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Director/Writer - David Lynch

Postby BeanMaestroFresh on Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:45 pm

Eraserhead
The Elephant Man
Dune
Blue Velvet
Twin Peaks
Wild At Heart
Lost Highway
The Straight Story
Mulholland Drive

Among others..

I enjoy the majority of his films quite a bit. As someone else on this forum once put, "depressingly good." (Can't recall offhand who said it..I think it was in the Requiem for a Dream thread, though..)
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Postby trilonaut on Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:59 pm

lost highway -- crap
mulholland drive -- some funny parts but crap
blue velvet -- creepy, but overrated
eraserhead -- i saw the first 20 min of this when i was eight and now i'm scarred for life

haven't seen the rest

i'm sick of EVERYONE being like "wow it's weird out tonight. like a DAVID LYNCH MOVIE." everything weird is compared to david lynch, he is the mainstream figurehead of weird, and i, as someone who takes weirdness very seriously, do not want such an important thing represented by the douchiness of david lynch.

david lynch = tits + violence + some nightmare imagery + plus noir music + bad acting (possibly intentional, still lame) + loopy "it's all a dream" plots with cleverly chameleonlike plotholes for people to ponder = CRAP

there's nothing weird about tits, violence, noir music and bad acting.
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Postby glynnisjohns on Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:13 pm

trilonaut wrote:
there's nothing weird about tits


I used to think breasts that were different size from the other were weird.
Like left big and pointy and right little and looking off to the far right.
Now, being a grown ass man, i have come to the conclusion that all breasta-sess are beautiful. even if they do not match their respective sister.

What about Crumb? he directed that.
Twin peaks- movie(s) 2 / tv show 1st season?

Not Crap. he doesn't cook in his house either, Says he doesn't like the smell the day after. Thats weird.
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Postby BeanMaestroFresh on Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:17 pm

glynnisjohns wrote:What about Crumb? he directed that.


He produced that.
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Postby nathan. on Tue Sep 13, 2005 11:19 pm

I'll say not crap, I've liked almost everything I've seen by him, though I also didn't like "Lost Highway". It seemed too self-consciously weird and goth-y, and not that his other ones don't demonstrate any calculation on his part, it just seemed really contrived to me, and it just wasn't executed well.

Bill Pullman as a tortured free-jazz sax player? Bill Pullman?
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Postby gio on Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:42 am

Early works are creepy and symbolic as all hell.

Mulholland Drive is great.

Lost Highway is good.

Blue Velvet, for unknown reasons, put me to sleep. Or at least was playing while I fell asleep. But then I woke up and watched the rest and thought it was pretty good.

Twin Peaks Season 1 is fucking fantastic. Fucking super fantastic. Could watch it over and over.

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No way crap.
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Postby Rotten Tanx on Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:19 am

I've seen Lost Highway and Mullholland Drive. I vote crap. Emperors new clothes bullshit.

If you're gonna make the point of your story ridiculously obscure then at least have the common decency to make the film entertaining.
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Postby Mazec on Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:35 am

I agree wholeheatedly with Trilonaut - I fail to grasp what everbody sees in Lynch. It especially baffles me to see so many people who are into genuine weirdness go apeshit about movies like "Blue Velvet," which was not that weird, I mean a severed ear and Dennis Hopper drinking PBR and popping amyls- this shit most likely mirrors the Dennis Hopper reality, I mean who says he's even acting here?

"Lost HIghways" is even more questionable in terms of real vs. contrived weirdness value for all the reasons Mr. T concisely spelled out above.
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Postby placeholder on Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:41 am

I couldn't care less about "weirdness," and David Lynch is one of my favorite directors. Eraserhead may be a top 5 movie for me, and I like every movie of his that I've seen (i.e. all of his movies except for Dune, which, being fantastical sci-fi, is inherently lame and could not be saved by anyone - no, not even Jodorowsky).

I do not often admit to liking David Lynch's movies in mixed company, because I really, really hate most fans of his work. I hate them. David Lynch is NOT CRAP, though. I'm tempted to give him a waffle factor for Dune, but he gets a pass.

I should hate this guy, because I can recognize so much of what he does as utter contrivance, but I guess something else transcends the contrivance for me.
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Postby shagboy on Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:45 am

most people don't like lost highway. i don't. but lynch is great at "straight" movies too. see "elephant man" and "the straight story"
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Postby John W. on Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:44 am

I liked Blue Velvet... I saw Eraserhead about 20 years ago, so I don't know about that one -- I liked the 'Lady in the Radiator' song/scene. So I guess I'll say not crap on the basis of those 2 things. I subscribe to the idea that he is part of a sort of macho, 'Can you handle it? Are you tough enough to live through this movie?' sort of film making. Quite an interesting creep, though.
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Postby Schaal on Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:13 am

I celebrate his entire catalog.

I wouldn't ascribe too many societal woes to David Lynch as he's just a dude who makes movies for a living. And very odd movies for the sort of distribution he recieves, which you don't see happening very much. Unless of course The Exorcism of Emily Rose is "weird" or something.

He resuscitated Naomi Watts' career and for that alone he warrants a No Crap.
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Postby Bartok on Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:12 am

Lynch has a great sense of humour that other directors who desperately try and recreate, lack. the noisebleed in eraserhead, "my dog barks some" line from Jack Nance, the terrible luck of the hitman in Mulholland drive.

yeah his non linear stuff can be frustrating, I saw mulholland drive again recently and this viewing destroyed my previous perception of what the film was about, I have no idea by the way.

I think the problem with Lynch at the moment is that he has no self censorship, no one else really does what he does and so he gets a pretty free reign of the films he makes, the downside of this of course is that often his films are fucking slow, swans slow if you will, but not in the great way Kubrick did slow.

I am a big fan of Twin Peaks, always excited about his next film and always entertained with where he takes it so Not Crap.

However the love affair is mainly about Angelo Badalamenti, and Dune was awesome except for the thirty year montage within which "everything turned out alright!"
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Postby Peripatetic on Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:21 pm

Totally NOT CRAP for Twin Peaks alone, and then there's everything else. I love everything he's done (actually I could maybe do without 'Dune' but...).

Schaal wrote:He resuscitated Naomi Watts' career and for that alone he warrants a No Crap.
And, he made her bang herself on camera! EEEEEEEEEERrrrrrglllllaaaalalllllllleeeerrtggggllll

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Postby trilonaut on Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:51 pm

isn't she crying while banging herself? that kind of puts a damper on it, you know.

though the scene where she's getting with the other woman -- no tears there. just gargle fodder.
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Postby mattw on Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:23 pm

not crap

I liked Mulholland Drive the best so far- he decided to finally make a proper film, although that's saying a lot in Lynch's terms. Some of his others are decidedly over the top- in retrospect, I think Wild At Heart and Blue Velvet are probably two of his weaker ones.
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Postby Marsupialized on Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:40 pm

So Crap.
So horrible these films.
Like torture.
Not enjoyable.
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Postby shagboy on Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:05 pm

blue velvet might be my favourite movie (not entirely sure, but it has to be top 5)
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Postby Run Around on Fire on Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:15 pm

I don't like David Lynch based soley on Wild at Heart. This one has it all:

-(intentionally) bad acting

-looooong side stories that have nothing to do with the plot

-shock-value violence and nudity (including Nic Cage's hairy, beastial form moaning orgasmically in an Elvis accent)

-bad humor

I hate it. And it won the Cannes Film Fest that year, apparently.
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Postby rachael on Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:39 am

Run Around on Fire wrote:I don't like David Lynch based soley on Wild at Heart. This one has it all:

-(intentionally) bad acting

-looooong side stories that have nothing to do with the plot

-shock-value violence and nudity (including Nic Cage's hairy, beastial form moaning orgasmically in an Elvis accent)

-bad humor

I hate it. And it won the Cannes Film Fest that year, apparently.



Wow. So sad this day.

Wild at Heart is my favorite film ever made. It has remained since the first day I saw it at 15 years old.

Every time I see another film that makes me think, "Wow, this is the best film I've ever seen!" I go back and watch Wild at Heart. It never fails - this gem wins every time.
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But nothing I've ever seen has replaced my love for this film. Utter brilliance. I would invite anyone who disagrees over for a martini and viewing.

Salut Lynch! And Laura Dern! The whole world's gone crazy and we're on top!
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