Why David Lynch Still Matters

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I have only taken interest in David Lynch’s work in the past three years. Seeing as I had a great love for surrealist art, I was recommended to get into Lynchian films. I found myself in the little, quirky town of Twin Peaks, which soon captured my heart.

David Lynch is other-worldly in persona and creations. He is often criticised for his films not making any sense, or being too obscure. But people do not seem to acknowledge the message that Lynch is trying to convey in his work.

“Because the meaning, it’s a very personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for somebody else.”

Much of his films are very dream-like. And do dreams make sense? Are dreams absurd? We must celebrate how Lynch has managed to create something so difficult for us to understand into a feature film or a television show.

Twin Peaks was cancelled after it’s second season in 1991, but it’s fanbase continues to flourish and grow, with festivals dedicated to it occurring annually in the USA and the UK. Although Lynch has not made a feature film since 2006, his work is still admire in art institutions worldwide.

Lynch’s work admittedly is mind-boggling and at times confusing; but the mindless films of this day and age will never fulfill you or challenge you like Mulholland Drive or INLAND EMPIRE.

Everything Lynch has created is art. We do not say often after watching a high-grossing, popular film that we have embraced art. And although it seems tough to watch a film that is over two hours long that has a very absurd plot (and probably is not chronologically arranged), it makes you contemplate about subjects that you would regularly not deliberate on a daily basis.

Dreams. The mental state. Emotions. Extra-terrestrial beings. Magic.

If you think that the subject matter of Lynch’s films is definitely too heavy for you, his TV mini-series DumbLand is sure to make you laugh. And he’s a pretty funny guy too.

David Lynch has opened portals of thought which I thought I would never enter. He truly is a treasure of cinema. I love that he is not afraid to embrace weirdness, enjoy the ugly and completely screw with people’s minds.

“Life is very, very complicated, and so films should be allowed to be, too.”

– David Lynch

TOP FIVE DAVID LYNCH FILMS:

  1. Mulholland Drive
  2. Blue Velvet
  3. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Must watch the TV Show first, even though this is a prequel)
  4. Lost Highway
  5. INLAND EMPIRE
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5 thoughts on “Why David Lynch Still Matters

  1. Pingback: #ArtMTL : David Lynch: Meditation, Creativity, Peace au @PHicentre | DUC C. NGUYÊN BLOG

  2. Great post! My favourite is definitely Mullholland Drive, but after that I’d find it hard to make a list … maybe Eraserhead as my second choice seeing as I’ve watched it a couple of times?
    If you’re interested, have a look at my list of Lynch’s best moments 🙂

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