Sorry, David Lynch's Dune sucks (or does it?)

David Lynch's 1982 Dune wasn't well-received at the time, but over the years has become a cult classic—perhaps even a good film. With a few nods to the lavish sets and striking set-pieces, Emily Asher-Perrin takes a weirding module to the latter claim: David Lynch’s Dune is What You Get When You Build a Science Fictional World With No Interest in Science Fiction.

Any attempt at cohesion on a more granular level, which is where worldbuilding is most essential in science fiction, is shrugged off in favor of another inexplicable style choice that brings a bit of form and zero function. With the exceptions of military collars and crests, there is nothing that communicates how these things and people connect—some have tried to christen it “noir-baroque” which is a cute thought, but it’s hard to believe that any detailed reasons for the aesthetics were considered beyond “this looks cool.”

Dune wants to be phantasmagorical and it wants to be offensive to your senses, and those things can work in cinema, as Lynch’s career communicates incredibly well. But this film does not carry off that off-kilter creepiness as anything more than a parlor trick. It fails to be authentic because these cues are not entrenched in the universe projected on screen. They are there to shock the viewer, to disgust them, but they don’t mean anything. The Guild member floating in its chamber of gas is strange and otherworldly and grotesque, but communicates nothing besides that. It is not integrated into its setting, its surroundings.

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Twin Peaks tarot cards

Last year, Benjamin Mackey designed an inspired collection of digital Twin Peaks Tarot cards. Now, Mackey is making the deck real through an Indiegogo campaign! From the project description:

The Magician Longs to See Tarot is a complete 78-card deck with 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana in full color. The deck combines the mystical world of Twin Peaks with visual evocations of Pamela Colman Smith's iconic tarot illustrations. The Major Arcana have manifested as some of the primary movers and shakers in Twin Peaks, while the Minor Arcana tend towards depicting infamous scenes and moments in the series. My goal is to strike a delicate balance between accurately representing the respective characters while still maintaining readability as a deck.

"The Magician Longs to See Tarot" (via Daily Grail)

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David Lynch on catching great ideas

"Ideas are like fish. You don't make the fish, you catch the fish." A lovely animated version of David Lynch's musings on where to find great ideas.

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Twin Peaks soundtrack reissued on vinyl

Angelo Badalamenti gorgeous original score for David Lynch's Twin Peaks television show is available once again on vinyl! Along with the lovely instrumentals, the score includes Julee Cruise's three vocal tracks with lyrics by Lynch himself. (Above, "The Nightingale.") Reissued by the damn fine people at the Mondo/Death Waltz label, this remastered edition is pressed on 180 gram "coffee color" vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with obi strip, and includes liner notes by Badalamenti.

Twin Peaks - Original Score LP (Mondo)

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Watch a young David Lynch get interviewed about Eraserhead in 1979

David Lynch looks like a kid, but his voice is unmistakable, in this 1979 interview conducted by a couple of UCLA students. The interview took place on the oil fields in West Hollywood where Lynch shot some of the scenes for Eraserhead (1977), which he made while he was studying at the American Film Institute.

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Twin Peaks returns to TV!

Welcome back to Twin Peaks.

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Nine Inch Nails video by David Lynch

Earlier this month, I posted about Nine Inch Nails' new single "Came Back Haunted." Here is the new video directed by none other than David Lynch.

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David Lynch "Crazy Clown Time" (Video)

Here's the new self-directed video for "Crazy Clown Time," the new single from director (and songwriter) David Lynch. His new album is also called Crazy Clown Time. 

Mr. Lynch continues to make very disturbing and affecting films.

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