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Inland Empire (2006)
The New Lynch...well worth the wait.
As an avid Lynch follower who has seen all of his works and read just about all their is on the man, I must say INLAND EMPIRE is by far his most experimental. His short films are worthy of competition in this category, but I must admit that this film has pushed Lynch further into, well further into "Lynch world". The Digital Video format has allowed Lynch to break boundaries set for him by the conventional film format and explore the truly dark and mysterious corners of the imagination. Although I found it difficult at first to decipher, it later on became one of his more easily reachable stories. I feel the 2 and a half years he spent filming INLAND EMPIRE while ignoring the typical script treatment, Lynch was able to 'feel' what the film was, build the characters based on what was being filmed and not written down in words, and find the connections through the visual/audio elements rather than force together the elements because that's what he originally intended. Even though I still believe "Mulholland Dr". to be his 'best work', INLAND EMPIRE truly impressed me and I would rank it at a close second on his all time list. This is definitely his darkest work and it will surprise most people for its wit, its nail biting moments, and its ability to throw you where you've never been before. I RECOMMEND THIS FILM to anyone who is looking for something new, and that will inspire them. But mainly because it will leave you with a mental hangover that will continue well into the next day.