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

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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

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 (6 years ago) Permalink

maaaaaybe

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

"??"

What? I liked it. Made me laugh.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:46 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

I really dislike "Lost Highway."

John Justen, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 00:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

ghost rider, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 00:59 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 23:01 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's all about Eraserhead for me.

da croupier, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 23:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

I really had a bad reaction to Mulholland Dr when I saw it. Sitting in an a college auditorium with a bunch of folks doing the whole "I love it cuz I have no idea what's going on" thing even though I could tell pretty easily Lynch had tacked on a Wizard Of Oz "and you were there and you were there and you were there and you were there and you were there" ending to the show pilot without removing the subplots that would have nothing to with Naomi Watts' dream logic. Having seen Wild At Heart and a few other things since, I'm actually really psyched to see Inland Empire. Knowing he's just going hardcore indulgence means I won't sweat hype or middlebrow acclaim.

da croupier, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 23:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

So you don't like Mulholland Drive because other (silly) people liked it because they thought it was a meaningless freak out?

W4LTER, Thursday, 23 August 2007 01:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

I really dislike "Lost Highway."

I don't know how I feel about it. For a long time I was feeling Ebert on the point that it shows "contempt for the audience," which it kinda does. It sets up a fascinating mystery, then abandons it in the weirdest way possible, then never comes back to it, and in fact meanders for the rest of the movie. He's obviously fucking with us. But... is that part of the appeal?

kenan, Thursday, 23 August 2007 01:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

So you don't like Mulholland Drive because other (silly) people liked it because they thought it was a meaningless freak out?

I didn't like it because of the lame structure I described (uncut TV pilot with extended "it was all a dream" cop-out capper thrown on out of financial necessity), but thanks to the environment I caught it in I was more irritated than I might have been otherwise.

da croupier, Thursday, 23 August 2007 04:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

The take on Mulholland Drive's appeal I most respected was my middle-aged pal Greg who said "I like movies where you find a murdered body...and it's you."

da croupier, Thursday, 23 August 2007 04:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

And there was some good titty, too.

da croupier, Thursday, 23 August 2007 04:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

da croup OTM - about the structure, anyway. Love Mulholland Drive, don't mind the tacked-on ending, but I am bothered by some of the hanging threads - obvious remnants of the the film's origins in a failed TV show pilot. I accept the incoherence, 'cuz the digressions are all compelling, but they result in a rather shapeless, aimless film. The director character is given too much screen time, the cowboy and his otherwordly mob bosses too little, the renagade cop and the diner dreamer are just non-sequiturs.

I like the film 'cuz the core story works beautifully, and I respect the fact that Lynch made a satisfying film out of his wrecked TV show, but it does give plenty of ammo to folks who accuse him of random weirdness for its own sake.

Bob Standard, Thursday, 23 August 2007 16:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

I think "Elephant Man" - it's corny as hell but it makes me cry

Tom D., Thursday, 23 August 2007 16:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

I like the end, it reminds me of Herzog

Tom D., Thursday, 23 August 2007 16:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

the real answer is probably blue velvet, but i'm going to vote for mulholland drive because i like it more and have seen blue velvet too many times.

FWWM is not the worst, I think it's better than wild at heart and dune, and maybe lost highway.

akm, Thursday, 23 August 2007 20:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

Moodles - I dunno where you are, but Lost Highway is definitely on DVD in the US, I netflixed it.

jessie monster, Thursday, 23 August 2007 20:49 (6 years ago) Permalink


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