David Lynch on the iPhone

Lynchphone BB pal Jim Leftwich sends this wonderful clip of David Lynch talking about watching a film on the iPhone.
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  1. Of course he would probably feel the same about watching a film on a television screen at home.

  2. While I completely agree with him on most of his point, Mr. Lynch is completely off his rocker (as his movies seem to attest to). People have either already seen your movie and loved it (which is why they are watching it again on their flight to where ever), wouldn’t have seen it otherwise (what kind of an artist would want to keep his work from being seen – even in less than ideal circumstances), or they are too stupid to appreciate the movie to begin with.

    By the way… using YouTube as a platform to complain about a poor quality video experience seems a little disingenuous.

  3. To quote from a comment on this You Tube video:

    “David Lynch? His movies suck no matter where you watch them.”

    ++ QFT

  4. Well, first of all, he’s not talking about the iPhone specifically, just movies on cell phones. But he makes a good point- most films are meant to be seen in a theater, under certain conditions.

    I’d like to see what would happen if we tasked a capable filmmaker like Mr. Lynch with shooting a film designed to be watched on a 3.5″ screen, with headphones on, in a relatively public space.

  5. wow, thats not pretentious or anything.

    I agree film can be art, but film can be just plain ordinary film too. Theres plenty of other things that you can call “such a sadness” in this world to be worried about something as retarded as this.

    No mobile movie watching device will measure up to the silver screen. stop crying about it. I assure you this weeks episode of the “office” won’t be diminished in any way, and i don’t recall the last time i saw someone watching citizen kane on BART.

  6. my initial comment was at the youtube video, just so no previous posters think i was calling them that.

  7. Also, it should be noted that this was a fan-made parody created from the INLAND EMPIRE bonus material (DVD release, which Lynch only grudgingly accepts).

    A filmmaker who’s so anal about controlling how people experience his movies that he doesn’t allow chapter selections on his DVDs wouldn’t be the first to embrace celphone video.

  8. I’m a huge David Lynch fan and this is the first time I’ve heard him swear, the way he says “fucking telephone” with so much feeling behind it had me in stitches.

    And to all the people who think he’s being an elitist asshole, please realize he’s talking about “proper” movies, not youtube clips or flimsy comedy sitcoms. And I happen to agree with him. Provided you have the right setup why the heck would you want to squint at a tiny screen watching a movie that’s had both audio and video compressed to hell?

    And yeah, the headline is misleading, this isn’t about the iPhone specifically.

  9. “this isn’t about the iPhone specifically.”

    well yeah, but don’t get him started about watching movies in a paltry 640×480 standard definition format.

    everyone should have their lynch approved HD projector home theater setups by now right?

  10. “everyone should have their lynch approved HD projector home theater setups by now”

    Oh get off the FUD, he never said anything of the kind. Apart from his perk of not putting chapter stops on his DVDs I never heard him deride people’s setups.

    Remember, we’re talking about the guy who shot Inland Empire on a cheapo semi-professional DV camera.

  11. “Oh get off the FUD, he never said anything of the kind. Apart from his perk of not putting chapter stops on his DVDs I never heard him deride people’s setups.”

    Didn’t he kinda do just that?

    If I’m on an eight hour flight and my choice is reading the in-flight magazine or watching anything at all that I chose on my iPhone, I’m picking the phone.

  12. Gee, sorry, David Lynch. I didn’t realize I had to spend a 6-hour flight watching the back of a seat so you would feel better about your “art”.

    The “get real” at the end is incredibly ironic.

  13. Lynch has a good sense of humour and he’s a smart guy. Don’t take the video literally – it has a deeper meaning.

  14. This is awesome! Great clip.

    I love even more that people are getting butt hurt about it.

    Neven, you could watch a dvd on a portable player or laptop, or read a book, or spend the six hour flight meditating!

  15. “Neven, you could watch a dvd on a portable player or laptop, or read a book, or spend the six hour flight meditating!”

    Couldn’t you be spending this time meditating? Why would someone spring for a portable DVD player when their phone can do it? I don’t imagine Mr. Lynch would view a portable DVD player as a huge step upward from a phone.

  16. “I love even more that people are getting butt hurt about it.”

    chatting about something on boing boing on the butthurt scale = 1

    telling the world how whats going on is “such a sadness” and cursing at them for not enjoying movies in the same way on the butt hurt scale = 11

  17. Didn’t he kinda do just that?

    He was referring to tiny cell phone screens, the parent was referring to living room setups, which was what I was commenting upon.

    I don’t consider a 3.5 inch screen to be a “setup” by the way, it’s more like a poor substitute, which I believe was the point he was trying to make.

    As for people going all “ZOMFG! He’s insulting me!”, he’s really just expressing his opinion, he’s not trying to make Neven stare at the back of a seat for 6 hours, as his statement didn’t apply to all video content like it’s being made out to be.

    For the record I have a Nokia N800, and while it’s saved me from many boring trips and waits by watching short youtube clips and the odd documentary, I would never watch a full two hour movie on it. It’s not at all immersive, which is the whole point of a movie, and by the end of it my neck and eyes would be killing me.

  18. My first thought was: “Wait, David Lynch still makes movies?” Then, “His hatred of small screens seems odd, given his penchant for creepy midgets. Seems like they would be more to scale on a smaller screen.”

  19. Mr. Lynch is an artist, and he’s concerned about how people view his art and the art of other artists in his medium. Is anyone really surprised?

  20. everyone should have their lynch approved HD projector home theater setups by now right?

    DLHD*? You mean the setup that belches ether whenever the lights go out, causes your wife to have an affair with Balthazar Getty while a grinning man in pancake makeup silently looks on, and replaces all non-dialogue soundtrack with a hypnotic thrumming? Hell yeah! Waaaay better than THX… you don’t even need a subwoofer, just a good supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon!

    (*Lady in the Radiator not included. See store for details.)

  21. Seems a little hypocritical for Mr. Lynch to complain about the quality of movies on mobiles when the DVD release of his film “Lost Highway” is quite possibly the worst modern film to DVD transfer in history. Video artifacts abound, sound is inconsistent, and to top it off, it’s presented in pan & scan. The version that I recorded off of IFC looks and sounds better than the retail DVD, for crying out loud (and it’s widescreen, to boot).

    And another promising artist succumbs to egotistical self-righteousness and slowly retreats, kicking and screaming, ranting and raving, wild-eyed with delusions of persecution, becoming mired deeper and deeper in the endless morass of irrelevance and obscurity.

  22. “Mr. Lynch is an artist, and he’s concerned about how people view his art and the art of other artists in his medium. Is anyone really surprised?”

    I’m going to post an equally adamant rant on YouTube yelling at anyone using IE to visit my websites. I understand now.

  23. @#25:

    a) directors have little control over how big studios release their films, especially not the transfer process.

    b) i would wait for the US Universal release due in March (I’m told) and see how the transfer quality is there.

    Has anyone seen the surrounding context of this clip? Outside of the thirty seconds clipped here for someone’s personal amusement and then puked onto the internets? I, for one, have not, and do not believe that a sound bite in any way translates to “comprehensive artistic statement.”

    Even if it does feature a sexy microphone.

  24. Watching a movie on an iPhone (or similarly sized device) and saying you’ve seen the movie, is a bit like watching porn and saying that you’ve had sex.

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