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jim brenholts

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mulholland drive
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:51:55 PM »
finally saw this movie yesterday and i am confused as hell! i loved the movie but i have no f$%#ing idea what happened. it was all very surreal and looks like it could have been imagined or dreamed.
(naomi watts and larura harring were awesome in more ways than one!)
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Re: mulholland drive
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008, 06:23:01 PM »
I rented it about two years ago for no particular reason other than the title and it left my mind a little warped too. I like the way the roles got reversed toward the end do to a car accident that keeps you guessing and throwing you off.
I've driven up on Mullholland a few times, even saw that house way up on a
hill that looks like a UFO.

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008, 09:39:30 PM »
After I saw that movie, I had a dream that David Lynch explained it to me, and I STILL didn't get it!

Here's a go at a Wayne Higgins spoiler:  Young girl goes to Los Angles looking for fame and meets Lucifer and Abbaddon (disguised as old Jewish couple).  When she finally gets her chance for a big break, she is passed over by a group of Mafia men with a peculiar way of drinking expresso.  She ends up a diner with her newly found lesbian lover, but they won't let her eat.

I do think that David Lynch believes that Hollywood is the gateway to hell.

My spoiler for "Lost Highway" is better.  Man in jail for murdering his wife sells his soul to the devil so that he can go bowling.  "Dune":  read the book, but just skim over the last 372 pages.  "Blue Velvet":  Jeff goes home from college to North Carolina and hangs out with some interesting locals.  "Wild at Heart":  Elvis Presley meets Glenda, so hot that it is guarenteed to make you stop the movie and have sex.  "The Straight Story":  old man rides a tractor.  "Eraserhead":  the perils of a bad hair day.  "Elephant Man":  best movie ever made about the elephant man.  "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me":  my personal favorite.  An attempt to explain why a tv series was made, but no log lady.  Includes great shots of Moria Kelly, Sheryl Lee and Phobe Augustine in a bar scene which is not to be missed.

I love David Lynch movies.
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Re: mulholland drive
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008, 08:44:47 AM »
You may want to start with this page at the Internet Movie DataBase (imdb.com), which is the FAQ for the film and what it all means:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166924/faq#.2.1.1

And then there's always the wikipedia entry as well

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulholland_Drive_(film)

I remember being impressed by the film and all I can say about the seduction/love scene between the actresses is....well, I'm just glad I saw it in a theater so I maintained self-control.  :o :o :o ;)

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Re: mulholland drive
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 10:18:09 AM »
I think Lynch films can be enjoyed if you let go of the need to "translate" them into some kind of literal, straightforward narrative.  Yes, elements in Lynch films have qualities where one thing is like another... I hesitate to use the word "symbolism" because it's not like you can just translate each element or character into what it symbolizes and thus simplify the plot into something easily understood. 

I think sometimes that's what people are looking for with Lynch, sort of a translation guide or a key to understanding it simply.  You know, "creamed corn = corruption of childhood innocence" or something like that.  But I don't think Lynch works that way, and I think when people try to overlay such translations onto his work, they miss the mark.

Lynch films make sense without making logical sense, the way that sometimes a dream feels particularly meaningful without making any kind of logical or literal sense.
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Re: mulholland drive
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008, 03:59:57 PM »
You may want to start with this page at the Internet Movie DataBase (imdb.com), which is the FAQ for the film and what it all means:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166924/faq#.2.1.1



that is a good explanation. 44d, bill!
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