Films Men Should See (David Lynch)

“We all have at least two sides. The world we live in is a world of opposites. And the trick is to reconcile those opposing things. I’ve always liked both sides. In order to appreciate one you have to know the other. The more darkness you can gather up, the more light you can see too.”

-David Lynch

Its good to get weird and explore the surreal, unknown, and invisible.

For most people, that means interpreting the mystical experiences of others through an artistic medium.

I certainly don’t think the world would be a productive place if everyone was experimenting with ayahuasca, tapping into their own unconscious, and pushing psychic boundaries. Most wouldn’t be able to handle it and probably would end up losing their minds.

But then there are those that do experiment with the invisible–whether through drugs, spiritual rituals, or transcendental meditation (which David Lynch is a huge proponent of)–and share what they have found with others.

And not in a hippy-dippy bullshit way, but they instead give us something tangible that we can learn from and use to expand our own way of thinking.

David Lynch is a master at bringing the unconscious to life and revealing the demented corners of the human psyche.

His films are dark and twisted, but done in such a captivating way that it all seems familiar, you can see parts of yourself, the place you grew up in, friends and family, all embedded in a nightmare version of reality.

These films aren’t for everybody, but those who do ‘get’ what Lynch is doing will draw a lot out of them and glimpse into the warped spiritual state of modern Americans.

Make sure you watch these on the biggest screen you can, and pay close attention because the scenes are filled with clues that need to be put together in order to get the most out of the Lynch experience.

Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet is a good introduction to Lynch and showcases his signature style. Set in an idyllic town in America where things go down the rabbit hole quickly when a severed human ear is found in a field.

“Things aren’t what they seem on the surface” is a theme that is prescribed to movies like this, but the phrase is much too simple of a description for Blue Velvet.

What goes on between the fucked up underworld and the people who live along the edges of it is beautifully portrayed and makes you think just what kind of twisted things might be going on behind your neighbors doors when the lights go out.

Wild at Heart (1990)

Sex plays a large role in most of Lynch’s work, and Wild at Heart is the most sexualized of them all.

Nicolas Cage is fantastic and unhinged as ever as Sailor in this modern Shakespearean story.

It has some of the best dialogue in a Lynch film and some unforgettable quotes:

“This is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it’s a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom.”

“He liked skinny women with breasts that stood up and said “Hello”

“And I swear, baby, you got the sweetest cock. It’s like it’s talking to me when you’re inside.”

“Man, I had a boner with a capital ‘O’.”

“She turns over, peels off them orange pants, spreads her legs real wide and says to me”Take a bite of Peach.”

“Ya know, I sure do like a girl with nice tits like yours who talks tough and looks like she can fuck like a bunny. Do you fuck like that? Cause if ya do, I’ll fuck ya good. Like a big ol’ jackrabbit bunny, jump all around that hole. Bobby Peru don’t come up for air.”

Wild at Heart is fun, exciting, and one of the best roadtrip movies I’ve ever seen.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

People have mixed feelings about Mulholland Drive.

I think its the best movie to come out of the 2000s.

This was my 5th time watching it through and I’m still unsure of exactly what the hell happens.

My advice is to pay close attention to the first scenes in the film and keep them in mind. They provide key clues that will help you interpret what is going on.

Everything is symbolic and needs to be noticed–colors, shapes, objects, photographs in the background, book titles–everything has to be considered as a piece to the puzzle that is Mulholland Drive.

And even during my 5th viewing, I still got freaked out during a couple of particularly unnerving scenes.

Watch this with someone and have fun discussing what you think happened at the end.

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About Goldmund

Goldmund grew up a wild-child and was constantly being disciplined. Using ancient rituals and game, he broke free from the shackles of his mind and the norms of this backwards society. He frequents bars in Brooklyn, mountains in Mexico, and retreats to the desert. His passions are nature and women.

10 comments on “Films Men Should See (David Lynch)

  1. For what its worth I always liked Lynch’s version of Dune. The cinematography, sets, costumes and good ol Kyle. It got panned when it was originally released but anytime it’s on I’ll watch. Also keep an eye out for Lynch playing a spice miner on the mining machine.
    Also another favourite of mine is the Straight Story. An old man on his ride on lawn mower has never been dramatized so lovingly.

  2. I had to search around the Internet until I found an explanation for Mulholland Drive that made sense, and like you said the key is right at the beginning when the opening credits are rolling. I believe Lynch later confirmed that this was the most correct interpretation of the film.

    • I’m afraid to ask Google about it because I don’t want the hours I’ve spent arguing about what happened to get flushed down the drain!

      But I’m sure I have a good grasp on the real plot. And yes, the beginning is crucial to understanding.

      “No Hay Banda!” It’s all a tape.

    • I’m not against the idea. There are plenty of quality animated movies out there. “The Triplets of Bellville” is one of the few DVDs I actually own.

      Around Oscar time, a theater in my neighborhood plays the Oscar nominated animated short films for the year. One of my favorite times to go to the movies. They are great.

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