Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Inland Empire

Now don't tell me you don't know what Inland Empire is. It's the new David Lynch film, and I've mentioned it here before.

I've just finished reading a great article about it in the latest issue of Sight & Sound, and I am more excited than I've been about a movie in yeeeaaars, let me tell you.

And it comes out on 9 March, perfect timing for it to be my birthday-week movie.

Trouble is, I feel bad for Wife. It's no secret how much she hates Lynch and his films (with the possible exception of The Straight Story), and she has previously told me in no uncertain terms that she won't sit through another. (Mulholland Dr. drove her to the ice-cream stand, and she doesn't even eat ice cream.)

I felt compelled to point out that she has hated the last two films we sat through as her birthday movies (Lost in Translation and Brokeback Mountain), so how much more fun should she expect to have watching a film that she didn't choose?

Looks like she might concede... as long as she can bring the iPod. Well, what more can I ask for?

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17 Comments:

Blogger Candy Minx said...

That's funny...I love the iPod idea...does Red have downloaded movies on her iPod?

Good luck...and hopefully, it might have a riveting story and characters and draw Red into it all?

13 February, 2007 00:42  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

I have mixed feelings about Lynch...one minute I love his movies, next minute I hate them....except the Straight Story, which is good all the time.

13 February, 2007 02:21  
Blogger Pickled Olives said...

I had to watch Lost in Translation in 3 sittings. I kept falling asleep. Bored me to tears.

13 February, 2007 03:36  
Blogger Tanya said...

After Mulholland Drive, I have vowed never to see another Lynch movie again. Unless it's The Straight Story. Lost in Translation looked like a good movie in trailer form. It was a pile of shite. Enjoyed Brokeback Mountain, though.

13 February, 2007 11:39  
Blogger Karen said...

I don't know what Inland Empire is :-)

Honestly I don't think I've seen a single Lynch film. I'll have to check before commenting further.

However, while you may have had to sit through a couple of bad film's for Red's birthday, you already know in advance that she doesn't like Lynch. Is it really fair to subject her to it? Perhaps you could see something else instead.

13 February, 2007 12:56  
Blogger Karen said...

Correction - I've seen a total of three Lynch films. Blue Velvet (odd), Dune (awesome), and Elephant Man (pretty good).

13 February, 2007 12:58  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i was about to say i don't think i've ever seen an david lynch film, but then i saw karen's note.. i have seen elephant man and i think it's one of the most incredible films i've ever seen.

i've heard good things about impire rising, so i'm fairly certain i'll be checking it out. i look forward to reading your thoughts * and seeing if we find common ground :) i love common ground.

and sad red didn't like lost in translation. i own that movie... it's slow, but i think it's so funny at times and just a really interesting character sketch.

hooray for the iPod ;)

13 February, 2007 15:06  
Blogger ldbug said...

The iPod is a great idea! I made my ex sit through a movie he didn't like, at all, and later he actually tried to get our money back it was so bad. Well, I didn't think it was that bad, the guys were cute! Anyway, happy almost birthday:-)

13 February, 2007 15:44  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

I am split on my opinions of Lynch. I greatly respect Eraserhead, hated M. Drive, loved Dune back in the day, and really want to see Twin Peaks. I also loved The Elephant Man. But other than that I have nothing else to say.

13 February, 2007 16:48  
Blogger Cynnie said...

Ya'll have ice cream at the movies ?

Wow

13 February, 2007 17:05  
Blogger Ron said...

I think Lynch, more than anyone, gets the idea that movies are dreams, dreams in the real sense we have dreams; disjointed, weird, ugly, frightening, beautiful all at once. He's fantastic.

Lost in Translation was great to me because it was soooo quiet! What a refreshing change from every other RomCom that thumps me on the head, telling me what to feel and when!

Sure, we have ice cream at the movies, Cyn! Want some of mine?

13 February, 2007 18:10  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: No, we bought our one shared iPod before they brought out the video ones. That said, I'm not sure a 6cm screen is the best place to watch anything really.

Mr A: I like The Straight Story well enough, but it was exactly what it said on the can: a straight story, and that's not generally what I love Lynch for.

Olives: I thought Lost in Translation was okay, but just that. It was a lot of hoopla for nothing really.

Tanya: I liked Mulholland Dr., and I look forward to seeing it again. I'm going to watch Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr. before watching Inland Empire. I'm excited about it!

14 February, 2007 10:14  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Karen: She may still be able to get out of it. The offer to pay such a big amount of cash for my next tattoo session may make me consider giving her a reprieve on the Lynch front. But I reeeeaallly am looking forward to it, and I've never been to the cinema alone before, and Lynch movies always terrify me, so I'll be scared.

Sorry you don't much like Lynch. Dune is my least favourite of his films. Blue Velvet is currently my second favourite, after Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me.

14 February, 2007 10:16  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martha: The Elephant Man is great, but it's quite a while since I last saw it. I think Red would like that one a bit, since again it's a fairly straightforward, non-Lynchian movie. That movie name again: Inland Empire. Not sure what Impire Rising is, kiddo!

I think the problem with L.i.Trans is that it seemed to think it was clever and witty and all that. And Sofia C won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, but at the end of the day I think the screenplay sounds as tho' Bill Murray made lots of it up as he went along. It is so much like his other work. I think Coppola is a fraud.

And that bit at the end: What did she say to him? Who gives a flying fuck! What a storm in a teacup, don't you think? IMHO: ultimately a very shallow movie. All that said, I still liked it more than Red did!

14 February, 2007 10:20  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

LDB: Oh, there'll be plenty of time to wish me happy birthday later. I'll be sure and let y'all know!

Shea: You really must check out some Lynch stuff. Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me is my fave Lynch film. And I watched it before watching the TV series. Altho' that means there are certain reveals in the show that won't work quite so well for you, I still think it was quite a good way to watch them. Watch Lost Highway, too. It's great. And Blue Velvet rocks, but is a little campy at times.

Cynnie: Of course we have ice cream. Doesn't everyone? Personally I tend not to eat while at the cinema, and I think anyone eating popcorn should be shot. But that's just me.

Ron: You're so right. His films are total dreamstates. Or nightmares, more often.

14 February, 2007 10:24  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

How amazing you liked Fire Walk With Me as his very best...it is one of my very fave movies of his...exotic and tragic. I might go look for it to watch this week. Ron did make a good point about his movies being dreams and that is why they have such weird ness to them. I love Lost Highway too. I am sure I've given you this link before of article called Voodoo Road, if so I'm sorry...but then again, maybe Ron will enjoy it!

http://www.davidlynch.de/sightlost.html

14 February, 2007 18:46  
Blogger Milla said...

Red doesn't eat icecream?? Says it all really.
With that only, she could be one of the weirder characters in a Lynch movie... The Lady Who Doesn't Eat Icecream.

18 February, 2007 12:09  

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