Blue Velvet 1986 ★★★★★

David Lynch has gone on to make weirder, more interesting movies than Blue Velvet, but his control on this one - generating suspense, building to a payoff - is more masterful than anything he made before or after. The mistake people make about Lynch is assuming that he's creating weirdness for the sake of weirdness; I believe it's a much deeper game. Blue Velvet systematically dismantles your critical armor by injecting the nightmarish surrealism of Eraserhead into a daydreamy small-town milieu; you're on solid ground until you're not. One of the most primally terrifying movies of all time.


  • Every time I watch it I'm struck by how conventional it is by Lynch standards. It even has a car chase!

  • I think this is my favorite Lynch film. It has just enough of his signature weirdness (the shots of bugs, Dennis Hopper huffing on an oxygen tank, Dean Stockwell's apartment) while still being fairly "conventional".

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