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Inland Empire
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 1:21 pm on Saturday July 28‚ 2007 x
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x Marc Ugh...

Bad...

Too much unleashed Lynch...

If you're a big fan of his, and would like to see an endless stream of dark and unconnected scenes, go ahead. He teases with a story ... sort of ... for about an hour then it really goes off the rails, like Lost Highway x10.

I can't see caring about anything like that, unless you worship Lynch as a god and admit that you're not objective...
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 4:35 am on Wednesday August 1‚ 2007 x
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x Billy_Tascademo I agree.

I love lynch, but this film just made me really angry. I remember coming out of the cinema, trying to think of anything that would blot out that 3 hours of my life so I didn't have to admit I'd sat through the whole thing.

I've read / seen several interviews with him where he talks about having a central theme, feeling, or idea, and in order to produce cohesive art, (especially when dealing in dreamscapes and nightmares), you have to constantly re-assess the content you are producing in order to make sure you haven't strayed from that initial core.

I don't see this at all in Inland Empire. I see a man who has become lazy.

He now has his cheap digital camera set up, (BTW, this film has some of the WORST camerawork I've seen in any film), arguing that now he can just shoot hours and hours of footage and cobble together the happy accidents, rather then planning, crafting ideas, having focus when he asks an actor to experiment of try something different.

So what you get is a very long, very boring, very sprawling series of badly improvised scenes, unconnected nonsense, and frustrating moments that are actually really good and hint at something greater...and then spiral off into unchecked drivel again.

It’s very much like a 14 year old boy who liked Blue Velvet and Mullholland drive because of the nudity was given a pro-tools setup, a digital camera, and a load of actors with the brief – ‘go on, make something weird…you know…OUT THERE, put a dwarf in it.’

(I'm being glib...I actually don't recall any little people in this...)

I know...what I've described sounds like how a lot of people might categorize lynch's movies anyway, and even thinking about ‘Inland Empire’ has drained me of the will to argue why I think most of Lynch’s canon is actually very good.

All I need to say is that if you like Lynch movies, and have spent a lot of time defending them, you’ll be very disappointed in this movie. He’s finally made a movie that is an appropriate target for the sort of arguments his detractors put out there.
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Edited by Billy_Tascademo on August 1‚ 2007 at 3:37 am
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 4:13 pm on Monday August 6‚ 2007 x
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x Marc It's actually strange that he enjoys doing this kind of thing, still.

We had a heckler at the Bloor Cinema when this played, and the film was so disjointed audience didn't even realize that the odd comments the heckler was making weren't part of the soundtrack.

I made sense out of Lost Highway - at least in my mind - and defended it. This is just .... a sprawling hodgepodge...
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x Unread post xxBilly_Tascademo   - at 4:23 am on Tuesday August 7‚ 2007 x
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x Billy_Tascademo Yep..it stank.
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