Sunday, May 19, 2002

Mullholand Drive

Oh my god. David Lynch is messed up. Tonight, we made dinner for everyone and rented a movie to watch. So we got meat and chicken and a bunch of veggies and made sheesh kababs for everyone. The movie we rented, Mullholand Drive.

This movie is so screwed up. The entire movie pretty much follows one plot line and within the last few minutes of the movie, the entire plot line changes to something entirely different and knocks you on your ass.

After the movie ended, I *think* that I was totally pissed. I'm not entirely sure what I think yet, however, I am pretty sure that I'm pissed about it. Don't get me wrong, I think the movie was a total trip and for most of it, I was held in complete and utter suspense. However, after 2 hours and 29 minutes of twists and turns, I would have appreciated some sort of ending that would have given me some closure.

I'm not sure if I'm going to recommend this movie to anyone quite yet. I think I may have to watch it once more before I can really decide what I think about it.

Speaking of blogs, Bonnie Burton freaks me out sometimes. Her doggie bloggie is a little *too* weird for me. Check it out on grrl.com if you want, but don't say I didn't warn you.

-s

2 comments:

  1. THe beginning of the movie is 'real' - the limo getting hit, and the scene in the diner with the scary man at the back.
    The scene where you first see Betty is the beginning of the 'dream' (Diane's dream, who calls herself Betty in such dream). This dream lasts until the moment There are many hints up to this point that everything has been a dream - the major ones were: 1) at the beginning of the film, the two men in the diner find out that the 'scary' guy whom one of the pair believed to be controlling his dream really does exist; 2) at the scene in the darkened theatre with the singing lady, the stage guy claims several times that it is 'all an illusion' - Betty is bawling because she understands that the 'show' (her dream) is almost over; and 3)as soon as Rita puts the key in the box, the two ladies disappear, and we see that the 'aunt' is not in fact on a trip, but in her home and that the two ladies were never actually there - the blue box in not actually on her floor where Rita dropped it.

    When Rita puts the key into the square box, we are returned to 'reality' as it happened before the car crash. We see that 'Betty' is really 'Diane', and that 'Rita' is really an actress named 'Camilla'. Diane and Camilla had a love affair until the director with the black glasses stole the latter away from Diane. Diane then ordered the hit on Camilla, and as part of the deal the scary man at the back triggered her dream.
    Now we understand even more that it was a dream, because Diane got Camilla back, and the director with the black glasses (who stole Camilla away) lost everything. Also, we see that 'Cocoa' is really the director's mother, and not the landlady as she appeared in Diane's dream.
    The guy with the cowboy hat is significant, and is probably the dream master (is probably that scary man at the back of the diner from the beginning of the movie).

    After we see what had happened before Diane's dream, the movie switches back to real time - the Cowbow is waking up Diane. Now we understand that Diane has lost everything - her acting career, her lover, her self-respect - and hence we understand further why she would want this dream induced in the first place - a sort of twisted trip of what she wish she could have (remember in the dream she was a very good actor, but we later found out that the directors thought she was only mediocre). Basically, she freaks out, hallucinates, and kills herself because of the grief over losing everything, and over her crazy trip (the scary old people), which was probably a side effect of whatever the cowboy/scary man at the back of the diner gave her to induce her dream.
    I recommend you watch this film a second time, understanding that David Lynch is an awesome director, and that this film is not just a random series of images.
    You may also want to note that it was originally intended to be a tv mini-series but the networks wouldn't pick it up, probably because most people would not be able to understand it!

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  2. There are suttle notes he actually fit into the dialoge. For instance when Betty (dream version of Diane) called Diane from the phone book in her aunts house with "Rita" she mentioned it is a funny thing to be calling ones self. She said this to Rita because they were trying to find out who "Rita" really was, the only problem with this is the fact that Betty was making the call, this parrallels the fact that people were looking for Diane and as the initial phone calls were placed mimic the scene... Same idea if you are sleeping and someone grabs your arm and in your dream someone grabs your arm, there is a term for this but can not recall at the moment, psyco-copying environment.

    Long story short, if you need a 'realistic' sketch of the film...

    Diane wins a jidder bug contest, wants to become a movie actress, moves to hollywood and meets the two old people, feels great, meets Camilla, they both work into the movies, directed into a movie where Adam (possibly an actor.. was said not to have directed the film) falls in love and viseversa with Camilla, they get Diane to the party, Diane loses her mind, calls a hit on Camilla, Camilla dies, Diane is stil insane and locks her self away, has a nice dream (most the begining of the movie, jumbled yes but it recaps how her life went from hapy/nice/good to insane and horridly not what she had wanted)... Possibly drugs are involved over a dream cause, this would explain as a opiate trip more than sleeping uncontrolled dream... because she is class 10 on the insane factor, finaly loses it and pops herself in the head. And that is that.

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