This is a small story containing the whole world.
Lynch has ultimately gotten his way with his intended premise, occasionally revisiting the show to markedly shift the narrative and thematic direction of its arcs.
Some films are inexplicably overlooked in their time. Others offer numerous reasons why crowds should not have embraced them with open arms. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is an example of the latter. It’s no wonder people hated it, a prequel for a concluded TV series that took David Lynch’s dual impulses of quirky humor and seedy realms under …
Wherever the book offers answers, it also prompts new questions.
Mulholland Drive is compellingly watchable in part because of the precision and care with which it registers details.
Lynch made a handful of short videos during this period that are more stylized than the home video look he's espoused, but the results were still mixed.
While it would not be fair to treat Inland Empire as a sort of culmination of Lynch’s career, it is certainly tempting.
Darkened Room functions as a passage between what may be Lynch’s greatest film and what might be his last.
David Lynch’s filmography is filled with protagonists vying for control over their own story. I kicked off this series discussing Eraserhead in that context, and Lost Highway’s protagonist serves as an obvious example when he states that “I like to remember things my way…not necessarily how they happened.” More subtly, Alvin Straight’s story is so immaculately crafted that it almost …
The Straight Story should be a David Lynch outlier. Smack dab in the middle of a four-year stretch that also showcased two of his most nonlinear fever dreams, Lynch made a G-rated Disney movie about a kindly old man. Unlike his other films, he had no hand in writing the script (though it was penned by a longtime collaborator in …