Mullholland Drive: Crap or CRAP!?!

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TWO lip-smackin' lesbian scenes, TWO fetching leading ladies, and all I saw on the screen was unmitigated CRAP.

David Raposa, Sunday, 21 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

During the showing of said movie, the film projector malfunctioned, causing one of the frames to dissolve on-screen. (You've seen the effect before; it was cool.) One of the theatre workers came & apologized. "The manager is fixing the projector right now," she said. "Of course, this could be part of the movie." IF ONLY.

David Raposa, Sunday, 21 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

O, David! I also saw Mullholland Drive this weekend, and my reaction was pretty much diametrically opposed to yours: I thought it was fantastic, brilliant, easily Lynch's best movie since Blue Velvet, possibly even better. It was a completely crazed FEVER DREAM of a movie, and I walked out of the theatre totally spellbound and unsettled. Jesus, David Lynch makes me so happy/disturbed to be a human being. I'm wondering, are you normally a fan of his stuff?

Now, Waking Life: despite it's visual razzle-dazzle, there is a CRAP movie.

Martin Swope, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Erm, for last "it's" read "its."

Martin Swope, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

We've got a member of Mars and a member of Mission of Burma posting. I can't wait for 'Jad Fair' to contribute to an ass thread...

Andrew L, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Horsepucky, David! It was great fun.

Lesley Higgins, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

HF = a song BY mars not a member OF mars surely?

mark s, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

'Apart from a through education of the widest kind, a contender in this field must have an equable yet versatile temperament, and the compartmentation of his personality for the purpose of literary utterance ensures that the fundamental individual will not be credited with a certain way of thinking, fixed attitudes, irreversible techniques of expression. No author should write under his own name nor under one permanent pen-name; a male writer should include in his impostures a female pen-name, and possibly vice- versa.' -Brian O'Nolan, who knew a thing or two about pseudonyms I reckon.

Ass thread? Like a thong?

Martin Swope, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

To all you pro-MD folks: SILENCIO.

David Raposa, Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Sorry Mr. Popshots, survey says MD = classico. Come on, any major US release with such copious unrestrained nudity and Fellini references gets props from me almost automatically. Also dwarves with headsets.

Dave M., Monday, 22 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Classic. One of the best female masturbation scenes evah, double dose of hot girl/girl action, funny as hell, gorgeous to look at, more or less everything one could ask for from a film.

Dan, Tuesday, 23 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

eighteen years pass...

sooooooo anybody still ride for this one? don't think I've seen it in years.

some of it probably would be more eye-rolly to older me today.

papa stank (Neanderthal), Monday, 13 January 2020 22:38 (eight months ago) link

yeah I will ride for this, it's fantastic

Οὖτις, Monday, 13 January 2020 22:40 (eight months ago) link

probably better than Inland Empire - while the latter is more terrifying it's also a bit more inscrutable

Οὖτις, Monday, 13 January 2020 22:40 (eight months ago) link

this thread is good Mulholland Drive - theories please.

Οὖτις, Monday, 13 January 2020 22:43 (eight months ago) link

if anything it gets better every time i watch it

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 13 January 2020 22:46 (eight months ago) link

both of those films still seem great

Dan S, Monday, 13 January 2020 22:47 (eight months ago) link

succeeds as a 1) a horror film 2) a queer film 3) a refinement of lost highway that doesn't get lost in balthazar getty's charisma vacuum

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 13 January 2020 22:49 (eight months ago) link

Ha, MD‘s reputation has only increased since its release I reckon. On a lot of Best of X lists. So yes, people still ride for it.

circa1916, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:34 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, what? I think this is in the inner-circle pantheon for tons of people, certainly me.

That said, the experience of watching it in the theater was, for me, so overwhelming, so strange, so singular, that I have never watched it again, unwilling to take any risk of modifying that experience.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:53 (eight months ago) link

I saw it in a free preview in October '01, grumbled about its derivative parts after dozing for five minutes, saw it again in December and cried.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:55 (eight months ago) link

balthazar getty's charisma vacuum
all 10 episodes now streaming

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:22 (eight months ago) link

I probably watch this about once a month

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:47 (eight months ago) link

the first time I watched this, it was on my parents' mediocre DVD machine, one which didn't easily allow you to jump to a specific time on the DVD (or, more likely, I just didn't know how to do it), and I accidentally ejected the DVD mid-watch, and because the DVD isn't broken into scenes that you can skip through, I had to fast forward it back to like the 80 minute mark.

papa stank (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:51 (eight months ago) link

i love the 'no hay banda' scene

papa stank (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:54 (eight months ago) link

I probably watch this about once a month

This is a sincere question: what is that like??

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:59 (eight months ago) link

I haven’t watched it in a few years. Gonna project it in a moment though, and make it a headphones listen. Fuck yeah

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 03:54 (eight months ago) link

i’m trying to remember how old i was when i first saw this. i had to have been like... 16? i’m pretty sure it was my first lynch anything but maybe i saw blue velvet first. i found it fascinating but it mainly made me want to see more david lynch movies, like i had been fantasizing about whatever lost highway was from the moment i heard the soundtrack and etc. now when i watch it i see it as this wholly individual sensory experience, i sink in from the moment it starts. idk if i’ve ever paused this movie

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:01 (eight months ago) link

the grandparents sneaking under the door, cackling, still terrify me

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:03 (eight months ago) link

Neanderthal, I may be wrong, but I think the MD DVD doesn't have chapter breaks.

Eephus, it's great, I've gained a lot of appreciation for the film this past year. It's a comfort film for me, especially the sequence of scenes from the cowboy to silencio.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:06 (eight months ago) link

what a terrible opening thread. yes, this is my favorite Lynch movie.

akm, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:07 (eight months ago) link

I bought a bootleg DVD of the TV version many years ago - IIRC, zero surprise it didn't get made and amazing that Lynch salvaged it into this.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:14 (eight months ago) link

Moodles it doesn't - so my only option was to try and manually jump to a specific timeframe in the DVD, once I accidentally restarted it. and i couldn't figure it out cos it was either a crap DVD player or I was a crap DVD user

papa stank (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:23 (eight months ago) link

last time i saw this was about 6 years ago in a soon-to-be collapsed log cabin and with the nuttering noises of nature about i realized the viewing experience wouldn't be topped. enjoyed watching a bear amble past the cabin the following morning while i brushed my teeth.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 04:52 (eight months ago) link

I just watched this for the first time a month ago. My first Lynch! Though kind of know his reputation. The movie mostly worked for me, certain moments like the audition scene in particular. Others, like the singer scene, I felt didn't connect but it seems one of those movies where everybody gets something different out of it

Vinnie, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:33 (eight months ago) link

Just encountering Lynch! Jealous!

I probably watch this about once a month

― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, January 13, 2020 8:47 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

No joke, I probably spent the better part of a month putting on Eraserhead just before I lay down to sleep. It was pretty great. I mean, I think it may have permanently ruined me as a functional human being, but would recommend.

Pizza is Really Yummy for Me (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:40 (eight months ago) link

the grandparents sneaking under the door, cackling, still terrify me

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), 14. januar 2020 05:03 (nine hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Ah fuck, I'd manage to forget this. No sleep for a week :(

Frederik B, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:44 (eight months ago) link

No joke, I probably spent the better part of a month putting on Eraserhead just before I lay down to sleep. It was pretty great.

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que pasa picasso (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:58 (eight months ago) link

Was watching that clip yesterday for the first time in god knows how long. Kevin Spacey all intoning "big fat guy - I mean like orca fat" and then it zooms in on the fat black woman's mugshot.

☮️ (peace, man), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:41 (eight months ago) link

hard to imagine that a bryan singer movie starring kevin spacey could be problematic but here we are i guess

que pasa picasso (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:43 (eight months ago) link

fwiw, per David R's Letterboxd account, he has upgraded this film to 9/10, calling himself "a dolt" for the opinion expressed in the first post.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:50 (eight months ago) link

I, otoh, initially thought this was just another dumb masterpiece but have come around to appreciating it as the quintessential lip-smackin' lesbian flick of our generation.

Pizza is Really Yummy for Me (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:55 (eight months ago) link

I hear your lips from here

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:07 (eight months ago) link

that's not what I hear

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:12 (eight months ago) link

said the Lynch fan to the oldlunchman

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:32 (eight months ago) link

Where have you beeeeee-eeeen

papa stank (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:38 (eight months ago) link

I just this moment imagined an alternate world where Lynch refashioned a failed television pilot into a widely-acclaimed film only instead of Mulholland Drive it was On The Air.

Pizza is Really Yummy for Me (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:38 (eight months ago) link


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