It's the inevitable and long-awaited DAVID LYNCH POLL

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I mean, unless you've read the book or seen the movie a dozen times, both of which I have done. :)

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ranked:

The Elephant Man
Twin Peaks Pilot/Twin Peaks Season 1
Blue Velvet
Mulholland Drive
The Straight Story
Lost Highway
Eraserhead
Twin Peaks Season 2
On The Air
Wild At Heart
Inland Empire
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Dune

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

mulholland drive in a landslide (deservedly)

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

Actually I think there is one other thing I am missing. Some three part hotel thing also written by Barry Gifford. It was meh.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

FUCK

sexyDancer, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Wild at Heart needs some love, too.

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

My memory may also be too kind on the On The Air.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Wild At Heart's pretty clunky though.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah Alex the hotel thing is bad - Crispin Glover's in one segment. Never understood Gifford's appeal.

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Drive will win, but it's not his best. For me, it's between INLAND EMPIRE and Blue Velvet.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

I don't get the Inland Empire love at all.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah its technically impossible for it to be better than mulholland dr

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

mulholland drive
blue velvet
eraserhead
inland empire
elephant man
wild at heart
tp:fwwm
straight story
lost highway
dune

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

yah

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Drive, followed by Blue Velvet

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

inland empire
eraserhead
elephant man
mulholland drive
straight story
lost highway
dune
blue velvet
wild at heart

Haven't seen Fire Walk With Me. Need to rewatch Dune, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet (hated that one but everyone seems to love it). I can live without seeing Wild At Heart again really.

Matt #2, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Drive, followed by Blue Velvet

yeah, I settled on that finally, too

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

mullholland dr is an insanely overrated movie.

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Monday, 20 August 2007 21:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

impossibe

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

a thread about lynch would be disappointing without totally different and in fact opposite opinions

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

If MD is overrated, life is overrated.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

I expect someone to defend the touching humanity in Wild at Heart.

(xpost)

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Dr. = one dream, a somewhat entertaining middle section, an ok atmosphere, a few GREAT scenes
Inland Empire = like four different worlds, all somehow intertwined (God knows how), that all work together to entertain you for over three hours...brilliant atmosphere, cool music scenes, fascinating stories that never drag, you can love it without understanding it...it's like Mulholland Dr. x 25.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

well that one guys head does go flying off xp

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

fascinating stories that never drag

uh

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

Blue Velvet
Mulholland Drive
INLAND EMPIRE
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Eraserhead
Wild at Heart
Dune
Lost Highway
The Straight Story
The Elephant Man

(but it's all real close) The essence of Twin Peaks is #1, though.

sexyDancer, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

Jeez, I'm waiting on my IE DVD from amazon so I feel like I shouldn't vote until I've seen it, but this closes in 3 days, so...Blue Velvet.

Mulholland Dr. I still would have liked to see as a series - if that was just the pilot with some added stuff, wow.

marmotwolof, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

fascinating is a bit wrong, yes. but definitely interesting

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

Corrected: that all work together badly to entertain bore the pants off you for over three hours what seems like eternity

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

mullholland dr is a perfectly good movie. it's just that claiming it's lynch's best work is completely bonkers insane in my opinion. tape store otm re: a few GREAT scenes, but quite frankly a significant portion of that movie feels like someone making a parody of lynch.

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Monday, 20 August 2007 21:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

everyone, these are the top four:

mulholland drive
blue velvet
eraserhead
inland empire

arrange 2-4 as you please

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

trying to imagine a parody of lynch that still didn't feel like lynch is a brain-twisting exercise

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

otm, he does it on purpose

sexyDancer, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Dr. is wayyyyy more boring than Inland Empire. After you watch it once or twice and figure out that it's a dream, do you really ever want to watch it again? I mean, apart from the tryout scene/"Llorando" clip(/lesbian make out sessions???), it's not THAT great/entertaining. I liked it quite a bit, i'm just turned off by the idea of it being considered Lynch's best work.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

^^^Yes, I realize that I just lost what little credibility that I had.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

I could watch the "real" last third of MD forever. Naomi Watts being rejected by girlfriend and Hollywood, condescended to at Hollywood parties by ghoulish Ann Murray eating walnuts, drinking bad coffee and masturbating in her apartment -- very painful.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

"After you watch it once or twice and figure out that it's a dream, do you really ever want to watch it again?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

mulholland drive has all the best lynchian symbolic, thematic etc potency while actually being cohesive (it doesnt seem like hes just being willfully strange) and one of the great performances ever from naomi watts.

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

There's duff stray bits that seem like stuff from the TV pilot (the conversation in the Denny's; Robert Forster), but, still, a remarkable salvage job.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

I voted for MD.

Jordan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

Twin Peaks
Blue Velvet
Eraserhead
Dune
RABBITS
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
The Straight Story
The Elephant Man
Mulholland Drive

Lost Highway

Inland Empire (mostly for the inclusion of RABBITS)
Wild at Heart

TP:FWWM is easily the worst though, right?

no!

, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

you cant really fuck with the rebekah del rio - llorando scene

chaki, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

actually I think Wild At Heart is probably the worst

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

"There's duff stray bits that seem like stuff from the TV pilot (the conversation in the Denny's; Robert Forster), but, still, a remarkable salvage job."

Agreed. This is why it's not #2 on my list.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Wild At Heart isn't the worst by virtue of the soundtrack and the crazy head blowing off scene.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

But yeah it's pretty bad.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

Eraserhead (1977)
Mulholland Drive (2001) / INLAND EMPIRE (2006)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Lost Highway (1997)
Dune (1984)

haven't quite worked out where I stand with inland empire. need to see it a few more times. eraserhead doesn't make sense anywhere else so it burbles to the top. blue velvet has some special significance for me, that *so* wrecked my head in '86.

it's great that lynch is currently in a second golden age.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

I loved wild at heart when it came out, saw it 3-4 times. it was such a daffy, off-the-wall cinema experience. it hasn't aged well, though.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

and the crazy head blowing off scene.

I don't even remember this scene!

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

i'd defend wild at heart as maybe "least appreciated" (although there are several candidates for that). for me it's the dividing line between his great movies and his varying-degrees-of-not-great movies (with wild at heart just on the side of "great"). i think it's kind of his airplane! -- a zillion jokes (not all of them "jokes", of course), with enough things that work to make up for all the ones that don't. lots of great scenes. the car crash in the desert with sherilynn fenn picking at her brain iis easily in my POX david lynch scenes.

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

word, Eraserhead is the shit

some dude, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

I had the chance to watch a restored print in March as part of the Miami Film Festival, and the audience was scared and amused at all the wrong moments. I still find it about ten minutes too long.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

all the RIGHT moments, I should say.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

what, if anything, would you say "Eraserhead" is about?

anarcho-misogynist puppies (DJP), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

An ugly man looking for love in a black and white world.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

sounds about right

lots of janitors have something to say (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

nightmares

the manarchist cookbook (Edward III), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

reconciling an overwhelming preoccupation with sexual desire and the responsibilities of fatherhood

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

alternately, a bunch of shit that passed through david lynch's head

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

philadelphia

the manarchist cookbook (Edward III), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's about how awful old radiators were.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

i always found it to be anti-children, in some way

like, I think Lynch had a kid around that type, and Eraserhead is just some nightmarish version of that , of suddenly becoming a father and losing so many of the things you treasured, or something? ok, i'm not really sure at all

frogbs, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

there's an extra on the eraserhead DVD of lynch talking about the making of the film at length, it's pretty entertaining + engrossing for what is basically 90 minutes of this

the manarchist cookbook (Edward III), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ninety minutes of Lynch discreetly away from the microphone.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

i could honestly listen to lynch rambling into an old-timey radio microphone all day

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

i wished his ranting on the inland empire dvd was as long as the movie itself

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lynch moves away from the microphone so he can breathe

anarcho-misogynist puppies (DJP), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

btw y'all

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think my favorite story from that doc is how lynch had a paper route while making eraserhead and iirc he solicited money to finish the film from the ppl he delivered to

the manarchist cookbook (Edward III), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ok, so speaking of Lynch DVDs - on the Short Films of Lynch DVD (and I think some other Lynch DVDs too) there's a "Calibrate Your Television" section where you're supposed to adjust the brightness of your set to the point where you can just see the "hidden image" on the screen.

So is my TV broken or is Lynch just fucking with me, because I can't see a thing no matter how bright I set it?

Godzilla vs. Rodan Rodannadanna (The Yellow Kid), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 19:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

best part of the eraserhead doc is his talking about finding a dead cat at an abandoned industrial site while scouting locations for eraserhead and submerging it in a pool of oil for safe keeping, then returning like nine months later and filming henry dredging it up (still there!) and poking it with a hanger. ha ha. such a card.

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 23:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

reconciling an overwhelming preoccupation with sexual desire and the responsibilities of fatherhood

― strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:08 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

it's about working a shit job in a dead-end town, living in a crummy apartment and having a bad relationship with a girl you don't really understand. you meet her parents and feel hideously uncomfortable. they're weird and serve you bad food. you desire other women but are also terrified of your desire. you dream pointlessly as a way of evading your situation and responsibilities. eventually you have a kid without wanting one, and you hate that, too.

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 23:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

duh, lol, that was SUPPOSED to be a response to this:

what, if anything, would you say "Eraserhead" is about?

― anarcho-misogynist puppies (DJP), Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:03 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 23:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

ranked order incl. major shorts/TV

Blue Velvet
The Grandmother
Eraserhead
Twin Peaks finale
Mulholland Dr.
Twin Peaks pilot
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Premonition Following An Evil Deed
Lost Highway
The Elephant Man
The Cowboy and the Frenchman
Dune
The Straight Story
Industrial Symphony No. 1
Wild at Heart

only thing i actively dislike is W@H.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 06:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh hai put inland empire in there after TP:FWWM

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 06:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 06:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Your order just about works for me except that I'm not super crazy about Blue Velvet. I mean, it's a good film, but it falls short as an expression of the Lynch that I love. Your top nine (inc. Inland) is otherwise pretty spot-on. The Grandmother is excellent.

SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is how I would rank them:

Lost Highway
Straight Story
Elephant Man
Lynch's Twin Peaks episodes
Mulholland Dr.
Blue Velvet
On the Air
Fire Walk with Me
Wild at Heart
Eraserhead
Inland Empire

Haven't seen Dune or any of the shorts. After a very good first 30 minutes, Inland Empire is a 2,5 hour snoozefest, and Eraserhead is a "film student film" with all the positive and negative things that implies. Everything else worth a watch, at the least.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 13:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't want to rank. I'll just continue telling everyone how gay I am for Inland Empire.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't want to rank. I'll just continue telling everyone ERASERHEAD

TERMAINTOR 2 (some dude), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

would the twin peaks series have won this if it had been included?

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 10 December 2012 01:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Rewatched half of Dune last night, god that movie is awesome.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 10 December 2012 01:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

dune is terrible. but i will pretty much drop everything to watch it any time it happens to be on tv.

the oral history of (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 10 December 2012 01:15 (1 year ago) Permalink


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