YOUR FAVORITE David Lynch films?

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Mulholland Drive.

Blue Velvet.

Wild At Heart

Original Twin Peaks.

Not Dune. Not his fault
 

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The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and (though not a film, as they were co-created TV) the first 17 episodes of Twin Peaks (though the rest of the original 30 are okay, too).

(I guess I should clarify that I listed the movies in chronological order - it'd be hard to rank them precisely, but Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive would probably be fighting for the top spot.)
 
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Dune is fine - as long as you've read the book. The only movie I can think of that (seemingly) that relies on the movie goer knowing the story before going to watch the film. This seems to have been a deliberate choice. Which is probably why the film bombed at the box office, but then gained a cult following from readers of Frank Herbert.
 

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I don’t know, I saw Dune long before I read the book and loved it. And a fair portion of the movie’s haters had read the book.


Fair enough. From a personal experience, I saw the movie before I even knew of the existence of the book. I was struck by the visuals and the sheer scale of the movie; but I really didn't understand it. I'm not sure that it's actually possible to fully understand the story of the movie without having read the book. Years later, I played the excellent adventure/strategy game, and then the even more awesome pre-C&C RTGS game Battle for Arrakis. After that I was intrigued to read the book, then I went back to the movie and enjoyed even more, because now I knew what was happening and why.

It could be that the original movie did make sense, but that I wasn't watching it attentively enough!
 

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Other than the weirder one featuring Bunnies on low-quality DV (Inland Empire), I can't think of a Lynch film I haven't enjoyed. My favourite is probably Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Straight Story, Eraserhead or Dune (impossible to pick, though really). Also love Twin Peaks - although I wish he hadn't left in Season 2.
 

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For sure I really didn't fully grasp what Dune was about- I enjoyed it for its tone, its visuals, its music. I think the movie is best enjoyed as a tone poem, and its weakest moments are when it tries to be expository.
 

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I thought Lynch's Dune was underrated. An opinion that was reinforced by watching Villeneuve's version recently.

I don't think i have seen any other David Lynch movies.
 

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I really like Villeneuve’s film, it had some brilliant touches, but I found the costumes to be mostly dull (the Sardaukar costumes were especially poorly done- though the Sardaukar liturgy was amazing), the sets and ship designs looked like everything was designed by Apple, and the music was forgettable. Lynch’s film is mostly a triumph in all those departments.
 

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I think both Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man are amazing. Eraserhead disturbs me too much to watch. I've never been overly impressed with his other stuff.
 

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The Straight Story
One of my all-time favourite films. Great acting, great photography, beautiful landscapes and a wonderful story.
 

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Another fan of The Straight Story here. I actually can’t think of a Lynch movie I don’t like. I still have a soft spot for his Dune, even though I really liked Villeneuve’s.

I think his best ever work is the third series of Twin Peaks (all of Twin Peaks are excellent but the third really stands out for me).
 

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The Straight Story
One of my all-time favourite films. Great acting, great photography, beautiful landscapes and a wonderful story.


Yes, I didn't see it when it originally came out, but I did during lockdown when I'd tired of all the usual movies I'd watch. It was a brilliant piece of movie making.
 

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Mulholland Drive - is for me, by far, his best. (That's the reworked cinema version - I haven't seen the original TV Edit) It is one of my top ten films of all time.
Dune - is a flawed mess but I love it. (And I have seen the TV edit of that and it is indescribably bad.)
Eraserhead - is the one I have probably watched most often - and it gets funnier each time I see it.
Blue Velvet - Not seen it since I saw it in the cinema back on its first release. In my mind plays like a dress rehearsal for Twin Peaks but I may well be wrong.
Straight Story - "Look, I can do proper movies! Stop bugging me."
Wild at Heart - just felt half-hearted. Phoned in. I described it being like a Coen Brothers film directed by Lynch who didn't get it.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - had it's moment but overall had me wondering why he'd bothered ( I guess the money came in handy)
Inland Empire - it felt like he'd lost it. Certainly far too long (3 hours!) which is one of the reasons I've not gone back to rewatch it to see if I was wrong and it is better than I remember.

Never seen Elephant Man or Lost Highway and I baled on Season 3 of Twin Peaks after three episodes.
 

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I'd go along with Dune, too. I do think it's a mess, but it's visually amazing - far more interesting to look at than the Villeneuve version, if less coherent.

It's been a long time since I saw The Elephant Man but I remember it as a very good, quite straightforward drama.

Blue Velvet, Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive were all good. He's good at a type of unsettling, surreal drama that uses a lot of Americana and doesn't quite turn supernatural. Inland Empire was indulgent nonsense, I thought.
 

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From Lynch, I would say Dune, but is Lynch anywhere near being a director whom I seek out?

No.
 

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