David has been doing Transcendental Meditation since Eraserhead. So this particular film comes from no different source than all his previous ones. It's all David and nothing but David. TM helps his creativity and does the same for many artists, giving them a new edge and insights that they wouldn't otherwise have.
Since when is a review from someone who calls Mulholland Drive a "meta-cinematic masterpiece" a recommendation? For someone who writes with such rampant vitriol and such little praise to spare, you're better off saving it to write on something worthwhile. Like unbleached toilet paper.
I sat through Lynch's Transcendental Meditation claptrap lecture last fall at UW. I'll believe all of it when I'm convinced David Lynch is capable of actually speaking in full sentences, thank you.
As a director, David Lynch is very likely a more visual person -- someone who is better at expressing himself in images rather than words. His movies certainly indicate that possibility.
Anyway, I find Lynch's pre-TM films to be weak stories/storytelling with a lot of window dressing.
Manohla is the best film critic in the biz right now. There are none better. You, however, suck, apprently. Stick with Roger Ebert or some other schlep (OK, gotta admit I kinda like the freakishly shaped pile of flab on occassion myself). If you value film criticism as having the potential to be art unto itself, you can't do any better than Ms Dargis.
Mulholland Dr.: one of the best movies of the last twenty years. People who think Mulholland Dr. is bad: intellectual chihuahuas.
Right on A in NC, Mulholland Drive is certainly the best movie of the last 20 years, and most definitely the best of the 21st Century, so far. And forget Scorcese, Mr. Lynch is our greatest living filmmaker.
FYI: tickets for the 7:30pm showing w/ David Lynch are now sold-out. Tickets for the midnight showing will be available soon!
to clarify the above post - Scarecrow has sold out of tickets! Not sure if SAM still has these available.
Not that this even worth starting a circle-jerk over, kids. There's obviously no accounting for taste. First of all, who said anything about Roger Ebert? Second, the people looking to Lynch's atrocious and indulgent "look-at-me/don't look-at-me" symbolism as some paramount entry into being an "intellectual", go ahead and wear your tires out. There are a lot of great movies to have come out of the 21st century, and calling Mulholland Drive one of them strikes me, quite frankly, as sycophantic and kind of lazy. I liked Dargis's review of 'Children of Men', she's no Pauline Kael. And until I see any evidence, it's my opinion that Wagner, while sometimes amusing, doesn't even seem to *like* film. Actually, I somteimes question whether or not she actually *likes* anything. Even her puppy.
Aaaaaaah hah hah hah hah! I got to Scarecrow just as they sold their last tickets, and then managed to order from SAM over the phone! Woo!
Mullholland Drive is a great film, with or without the best lesbian scene of any mainstream release. Also, I doubt the people (or person) who picks films for the Telluride Film Festival (where I first saw MD) could be described as lazy.
2, David definitely does not like public speaking and if you think his talk at the U was a claptrap you should have seen him a few years ago. At least he is attempting to articulate something that is very important to him and I think he gets maybe a little less nervous every time... It's very unusual for him to be in the public eye and to stand and speak in front of thousands and thousands of college students(a particularly scrutinizing audience) on a busy tour schedule would be very daunting for anybody let alone a very private person who hates public speaking.
3, he only did a couple shorts before learning Transcendental Meditation including the Alphabet and the Grandmother so there is not a lot to judge there. But I thought the Grandmother was great and far from weak for a young experimental artist. I agree that the depth of his work was noticably enhanced afterward.
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