reibureibu’s review published on Letterboxd:
Mulholland Drive was the very first Lynch I saw and since then I've gone through his entire filmography. He's quickly become one of my favorite directors and I now completely understand why people love him, and in many ways I'd say this is his greatest capstone.
It began initially as a planned TV series and much of the movie is actually the pilot for that, but for whatever reason it ended up shelved. You can actually kind of tell when this pilot-part ends and the movie-part begins because it starts to get a lot weirder and darker and there's definitely some bits that would've never been broadcasted.
"It'll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else."
With a structure like Lost Highway, the love-hate dynamic of Blue Velvet, the American west of Wild at Heart, and the darkness of Fire Walk with Me, it feels like a culmination of everything he's mastered before and put in a sleek, well-crafted piece.
Only Inland Empire can compete with that description, and in very opposite ways as it's chaotic, distorted, and maybe slightly-evil. Like Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love and 2046, these are two directorial masterpieces that occupy very different realms.