Lynch. David Lynch’s case is really strong. Lynch has made ten features- I have nine of the ten films in my archives. I’ve given Dune a few chances and probably have another one left in me but it’s pretty bad. His filmography ranks him 22nd overall and he’s a style-plus director. He creates his own cinematic world- surrealism- a nightmare of a world. He’s wildly stylish and concerned with reoccurring imagery (both in-film and throughout his oeuvre) which plays so well formally. There’s still potential upside with me even if Lynch never creates anything else worthy of the archives. I’ve got him as #18 all-time despite being much lower than lower on Eraserhead and Inland Empire – I’m itching to get to them and Lost Highway again to revisit and evaluate.
Best film: Blue Velvet. Man, this is close with Mulholland Drive For now I’ll say Blue Velvet still.
total archiveable films: 9
top 100 films: 2 (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive)
top 500 films: 7 (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Wild At Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Elephant Man, Eraserhead)
top 100 films of the decade: 7 (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Wild At Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Elephant Man, Eraserhead)
most overrated: Eraserhead– It’s #278 of all-time (his 3rd ranked film) and I’m just not there yet (I’ve only seen it once- not enough). I have it as his 7th best film. Inland Empire is also overrated by TSPDT at #531 all-time—I hope the next viewing for me is a major revelation because I can’t figure on what planet this is better than Cuaron’s Children of Men.
most underrated : Fire Walk With Me at #1000 on TSPDT is a travesty. I have it at #423 and that feels underrated- haha.
gem I want to spotlight: Wild at Heart is about as good a time as you can have watching a movie. Nic Cage at his Nic Cageyest (or nearly), a Laura Dern matching him step for step, Willem Dafoe and other supporting actors wonderfully chewing scenes (Diane Ladd and Harry Dean Stanton among others), David Lynch doing his own nightmare remake of The Wizard of Oz?
Lynch often explores the gulf between the seedy underworld and the hokey veneer or small town (or small town embodied like Watts in Mulholland). Voyeurism (Hitchcock), surrealism, transformation and role switching—often doppelgängers (Bergman’s Persona) are also pet themes and as I said he makes absolutely beautiful films (less so his television work and Inland Empire). His world often has reoccurring (firm form) shots of people driving or behind cars, people on stage or holding a microphone singing, the lines in the street while driving, red fabric rooms, the blurring/distortion of objects, close-up of objects (ears), back of heads during dialogue.
- Blue Velvet
- Mulholland Drive
- Lost Highway
- Wild at Heart
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
- The Elephant Man
- The Straight Story
- Inland Empire
By year and grades
|1980- The Elephant Man||MS|
|1986- Blue Velvet||MP|
|1990- Wild At Heart||MS|
|1992- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me||MS|
|1997- Lost Highway||MS|
|1999- The Straight Story||HR|
|2001- Mulholland Drive||MP|
|2006- Inland Empire||R|
*MP is Masterpiece- top 1-3 quality of the year film
MS is Must-see- top 5-6 quality of the year film
HR is Highly Recommend- top 10 quality of the year film
R is Recommend- outside the top 10 of the year quality film but still in the archives