In heaven everything is fine — but not in Lynch’s “dream of dark and troubling things,” which served as a disturbing sign of what this singular filmmaker had in store for us. During its original theatrical release, one displeased viewer hilariously described “Eraserhead” as “the ultimate suspense thriller. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did.”
One of the saddest movies ever made, and so successful — it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Director — that Lynch was offered the chance to direct “Return of the Jedi.” Dark but comparatively straightforward, it might be the best entry point for first-time viewers.
Lynch did end up directing a sci-fi film next, though it wasn’t linked to “Star Wars.” This adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel was far less successful than its prececessor, but it has its defenders
Lynch received his second Academy Award nomination in the Best Director category for “Blue Velvet,” which first revealed his fixation on the seedy underbelly of idyllic, small-town America.
A “Wizard of Oz”–inflected, fairy tale–like romance, the story of Sailor and Lula is at once one of Lynch’s strangest and most “normal” works. For his efforts, he was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Fire Walk With Me” was initially received quite poorly, not least because, in true Lynch fashion, it ended up raising more questions questions about the enigmatic TV series than it answered. Its stature has grown in time, and many have since reclaimed the film as a masterwork.
If you’ve never met the Mystery Man, just dial your number — he’s in your house right now.
The only movie in Lynch’s filmography not immediately identifiable as such, this straightforward, based-on-fact drama follows a man as he travels across the country on his tractor.
The consensus choice for the best film of the 21st century so far, “Mulholland Drive” is one of the most beguiling, beautiful movies ever made. Silencio.
If Lynch’s prolonged hiatus from feature filmmaking continues, “Inland Empire” may prove to be his final movie. It would serve well in that capacity, however unintentionally — the writer/director’s longest and most abstruse work, it’s difficult to make heads or tails of but easy to get lost in.