[Celluloid Hero]’s Favorite David Lynch Movies
David Lynch is not for everyone. His movies are surreal, dreamy, trippy, abstract...just generally weird. I'm not going to claim I "get" what Lynch is trying to say all the time, but I do know that I just enjoy the hell out of the experience.
Lynch has 10 directorial credits on his resume, along with a number of short films. I've never seen his shorts, but I have seen 7 of his films. Here are my Top 5.
5 - Eraserhead
I got my wife into Twin Peaks a while ago, and I've been contemplating how I should introduce her to Lynch's films (or if I should at all). Should I start where he started with 'Eraserhead'? It's a good intro to Lynch's style, but even as a fan, I have no clue what the hell is going on.
4 - The Elephant Man
Mel Brooks and David Lynch isn't a combo many would expect. Brooks actually pulled his name from the production of this because he didn't want people to go see "Mel Brooks' presents: The Elephant Man" and expect a zany slapstick comedy. It might be a bit un-Lynchian, his most straight-forward work, but still an excellent movie.
3 - Blue Velvet
A spiritual prequel to Twin Peaks. Lynch takes on the hidden world that lies beneath seemingly normal everyday suburban life. We've all got secrets, man.
2 - Mulholland Drive
I don't know what any of this movie means. I just know that Rebekah Del Rio's version of Roy Orbison's "Crying" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, and I have a crush on Naomi Watts and Laura Harring. Those aesthetic choices don't make this movie any easier to understand, but I don't care because it's just insane and awesome.
1 - Lost Highway
Lynch is always dreamy, but this is more of a nightmare. The soundtrack featuring Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, and David Bowie brings everything to a dark place. I may be a bit biased towards "Lost Highway" because it's the only one I've experience in a theatre on the big-screen, but I feel like it's a great balance of Lynch's surreality and a more linear story.