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

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My teenage son is getting very into Lynch. Mostly Twin Peaks, but we watched Eraserhead together over the weekend; his first time, my dozenth or so. Hadn't seen it in many years, but it still resonates with me. Hypnotic, disturbing, yet often extremely funny. Not only my favorite Lynch film, one of my favorite films ever.

Duke Manfist: Action Hero (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:12 (five years ago) Permalink

word, Eraserhead is the shit

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

all the RIGHT moments, I should say.

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

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

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

sounds about right

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

nightmares

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

philadelphia

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

It's about how awful old radiators were.

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

Lynch moves away from the microphone so he can breathe

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

btw y'all

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

eight 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

nine 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

three years pass...

saw The Straight Story projected in 35mm today for the first time since '99 i believe. Built around a killer performance obviously, but one of the most moving American films of its era. That scene with Alvin and the other WW2 vet in the bar...

also forgot the US distributor

WALT DISNEY PICTURES PRESENTS
A DAVID LYNCH FILM

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 March 2016 02:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

"a Miller's Light"

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 March 2016 02:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

Straight Story is incredible. the ending is just perfect, just perfect. just the look on Harry Dean Stanton's face tells you everything.

i have a VHS copy that i showed to an old friend in from out of town last year at Christmas. we were both on the verge of tears by the ending but he still said thank you so much for showing this to me.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 28 March 2016 03:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

one of my favorite movie scores too (I tend not to notice unless they're obtrusive)

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 March 2016 10:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

actually it's "What does a Miller Lite taste like?"

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 March 2016 11:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

"... that's fucking crazy, man"

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 20:23 (four months ago) Permalink


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