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

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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

the conversation in the Denny's

this is one of my favorite bits in md! it captures a humdrum-but-surreal dream-feel so well, maybe better than anything else in the film (other bits seem more stylized). it is sorta tv-piloty in relation to the whole, but the sequence is flawless execution. and it wakes up the dozers.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

tm OTM re: car crash scene

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Drive is the best movie of this decade you guys.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

lotsa memorable sequences in wild at heart - strobe light / thrash metal dancing, koko taylor, fetid new orleans, fenn's car crash, the weird motel scene with john doe, jack nance, et al. the glue holding everything together is pretty weak, though. and by glue I guess I mean nicolas cage.

a certain sequence in the film was a lot more mysterious before "wicked game" got played to death, too.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hey Naomi Watts fans, I dare you to check out CHILDREN OF THE CORN PT. IV: THE GATHERING. I have a VHS tape in my basement.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

now I'm thinking I need to rewatch these 3:

Wild at Heart (1990)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Lost Highway (1997)

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

ooh was that the one after URBAN HARVEST?

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Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

no thanks, ts. that sounds like an offer from a serial killer.

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Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if wild at heart would've aged better if lynch had reeled in cage and dafoe a bit. he should've hung a sign on the camera that said, "do not chew the scenery. you are not dennis hopper."

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like cage's goofier moments. the dancing, his ridiculous "taste the peach" anecdote (eat the peach? whatever it is), his little spiel at the end to the guys who have just kicked the crap out of him.

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

Nic Cage is like the Rod Stewart of American film actors - a great, promising start followed by the most horrifying "sellout" bullshit ever

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

"take a bite of peach"

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

that's the one.

also, source material for the shot of diane ladd with her face covered in red lipstick? when i saw black moon a few months ago i noticed a similar scene there, and that seems like the kind of movie lynch would have loved, but i don't know if they were both referencing something else?

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hey Naomi Watts fans, I dare you to check out CHILDREN OF THE CORN PT. IV: THE GATHERING. I have a VHS tape in my basement.

-- Tape Store, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 08:23 (21 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

:D

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

Nic Cage is like the Rod Stewart of American film actors - a great, promising start followed by the most horrifying "sellout" bullshit ever

Not sure that scans, Shakey, since not only was Rod BORN to sell out, but he made lots of great moments after his purported classic years.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

this applies to Nick Cage too

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

I voted for Blue Velvet because it is the closest he's come to a flawless movie. Many of the others are great, but have rather glaring flaws. The Straight Story is the only one that I don't enjoy, but it is probably better than I would give it credit for.

My list (Does not reflect actual quality of the films):
Blue Velvet
Lost Highway - way underrated, wish it would come out on DVD
Wild At Heart
Dune - I love this movie despite some really misguided choices, I wish he'd do another Sci Fi film
TP: FWWM
Mulholland Drive
INLAND EMPIRE - just got the DVD today!
Eraserhead
The Elephant Man

Moodles, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

this applies to Nick Cage too

!!You crazy! Everything after Red Rock West is nigh unwatchable!

Bangkok Dangerous
Next
Ghost Rider
The Wicker Man
World Trade Center
The Ant Bully
The Weather Man
Lord of War
National Treasure
Matchstick Men
Adaptation
Sonny
Windtalkers
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The Family Man
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Bringing Out the Dead
8MM
Snake Eyes
City of Angels
Face/Off
Con Air
The Rock
Leaving Las Vegas
Kiss of Death
Trapped in Paradise
It Could Happen to You
Guarding Tess
Amos & Andrew
Deadfall
Honeymoon in Vegas

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like face/off kinda

(more than mulholland dr. or lost highway that's for sure) (i watched mulholland w.dr vick and we snoozed non-stop)

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

eraserhead is still lynch's best easy -- tho i didn't see inland yet

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:57 (6 years ago) Permalink


"for he IS the kwisatz haderach"

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Although there is much I enjoy in it, I agree that Mulholland Drive is overrated.

The thing about MD that grates on me is that Lynch insisted on leaving in all these plot strands that were meant to be developed in the TV series and then very obviously tried to tie it all together in a fairly hackneyed manner.

He should have chopped a lot of this stuff and focused on the main plot. He could have even dropped most of the Justin Therroux plot, and it probably wouldn't have been missed.

Moodles, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Bringing Out the Dead is good.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

And Snake Eyes has a great start (and terrible end.)

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

And Lord of War could have been great only it wasn't.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

THat's the best I can do.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

What a fucking BRO

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

mulholland dr. is the best film of the last 25 years.

t0dd swiss, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

I said decade, but i'll join you on the the quarter century action.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

it's not better than eraserhead

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

tho

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

hence the 25 year cutoff

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

(adaptation is good, face/off is fun, it does get pretty thin after that)

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

face/off's atrocious.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

Angelo Badalamenti spitting espresso into a linen napkin is pretty pointless.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

I found that pleasing.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

i saw face/off alone and somewhere strange, like den haag -- that may be why i enjoyed it at all

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

Face/Off was where I got off the John Woo wagon (no wait actually I got off when he hired Travolta for that silly stolen nuke movie)

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

Broken Arrow? aw hell yeahs

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

i have fonder memories of all these than i do of mulholland, where all i remember is my butt bein numb

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

I voted for Dune as it's the one I return to most often. Wild at Heart was the one I liked most at the time of release although I haven't seen it in ages. The rest of them seem willfully and arbitrarily difficult - which is fun, but not as meaningful for me.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

There's actually still a few from Lynch I haven't seen.

INLAND EMPIRE
Mulholland Drive
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Eraserhead
The Straight Story
Blue Velvet -- if people on this thread have been overwhelmingly anti-IE and anti-FWWM, allow me to slag on this one for a few minutes (before coming to my senses and realizing that if this is his worst, that's not too bad at all)

Eric H., Monday, 20 August 2007 23:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

How cuet was MacLachlan in BV tho??!

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

and the crazy head blowing off scene.

there's also the hand blowing off scene, with the punchline of the dog running out the back with the hand in its mouth. Sick sick sick.

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

Very cute, especially his jaw.

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Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

I didn't see Adaptation up there, but yeah that's good too.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

I saw Some Like It Hot for the first time last night, and Tony Curtis posing as the millionaire oil baron reminded me of Kyle McLachlan a little.

jaymc, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

I didn't see Adaptation up there, but yeah that's good too.

-- Alex in SF

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chaki, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

there's also the hand blowing off scene, with the punchline of the dog running out the back with the hand in its mouth. Sick sick sick.

and lifted from kurosawa.

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:28 (6 years ago) Permalink


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