Not exactly a new movie by any means, but I wanted to suggest Mulholland Drive because a surprising number of people I know have not seen it. I’ve shown it to two people in the last couple months alone! It’s one of my all-time favorites (and right up there with FWWM and Blue Velvet as my favorite Lynch film). Plus, I love watching it with new viewers and seeing if they “get” it. But I’m always happy to explain. 😉
At its core, Mulholland Drive is a love story. A very visceral one at that. Perhaps even two different love stories… Like any David Lynch movie, it punches you right in the gut with some of its visuals (both beautiful and terrifying), use of sound, and overall cinematography. Plus, it’s pretty funny at times — mainly Justin Theroux’s very bad day, the cowboy, Angelo Badalamenti’s very particular espresso tastes, etc. But Naomi Watts and Laura Harring steal the show with every scene. Betty, especially, is so earnest, while you want to help and protect Rita so badly. My favorite scene is Club Silencio and sometimes it makes me cry. I could go into more detail but as this is a recommendation and not a review, I don’t want to ruin the fabulous twists and turns that await you in this dark, complicated love story. I will say that I believe Club Silencio is part of the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks (since this film was originally intended as a spinoff series) but you can draw those connections yourself.
I had the glorious opportunity to see Mulholland Drive on the big screen in 35mm as part of the Music Box Theatre‘s David Lynch Retrospective. I would have loved to have seen more of the films in this series but alas, life. It was shown at Lynch’s intended VERY LOUD decibel, which made certain things all the more unsettling or uncomfortable. Rather than a punch to the gut, it was a punch to the head. But I think that added to the surreal experience of the film. I feel like I experienced it the way good ol’ David would have wanted me to.
Also, shout out to the Music Box for all their Twin Peaks decor because it made my nerdy little heart oh-so-happy.Those who don’t have a local theater showing it can watch Mulholland Drive on Netflix.