LDoMoE Podcast #3 – Inland Empire

I’ve been going to see David Lynch movies at the theater since I was 14. He is definitely an auteur. He makes the same movie over and over again. A blonde innocent woman and a brunette not-so-innocent woman are somehow the same woman. People existing in multiple dimensions and entering into and leaving dream-like states. Like all of his fims, INLAND EMPIRE has these Lynchian motifs.

The big difference between this film and his others is that Lynch shot it on video. This was a pretty intriguing proposition. Obviously, Dogme-type filmmakers can very easily make the transition to video but what about a guy like Lynch who is known for his cinematically lush visuals? Nobody shoots reds better than Lynch. Nobody shoots nudes and smoke better than Lynch. So how would his vision transfer over to the muddier video format?

I can’t say it was 100 percent a success. Would love to hear other people’s thoughts on INLAND EMPIRE. If you’re a Lynch fan, you should see it. However, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Lost Highway and Mullholland Drive.

Also, Podcast #3 is ready.

Last Days of Man on Earth-The Urinals
World War III-The Suburbs
Track 02-INU
Cannibals-The Units
Shack Up-A Certain Ratio
Scoopy Rap-Scoopy
In School-Die Kreuzen
Baal-Rhythm Pigs
My Girlfriend’s Dad’s A Vicar-The Toy Dolls
Rock Star (Bonus)-The Ejected
Obsessed With You-X-Ray Spex
Victim Of The Vampire-Slaughter and the Dogs
Deranged Demented and Free-PVC2
106 Beats That-Wire
No bounds-Gambit of Shame
Balancing Act-Volcano Suns
Super Destroyer Mach II-The Turnbuckles
Jimmy Rocks-Social Unrest

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9 Responses to LDoMoE Podcast #3 – Inland Empire

  1. Anonymous says:

    personally ‘inland empire’ is my favorite recent lynch film to date. although i like ‘lost highway’ i think that conceptually it fails. ‘mulholland drive’ is a more successful version of that concept. i disagree, however, that this film is the same film as his previous ones. and clearly the last three films he’s done are very far from ‘eraserhead’, ‘blue velvet’, and ‘wild at heart’, or his portions of ‘hotel room’.

    anyway, i think the switch to video is crucial, thematically.it heightens the self-reflexive artificiality of the medium, the medium itself being the most laboured-over of tropes about the ‘inland empire’ of both california and the mind.

    i’ve only seen the film twice, but i think that, though it is definitely his most demanding film, the pay-off is there… and the pay-off is very act of giving what’s demanded of you to watch the film actively.

  2. Slobodan Burgher says:

    A blonde innocent woman and a brunette not-so-innocent woman are somehow kissing way too passionately for me not too bring out my UXA LP….

  3. Joe Stumble says:

    anon — why does Lost Highway conceptually fail in your opinion?

  4. Erich says:

    Recently saw “Blue Velvet” again after many years. Found it very silly, but part of this aesthetic experience was due to the truly bizarre german synchro.

    Great Podcast! Good variety, hot rocking shyte!!

  5. OTTO says:

    Shack Up… A Certain Ratio… you fucking rock, dude!

  6. zuzu says:

    No wonder I colored my hair.

  7. Joe Stumble says:

    Yeah the whole blonde / brunette thing reads funny…but I’m telling ya…EVERY one of his movies since Blue Velvet has had the dark sinister brunette and the sweet innocent blonde who are actually two sides of the same person. Its almost funny at this point.

    Erich — I would love to see a German dubbed version of Blue Velvet. I saw a Chinese dubbed version of Taxi Driver once that was freakin HI-larious.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love that song Lynch sings, “Ghost of Love” or something along those lines.

    Any clue how one could obtain a copy of that?

  9. Maxim de Winter says:

    Gotta say, I loved INLAND EMPIRE way more than I expected to, and at least part of that was the sense that it’s like a greatest hits (or a Stars on 45 anyway) of Lynch’s preoccupations, with a few genuinely scary moments in amongst all the quirk. If I hadn’t been well prepared for it to be lengthy and – even by Lynch standards – obscure, I might not have enjoyed it so much, but that finale, all those oh so typically beautiful (he loves to surround himself with beautiful women, doesn’t he? and wouldn’t you?) girls dancing and lipsyncing to Nina Simone, sent me out into the night with a big grin on my face. As I arrived home, the woman across the street was out washing the pavement in front of her house. It was midnight. I was in Lynchworld.

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