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

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mulholland drive
blue velvet
eraserhead
inland empire
elephant man
wild at heart
tp:fwwm
straight story
lost highway
dune

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

yah

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Drive, followed by Blue Velvet

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

inland empire
eraserhead
elephant man
mulholland drive
straight story
lost highway
dune
blue velvet
wild at heart

Haven't seen Fire Walk With Me. Need to rewatch Dune, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet (hated that one but everyone seems to love it). I can live without seeing Wild At Heart again really.

Matt #2, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Drive, followed by Blue Velvet

yeah, I settled on that finally, too

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

mullholland dr is an insanely overrated movie.

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Monday, 20 August 2007 21:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

impossibe

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

a thread about lynch would be disappointing without totally different and in fact opposite opinions

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

If MD is overrated, life is overrated.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

I expect someone to defend the touching humanity in Wild at Heart.

(xpost)

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Dr. = one dream, a somewhat entertaining middle section, an ok atmosphere, a few GREAT scenes
Inland Empire = like four different worlds, all somehow intertwined (God knows how), that all work together to entertain you for over three hours...brilliant atmosphere, cool music scenes, fascinating stories that never drag, you can love it without understanding it...it's like Mulholland Dr. x 25.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

well that one guys head does go flying off xp

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

fascinating stories that never drag

uh

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Blue Velvet
Mulholland Drive
INLAND EMPIRE
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Eraserhead
Wild at Heart
Dune
Lost Highway
The Straight Story
The Elephant Man

(but it's all real close) The essence of Twin Peaks is #1, though.

sexyDancer, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Jeez, I'm waiting on my IE DVD from amazon so I feel like I shouldn't vote until I've seen it, but this closes in 3 days, so...Blue Velvet.

Mulholland Dr. I still would have liked to see as a series - if that was just the pilot with some added stuff, wow.

marmotwolof, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

fascinating is a bit wrong, yes. but definitely interesting

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Corrected: that all work together badly to entertain bore the pants off you for over three hours what seems like eternity

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

mullholland dr is a perfectly good movie. it's just that claiming it's lynch's best work is completely bonkers insane in my opinion. tape store otm re: a few GREAT scenes, but quite frankly a significant portion of that movie feels like someone making a parody of lynch.

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Monday, 20 August 2007 21:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

everyone, these are the top four:

mulholland drive
blue velvet
eraserhead
inland empire

arrange 2-4 as you please

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

trying to imagine a parody of lynch that still didn't feel like lynch is a brain-twisting exercise

kenan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

otm, he does it on purpose

sexyDancer, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Dr. is wayyyyy more boring than Inland Empire. After you watch it once or twice and figure out that it's a dream, do you really ever want to watch it again? I mean, apart from the tryout scene/"Llorando" clip(/lesbian make out sessions???), it's not THAT great/entertaining. I liked it quite a bit, i'm just turned off by the idea of it being considered Lynch's best work.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^^Yes, I realize that I just lost what little credibility that I had.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I could watch the "real" last third of MD forever. Naomi Watts being rejected by girlfriend and Hollywood, condescended to at Hollywood parties by ghoulish Ann Murray eating walnuts, drinking bad coffee and masturbating in her apartment -- very painful.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

"After you watch it once or twice and figure out that it's a dream, do you really ever want to watch it again?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

mulholland drive has all the best lynchian symbolic, thematic etc potency while actually being cohesive (it doesnt seem like hes just being willfully strange) and one of the great performances ever from naomi watts.

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

There's duff stray bits that seem like stuff from the TV pilot (the conversation in the Denny's; Robert Forster), but, still, a remarkable salvage job.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for MD.

Jordan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Twin Peaks
Blue Velvet
Eraserhead
Dune
RABBITS
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
The Straight Story
The Elephant Man
Mulholland Drive

Lost Highway

Inland Empire (mostly for the inclusion of RABBITS)
Wild at Heart

TP:FWWM is easily the worst though, right?

no!

, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

you cant really fuck with the rebekah del rio - llorando scene

chaki, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

actually I think Wild At Heart is probably the worst

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

"There's duff stray bits that seem like stuff from the TV pilot (the conversation in the Denny's; Robert Forster), but, still, a remarkable salvage job."

Agreed. This is why it's not #2 on my list.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wild At Heart isn't the worst by virtue of the soundtrack and the crazy head blowing off scene.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

But yeah it's pretty bad.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Eraserhead (1977)
Mulholland Drive (2001) / INLAND EMPIRE (2006)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Lost Highway (1997)
Dune (1984)

haven't quite worked out where I stand with inland empire. need to see it a few more times. eraserhead doesn't make sense anywhere else so it burbles to the top. blue velvet has some special significance for me, that *so* wrecked my head in '86.

it's great that lynch is currently in a second golden age.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

I loved wild at heart when it came out, saw it 3-4 times. it was such a daffy, off-the-wall cinema experience. it hasn't aged well, though.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

and the crazy head blowing off scene.

I don't even remember this scene!

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

tm OTM re: car crash scene

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

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

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

ooh was that the one after URBAN HARVEST?

x-post

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

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

xpost

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

"take a bite of peach"

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

All I meant is that series like 13 Reasons Why and Stranger Things that are made for the all at once dump streaming market are presumably conceived and written as a whole and fully shot before airing, unlike what I understand to be past tv practice, and have exec producers, dp's etc guiding the overall vision even if the actual directing of actors is farmed out in a more workmanlike way.

Anyway, to make this post somewhat worthwhile, I'm going to say again that I think Lynch is definitely at his best when making short films, whether they're standalone productions or folded into longer works. Ep 8 is basically 4 loosely-connected shorts, the most talked about of which is also the most derivative and least satisfying, to me.

sciatica, Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:45 (three months ago) Permalink

there is no major tv series with a single director, TP:TR is a glaring exception

― Οὖτις, 17. august 2017 21:34 (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Wasn't true detective a single director? There are a few classic non-US ones like Berlin Alexanderplatz too

― blog haus aka the scene raver (wins), 17. august 2017 21:37 (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

+ The Knick and Show Me a Hero.

Frederik B, Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

everyone otm wrt being in a theater experience. this is why i bought a projector a few years ago and use it to watch just about everything

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 17 August 2017 23:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I noticed David Lynch has his own brand of coffee they sell at whole foods (for $2 more than the other coffee they sell)

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 17 August 2017 23:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Pamela Fryman directed 196 of the 208 episodes of How I Met Your Mother

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Friday, 18 August 2017 01:10 (three months ago) Permalink

the commercials they did for the Japanese canned coffee w the original Twin Peaks crew and all new storyline is cool. all that stuff is on youtube.

i have mad respect for David Lynch. i first saw Mulholland Drive in a theater with a film geek friend who was my first post-HS friend and he introduced me to the Athens hipster scene and awesome movies. his roommates all worked at Vision Video and constantly had stuff. anyways we saw MD and it was unlike any movie i had ever seen. we were laughing with joy at every scene that occurred, at the seeming randomness of it all, at the anarchic mockery underlying these pretty regular subject matter of Hollywood actresses and murder mysteries. the Gen x love for twisted 60s nostalgia and one-scene characters. the boogeyman popping out from around that corner and the perfect reaction/soundtrack mix to solidify this temporary nightmare in your psyche. the holy shit is that Billy Ray Cyrus? the cowboy? what the fuck?

i watched all of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet a few years later with some other friends that were super into that stuff and had the big VHS box set that spelled out TWIN PEAKS on the side. i've seen Eraserhead a few times now, last time at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta with a close friend of mine and the parental angst and pressure to live this absurd bleak (but beautiful) trudgery was so wonderful and poetic and industrial. it really feels like a documentary of another world. i've only seen half of Lost Highway, i think i made it to the part where the guy falls into the table and impales his head on it. the movie made me feel bad and i was not terribly interested in watching it at the time. we did find the OST CD at a thrift store recently though, and it fucking rules.

a few years ago i bought Straight Story on VHS and have watched that a few times and have cried so much both times. the movie is a perfect example of new Twin Peaks style imo, they opening shot is this weird overhead crane shot that holds for a long time w only ambient things going on for a good bit. the movie all leads up to this meeting that is possibly the best, most hopeful and loving ending of any movie i have ever seen, with Harry Dean Stanton. i am so glad he has gotten to work with Harry and so many other actors from over the course of his career. the new Twin Peaks is a victory lap.

so there are long scenes of "nothing" but the characters walking, sweeping, or just breathing. why is this upsetting to us? it is perfectly normal. it is even more normal than the "normal"
parts of the show that use cuts and editing. shouldn't we relate more to something that is in real-time? visual culture has cultivated shorter and shorter attention spans through constant jump cuts. when confronted by an unedited scene we become self aware as an audience - is this a Zen technique? to us, we are so accustomed to cheating time through editing/video/film, the passage of normal time in that medium has become funny, painful, obvious, awkward. in visual media the normal is weird and the weird is normal.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 18 August 2017 01:31 (three months ago) Permalink

While we're on this particular trivia trip, James Burrows directed all 194 episodes of Will and Grace. No, I don't know why.

Say, I Heard You Had a Quarrel With Your Best Girl (Old Lunch), Friday, 18 August 2017 02:35 (three months ago) Permalink

The coffee commercials are in the TP Blu-ray set, fyi.

Say, I Heard You Had a Quarrel With Your Best Girl (Old Lunch), Friday, 18 August 2017 02:35 (three months ago) Permalink

spark plug poster shows 15 then 3

cooper's room is 315

season 3 episode 15 tonight

just sayin

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 20 August 2017 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Twin Peaks: The Return (even if the last 4 episodes are Dr Jacoby / Amp spray painting his shovel I’m comfortable with this ranking)

― Karl Malone, Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:39 (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

― rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:51 (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

doesn't matter what happens now, it's already won

― rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:52 (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

is it too late to walk this back or

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 4 September 2017 07:04 (two months ago) Permalink

mulholland drive is the best

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 07:21 (two months ago) Permalink

the finale made me so frustrated. who cant relate the family home that becomes a part of nightmares/dreams. Lynch perplexes me cuz I don't always enioy what he does

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 07:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Please keep all specifics to the spoiler threads...Haven't even started yet!

clemenza, Monday, 4 September 2017 12:55 (two months ago) Permalink

is it too late to walk this back or

― rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Monday, September 4, 2017 12:04 AM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

if anything the last two episodes convinced me that you and karl were right

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 4 September 2017 13:44 (two months ago) Permalink

^seriously!

sciatica, Monday, 4 September 2017 14:40 (two months ago) Permalink

is it too late to walk this back or

― rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Monday, September 4, 2017 3:04 AM (nine hours ago)

lol

after 9 hours of puzzle solving do you want to walk that back or

;)

Karl Malone, Monday, 4 September 2017 16:43 (two months ago) Permalink

The Return hands down

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 4 September 2017 16:49 (two months ago) Permalink

sorry clemenza, that was posted in the wrong thread

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 18:12 (two months ago) Permalink

No problem--looked away immediately, so I didn't process anything. (Facebook's been a bigger problem, but so far I've dodged everything.)

clemenza, Monday, 4 September 2017 21:23 (two months ago) Permalink

if anything the last two episodes convinced me that you and karl were right

― ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 4 September 2017 23:44 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

having slept on it, i'm definitely coming around again.

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 4 September 2017 22:24 (two months ago) Permalink


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