'Living Lynch'

'Living Lynch' is a project in which I go on a journey to watch all David Lynch's feature films. This project will include first watches and rewatches. There is no timescale on this task, however, I would like to complete 'Living Lynch' before the end of 2021. This list will keep track of my progress, and films will be added, and ranked as I watch them.

Remaining

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Progress 9/10

  • Blue Velvet

    1.Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    Blue Velvet has a dark, and atmospheric tone which captures intrigue in the story immediately. David Lynch creates a suspenseful psychological thriller, with a haunting score, a chilling mood, and the use of colour is outstanding. A film that won't be for everyone with its controversial themes, but the acting can't be ignored. The full cast are excellent, especially Dennis Hopper who is utterly terrifying in his role.

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  • The Elephant Man

    2.The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

    The Elephant Man is utterly heart wrenching, but a story that is so engaging, and displays terrific performances from John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. The direction and camera work from David Lynch is beautiful at times, and he creates a somewhat uncomfortable atmosphere in this tender, sensitive biopic that certainly stands the test of time.

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  • The Straight Story

    3.The Straight Story

    ★★★★

    Alvin a World War II veteran travels to see his brother after hearing he's had a stroke. However, due to Alvin's legs and eyes being too impaired to have a driver's license, he purchases a lawn tractor and sets off on his journey. The Straight Story is meticulously slow paced, but it just works for the story its telling. Richard Farmsworth as Alvin is incredible, such a natural and believable performance and his character is so sweet and sincere, and I really rooted for him. Sissy Spacek also does a great job in a supporting role playing his disabled daughter. The music is another highlight along with the well written script. David Lynch created a beautiful film.

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  • Lost Highway

    4.Lost Highway

    ★★★★

    Lost Highway is unconventional, dreamlike, whilst portraying elements of realism in the story David Lynch is trying to tell. The acting is phenomenal, Patricia Arquette is the star, and she gives an excellent performance. Cool editing and direction, and the use of music is a huge highlight. A little bit more accessible for your average film fan, but still has its Lynch moments.

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  • Wild at Heart

    5.Wild at Heart

    ★★★½

    Wild at Heart is a strange road movie, a very straightforward plot, with surreal realism and madness, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from David Lynch. The film looks great, it’s shot extremely well, and I imagine the themes run quite deep. Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern are excellent together, and Willem Dafoe gives a pretty creepy performance. The references to The Wizard of Oz were strange, but it worked in the concept of the storytelling. I’m struggling to decide how I feel about this film and perhaps another watch would help.

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  • Dune

    6.Dune

    ★★★

    Dune is David Lynch’s adaption of the Frank Herbert novel, a film that seems heavily criticised, but I honestly thought it was entertaining. The story does seem to bounce scene to scene, it’s a but muddled at times, and heavily edited. The hammy acting actually worked for me, and Kyle MacLachlan is great, cool set and costume designs and a good insight into where Dune: Part Two will lead.

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  • Mulholland Drive

    7.Mulholland Drive

    ★★★

    Unfortunately, I just don't understand the love for this film, similar to other David Lynch films, the technical aspects are extremely well done, it's stylish and the acting is great, however, there is no story here. I guess the storytelling is meant to be clever, but I just found all too perplexing and frustrating.</span>

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  • Eraserhead

    8.Eraserhead

    ★★★

    In a state of confusion about what I've just witnessed. From a technical aspect, Eraserhead looks and sounds great, but I can't pretend I was taken with the story, or enjoyed any of it for that matter. A film that can be interpreted in different ways it seems, but it certainly feels David Lynch created a surreal and unique experience for the viewer. Perhaps my feelings will change after another watch.

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  • Inland Empire

    9.Inland Empire

    ★½

    Inland Empire is borderline unwatchable. I'm not sure I'll ever fully understand this film, but perhaps Lynch's intention is to never allow the viewer to comprehend everything. Too many scenes that feel unrelated to each other, and if they are, it's very loose indeed. Perplexing camerawork which looks like an experimental film, and just a incoherent, tiresome and challenging watch.

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