It's no secret that David Lynch is one of my favorite film-makers, and Twin Peaks may be my favorite show of all time. But I know he is incredibly polarizing as a writer/director. Many movie-goers leave his movies (sometimes within 20 minutes of the movie) with feelings of disgust, frustration, intense dread, and often even anger and hatred for this man.
To the Lynch lovers out there, what movie(s) of his is your favorite and why? Even though you love Lynch, are there any movies of his you think are complete and utter shit?
I'd have to say that while Lynch is may be my second or third favorite director, I was more than just disappointed with Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me. I wanted a little bit of closure after the amazing season 2 cliffhanger of the awesome TV series. I got little to no closure, and instead a series of seemingly random arbitrary occurrences and non-sequitur monologues and images. It's the only movie of his that I may actually despise, although I do begrudgingly admire it in a way. Spending that much time with Laura Palmer really felt like being in hell (again, maybe the point, but...I dunno). I HAVE seen worse movies, much worse, and even Lynch's failures are fascinating to some extent, but after a near flawless, consistently engaging TV series that ended way too soon, I figured a two-hour movie would satiate me at least somewhat.
My favorites are Lost Highway, Blue Velvet (of course), Eraserhead (again, of course), and Mulholland Dr.
I don't claim to completely understand everything about Lynch's movies. I think often they are too personal to Lynch himself to fully know where he's coming from. And in the case of Mulholland Dr., I've found it impossible to assemble the events on-screen into a linear timeline that doesn't collapse in on itself. It's like a Rubik's cube, it can look like you're close to solving it, but you know you have much more to figure out. Unlike the Rubik's cube however, I don't think Lynch's puzzles are meant to be fully solved. He doesn't even explain the meaning behind his stories to the actors. He leaves everyone blind-folded, not just us, the audience.
Okay, for you Lynch haters, here's your chance. Just let loose, let me know everything you hate about Lynch, and why. This could be a cathartic experience for you. I understand, there are tons of people who claim to love Lynch just to fit in with the art-house goons.
I will say one thing in his defense though. You may think he's a con-man making trash and masquerading it as art. However, it's my opinion that many of his movies attack the very notion of art, or at least bring to question what art is, if you look at a movie like Wild at Heart for example, that movie is basically a cinematic act of "self-mutilation," as Ebert described. It's a self-parody, but more importantly parodies all the Hollywood cliches to hell and back without being too incredibly transparent in doing so. It's clear that Lynch made this movie as a statement: he pretty much wanted to destroy conventional, cliche, hackneyed Hollywood movie formula, and Wild at Heart certainly rips this form to shreds. It's not my favorite of his, but goddamn is it ever funny...yet of course creepy as all fucking hell at the same time.
But anyway, like I said, just let loose, whether you love or despise Lynch, I want to know what you guys think. I'm just a sucker for the bizarre, mainly the Cronenberg and Lynch schools of bizarre. Call me pretentious, but I think Lynch is a genius, possibly certifiably insane. I'm sure I'm pretty fucked up for loving his films as well. To paraphrase Lynch's long time friend and collaborator, it's great that Lynch can express himself through his films, because "otherwise somebody might be dead."