Lynch is unique in that he has relatively few films on his resume as a director – and yet it known to everyone. He has a reputation for being weird – and he does has a strange comic personality, that has lent itself nicely to guest roles on TV shows like The Cleveland Show and Louie among others. While Lynch has pretty much said he is done making movies – he isn’t done directing by any stretch of the imagination. While he only has 10 features, IMDB lists more than 40 directing credits – for shorts, TV series episode, etc. – and Wikipedia adds a few shorts not listed in the IMDB list, as well as several music videos.
This series is going to look back at all of it - a few exceptions aside – like the TV series’ American Chronicles or Hotel Room, which I cannot find, probably a short or two and most likely the Duran Duran concert film, of which I just cannot be bothered (sorry) – or at least as much as I can find. I have been a long-time fan of Lynch’s – but must admit although I have seen all of his features (several times) and the entire run of Twin Peaks (which I will cover – briefly – in one post), I haven’t much delved into his shorts, videos and curiosities yet. From what I have seen, well, let’s just said it makes his features look normal.
As has become a tradition when I do this director retrospectives, here is how I would rank Lynch’s 10 features now, before revisiting. Let’s see if it will change.
10. Dune (1984)9. The Elephant Man (1980)
8. Lost Highway (1997)
7. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
6. Wild at Heart (1990)
5. The Straight Story (1999)
4. Eraserhead (1977)
3. Inland Empire (2006)
2. Blue Velvet (1986)
1. Mulholland Dr. (2001)