Four simple guidelines to watching films by director David Lynch.
Major respect for you! Lynch is one of my favorite aurters!
Lynch does not need to be understood... he applies for the intelligence and feeling of the audience... in a way is rare to see nowadays
Love his movies, though Inland Empire did my head in.. I'll never get that movie.
Not a fan. I only needed to see a couple of his works to write off the rest as not being my taste. I've never understood why so many enjoy this guy's works but to each his own. Mulholland Drive was the first film I watched and I just couldn't understand why people would choose to subject themselves to this. Lynch takes characters, builds them up to the point where the audience cares about them and then just obscures their ultimate fates with gibberish, almost as if he couldn't figure out a way to convincingly end the film and just said "Screw you all. I am David Lynch." It was like a cruel practical joke played on it's audience. There was just no logic to it and ultimately it just felt lazy. I guess when you're Lynch, if it's too hard to write a satisfying conclusions, don't bother and people will just say "Oh...it's David Lynch. It's not supposed to make sense." I just don't buy it. I tried to watch Dune. Just a mess. There's a lot of excellent film out there vying for my limited movie watching time and suffering through Mulholland just to have Lynch thumb his nose at the audience at the end, and witnessing what little I did of the abortion that was Dune, yeah I'll never waste my time with another of this guy's works. Give me a Coen brothers, Spielberg, Kubrick, Hitchcock, Fincher any day of the week. They at least treat their audiences with respect in my opinion.
Well, Mulholland Dr. was a failed TV pilot with added extras shot after the show wasn't picked up. Since it was supposed to be the beginning of a continuing story, It's not supposed to feel complete but I still am extremely satisfied with it as a film. Dune was pretty much raped from Lynch by the studios and didn't allow him final cut. You really didn't pick great films for an introduction but if you're looking for some kind of finality in conclusion to a film, Lynch may not be your man. Especially not in Inland Empire. Do yourself a favor and give Blue Velvet a shot. Besides Straight Story and Elephant Man, it's one if his more straight forward films and my favorite of the lot. If you don't like it, then you may be a lost cause.
It's possible I'm a lost cause, but I have heard a helluva lot about Blue Velvet over the years. Maybe one more try...
It's worth giving it a shot for Dennis Hopper alone. He plays one of the best villains, in my opinion, in cinematic history.
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