savvy pop best (the title track) and the emotional side of her ("Turn Out the Light," "I Need You").

But if you want to listen to only one of her songs, listen to "The Weakness in Me," probably in my top 20 songs of all time. It's a staggering depiction of a woman in love with two men, and the conflict it causes. Just brilliant, and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Wild at Heart edges out over Blue Velvet for me, thought 20 years ago it would be the other way around.

Dune was a brave attempt but it's an appendix to the book.

Anonymous said...

Returning with a serious answer...

While The Straight Story was a good one, I think The Elephant Man was his best film. And everyone forgets about it, even myself

hughdecroft said...

Definitely Twin Peaks. In addition to all of its other merits, it was a masterful piece of world-building strictly from a physical standpoint. The various sets and locations weren't just places; they became characters in the story. The Great Northern, the Double R Diner, the Roadhouse, the Hayward and Palmer houses, One Eyed Jacks--they were all much more than backdrops for the story.

I also have to acknowledge the contribution of the soundtrack--the show and the music are inseparable. The best example of the combined power of the story, characters, settings, and music is the scene in the Roadhouse on the night of Maddy Ferguson's murder. That's Lynch's finest creative moment.