• Juliet of the Spirits

    Juliet of the Spirits

    ★★★★

    A sumptuous carnival of dream woven scenes, ensconced in dazzling technicolors, that explore the dissolution of a marriage and the disassociation an individual goes through when life casts them out of the role they’ve chosen for themselves. David Lynch must have been taking notes!

  • Men

    Men

    ★★

    Split the différence.

  • The River

    The River

    ★★★★½

    Got to watch this with a 2nd grader and had to split iour viewing across two nights on account of bedtime, but she was enthralled, and it was really great getting to experience this classic through her eyes.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    From Hitchcock, to Altman, to De Palma, to Lynch— Under the Silver Lake is steeped in the visual language of noir and the weird cinematic lore of L.A.

    Pynchonesque absurdity and paranoia abounds, but for all that work, this is essentially a shaggy dog story that insists on drawing our attention to its own meaninglessness and can never quite figure out what it wants to be across its 2 hr and 20 minutes run time.

    Feels like this script was maybe three or four rewrites away from hitting on something really special.

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★

    Whenever I’m watching Twin Peaks I always forget Jack Nance plays the lead in this!

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    “The Dreamwalker” by Wanda Maximoff

    Dreamwalking will not let you forget.
    You remember the children you got that you did not get,
    The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair,
    The singers and workers that never handled the air.
    You will never neglect or beat
    Them, or silence or buy with a sweet.
    You will never wind up the sucking-thumb
    Or scuttle off ghosts that come.
    You will never leave them, controlling your luscious sigh,
    Return for a snack of them, with gobbling mother-eye …

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    It moves in lunges and spurts from start to finish, but the moments when it grabs hold, it really knows how to go for the kill.

    I think after seeing what Marvel did with "WandaVision," and the story they developed for Strange in "What If," I was expecting something a little more expansive and mind bending in its vision (pun intended!?!?) -- but Raimi being Raimi, I can't fault him for leaning a bit more into the necromancy side of the equation. As you're watching The Scarlet Witch throw down some serious Carrie vibes, just remember, she's not a monster, she's a mother!

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★

    The Passion of the Palmer.

    A harrowing, hypnotic journey into oblivion, but for the life of me, in spite of its charms and the way it disorients the audience, I’ll never understand how the first half an hour makes this a better film. But from the moment we zero in on Laura until the end, I am utterly under Lynch's spell.

  • Red Rock West

    Red Rock West

    ★★★½

    “Marriage is just a state of mind.”
    “Not in Texas.”
    “We’re not in Texas.”

    With twisty plotting that takes a few pages from The Coen Brothers and a cast full of David Lynch alum, this was a pretty delicious slice of neo noir with a beautifully rendered mid western mis en scene. Lost a little steam for me in the final act, but I’m glad I finally caught this.

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★★

    Lost Highway has all the best Lynch needle drops.

  • Darkman

    Darkman

    ★★★★

    Sam Raimi’s take on The Phantom of the Opera is better than Andrew Lloyd Webber’s. Seven year old me will die on this hill.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★½

    Stranger Things with a Hard R.