Three-part mini-series set during three different eras in a single room of an odd hotel where employees never age. Every story has a slight twist to it, but the stories are mostly dialogue-heavy psychological or relationship dramas.
A series of 5-minute line animations (drawn in the rough style and with the minimalist plots of David Lynch's The Angriest Dog in the World comic strip) featuring an angry and violent Neanderthal, and his family and neighbors.
A nameless woman (Marion Cotillard) enters her Shanghai hotel room to find a vintage record playing and a blue Dior purse that seems to come from nowhere. The security guards that search ... See full summary »
The lives of several people spanning from 1936 to 1993 are chronicled during their overnight stay at a New York City hotel room. The hotel room undergoes minor changes through the century, but the employees of the hotel remain unchanged, never aging. Written by
I was looking forward to seeing Alicia Witt and Glenne Headly in a David Lynch project. Lynch captured the special radiance of his one- time protégé Witt in her one appearance on Twin Peaks, showing off her piano skills as one of the Hayward daughters. He also cast her in her first role, as Alia Atreides in Dune. Since the mid-90s she's developed into a pedestrian performer in largely uninteresting movies, but when she was young she had something special that suggested great things to come. Glenne Headly's preternatural aura seems a perfect match for Lynch, and this is the only time she's worked with him. One of the frustrating things about Headly is that I don't think her full potential has ever been tapped. So I was hoping that Lynch, of all people, would be able to get something extraordinary from her. Both of these actresses, unfortunately, are not working with Lynch at his best. The movie consists of three episodes set in the same hotel room, separated by decades. I didn't bother watching the 2nd episode, as I've heard it's not up to the level of the episodes directed by Lynch. The first episode with Harry Dean Stanton, Freddie Jones, and Headly is the more entertaining of the 2 Lynch episodes, but I was still bored. The third episode with Crispin Glover and Witt is even more boring. The acting is fine in both episodes, but nothing standout. Both episodes are basically filmed one-act plays, as they would be filmed on a theater stage. I've seen Lynch direct plenty of great extended scenes that take place in one room, so it's surprising he wasn't able to come up with something better, despite the constraints. I saw Hotel Room after seeing Harmony Korine's atrocious Mister Lonely. Lynch's sincerity is a breath of fresh air in comparison with the pretender Korine. Still, this is not top-rate Lynch.
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