Thursday, October 17, 2013

Masters Of Horror! (David Lynch)

Man, what can you say about David Lynch that sums him up in one little intro paragraph?

Um....well, he can't stand the smell of food in his house, or the idea of crumbs in his house, so he always has to eat out, and he'll eat the same thing for 2 years at a time.
When I heard him relate this, his current fixation was turkey sandwiches.

On to the movies!!

Eraserhead (1977)

See here.

I can see where "Ren & Stimpy", got a lot from this.

The Elephant Man (1980)

If Lynch's whole career had been a failure after this, he'd still have this as his legacy.
It's damned good.

You've got young Anthony Hopkins, and he's always great.
I mean, he got me to like "Shadowlands", so there you go.

Just watch it.

Dune (1984)

See here.

Blue Velvet (1986)

"I'll send you a love letter.....straight from my heart, fucker!!! You know what a love letter is?? It's a bullet from a fucking GUN, fucker!!!".

Ahhhh, a jolly romp.
Fills my heart with blood.
*Hugs self*

Wild At Heart (1990)

Blue Velvet 2: Electric Boogaloo.

This one had me laughing to the point of burst blood vessels and tears.

Pop this one in to enjoy with friends, you can't miss.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Prequel to the show that spoils everything, so you don't have to watch the show.

Well, that's sure nice of him, cuz I thought the show was ass.

Consensus seems to be, if you loved the show, you hated the flick, and if you took the film on its own merits, you dug it.

Whelp, on my "to watch", list it goes.

Lost Highway (1997)

Haven't seen it, but skimming the cliffnotes, it looks like "Blue Velvet 3: The Final Dimension".

The Straight Story (1999)

The big sellout movie.

Produced by Walt Disney, G rated, critics jacked off all over it, and it got a French trophy.

Fuck you, Hollywood, and critics, for making him have to do this.
Inferior beings.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Again, haven't seen it, but skimming cliffnotes, he's back to form, and this looks like "Blue Velvet 4: Velvet Goes To Jail".

The weirdness was back, but the critics and French trophy-givers liked it this time, go figure.

Inland Empire (2006)

Same as "Mulholland Drive".

Except, I don't remember this one being advertised on TV.

And oh, okay, funny title, "Blue Velvet 5: Velvet Takes Manhattan".
There you go.

The Cleveland Show (2009-2013)

Okay, yes, this show sucked, but the reason I think it never gelled, was because it never found its Brian and/or Stewie to center on, and pull stories out of.

Family Guy, it was Brian and Stewie, American Dad, it's Roger.

So what that Cleveland was in the title?
That don't mean shit.
American Dad and Family Guy aren't the real stars of their shows either.

Now I find out Gus was fucking David Lynch, and they didn't utilize him?
They really deserved to be cancelled.

Okay, none of these...are 100% horror per se....but there's a psychological horror thread throughout (Straight Story, and Cleveland Show excepted, of course), and they're just plain hard to classify overall.
Officially, they fall under "thrillers", but that doesn't quite cut it either.
I think the whole concept of "genre", fails where Lynch is concerned.
And, it deserves to, really.
It's not an objective thing, it's just a mental box for people.

But hey, it's my list, and my sensibilities are as valid as the self assumed authorities, so in with the group he goes.

Up next, Brian Yuzna.

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