Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ant Head (2018) New Digital Short by David Lynch

David Lynch introduced the new digital short "Ant Head" at his most recent Festival of Disruption, which just took place, November 13 & 14, 2018. The short is a visualization Lynch conceived of to accompany a couple of songs from his new album he made in collaboration with Angelo Badalamenti titled, "Thought Gang." The songs featured in this video visualization are "Frank 2000" and "Woodcutters from Fiery Ships."

Friday, October 5, 2018

Stephen Colbert Envies Kyle MacLachlan Got to Play Paul Atreides in DUNE (1984)

In a fun interview early this year, Kyle MacLachlan visited the Late Show where host Stephen Colbert reveals that as a young man he desperately wanted the role of Paul Atreides in David Lynch's adaptation of DUNE (1984), which ultimately went to Kyle MacLachlan in his first film role. The two have a fun time reminiscing about some of Kyle's other David Lynch roles, particularly in Blue Velvet (1986). Colbert reveals that many of his friends gave him a hard time for looking so much like Kyle when that film was originally released.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Kyle MacLachlan on His Iconic Characters

GQ magazine features and interviews David Lynch mainstay Kyle MacLachlan about his most iconic film and TV roles over the years, particularly his collaborations with the respected director, and many more. MacLachlan is frank and down-to-earth about his experiences and provides some funny commentary about his career along the way.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Kristine McKenna Interview on David Lynch by LA Times

Kristine McKenna is the co-author of David Lynch's newly published half biography, half memoir Room to Dream (2018), a book I intend to read and review in the near future. Kristine was recently interviewed by Mark Olsen of the LA Times and they shared their entire discussion on a podcast, which I have shared with you below.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Glass (2019) Trailer! Shyamalan's Unbreakable (2000) / Split (2016) Crossover!

M. Night Shyamalan's new movie Glass (2019), the trailer for which is down below, has been literally twenty years in the making. Ever since audiences were tricked into watching a comic book-inspired superhero origin story masquerading as a supernatural thriller with Unbreakable (2000), fans of the film have been hoping for a sequel that would push the premise to its fullest. And funny enough, nearly two decades later, Shyamalan tricked movie audiences again into watching a secret sequel/spinoff of Unbreakable masquerading as a standalone horror film: Split (2016).

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Dark Knight (2008) 10th Anniversary!

Today is July 18, 2018, the tenth anniversary of the theatrical release of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008). Not only was this film ridiculously well-received by audiences at the box office, but even the film critics who typically disliked superhero films were stunned into silence at this powerful cinematic tour de'force. Below is a great New Rockstars YouTube video commemorating the film's 10th Anniversary and analyzing some of the movie's subtly brilliant moments that are easy to miss.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Lo-Fi Physicality of Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) - Spontification

As part of our ongoing series to spotlight excellent David Lynch-related video essays online, here is one from the YouTube channel Alternating Line. In this video essay, included below, we explore the deliberately simple special effects David Lynch employs in Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) and contrast it with the more sophisticated special effects he occasionally drops in. What is he communicating with this dichotomy?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Kimmy Robertson and Harry Goaz Q&A

Few things better symbolize the magic of Twin Peaks (1990-91) than the tumultuous romance of Sheriff's Receptionist Lucy and Deputy Andy, brought to life by the completely unique Kimmy Robertson and Harry Goaz. I was fortunate enough to get to know Kimmy a little bit in real life a number of years ago and she is a truly remarkable person and every bit as kind-hearted and spiritual as the character she plays. And as she points out, she travels to as many Twin Peaks fan festivals and events as she can. And as you will see in the video below, she is a delight to talk to about any topic.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Science Fiction Legend Harlan Ellison Passes Away

Harlan Ellison passed away on June 27, 2018, five days ago. When I first heard on Twitter, I felt shattered. It is not like I personally knew him, but from the interviews and documentaries I have seen of him, I almost feel like I did. He was a man who lived a full life, doing what he loved, and was constantly fighting against the injustices of humankind. He fought for people to respect Science Fiction as a legitimate art form and he certainly helped contribute more than his fair share of great work to help prove he was correct.

Matthew Lillard Discusses His Experience on Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)

I have been a fan of Matthew Lillard since his unforgettable supporting role as "Cereal Killer" in Hackers (1995) and he later cemented his place in my all-time hall of fame of actors with his surprising twist performance in Scream (1996) and his irascibly charming Shaggy in Scooby Doo (2002). So when the full cast list for Twin Peaks: The Return was released back in 2016, I was happy to find his name among the rest of the 200+ people acting in the revival. In the video clip below, he shares some of his pride and frustration working on this role in a very secret production.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016-19) Cancelled?!

I am baffled to relay the news that a surprisingly great TV series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016-2019) has just been cancelled by its parent FreeForm. It is baffling to me, because this relatively small show, almost completely off the public's radar, has slowly grown over the past three years into my favorite show on television.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Eraserhead: How David Lynch Traps Us

Like most YouTube video essays, this one by Mr. Nerdista is brief, but thankfully to the point. You should check this guy's channel out and explore him further. Mr. Nerdista is now easily one of my favorite YouTubers specializing in film analysis. He uses clips and music to illustrate his point better than most other YouTubers. And he does not belabor his points unnecessarily either.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Twin Peaks, David Lynch, and the Wonder of the Weird

Director David Lynch remarked, "The ideas dictate everything. You have to be true to that or you're dead." And YouTuber Braxton Haugen springboards his video essay on David Lynch's cinematic work with this quote, which he argues is central to understanding the director's eccentric body of work. Again, this is the kind of reevaluation of Lynch's work I have been hoping for all along, so it is gratifying to see more video essays of quality like this one popping up on YouTube.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Art Influences of David Lynch

Although David Lynch would become known as one of the world's best film directors, interestingly it was always painting that really absorbed most of his artistic attention and interest. Film production came almost as a side effect as he attempted to create paintings with motions and sound. So while most filmmakers tend to emulate the style of other filmmakers, David Lynch is more focused on creating an interesting combination of images, motion, and sound that captivates our attention and stimulates our imagination.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Creative Obsession: David Lynch

Today we continue our examination of the best David Lynch-related video essays on the internet with Jake Jarvi's Creative Obsession. Jake has fun with this essay, examining some of the absurd humor that Lynch favors using in his film style. To a degree, Jake is making more of a humorous profile on the master director, who somehow manages to extract exquisite performances from his actors, in spite of the very eccentric ways he sometimes uses to get there.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

David Lynch: Film Auteur or Genre Manipulator?

A good video essay, but I have to ask: why an enforced either/or? David Lynch is both a Film Auteur and a Genre Manipulator, at the same time. One would say his style as a visual author is punctuated by the way he manipulates genres around in his films. It adds an unpredictable quality to all his films.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Mulholland Dr. - A Psychoanalytic Analysis

If there were ever a film in existence begging for some of the good, old psychoanalysis, it would be David Lynch's surreal dream shaped into cinematic form: Mulholland Dr. (2001). Like that crazy dream you once had that you desperately want an interpretation for, Mulholland Dr. taunts us with its occasional non sequitirs, yet deeply evocative and rich symbolism.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Mulholland Dr. - Subconscious & Identity

There are still moments I wonder how amazing a Mulholland Dr. TV series would have been if the Pilot had been successfully picked up and gone to air back in 1999, as originally planned. I imagine the labyrinthine plot unfolding week by week as an amazing cast and guest cast paraded on our TV's  as we follow Adam Kesher's journey trying to make his 60's era film. Or trying to keep track of the many mob and police characters searching for Rita.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Eraserhead - Capturing a Nightmare

Not the longest or deepest analysis of David Lynch's seminal film Eraserhead (1977), but Jack's Movie Reviews on YouTube does give a nice overview of this surreal dream for the new and old viewer alike. And importantly, he shares Lynch's own designs for the film to act like a dream for each person, meaning something personal and potentially different for everyone.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What Does "Lynchian" Mean?

Our quest continues as we explore YouTubers Eric Guzman and Justin Bibler collaborate on their video essay: "What does 'Lynchian' mean?" Although I do have some differing opinions on this subject, I still admire their work on this video and its editing. And much of what they say is believed by other Lynch fans.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Blue Velvet - Masterpiece Films

A fun homage to PBS's Masterpiece Theater, YouTuber Consequence of Sounds takes that old show's format to showcase classic films instead of books. Here she dissects some of the elements of David Lynch's 80's masterpiece to showcase why it still enthralls audiences as much (if not more) today than it ever did before.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Two World Theory of David Lynch

We continue our ongoing project to spotlight the best and most intriguing David Lynch related video essays currently available on the net. This week we begin with a look at YouTuber Astin Lopez's brief video discussing his "Two World Theory" of Lynch's film work. Although his essay presents some excellent examples from Lynch's early films, the analysis itself does not run particularly deep into exploring its intriguing subject.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Update on 40 Years of David Lynch Revisions

Thank you to the patience of the readers who have the preliminary copies of my books right now. I had intended on finishing them much faster than this, but several more unavoidable time-consuming distractions slowed me down. I will go into some more details about my crazy year below, but suffice it to say that I am a man of my word and I am determined to finish soon the final revisions on my all my books in the 40 Years of David Lynch series. Thank you again for your patience.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Twin Peaks: The Return Analysis - Malmrose Projects

And to finish off our look this week at Malmrose Projects various David Lynch video essays, we end with a look at his final analysis: Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). Although Malmrose shares many of my views on the new series from the dynamic duo of David Lynch and Mark Frost, but for my personal views I go into much more detail in my fourth volume of my book series: 40 Years of David Lynch.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Steamed Hams in Twin Peaks (A Parody of The Simpsons)

Perhaps it was just a matter of time before the classic "Steamed Hams" meme from The Simpsons (1989-Present) was crafted into the style of a Twin Peaks (1990-91) scene, but YouTuber First Issue Ever! (Steven Honeycutt) did it first and did it well. I like his re-editing to make it more in the style of David Lynch's TV series, utilizing a couple other Twin Peaks parody moments from The Simpson's run.

Inland Empire Analysis - Malmrose Projects

Next we explore Malmrose Projects's video essay on David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006). Where Mulholland Dr. (2001) was gorgeously filmed and executed, David Lynch's follow-up film was his first feature film to be entirely shot on home video quality Digital Video. Lynch said he liked the texture of the video, which reminded him of the silent film era of blotchy film.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mulholland Dr. Analysis - Malmrose Projects

We proceed to the next David Lynch video essay by Malmrose Projects, the critically lauded Mulholland Dr. (2001). Sight & Sound Magazine declared it the best film of the 21st century, so far. Although the analysis here is brief, it is still engaging and well-explained. It is a pure cinematic dream and one of the most intriguing films to watch and discuss.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lost Highway Analysis - Malmrose Projects

We happily present the next David Lynch-related video essay by Malmrose Projects, his analysis of Lost Hghway (1997). Unlike some of the other YouTubers on our list, Malmrose skipped over reviewing the majority of David Lynch's filmography. We can assume he is more interested in discussing Lynch's last three films released theatrically rather than analyze his work as a whole, which is why he skipped directly to what he cares about most. I would be pleased if one day he went back to address David Lynch's other films, which are an amazing odyssey.

Monday, May 14, 2018

R.I.P. Margot Kidder (Lois Lane)

Margaret Ruth Kidder, better known by her screen name, Margot Kidder, passed away yesterday and the world is a slightly darker place for the loss. Although she performed in many dozens of roles over the years, she will always be Lois Lane to the majority of us who grew up watching her exuberantly perfect performance in Richard Donner's Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980).

Eraserhead Analysis - Malmrose Projects

I have admired YouTuber Malmrose Projects for a few years now and I want to take this opportunity to point you to her channel on film and TV analysis. We begin with her study of David Lynch's feature directorial debut and student film extraordinaire: Eraserhead (1977). Lynch describes this "troubling dream of terrible things" as his "most spiritual film."

Friday, May 11, 2018

David Lynch Interviewed by Elvis Mitchell (1998)

Check out this informative David Lynch interview with film critic Elvis Mitchell. For those unfamiliar with Elvis, he has long been the host of a film-related interview show on the Independent Film Channel, as well as hosted numerous other TV shows, filmmaker Q&A's, radio shows, and podcasts. He is one of the most experienced and respected film critics in the world and has conducted a number of insightful interviews with the best filmmakers of the generation.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern Interview with Elvis Mitchell

Film Critic Elvis Mitchell invited Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern to visit with him for a brief Q&A to commemorate a special screening of their first and only other film together, David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986). This was all part of the celebration around David Lynch's ongoing music festival dubbed "Festival of Disruption." Of interest, the two actors were probably taking a break from filming their top secret scenes together on Twin Peaks: The Return (2017).

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Laura Dern Interview on David Lynch, Big Little Lies, and Much More

Laura Dern grew up the child of two Hollywood actor/celebrities, Dad Bruce Dern, and Mom Diane Ladd. In spite of her parents years of warnings about the instability of an acting career, young Laura was always a natural from her first impromptu part as a little girl to her modern flourishing career as a strong, yet flawed woman in a number of high-profile movies and TV shows.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Twin Peaks Q&A: Lynch, MacLachlan, and Dern at FYC Emmy Panel

Before the Emmy's nominations are announced for the year, the TV industry conducts a number of For Your Consideration (FYC) special screenings, Q&A panels, and other events to help bring attention to the biggest Emmy contenders. And Showtime provided an excellent showcase and screened the final episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) and conducted a fun panel in the video below with David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, and Laura Dern.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Kyle MacLachlan Interview on Final Scene of Twin Peaks and Much More

Check out the latest interview of Kyle MacLachlan with the L.A. Times's Glenn Whipp. They discuss at length Kyle's acting process in bringing to life Agent Cooper, Mr. C, Dougie, and a couple of other variants of his character alongside director David Lynch while filming Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). I love this guy and his passion about his work.

Friday, May 4, 2018

David Lynch - The Elusive Subconscious

Here is an excellent overview and analysis of director David Lynch's work done by Lewis Criswell on his YouTube channel. I like his use of clips here to punctuate his video essay's points. Whatever personal conclusions you come to, the clips themselves are useful at setting up the mood and overall atmosphere of David Lynch's work.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Inland Empire Analysis - Renegade Cut

We end our presentation of Renegade Cut's David Lynch series of video essays with the YouTuber's analysis of the master director's final feature film to date to be exhibited in movie theaters: Inland Empire (2006). One could make the argument, like David Lynch did himself, that Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) is an 18-hour movie, but it was presented on a week by week basis as a TV show when it first premiered.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mulholland Dr. Analysis - Renegade Cut

Now we come to Renegade Cut's extended video essay of the most praised film of David Lynch's career, the epitome of Lynchian filmmaking at its very best: Mulholland Dr. (2001). If you are going to watch just one film to sum up the director's style and aesthetic, then it is hard to do better than Mulholland Dr., which defies all expectations and delivers the closest thing possible to a pure cinematic dream.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lost Highway Analysis - Renegade Cut

We continue our presentation of YouTuber Renegade Cut's video essay series on David Lynch films with his analysis of Lost Highway (1997). For whatever reason, he opted to skip an analysis on David Lynch's co-created TV series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and its prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). To be fair, Twin Peaks would be a tough nut to crack in just one or two relatively brief video essays. I am guessing it would be a little much to analyze so much material when he is accustomed to limiting his analysis to 90 to 150 minute films.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wild at Heart Analysis - Renegade Cut

Now we approach Renegade Cut's video essay analyzing one of the most amped up and crazed films of David Lynch's career, Wild at Heart (1990). Wild is a bizarre pulp crime romance crossed with The Wizard of Oz (1939), making it a strangely inspired dark comedy that showcases Nic Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Harry Dean Stanton, Willem Dafoe, and a slew of other talented actors with performances turned up to maximum overdrive.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Blue Velvet Analysis - Renegade Cut

Blue Velvet (1986) might just be the Lynchiest Lynch-Film that ever got projected at movie theaters. It is a movie that perfectly unfolds a mystery before your eyes with an adept use of surrealism that somehow winds up enhancing the reality of the drama rather than diminish it. Blue Velvet is a voyage of the mind and soul that is fully complete, although keeps you wanting more.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dune Analysis - Renegade Cut

The world was David Lynch's oyster and with all the good will he earned after The Elephant Man (1980), he took an offer by Rafaella and Dino De Laurentis to direct one of the most anticipated film adaptations of all time Dune (1984). Although David Lynch would later regret his lack of Final Cut and having to shave an hour worth of film to try to come in under the two hour and fifteen minute mark set by Dino for the Theatrical Cut.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Elephant Man Analysis - Renegade Cut

David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) is a true cinema classic and is typically the first David Lynch film most people watch in the course of their life. As I mention in my book series 40 Years of David Lynch, although it is just the first conventionally shot film of David Lynch, The Elephant Man remains his most Oscar nominated film of his entire forty-plus year career.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Eraserhead Analysis - Renegade Cut

Our look at the David Lynch-related video essays at the YouTube channel Renegade Cut continues with the director's first highly experimental feature film Eraserhead (1977). David Lynch's passion for cinema was cemented here while living unconventionally at the American Film Institute Conservatory while preparing what is essentially an extended, glorified film school project. Over the years it would gain a reputation as one of the biggest underground cult classics of Midnight Cinema.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Understanding a David Lynch Film - Renegade Cut

Four simple guidelines to watching films made by director David Lynch. How to initially approach them and how to revisit them to get more and more out of them over time. The art of analysis and interpreting dream symbolism for oneself. And the enjoyment of oneiric (dream-like) art in general.

Friday, April 20, 2018

re:View - Fire Walk with Me (1992)

In anticipation of David Lynch and Mark Frost returning back to television with their classic cult series Twin Peaks (1990-91) on Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return (2017), Red Letter Media brings the prequel film Fire Walk with Me (1992) under the magnifying glass on their cult classic discussion and review series titled, "re:View."

Thursday, April 19, 2018

re:View - Eraserhead (1977)

The online movie show re:View takes a nostalgic look back at older cult movie titles and examines them from multiple angles. This show is done by the same guys at Red Letter Media, who most famously did the hilarious Mr. Plinkett's Reviews of the Star Wars Prequels. If you ever felt like venting about Star Wars Episodes I through III, then that is the video essay series for you.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

David Lynch Talks About the Cowboy Scene from Mulholland Dr.

David Lynch discusses in this interview snippet how some of his personal beliefs bleeds into The Cowboy's dialogue during the classic ranch scene set in Hollywood Hills in his most critically acclaimed film to date: Mulholland Dr. (2001).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

David Lynch Talks About Stanley Kubrick & George Lucas

I discuss these anecdotes in greater detail in my book series 40 Years of David Lynch, but nothing beats hearing the stories of his interactions with Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas from the mouth of David Lynch himself. Listen to the gifted storyteller talk about these fascinating run-ins from his early film career.

Monday, April 16, 2018

David Lynch on How a Milkshake Obsession Inspired Frank Booth from Blue Velvet

David Lynch is a fun public speaker in part because he is a unique storyteller. And nowhere is this more apparent than in this anecdote he shared once in public regarding his 7 year daily routine of eating at L.A.'s famous burger joint Bob's Big Boy, and how it led him to see a man who inspired the character of Frank Booth later in Blue Velvet (1986).