Wednesday, November 30, 2011


In Heaven Everything is Fine... But Down Here is Another Story Entirely
On the sixth Lynchian day of Christmas, we present Satoshi Kon's bizarre yet heartwarming Japanese Christmas tale Tokyo Godfathers (2003). Unfortunately Kon passed away of cancer last year, but his exceptional film legacy lives on through his remarkably intelligent and distinctively Lynchian work in animation. Kon's fellow Lynch-devotee, American film director Darren Aronofsky—best known for last year's twisted Black Swan (2010)—is a notable admirer of Kon's work. Aronofsky even secured the American remake rights to Kon's powerhouse mind-bending thriller Perfect Blue (1997) so he could lift certain shots and editing techniques for his film adaptation of Requiem for a Dream (2000).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

12 MONKEYS (1995)

Beware What You Dream For... In Your Future's Past
On the fifth Lynchian day of Christmas, we present Terry Gilliam's thrilling virtuoso science fiction masterpiece 12 Monkeys (1995)—much of the film's action taking place around Christmastime. Perhaps best known for directing the popular comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974), Gilliam later distinguished himself for his powerful science fiction movies and dramas, including Brazil (1985) and The Fisher King (1991). One of the most Lynchian American film directors, Gilliam's movies almost always feature a similar mind-bending style to David Lynch's work—12 Monkeys is no exception.

Monday, November 28, 2011

THE THING (1982)

I am Not an Animal! I am a Human Being! I am a Man... or am I?
On the fourth Lynchian day of Christmas, we present John Carpenter's underrated science fiction horror masterpiece The Thing (1982)—not to be confused with its inferior prequel of the same name released last month in movie theaters. Although not explicitly set during the holidays, the film beautifully establishes an Antarctic environment that powerfully captures the essence of winter. Like Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) before it, The Thing pits a group of humans against a frightening extraterrestrial invader. But in a Lynchian twist paralleling aspects of Lost Highway (1997), The Thing can transform itself into different creatures and people to survive among the humans incognito.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


A Love Story in the City of Dreams... After a Violent Massacre
On the third Lynchian day of Christmas, we present Curtis Hanson's taut 50's crime mystery L.A. Confidential (1997). The film has one of the most impressive ensemble casts ever assembled, making superstars out of Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, and Kevin Spacey. Balancing out the cast are such veterans as the ever alluring Kim Basinger, the patronly James Cromwell, and the wry Danny DeVito. Although more straightforward than most of Lynch's films, the young and politically savvy Lt. Huxley's journey into the abyss in the middle of an idyllic American setting has many parallels with Jeffrey Beaumont's odyssey in Blue Velvet (1986).

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Where Your Nightmares End... And True Love Begins
On the second Lynchian day of Christmas, we present "Savage" Steve Holland's pre-winter break High School film Better Off Dead (1985). If David Lynch ever made a romantic teen comedy, we like to think it would have turned out like this bizarre and entertaining cult classic. Holland's absurd style of humor feels kindred to Lynch's, even featuring a less sinister version of Eraserhead's claymation dream sequences, this time centering on a memorable guitar-jamming hamburger also in search of true love.

Friday, November 25, 2011


A Woman in Trouble... Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner
On the first Lynchian day of Christmas, we present Pieces of April (2003). Writer/Director Peter Hedges creates a brilliant comedic ode to a holiday that at its best can help unite people despite their differences or at its worst can reopen wounds and divide them permanently. Hedges seamlessly blends comedy and drama here in ways that would make David Lynch proud.


Santa Claus on Right Painted by Mark Pursey
For your viewing entertainment, 35 Years of David Lynch presents a Lynchian film suggestion daily from now until Christmas day. Each film selection is set during the holiday season, at least in part, or otherwise feels at home when viewed during this special time of the year. And each selection will have a plot, style, or tone that reflects an important aspect of director David Lynch's movie-making sensibilities. Like a Christmas advent calendar, check back each day for another cinematic treat.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

DUNE (1984) - NEW 2011 TRAILER

This trailer more closely reflects our vision of how Dune (1984) originally should have been marketed to movie audiences. We published a more complete article on Dune last year, where we suggest it is time for a reevaluation of David Lynch's underrated science fiction epic. You can join the Dune (Definitive Cut) Facebook Petition to show Universal Studios your interest in viewing an improved cut of the film that better reflects Lynch's original intentions, which similar in nature to Ridley Scott's recently released final cut of Blade Runner (1982). You can compare our new trailer with the film's original theatrical trailer below.