The 10 best films of David Lynch according to the specialized critics

Without a doubt one of the definitive filmmakers of the last decades is David Lynch. A specialized panel, convened by The Guardian, has already said it in the list of the best 40 directors in the world:

After all the debate, no one could fail to conclude that David Lynch he is the most important filmmaker of the current era.

Via The Guardian.

Lynch He initially studied painting before starting to make short films in the late 1960s.

After a series of visually stunning films like ‘Blue Velvet’ (1986), ‘Lost Highway’ (1997) y ‘Mulholland Drive’ (2001), and his television series ‘Twin Peaks’ (1990), the classic motifs of the work Lynchiana began to be evident: vibrant colors, the use of dreams and montage to connect the thinking of the characters, and multiple emotions in a sequence.

With this he earned a reputation as one of the leading authors in the film industry, and one of the few living creators who continually defies film conventions. His work continually represents his ideal that films, depicting life itself, should be complex and, in some cases, inexplicable.

Lynch He is an innovative director and, although his films are not necessarily realistic, they are real in their representation of what life is: a confusing and irrational series of events that have little purpose, and of which one makes his own interpretation, to intentionally. and integrate them to the road.

The film catalog of David Lynch, which so far has accumulated 10 feature films, from 1997 to 2006; can be consulted in order of relevance by IMDb, the famous specialized film and television portal, whose statistics are provided by Metacritic, one of the leading online review aggregation sites.

David Lynch’s 10 Best Movies (According to IMDb)

10. Dune (1984) – 6.5 points

By imperial order, the “Atreides” family must take charge of the exploitation of the desert planet Arrakis, also called ‘Dune. It is the only planet where the spice is found, a powerful drug that is essential for space flights.

Before the planet had been ruled by the “Harkonen”, whose despotism left an indelible mark on the population. When, with the emperor’s approval, the “Harkonen” attack the planet to regain lost power, “Paul”, the son of Duke “Leto Atreides”, has to flee to the desert. There, in addition to facing multiple dangers, he is presented with an opportunity to overthrow the “Harkonen”.

9. Inland Empire (2006) – 6.9 points

Released with the slogan “A woman in distress”, the film follows the fragmented and nightmarish events surrounding a Hollywood actress (Laura Dern), who begins to adopt the personality of a character he plays in a movie.

The project, an international co-production between the United States, France and Poland; It was completed over three years and shot primarily in Los Angeles and Poland.

The process represented several firsts for David Lynch– The film was shot without a finished script and was shot entirely on low-resolution digital video by himself Lynch, using a camcorder Sony handheld instead of traditional film material.

8. Wild at Heart (1990) – 7.2 points

Based on the homonymous novel by Barry Gifford 1989, tells the story of “Sailor Ripley” (Nicolas cage) and “Lula Pace Fortune” (Laura Dern), a young couple from Cape Fear, North Carolina, on the run from “Lula’s” domineering mother and the gangsters she hires to kill “Sailor.”

A Lynch He did not like the ending of the novel and so he decided to change it to fit his vision of the main characters. ‘Wild at Heart’ is a road movie which includes allusions to ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Elvis Presley’ and his own movies

7. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) – 7.3 points

‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ Serves as prequel and sequel to the television series ‘Twin Peaks’ (1990-1991), created and executive produced by Mark Frost Y Lynch.

The film revolves around the investigation into the murder of “Teresa Banks” (Pamela Gidley) and in the last seven days of the life of “Laura Palmer” (Sheryl Lee), a popular high school student in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, in Washington. It contains a much darker and less humorous tone than the series.

Most of the television cast reprized their roles for the film, although most of their scenes were cut and restored in ‘Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces’.

6. Eraserhead (1977) – 7.4 points

Shot in black and white, ‘Eraserhead’ is the first feature film of Lynch, after several short films.

Starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Jeanne Bates, Judith Anna Roberts, Laurel Near Y Jack Fisk, tells the story of a man who is left to care for his severely deformed son in a desolate industrial landscape.

“Henry Spencer”, a depressed and scary young man, suffers from childhood strange nightmares from which he tries to free himself through his imagination. One day, his friend “Mary” invites him to dinner at home; he learns then that he has been the father of a premature and non-human baby. “Mary” and the strange baby settle in “Henry’s” house, where a lit stage behind the radiator shows the presence of a woman.

5. Lost Highway (1997) – 7.6 points

‘Lost Highway’ is starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty Y Robert Blake. The film follows a musician (Pullman) who begins receiving mysterious VHS tapes of him and his wife (Arquette) at his home, and he is suddenly convicted of murder, after which he inexplicably disappears and is replaced by a young mechanic (Getty) who leads a different life.

Lynch has described the film as a “psychogenic escape” rather than a conventionally logical story, while its surreal narrative structure has been compared to a film of Möbius.

The soundtrack, produced by Trent Reznor, includes an original score by Angelo Badalamenti Y Barry Adamson, as well as contributions from David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails Y The Smashing Pumpkins.

4. Blue Velvet (1986) – 7.7 points

The film, which combines psychological horror with cinema noir, stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper Y Laura Dern, and is named after the 1951 song of the same name.

‘Blue Velvet’ It is about a young college student who, upon returning home to visit his sick father, discovers a severed human ear in a field that leads him to uncover a vast criminal conspiracy and establish a romantic relationship with a troubled lounge singer.

3. Mulholland Drive (2001) – 7.9 points

‘Mulholland Drive’ is a surreal neo-noir mystery film starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, Mark Pellegrino y Robert Forster.

It tells the story of an aspiring actress named “Betty Elms” (Watts), newcomer to Los Angeles, who meets and befriends an amnesic woman (Harring), who is recovering from a car accident. The story follows other cartoons and characters, including a Hollywood film director (Theroux).

Lynch he has refused to offer an explanation of his intentions for the film’s narration, leaving audiences, critics and cast members to speculate about what happens. The slogan of the film is “A love story in the city of dreams”.

2. The Elephant Man (1980) – 8.1 points

‘The elephant Man’ is a 1980 British-American historical drama film about Joseph Merrick (whom the script calls “John Merrick”), a severely deformed man in late 19th century London.

The movie starred John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon Y Freddie Jones. It was shot in black and white and featured makeup work by Christopher Tucker.

‘The elephant Man’ it was a critical and commercial success, with eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor.

1. The Straight Story (1999) – 8.3 points

‘The Straight Story’ is a 1999 biographical film based on the true story of the journey of Alvin Straight in 1994 through Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower.

“Alvin” (Richard Farnsworth) is an elderly WWII veteran who lives with his daughter “Rose” (Sissy Spacek), a kind woman with an intellectual disability. When he learns that his estranged brother “Lyle” (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke, “Alvin” intends to visit him and hopefully make up for his mistake before he dies.

Since “Alvin’s” legs and eyes are too worn out for him to get a driver’s license, he hitch a trailer to his recently purchased thirty-year-old John Deere 110 lawn tractor, which has a top speed of about 8 km / h; and set out on the 390 km journey from Laurens, Iowa, until Mount Zion, Wisconsin.