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David Lynch Revisited: Why We Need His Genius Now More Than Ever — Critics Debate

24 March 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s note: On the heels of David Lynch’s imminent return to the small screen with Showtime’s much-anticipated “Twin Peaks” continuation, the singular filmmaker is also the subject of a brand new documentary — “David Lynch: The Art Life” — and a full-scale IFC retrospective. With Lynch poised to rocket back to the cultural consciousness, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, Kate Erbland and Anne Thompson traded emails about the mysterious auteur’s talent and its continuing relevance today. 

Eric: I love David Lynch, but find the source of his popularity questionable, and am concerned about his imminent return with “Twin Peaks.” He’s one of the best-known American filmmakers of our time and probably the least understood. When “Eraserhead” became a midnight movie phenomenon in 1977, it wasn’t because people flocked to the theaters in the hopes of understanding the literal meaning of Lynch’s nightmarish black-and-white debut. »

- Anne Thompson, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Kate Erbland

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7 Filmmakers Deeply Influenced by Luis Buñuel

24 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel died in 1983, but his films continue to inspire many filmmakers today, including Woody Allen and David O. Russell. New York’s Metrograph theater is presenting a series of the surrealist filmmaker’s work from March 30 to April 6 entitled “Buñuel in France” that will feature five of his films. Buñuel directed 35 movies between 1929 and 1977.

Read More: Watch: Was Luis Buñuel a Fetishist? A Video Essay

Here are seven filmmakers who have listed a Buñuel film in their top 10 movies of all time.

Woody Allen

Allen’s favorite Buñuel film is 1972’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the famous comedy about six middle-class people attempting to have a meal together. Allen wore his inspiration on his shirt sleeve in his 2011 fantasty-comedy “Midnight in Paris,” casting the actor Adrien De Van to play Buñuel in a scene also featuring the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and visual »

- Graham Winfrey

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Beijing Film Festival to Screen David Lynch Retrospective

23 March 2017 12:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Beijing International Film Festival has added some iconic art house fare to its lineup.

The government-backed event announced this week that it will screen a special retrospective of the work of David Lynch during its 7th edition, which runs April 16-23 in the Chinese capital.

Lynch films to be included in the program include Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire — none of which were previously exhibited theatrically in the country. The documentary, David Lynch: The Art Life, by directors Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm will also be »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Eraserhead: the true story behind David Lynch's surreal shocker

22 March 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Forty years on, the director’s fatherhood freakout has lost none of its horrific power

On 19 March 1977, the world changed, after which there was a long uncomfortable silence. The occasion was the first public screening of Eraserhead, the feature debut of David Lynch, at the Filmex festival in Los Angeles. It was not a hot ticket. The film arrived with little advance publicity at the only festival to accept it. The screening took place at midnight, drawing a modest crowd who dutifully watched for the next two hours (the film was then longer than the 89 minutes it became). When it ended: nothing. But no one left either. Just silence. Then, finally, applause.

Lynch was barely into his 30s, still a way off from the master surrealist with the silver quiff who created Twin Peaks. And it hadn’t yet become apparent that this was how everyone would react to Eraserhead. »

- Danny Leigh

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‘Eraserhead’ 40th Anniversary: Watch David Lynch Explain His Movie Over Four Decades of Interviews

19 March 2017 1:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Happy “Eraserhead” day! David Lynch’s first feature was released on March 19, 1977, and his surrealistic ode to fatherhood has been a topic of conversation among interviewers ever since. Although Lynch has gone on the record as literally saying “I never talk about themes,” it hasn’t stopped scores of journalists from trying to get him to explain the meaning of “Erasherhead.”

Below are five fantastic interviews — from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s — where Lynch analyzes the film as only he can. Watching all of them is a fascinating glimpse into his mind, as well as an opportunity to see how his ideas have changed as he’s grown older.

Read More: The Best Movie of the 21st Century: Why Critics Keep Voting for David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive

This 1979 gem appears to be the earliest recorded Lynch interview. “Eraserhead” is the primary focus, and it’s a fascinating time capsule. »

- William Earl

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In the Overlook, Everything is Fine: ‘The Shining’ as Directed by David Lynch

14 March 2017 2:02 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Don’t think one of the scariest movies ever can get any scarier? You’re wrong.

Question: what’s scarier than riding your big wheel through an empty hotel, turning the corner, and finding yourself face to face with twin little girls dressed in matching baby-blue dresses, and oh yeah, they’re dead?

Answer: riding your big wheel through an empty hotel, turning the corner, and finding yourself face to face with a full-grown, malformed-cheeked woman who looks way to happy to see you and can’t stop singing, “In Heaven, everything is fine.”

This hypothetical scenario comes from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, of course, and in the question portion, I’m sticking with the original, little Danny Torrance bumping into the Grady Twins. In the second, however, you might have picked up that the figure described is the infamous Lady in the Radiator from David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Now »

- H. Perry Horton

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Why David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Film, 'Eraserhead' Are Getting Their First Theatrical Runs in Russia

9 March 2017 3:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Russian distributor Russian World Vision is releasing theatrically restored versions of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Lost Highway, timing the cinema release to the airing of the revival of cult series Twin Peaks in May.

"David Lynch has been viewed as one of the most original directors in Russia, just like elsewhere," a representative for Russian World Vision told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the movies will be screened on about 40 screens in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities.

This will be a limited release for Russia, but nothing even at that scale has ever »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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Why David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Film, 'Eraserhead' Are Getting Their First Theatrical Runs in Russia

9 March 2017 3:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Russian distributor Russian World Vision is releasing theatrically restored versions of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Lost Highway, timing the cinema release to the airing of the revival of cult series Twin Peaks in May.

"David Lynch has been viewed as one of the most original directors in Russia, just like elsewhere," a representative for Russian World Vision told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the movies will be screened on about 40 screens in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities.

This will be a limited release for Russia, but nothing even at that scale has ever »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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We Are The Flesh / The Lovers on the Bridge

7 March 2017 3:24 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

We Are The Flesh (Tenemos la carne)

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2017 / Color / 1:85 widescreen – though the aspect ratio changes at the director’s whim/110 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017

Starring: Noe Hernandez, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel.

Cinematography: Yollótl Alvarado

Film Editor: Yibran Asuad and Emiliano Rocha Minter

Written by Emiliano Rocha Minter

Produced by Julio Chavezmontes and Moisés Cosío

Directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter

Teetering on that thin edge between the ludicrous and the even more ludicrous, Emiliano Rocha Minter’s We Are The Flesh is a spittle-flecked, willfully deranged vision of life in a post-apocalyptic Mexico. Since its release in 2016, Minter’s movie, adrift in bodily fluids and overwrought speechifying, has been turning both heads and stomachs at film festivals across Europe.

An unconvincing mix of Living Theatre provocations and Eraserhead-like tableaus of bursting placentas and the drip, drip, drip of menstrual blood, Minter’s movie announces itself with the »

- Charlie Largent

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‘The Shining’ Meets David Lynch in this Terrifying Mashup — Watch

28 February 2017 3:55 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Imagine, if you will, an alternate universe in which Stanley Kubrick never directed “The Shining.” The thought alone would be enough to give fans of the film pause. But, what if we got a version of “The Shining” that is somehow creepier than the one Kubrick made? What if David Lynch got his hands on the classic horror story instead? Richard Vezina’s “Blue Shining” takes us into this alternate reality and it is absolutely haunting. The eight-minute video re-imagines “The Shining” as a David Lynch film by integrating clips from “Blue Velvet,” “Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive” and more. Unsurprisingly, Lynch’s surrealist themes work with terrifying effect in this mashup.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks Day’: Celebrate with First Look at Eerie Posters from Showtime Revival

In the video, Vezina emulates Lynch’s surreal atmosphere by implementing distorted closeups of Jack Nicholson (truly the stuff of nightmares) and substituting »

- Juan Diaz

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Great Job, Internet!: This Kubrick-Lynch mashup is the stuff of nightmares

27 February 2017 10:59 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Have you ever thought, “I wish The Shining was weirder, scarier, and more intense—and also had more synthesizers”? We can’t imagine many have, but in case your nightmares aren’t visceral enough, a video from Richard Vezina envisions what The Shining would look like had another auteur, David Lynch, directed it instead of Stanley Kubrick.

Blue Shining (Kubrick x Lynch) from Richard Vezina on Vimeo.

The video mashup “Blue Shining” overlays and inserts scenes and images from Wild At Heart, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway and more into the 1980 Kubrick classic. For example, Twin Peaks’ ubiquitous logging trucks roll by outside the office window as the violent history of the Overlook is explained to Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance, and Eraserhead’s Lady In The Radiator is doubled to replace the ghost twin girls at the end of one Danny Torrance’s rides through the hotel’s hallways ...

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- Laura Adamczyk

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New Trailer for 'David Lynch: The Art Life' Doc on Lynch's Early Years

10 February 2017 7:15 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Sickness. Corruption. Fear in the air. It was so good for me." Janus Films has debuted a new trailer for the documentary titled David Lynch: The Art Life, a look at the life and work of American director David Lynch. Lynch is beloved by critics & cinephiles for his films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr. and Inland Empire. This doc premiered at the Venice and London Film Festivals last year, and should be arriving in theaters this spring. The film focuses mostly on his early years and many of the various inspirations and moments of his life that made him into the artist he is today. This looks fascinating and totally weird, which is just about right to tell the story of David Lynch. Check out the new footage below. Here's the newest trailer (+ poster) for Janus Films' doc David Lynch: The Art Life, direct »

- Alex Billington

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Janus Films Announces Theatrical Release of David Lynch: The Art Life; Unveils Poster Art

8 February 2017 9:02 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Last September, we learned that Janus Films had picked up the theatrical distribution rights to the new documentary, David Lynch: The Art Life which had opened at the Venice Film Festival. The film, directed by Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm, is a feature length interview with the director and will open at the IFC Center in New York on March 31st.

From the press release:

In advance of the release of David Lynch: The Art Life, IFC Center will present a comprehensive retrospective of Lynch’s films, including a new 4K restoration of his groundbreaking feature debut, Eraserhead, landmark works like Wild At Heart and Mulholland Dr., rare shorts and more, March 24th-30th.

David Lynch: The Art Life is infused with Lynch’s own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, and giving audiences a »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Spiceworld! Denis Villeneuve has signed on to direct the Dune reboot

1 February 2017 4:42 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

The recent swathe of awards nominations for Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival restored the faith of sci-fi fans around the world. Ted Chiang’s beautifully constructed tale ‘Stories of Your Life’ was adapted perfectly to the big screen by Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer, and was a wonderful alternative to the plotless CG action sci-fi films we’ve seen so many of. The director has been circling another epic sci-fi project for a number of weeks, and today it has been confirmed that he’s taking on the Dune reboot for Legendary pictures.

Earlier today Brian Herbert (son of Dune creator Frank Herbert, and sci-fi author in his own right) tweeted the following good news:

It's official — Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new Dune series film project.

Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017

The famously divisive 1984 film version from David Lynch is »

- Jon Lyus

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Film Review: ‘Lemon’

25 January 2017 3:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To say that “Lemon” is quirky would be like saying that a lemon is yellow: It’s the nature of the object. The film’s entire raison d’être is to be as quirky and anomalous and avant-weird as possible. Mission accomplished. It’s fair to ask, though: To what end? “Lemon” is the year’s breakout buzz film from the Next section of Sundance, which is all about the cutting edge (it also just kicked off the International Film Festival Rotterdam), but let’s be clear: You could program this movie in 100 specialty theaters and market it with an advertising budget of $5 million, and it’s still doubtful that many people would show up. Not because the film is “too strange,” but because it’s so hermetically coy and self-conscious.

Lemon” is a comedy of miserablism that keeps poking you in the ribs — and, quite often, fails to hit »

- Owen Gleiberman

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See John Malkovich Pursue Fashion Career in Meta-Filled Short Film

3 January 2017 9:04 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

John Malkovich pursues his lifelong passion for fashion in John's Journey, a short film about the Oscar-nominated actor's metamorphosis into clothing designer.

"I'm always a figure in someone else's dream. I'd really rather sometimes make my own figures and make my own dreams," Malkovich says of the endeavor. "I never made my life about what other people thought of me or what I should or shouldn't do."

In the short film, shot to look like a movie trailer, Malkovich is shown on movie shoots and hotel rooms working on his »

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Film Anniversaries To Look Forward To In 2017

1 January 2017 3:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at what films are celebrating milestones this year…

With 2017 now underway, it’s time to stop looking at what happened in film in 2016, and start looking forward to the new year by looking back. Here are some film anniversaries you can look forward to.

2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Spider-Man 3, the three highest grossing films of 2007. That’s right, it was hardly a classic year at the cinema, though you can mark the decade since the release of Zodiac in March and There Will Be Blood in December, films worth certainly worth revisiting.

It’s also twenty years since 1997, which means we’ll probably get anniversary edition Blu-rays of Titanic and The Full Monty. Yes, it’s really been that long. »

- Neil Calloway

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