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

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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 (7 years ago) Permalink

this applies to Nick Cage too

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:47 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink


"for he IS the kwisatz haderach"

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

Bringing Out the Dead is good.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

THat's the best I can do.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

What a fucking BRO

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

t0dd swiss, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

it's not better than eraserhead

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

tho

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

hence the 25 year cutoff

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:08 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

face/off's atrocious.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

I found that pleasing.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:10 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

Broken Arrow? aw hell yeahs

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:13 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

How cuet was MacLachlan in BV tho??!

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:18 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

Very cute, especially his jaw.

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Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:20 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

I hated Adaptation and Bringing Out The Dead (both of which I saw because I - rather foolishly, it turned out - hoped a decent director would give Cage something interesting to do). Snake Eyes I've only seen the tail end of.

And these are the vaguely defensible ones with name directors! Where's the love for Leaving Las Vegas (worst abuse of Sting in a sdtk EVAR)or The Weatherman or 8MM? I am SURE there are ILXers here somewhere that love Con Air... maybe this is a different thread altogether...

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

maaaaaybe

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

i would watch Con Air, The Rock and Kiss of Death anytime.

, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

You need to post to the Billy Wilder thread, jaymc.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

"??"

What? I liked it. Made me laugh.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

i can't wait till he starts getting senile but continues to make films until he's 99

cutty, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

the first 45 minutes of Lost Highway are the greatest movie david lynch ever made. sadly, it's followed by about 2 hours of the worst movie david lynch ever made.

ie gets my vote because, even though it does repeat some of md's themes, it's the one lynch movie that i feel is truly his vision, fully realized.

also, i like it best.

smash your phonograph in half, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

Lost Highway - way underrated, wish it would come out on DVD

Out in R2, 2-disc set. I have it, it's great. Get one of those cheap Philips players you can rig for region free play, totally worth it.

marmotwolof, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

yr all jerks! (well, some of ya, anyhow). Wild at Heart is great and I think has stood up really well over time. All things considered, I think it's a pretty daring film, and one which encapsulates so much of what I think is great about Lynch. Plus it was Nicolas Cage's best other than Adaptation. (But, ha, yeah, Shakey, I saw Leaving Los Vegas when it came out, and the Sting songs were sooooo ridiculously loud on the soundtrack as well as just being awful and awfully placed within the film).

I also don't understand the hate for TP:FWWM. I think it's pretty amazing.

Count me in among the "Mulholland Drive is overrated" camp...although I haven't seen it in a couple of years and should likely re-visit it.

Call me crazy, but I'm voting for Wild at Heart.

dell, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 00:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

Is there no love for The Straight Story? Or The Elephant Man? David Lynch tearjerkers are better than anyone else's tearjerkers, and I'm including Autumn In New York when I say that.

Looking at that list above I never realised quite how much shite Nicolas Cage has been in. Is there anyone to top him? The sheer, unrelenting quantity is amazing. Someone should do a worst Cage film poll (not me tho).

Matt #2, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 00:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

I really dislike "Lost Highway."

John Justen, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 00:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4eQ6ZsGbmY

ghost rider, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 00:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

The first 45 minutes of Lost Highway are the greatest movie david lynch ever made. sadly, it's followed by about 2 hours of the worst movie david lynch ever made.

I agree with this.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 01:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 23:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Just watched Eraserhead again this afternoon -- it's just as good as I remember it, but doesn't vault past later films. My vote's going to Blue Velvet.

Rock Hardy, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 23:14 (7 years ago) Permalink


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