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Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: j_scott_stroup04 on December 15, 2003, 09:50:10 PM
Now, bare with me, for I have not seen Lost Highway, nor have I seen Eraserhead or Dune (I hear that's not much of a loss, though)

Using the standard four star scale

Here I go:

Elephant Man- ***1/2

Blue Velvet- ****

Wild At Heart- ***1/2

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me- **1/2

Straight Story- ***

Mulholland Dr.- ****
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on December 16, 2003, 08:26:30 AM
The ones I've seen:

Dune - 0 - So bad that I've almost wiped out the memory of ever having seen it.
Blue Velvet - *
Lost Highway - **
Mulholland Dr. - **

Let the flaming begin.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 16, 2003, 10:39:44 AM
Quote from: Onomatopoeia
The ones I've seen:

Dune - 0 - So bad that I've almost wiped out the memory of ever having seen it.
Blue Velvet - *
Lost Highway - **
Mulholland Dr. - **

Let the flaming begin.


And I was almost thinking your Spielberg hate was dignified.

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Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on December 16, 2003, 11:03:00 AM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
And I was almost thinking your Spielberg hate was dignified.

That's probably because you agree with me a bit on that.  Seriously, though, I admire what Lynch tries to do, but he fails at it so much because he can't seem to tell a cogent, coherent story.  That's what it boils down to.  I'm all for surrealism.  A big fan, really.  But it has to serve some sort of purpose.  Mulholland Dr. is his most accomplished work, as I've said before, but it falls apart when he can't seem to reel the story in.  It simply spins out of control.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Ghostboy on December 16, 2003, 11:05:33 AM
Dune is actually a whole lot better than everyone thinks it is.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on December 16, 2003, 11:17:23 AM
Quote from: Ghostboy
Dune is actually a whole lot better than everyone thinks it is.

Care to expound?  The film almost put me to sleep, and its dialogue was just bad.  But, at least the special effects were decent.  (And I can't believe I'm actually giving a film credit for its special effects.)
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: rustinglass on December 16, 2003, 11:36:57 AM
What's the problem with Dune? It's one of my favourite science fiction films.
The special effects are great, the story is great too, great characters, good acting... a very nice film. I like it more than star wars

eraserhead ***
elephant man ****
dune***
blue velvet***
wild at heart***
fwwm**1/2
lost highway***1/2
the straight story***
mulholland drive****
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 16, 2003, 12:36:47 PM
Quote from: Onomatopoeia
I admire what Lynch tries to do, but he fails at it so much because he can't seem to tell a cogent, coherent story.


That's a contradiction.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on December 16, 2003, 12:47:39 PM
No it's not.  I admire his failed attempts.  There's nothing contradictory about that.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Pubrick on December 16, 2003, 12:51:24 PM
then ur admiration is worthless.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on December 16, 2003, 12:59:53 PM
Not really, because I can see the potential there for something great.  But whereas Ebert finally drooled all over Lynch's last two efforts while panning the rest of them (save Elephant Man, IIRC, and rightfully so), I believe he's not quite there yet, and should stick to painting if he's not going to commit to telling a story.  A tapestry, no matter how tightly woven, will unravel if not tied at the ends.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Pubrick on December 16, 2003, 01:06:19 PM
i hav no trouble understanding his stories.

and twin peaks is a masterpiece of modern television.

u should watch the straight story.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on December 16, 2003, 01:15:29 PM
I don't have any trouble understanding his stories either.  His stories are purposefully ambiguous, and I get that.  But at the same time, I'd just like to see a little more effort put into it, instead of leaving so MUCH to ambiguity, and the viewer's interpretation.

And yeah, I want to see Straight Story, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and Wild at Heart, and all of his stuff, really.  Though Dune really left a bad taste in my mouth.  It's just a matter of finding them.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: NEON MERCURY on December 16, 2003, 01:24:28 PM
of the ones i have seen......

(out of four)

fire walk w/ me..****
elephant man..****
dune..**1/2
wild at heart..****
mulholland drive..****
lost highway..****
blue velvet...****
the straight story......****

....have n't seen eraserhead still.(which i feel embarrased about) ...but i know it would deserve ..**** .
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Weak2ndAct on December 16, 2003, 01:37:35 PM
Quote from: Onomatopoeia
I don't have any trouble understanding his stories either.  His stories are purposefully ambiguous, and I get that.  But at the same time, I'd just like to see a little more effort put into it, instead of leaving so MUCH to ambiguity, and the viewer's interpretation.

Again, that seems like a contradiction.  You say you 'get it,' then what's the problem?  Would you like it all spelled out for you in Spielberg-ian fashion :wink: ?

There's room for interpretation, sure, but I don't doubt that Lynch has solid intentions, or 'the answers.'  It's not like he makes films like Brakhage or something.  I'll take a cock-tease over a spoon-feeding any day.
Quote from: Onomatopoeia
And yeah, I want to see Straight Story, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and Wild at Heart, and all of his stuff, really.  Though Dune really left a bad taste in my mouth.  It's just a matter of finding them.

Lynch is my favorite director and I loathe Dune, but get over that.  That's one fuck-up, and he's never done anything like it since.  I barely appreciate bits of the movie, but I also am glad he did it: it's the reason Blue Velvet got made.  But that's 'crap' too, so nevermind.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Gamblour. on December 16, 2003, 02:03:19 PM
Elephant Man ****
Blue Velvet ***
FWWM **
Mulholland Drive *** 1/2
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 16, 2003, 02:13:30 PM
I knew I shouldn't have started that thread asking everyone to rank Tarantino's films. The copycatting has already begun.....
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: bonanzataz on December 16, 2003, 03:11:20 PM
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
I knew I shouldn't have started that thread asking everyone to rank Tarantino's films. The copycatting has already begun.....


don't flatter yourself.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 16, 2003, 03:30:42 PM
Quote from: taz.
Quote from: The Gold Trumpet
I knew I shouldn't have started that thread asking everyone to rank Tarantino's films. The copycatting has already begun.....


don't flatter yourself.


My ego says I should.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: rustinglass on December 16, 2003, 03:44:43 PM
Does anybody like Dune besides me?

and if we can rank his short films:
the alphabet****
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: j_scott_stroup04 on December 16, 2003, 09:34:44 PM
The Golden Trumpet:

I just wanted to let you know how happy and envious I am that you created the concept of "rating" movies.  You've allowed critics and fans alike to share their views for certain films in a condensed sort of way.  Many thanks.... :lol:
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: j_scott_stroup04 on December 16, 2003, 09:38:07 PM
Another thing Golden Trumpet:

I would (seriously this time) like to compliment you on choosing a good photograph (I forgot what the hell their called).  Throne of Blood is an excellent film and Akira Kurosawa is a badass.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Pubrick on December 17, 2003, 12:50:42 AM
DAVID LYNCH IS THE 3RD GREATEST LIVING DIRECTOR THIS WORLD HAS...AND WILL EVER SEE
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: bonanzataz on December 17, 2003, 01:59:05 AM
Quote from: j_scott_stroup04
The Golden Trumpet:

I just wanted to let you know how happy and envious I am that you created the concept of "rating" movies.  You've allowed critics and fans alike to share their views for certain films in a condensed sort of way.  Many thanks.... :lol:


AHEM... I believe i called dibs on razzing gt.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: SHAFTR on December 17, 2003, 02:10:12 AM
wild at heart *1/2
some call it campy and fun, I call it trash.

mulholland drive ***1/2
Beautiful but I'm not sold on the story.

blue velvet **
It certainly has it's moments, good and bad.

the straight story ****
Beautiful and a good story.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: phil marlowe on December 17, 2003, 03:04:01 AM
i'd really like to rate his short film, darkened room, but i'm affraid i can't. what the fuck was that?

i'd also like to say that i think fire walk with me is getting an unfair treatment.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 17, 2003, 09:04:43 AM
Quote from: taz.
Quote from: j_scott_stroup04
The Golden Trumpet:

I just wanted to let you know how happy and envious I am that you created the concept of "rating" movies.  You've allowed critics and fans alike to share their views for certain films in a condensed sort of way.  Many thanks.... :lol:


AHEM... I believe i called dibs on razzing gt.


you two girls must fight it out for razzing rights and when the winner is decided, prepare to get slammed by me anyways.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: freakerdude on December 17, 2003, 09:10:34 AM
Eraserhead *** 1/2
Elephant Man ***
Dune***
Bue Velvet****
Wild at Heart****
FWWM***1/2
Lost Highway***
The Straight Story***1/2
Mulholland Drive****
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: joeybdot on January 01, 2004, 08:59:35 PM
Dune - *
Elephant Man - ****1/2
Eraserhead - ****1/2
Blue Velvet - ****
Mulholland Drive - *****
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: eward on January 01, 2004, 10:15:42 PM
dune - zero stars
elephant man - ****
eraserhead - never seen it
lost highway - ***
blue velvet - ***
FWWM - never seen it
the straight story - ***1/2
mulholland drive - ****
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: j_scott_stroup04 on January 03, 2004, 01:31:36 PM
P:
Please, tell us, we're dying to know the top 2 greatest living directors this world has...and will ever see
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Pubrick on January 03, 2004, 11:58:06 PM
oh, that. i changed my mind, he's number one now.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: NEON MERCURY on January 04, 2004, 07:45:35 PM
Quote from: P
oh, that. i changed my mind, he's number one now.


hahaha.....thats right... 8)
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Mia Wallace on February 22, 2004, 05:46:56 PM
1. Mulholland Drive 10/10
2. Blue Velvet 10/10
3. Lost Highway 10/10
4. The Straight Story 10/10
5. The Elephant Man 10/10
6. Eraserhead 9/10
7. Wild at Heart 8.5/10

Flat out genious and is not capable of making a film that I don't like. I refuse to see Dune so that will never change :P
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: modage on February 22, 2004, 05:58:07 PM
Quote from: Mia Wallace
1. Mulholland Drive 10/10
2. Blue Velvet 10/10
3. Lost Highway 10/10
4. The Straight Story 10/10
5. The Elephant Man 10/10
6. Eraserhead 9/10
7. Wild at Heart 8.5/10

Flat out genious and is not capable of making a film that I don't like. I refuse to see Dune so that will never change :P

you're gonna get along real well around here Mia.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: MacGuffin on February 22, 2004, 05:59:24 PM
Quote from: Mia Wallace
1. Mulholland Drive 10/10
2. Blue Velvet 10/10
3. Lost Highway 10/10
4. The Straight Story 10/10
5. The Elephant Man 10/10
6. Eraserhead 9/10
7. Wild at Heart 8.5/10

Flat out genious and is not capable of making a film that I don't like. I refuse to see Dune so that will never change :P


Fire Walk With Me?
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Mia Wallace on February 22, 2004, 06:02:28 PM
Haven't seen it but I get the feeling that i'll like it once I do.

themodernage02, I certainly hope so. :wink:
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: molly on February 22, 2004, 07:41:46 PM
I'VE JUST seen Wild at Heart again, and maybe it's rated so low on Mia's list because the characters are so repulsive.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: modage on February 22, 2004, 08:05:36 PM
Quote from: molly
I'VE JUST seen Wild at Heart again, and maybe it's rated so low on Mia's list because the characters are so repulsive.

or because its so bad.  waits patiently for shitstorm.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: NEON MERCURY on February 22, 2004, 09:21:16 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
waits patiently for shitstorm.



....the wait is over.......:wink:

i assume the reason why you did not like the film was the same reason that ebert didn't like blue velvet...YOU DIDN'T "GET IT".......this film is in a nutshell......a whacked out lynchian road film.....i do not think it has any deeper meaning .but its just that.......and thius film contains....NEON's #7 favorite Lynch thing..........which is...the whole scene at night w/ the car wreck....and the chick from peaks..umm......the hot one...i'm forgetting her name right now....but it will come ...wait............................."Audrey" from twin Peaks...yeah that whole car wreck scene ..then the "wicked game"...song...thats perefect....lynch sets up that scene flawless....and eerie........


oh and mia welcome........................................................................and dune is not that bad ..its all about the finaL CuT.......
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 22, 2004, 10:14:21 PM
Quote from: Mia Wallace
Flat out genious and is not capable of making a film that I don't like. I refuse to see Dune so that will never change :P

I hope you haven't seen Spartacus, then...
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: freakerdude on February 22, 2004, 11:05:56 PM
I've said it before and seem to be in the extreme minority when I say that WAH is in my top 3. It's just my kind of Lynch movie to the fullest but the ending kind of brings it down a bit, IMO.

My VHS version sucks and I want my WAH DVD dammit!  :evil:
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: bonanzataz on February 22, 2004, 11:36:43 PM
i love wild at heart, i hate how people bash it. maybe it does get a bit slow towards the end and people don't like that. i know i don't really like that. but i still think it's a really good movie and utilized some really inventive filmmaking. visually, i think it's his strongest film.

as for you freakerdude, i hear the WAH dvd is coming out soon, but, if you can't wait any longer, go and import the Japanese dvd. that will play on any american dvd player. i don't think it's worth it though. from what i hear it should be out in region 1 sometime this year.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: NEON MERCURY on February 22, 2004, 11:43:58 PM
i'm hoping for a good year for lynch fan:


1.0 wild at heart dvd.....give me a solid transfer...and a doc..
2.0 lost highway dvd.....give me...flawless transfer....and nice audio....and include "pretty as a picture" on the bonus 2nd disk

3.0  twin peaks season 2....region two dvd......please..please give us the exact quality of season one ...that set is PERFECT...its the best dvd tv set out ever.....in terms of audio/visual//and extras.....

4.0 fire walk w/ me........dvd....w/ those deleted scenes..............any day now..

5.0 lynch ' new film project announced

would n't that be a year........2004.........
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: modage on February 22, 2004, 11:51:05 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
i assume the reason why you did not like the film was the same reason that ebert didn't like blue velvet...YOU DIDN'T "GET IT"

no, it just seemed like lynch was directing a bad soap opera.  i thought it was terrible.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Weak2ndAct on February 22, 2004, 11:58:41 PM
While it may not change your opinion if you already seriously hate Wild at Heart, it's pretty rare to find the *right* way to see the movie.

If you like the flick, and have been forced to watch the crappy Pan-and-Scan VHS that's on the market, to see the film in widescreen on the OOP LD, bootleg DVD, or if you're lucky enough to see it on the big screen (yay, film school was good for something), the intended vision Lynch put forth is truly a revelation.  The colors and widescreen compositions are just stunning.  Seek it out!
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Ghostboy on February 23, 2004, 12:09:43 AM
Yeah, when I saw it on the big screen for the first time last year (after learning to love it via that godawful VHS), there were things that I had never seen before -- entire scenes that lost all significance when viewed in the horrors of pan and scan. It was an entirely new movie. Of course, I already thought it was brilliant (although the first time I saw it I thought it was too lurid and schlocky to be enjoyable, fascination compelled me to watch it again and this time its beauty oozed from the screen like the sweat and other bodily fluids did from the characters on it).
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Weak2ndAct on February 23, 2004, 12:18:14 AM
It's amazing how awful that old tape is.  The first hotel room scenes take place at sundown and are gorgeously lit.  On VHS, they look like they're at night!
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: MacGuffin on February 23, 2004, 12:19:39 AM
Quote from: Weak2ndAct
to see the film in widescreen on the OOP LD


*carressing my copy*

Mmmmmmmm
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 23, 2004, 12:25:58 AM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
3.0  twin peaks season 2....region two dvd......please..please give us the exact quality of season one ...that set is PERFECT...its the best dvd tv set out ever.....in terms of audio/visual//and extras.....

What about the pilot?
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Weak2ndAct on February 23, 2004, 12:29:56 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: Weak2ndAct
to see the film in widescreen on the OOP LD


*carressing my copy*

Mmmmmmmm

*Staring at my VHS dupe made from the LD*

 :?
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: NEON MERCURY on February 23, 2004, 09:50:55 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
3.0  twin peaks season 2....region two dvd......please..please give us the exact quality of season one ...that set is PERFECT...its the best dvd tv set out ever.....in terms of audio/visual//and extras.....

What about the pilot?


.....i think that the pilot will never be released the "proper"' way like artisan did w/ season one......the dvd copy i have is that phucked  up hiss sound......but come to think of it ....that damn hiss sound actually adds  to the mystic of twin peaks.......................maybe.........or maybe i'm just learning how to make do.....

Mac................any  supplements on that laser...?
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: MacGuffin on February 23, 2004, 11:04:26 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
Mac................any  supplements on that laser...?


No.
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: phil marlowe on February 24, 2004, 08:48:17 AM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
3.0  twin peaks season 2....region two dvd......please..please give us the exact quality of season one ...that set is PERFECT...its the best dvd tv set out ever.....in terms of audio/visual//and extras.....

What about the pilot?


.....i think that the pilot will never be released the "proper"' way like artisan did w/ season one......the dvd copy i have is that phucked  up hiss sound......but come to think of it ....that damn hiss sound actually adds  to the mystic of twin peaks.......................maybe.........or maybe i'm just learning how to make do.....

Mac................any  supplements on that laser...?

why is it that it isn't included? it's on my region 4
Title: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: bonanzataz on February 24, 2004, 02:59:50 PM
b/c a different company owns the US rights to the pilot, so artisan can't release the pilot on region 1.
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on June 15, 2011, 09:48:23 PM
http://www.nerve.com/movies/ranked-david-lynch-films-from-worst-to-best
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Mr. Merrill Lehrl on June 15, 2011, 10:44:03 PM
http://www.nerve.com/movies/ranked-david-lynch-films-from-worst-to-best

Is this your list?
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: ono on June 15, 2011, 10:47:15 PM
No.
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Mr. Merrill Lehrl on June 15, 2011, 10:50:41 PM
A friend's or something? Just seems like one of a million crappy Internet lists that's too listy and not well-explained.
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Pubrick on June 16, 2011, 09:14:51 PM
Nerve.com does this all the time with every director.

It's just a thing that they do.

And they don't do it well.
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 16, 2011, 09:37:31 PM
Raving about Inland Empire but disliking Lost Highway for its overindulgence is just a little inconsistent.
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 25, 2011, 11:20:58 AM
Might as well chime in:

Inland Empire
Mulholland Drive
Lost Highway
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me
Wild At Heart
Blue Velvet
Eraserhead
The Straight Story
The Elephant Man
Dune
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Mr. Merrill Lehrl on June 25, 2011, 04:31:11 PM
What would you say, in general, were your qualifications for ordering the list, and to what degree is the top film distanced from the bottom film (besides the number of films between them; what I mean is do you like Dune half as much as Inland Empire, for example)?
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: mogwai on June 25, 2011, 04:51:40 PM
The Straight Story
Mulholland Drive
The Elephant Man
Lost Highway
Blue Velvet
Wild At Heart
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Eraserhead

Haven't seen Dune or Inland Empire. I guess I like the least bizarre one of his movies.
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 25, 2011, 05:23:50 PM
What would you say, in general, were your qualifications for ordering the list, and to what degree is the top film distanced from the bottom film (besides the number of films between them; what I mean is do you like Dune half as much as Inland Empire, for example)?

Funny you say that, because I almost listed it that way, as I've done with some other things, like Radiohead albums.

I love his intense puzzle films the most, and as far as I'm concerned he's only actually made 4 of them (my top 4). The rest of his movies are sort of in a different category for me.

Blue Velvet is very good but probably overrated. Eraserhead is good but also a little student-film-ish and tedious. The Elephant Man is good, but not exactly my favorite type of film. The Straight Story is fantastic, and it might deserve a spot above Eraserhead, but I guess it's not quite as memorable.

Watching Dune is like looking at the aftermath of a fatal car accident; it's a failure in so many ways that I can't bring myself to watch it a second time. (To be fair, Lynch did not have final cut.)

Anyway, here's the edit:


Inland Empire
Mulholland Drive

Lost Highway
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me



Wild At Heart

Blue Velvet

Eraserhead
The Straight Story



The Elephant Man









Dune
Title: Re: Rate Lynch's Films
Post by: Mr. Merrill Lehrl on June 25, 2011, 06:27:02 PM
Eraserhead is good but also a little student-film-ish and tedious.

Funny you say that because I recently rewatched the movie, twice in a row, and thought I saw a strong connection between the film and the deadpan American indie films of the mid80s (because I'm calling Stranger than Paradise the first) and into the 90s with Tom DiCillo's Johnny Suede and Living in Oblivion, Alexandre Rockwell's In the Soup, etc., outrageous dreamy fantasy infused films executed straight facedly (films that are sometimes criticized for being student filmish and tedious).

Quote
I love his intense puzzle films the most, and as far as I'm concerned he's only actually made 4 of them (my top 4). The rest of his movies are sort of in a different category for me.

Makes total sense. 

Part of the reason I couldn't execute this list, or really any list, is because I find it difficult to weigh two styles against each other. Even having discussed Eraserhead in the manner we have I still couldn't definitively conclude, for myself, that its relative merits and flaws form a concrete shape. It has characteristics, but its artistic methods produce emotional responses from me, to varying degrees, and these types of responses are difficult for me to categorize (when they're awesome, i.e. when they're done well and work for me, and this usually involves a component of mystery which Lynch is always willing to supply).

Lynch strikes me as a difficult filmmaker to rank because his films move me each in different ways. I think this is the distinct appeal of The Elephant Man, Dune, and The Straight Story to different types of people, especially perhaps those usually alienated by Lynch's flourishes. Perhaps from what Christian has said and listed he would know what I mean. But then if you love Lynch there are so many ways to like and dislike him. He jams my circuits in a way I don't mind and am totally okay with.