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Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Lynch's most detailed & intelligent movie.
Not only is this Lynch's best movie, this is one of the best movies ever made. It MUST be watched at least twice to even begin to connect all the events and figure out what was really going on. There is so much attention to detail and meaning in the scenes, images, objects and acting...it is seriously amazing. The sound, music, writing, directing...EVERYTHING has so much thought put into it's incredible. I wish there were more movies with this much effort put into them that I could watch. I'm really looking forward to what Lynch is working on next.
10/10 no question. You MUST watch this movie. Pay attention to every part of everything.
Lost Highway (1997)
Great strange movie that demands to be analyzed.
This movie is great. Very creative dark story telling. Another great Lynch movie with unique imagery. It also has a thought provoking time-line of events and character switching that will trip you out and force you to analyze what you saw, what/who was real & what really happened. The mood is dark, eerie & suspenseful. Not many movies give you such an experience as this one.
This movie doesn't get as high of praise as Lynch's Mulholland Dr. but they are actually pretty similar. I recommend them both if you've only seen one or the other. I will agree though. Mulholland Dr. is more of a cinematic masterpiece.
8/10...maybe 9/10 ?
Wild at Heart (1990)
Don't get your hopes up.
I'm a big fan of creative unique movies. With more meaningful and artistic writing and directing. Lynch usually never let's me down in this sense. Therefor I couldn't wait to watch Wild At Heart. However, don't let Lynch's name attached to this film fool you. It just honestly isn't that good. I hate to say it but I was really let down by this piece of Lynch's work. Most of all the story was just weak it never grips you, you are never excited about what's happening and what's going to happen next. The symbolism shots and Wizard of Oz references just were not genius...they seemed weak, almost pointless and most of all cheesy. The movie also has a very dated feel to it, it didn't hold up well. This movie is 4 years newer than BLUE VELVET but seems so much older.
I gave this movie 4/10 stars...those points are only for the fact the movie at least is different than most movies & for WILLEM DAFOE's character and scenes.
Sorry, but this is probably Lynch's worst piece of work. Please don't judge him by this film.
Blue Velvet (1986)
There's nothing quite like it.
This is a good one from Lynch. It's told in a pretty standard format unlike some other Lynch movies. The story works and gets you interested in it. The situations are WEIRD and intriguing. The symbolism and imagery have meaning. The symbolism is clever & powerful, not cheesy. The mood of the film works well.
I give it a 8/10. Very Unique.
Donnie Darko (2001)
A great movie that you have to see.
This movie is great. It was hard to come up with a solid rating for how much I liked it, but the more I learn about it (The Philosophy of Time Travel), the more I think about it -- trying to work it all out in my head and the more I watch the movie and start noticing subtle little hints and things, the more I love it and realize how truly great it is.
I love how this movie has much more to understand and dig into deeper for those who actually want to take the time to understand everything and every aspect of the movie and why things happened. But at the same time for those who DON'T dig into the movie any further than just watching it...the movie still makes all it's points about about fate, life, love and course of actions. It gives you so few real answers in the end, that you are forced to think about this movie.
The production itself was also great the mood and atmosphere were effective, the acting was good, the comedy was real and funny, the creepiness was creepy in a believable way, the feelings of characters was well portrayed, each song fit meaningfully into the movie and created an emotional poignancy.....I'll just stop talking now, and hope that you decide to see this movie now.
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Corny and not scary...
This movie was so corny and unrealistic it made it completely non-scary. It wasn't that good kind of corn like the Sleepaway Camp movies either. I gave this movie 3 out of 10 stars for a couple scenes showing human bodies getting tossed and broken and the female ghost with the knife.
An unfolding mystery movie with a couple tense creepy moments...
Okay I'm a big horror fan...especially of movies that are played out realistically. Stuff you can really believe. Last summer I ran across reviews for the movie 'Ringu' and I knew I had to see it (even though it was hard to get here in the US) the reviews were so good for it, everyone seemed to truly be creeped out.
Anyway I heard an American version was coming and I know I had to see the Original for the American one...So now I've seen 'Ringu', however...I think time I spent reading all the reviews about it kind of spoiled it for me...I knew what to expect...or expected something similar to what actually happened. It was a very good movie even though it didn't creep me out like I wanted it to. It kept me entertained with the unraveling supernatural-mystery type story. This movie gets compared to THE OTHERS, and I have to say, The Others did creep me out in the end...it had totally flipped me out. While I was watching the others I thought I wasn't going to be too pleased with the ending, about the time the kids snuck into the graveyard and figures *something* out about their housekeepers -- I thought that was going to be the big twist...and I was like 'well that wasn't too special' ...but after that they caught me off guard and totally blew me away...NOW, in 'RINGU' I kept waiting for the big thing to trip me out in the end...but it turned out the scene in the end that I thought was going to lead to something greater...was the creepy scene that everyone was talking about...so it kind of let me down in that way. (Although, remember when I saw it I wasn't completely unspoiled and that probably took away from the affect)
Rating this movie is hard, but I think I give it 7/10. Now I can't wait to the the American version to compare them...
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
...and I love things that are unique.
Anyway, all I have to say is that this movie is very unique & entertaining. It is not as much of a comedy as I thought it was going to be, but I still enjoyed it very much. There are some 'normal' funny parts but also subtle humorous situations and dialog which turn out great. The movie is much more than that though...it's hard to explain. There's a lot of great stuff here: an big great cast, excellent script & direction, a lot of connections and detail, it's pretty amazing.
I love how it's all because of Royal (who's sort of the bad guy) that everyone's problems and secrets come to light after all this time, which in turn let's them help their own and each others problems there by making all their lives better. It's because of Royal getting them all back together.
It's different, a little weird and definitely not a typical played out story. I suggest you watch it yourself and see if enjoy it. I give it 7 stars out of 10. (sometimes I think it deserves more,..sometimes I don't. I just can't decide, so I'll stick with a 7*'s.
Recommendation: Ghost World (2001). Not that these two movies are related much, if at all. I happened to enjoy very much and rate it higher than The Royal Tenenbaums. It's another unique non-hollywood movie that is also very funny and weird. Please watch it.
Ghost World (2001)
Completely enjoyed this movie...
I rented 'Session 9' a couple weeks ago and saw the preview for 'Ghost World'...the preview caught my attention and I looked it up on IMDb. Being that it was in the top 250 movies I knew I had to rent it soon. (Having Steve Buscemi in it didn't hurt either) (I remember seeing bits about the movie on various movie sites before it came out,...but I don't think I ever saw one commercial for it when it was released theatrically -- so I forgot about it)
Anyway, I rented it not completely sure what to expect and turned out to completely enjoy this movie from start to finish. I loved the characters, dialog, humor, story and the real 'every-day-life-comedic-situations'. Like others have said it was sort of "Seinfeld-esque"...
...I didn't want it to end, I wish I could see more. The ending was fine though, sort of ambiguous -- but perfect.
I know this movie may not be for everyone, but I would definitely recommend that everyone watch it and judge for yourself...you may be surprised.
(By the way,...I hate the show Daria, can't stand it)
Double Take (2001)
This was actually a fun movie to watch, it had a pretty clever story which I wasn't expecting and was pretty funny. The two main characters also have a Popping/ticking/waving (dance) battle which was a highlight for me.
This movie was not the best of it's kind but pretty damn good. What was similar but better was, 'Nothing to lose' with Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins.