Inland Empire ★★★★

*This is Mulholland Drive on cocaine.*
Dropping all conventions of a normal narrative, Lynch has created a unique experience, it is a near flawless depiction of dreams within dreams within memories; Decades later we will still be dissecting and analyzing this film, not only it has an amazingly structured plot and narrative, it dives deep down into the core of the psyche and human relations to each other and to reality.
Lynch is simply the Freud and Lacan of cinema.
Entire books can be written on theories and possible explanations of the story, but like Twin Peaks, M. Drive and all his films this one can be easily interpreted if one pays attention to the details and not over analyze like many do with Lynch films (because over analyzing ruins the film IMO), it's about a woman dealing with her past failed relationships, and losing sight of line between what's real and what's not, and we are in the same seat as her as the film weaves in and out of the film she is supposed to be acting in and her dreams, memories and future, it is a self aware film, it's about Mr. Lynch making a film about making a (film about a film), this is a reflection of the medium of cinema on itself, a meditation of sorts, an experience about the experience of cinema for one, and about the actress played by Laura Dern (with one hell of a performance!) losing grip on what's real as her world merges with that of the film she's in, as she reflects her image on the film, just as we, the audience, do the same.
It is heavily inspired by the classic surreal masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad, and I believe this transcends many of the elements of LYAM.
It also has an amazing sound design which lends itself beautifully to the story, great songs too.
This is definitely Lynch at his best, at his most Lynch.
This is best enjoyed on repeated viewings, as you pick up more and more details and you unveil the story you'll see the genius the director is.