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Tiplodocus

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LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« on: 13 April, 2017, 12:13:21 pm »
I've a chance to catch up with some of the Lynch I have missed at the GFT this month... but probably only manage the one movie.

So which should it be?

LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE?

(I've seen all the other ones they are showing - except for TWIN PEAKS: THE MISSING BITS but I can't recall enough about TWIN PEAKS to make that a worthwhile investment of my time).
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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #1 on: 13 April, 2017, 12:52:21 pm »
You can't go wrong really - Mulholland Drive is often regarded as Lynch's best but I love Lost Highway. For me, it's a bit more cinematic than Mulholland (which supposedly began life as a TV pilot) and I'm sure would be worth seeing on the big screen.

The Missing Pieces are interesting but wouldn't work in isolation - you need to be a big Peaks fan to get the most out of them. There's one bit which made me gasp - for a moment it looks like you're going to find out how Annie is, but no, it's just a tease.

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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #2 on: 13 April, 2017, 01:42:38 pm »
Whilst I really like Lost Highway I think Mulholland Drive is pure genius.
I would place Inland Empire as a better film than Lost Highway too.

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« Reply #3 on: 13 April, 2017, 02:24:28 pm »
Got to be Lost Highway for me. I'd rate it as the last really great film he made.

Mulholland Drive has a similar basic structure but is longer for no good reason and isn't as interesting. Although it does have that amazing club singing scene.

Blimey! Is it really 11 years since Inland Empire? Fucking hell.
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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #4 on: 13 April, 2017, 03:02:05 pm »
I've always had more of a soft spot for Lost Highway, but I think that's largely down to getting really hooked on the soundtrack for a long time. It had some great Trent Reznor bits and pieces back before he was really doing soundtracks as a thing, and I still go back to it a lot for gems like this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boqqOS3wrDk

They're both brilliant films though and will both look pretty great on the big screen.

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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #5 on: 13 April, 2017, 03:46:54 pm »

Lost Highway has aged badly; far too long and disjointed with no interesting characters - it's like Lynch doing a parody of himself.

Mulholland Drive is the better choice.

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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #6 on: 16 April, 2017, 12:39:50 pm »
The correct answer is obviously "both", but if I had to choose I'd go for Mulholland Drive. The characters are more engaging.

I'm currently re-watching the entirety of Twin Peaks in preparation for the new series. Still love it. When I realised, just a few days ago, that Missing Pieces was a real film I got very excited. I'm really looking forward to seeing it, and would gladly chose to see it on the big screen first, if I could.

What/where is the GFT?

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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #7 on: 16 April, 2017, 11:27:18 pm »
I realised, just a few days ago, that Missing Pieces was a real film

It's not really a film, it's very much a collection of deleted scenes. There's some great stuff in there though.

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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #8 on: 17 April, 2017, 12:02:30 pm »
gft = Glasgow Film Theatre.  Glasgow's main arthouse* cinema. 


*I debated whether or not to put "arthouse" in quotes and decided against it as it made it sound like the kind of place that shows korean lesbian porn**.



** The Handmaiden - really good actually.

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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #9 on: 30 April, 2017, 10:31:37 pm »
So it was MULHOLLAND DRIVE in the end. Went tonight with Tiny Tips.

Loved it. Can't say, as with all Lynch, that I was entirely sure what he was getting at but at least he had the decency to leave the get out clause of a fairly straightforward reading of it*.

Brilliant bits include the aforementioned Club Silencio "Crying", the rug pulling audition scene and the brilliant niggling hit man scene which also serves as a metaphor for how Hollywood treats various people.

Oh and the sound designer deserves to be rubbed in olive oil by pretty young things of their preferred gender.

* Death fantasy. This is actually my go to reading of any film I don't understand.
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Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« Reply #10 on: 30 April, 2017, 10:35:26 pm »
Glad you liked it, David Lynch is an original. Make sure not to miss Lost Highway though, even at home! I never saw it on the big screen, but it is one of my all time favs.

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« Reply #11 on: 01 May, 2017, 01:36:54 pm »
One of my favourite scenes in Mulholland Drive is the creepy guy outside the cafe, behind the dumpster just because it takes something that on paper or if you described it to someone (and even when I think back on it) wouldn't sound particularly frightening, and loads it with so much foreboding and tension that needs a release, to the point that no matter what was behind that dumpster you would probably recoil in fear. Just a magnificent piece of atmosphere-setting, really demonstrates what a master of mood Lynch is.