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4th June 2007 20:39  #1

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
"Inland Empire"
I saw this last week, and, as a fan of Lynch, I was literally shocked. I’ve seen all of his movies (except for “The Straight Story”, “Dune” and “The Elephant Man”, but those will be remedied soon as I own most of them) and even “Mulholland Dr.” isn’t as big a mindf**k as this one, and those who know MD know that that is relatively crazy Spoiler  The whole film ending up being some woman’s vivid masturbation fantasy… Hell, “Eraserhead” is kid stuff compared to this one, not in terms of graphicness, but just disturbing and not knowing what was going on at all. This film makes no coherent sense on the surface. Example: Spoiler The group of prostitutes sitting around talking about T&A, then it jump cuts to them doing the Locomotion... ...Insane. But this is just the surface, I'm sure on repeat viewings it will make a bit more sense. Or not. Maybe Lynch just wanted to mess with out heads.

Who else has seen this? What did you think? Did you have ANY idea what was going on? Any word on the DVD yet? This is one I have to buy and watch over, and over again.

5th June 2007 14:17  #2

Dustin Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 553 Send a message via AIM to Dustin
I caught this film last year. Dug it quite a bit. Not a huge fan of Lynch, was qutie annoyed with Mullholland Drive, but I did like this one.

DVD comes out later this summer in a two disc set with about 90 minutes of deleted materials. 90 or 60, I can't remember.

5th June 2007 15:41  #3

darth raph Member Join Date: May 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 142
Waiting to rent this. The Elephant Man is superb! Such an underrated film! I like Dune. Lynch didn't! A lot of film critics dis Dune but I think it is OK! As for Twin Peaks. What a TV series! Incredible.

5th June 2007 20:27  #4

James Tully Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 436
I am glad I saw this in the cinema as I dont think I would sit through it at home on DVD. It tested the patience but definitely succeeded in being unnerving and a new experience.

Not sure about the validity of cheddars spoilers, I heard it was all to do with the actress's preparation and the vulnerability that stems from it. But to be honest I think everyonewill have their own opinion! Thats what Lynch does......

6th June 2007 8:21  #5

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
James Tully wrote: Not sure about the validity of cheddars spoilers
How do you mean? Like, they're not really spoilers? Then yes I agree, but it's a shock and left my friend and I speachless when it happened (as well as the entire theatre.)

6th June 2007 20:31  #6

James Tully Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 436
Cheddar J. Cheese wrote: James Tully wrote: Not sure about the validity of cheddars spoilers
How do you mean? Like, they're not really spoilers? Then yes I agree, but it's a shock and left my friend and I speachless when it happened (as well as the entire theatre.)


I meant as in not sure if they were correct. I have heard a couple of different theories on the meaning behind the film - but hadnt heard your one before. The one I have heard most, including insinuations from david Lynch, is about the actress' experience learning the new material.

But as I said, everyone will have their own take on this film.

BTW - What is the 'it' you referred to happening that left you speechless? I dont remember there being a definitive big reveal.

7th June 2007 4:58  #7

Dustin Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 553 Send a message via AIM to Dustin
Did the bunnies creep anyone else out? I don't know why; but I was curled up in my seat scratching the s**t out of the dude sitting next to me. Luckily; he was my roommate and tolerated it.

I'm not usually like that at the movies, even for horror films. But this flick made me uncomfortable at times. Scared, even.

7th June 2007 7:20  #8

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
James Tully wrote: Cheddar J. Cheese wrote: James Tully wrote: Not sure about the validity of cheddars spoilers
How do you mean? Like, they're not really spoilers? Then yes I agree, but it's a shock and left my friend and I speachless when it happened (as well as the entire theatre.)


I meant as in not sure if they were correct. I have heard a couple of different theories on the meaning behind the film - but hadnt heard your one before. The one I have heard most, including insinuations from david Lynch, is about the actress' experience learning the new material.

But as I said, everyone will have their own take on this film.

BTW - What is the 'it' you referred to happening that left you speechless? I dont remember there being a definitive big reveal.


It's not a reveal, it's just a random, surprising moment that I didn't want to spoil for people. Spoiler Do the Loco-Motion! Not a spoiler, but infinitely better if you don't know it's coming. It's just so out there, that you have no reaction until later.

If you meant what I said about it being a "fantasy", I was referring to another film (MD). But having re-watched that one this evening, I myself am unsure if it's correct. Time-line. Must rewatch again, I need the DVD, VHS takes too damn long.

The Bunnies didn't really freak me out. It was reminiscent of the stop-motion/live action Polish(?) Alice in Wonderland film. It was awkward in a disturbing sense (if that made any), but it wasn't creeped out.

I'm actually seeing this again tomorrow (although I guess to most readers it's today, and me too, it being 2AM here...) with a different friend (who watched MD with me this evening, I doubt he'll ever be the same) and I can't wait!

10th June 2007 15:42  #9

James Tully Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 436
The bunnies did kinda freak me out as well.

You were right Cheddar, I did get mixed up between your description of MD and Inland Empire. My mistake. I havent seen MD since I saw it in the cinema. I saw it twice in the cinema - Once with the list of clues and once without. They didnt help! Still thought it was a great film though.

10th June 2007 20:45  #10

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
The movie never even came close to playing in my area!  I will have to buy it off Amazon because my mom & pop video store will not carry it

11th June 2007 1:13  #11

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Played here for three weeks, as well as a Lynch retrospective showcasing all of his films. I only got to see Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart, but I doubt I'll ever forget the experience.

13th June 2007 16:27  #12

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Well I live in Waveland, MS (KATRINA HIT US IN 2005) so we don't even have a movie house.  So were desperate for movies out here.

20th June 2007 16:25  #13

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
That really sucks something fierce, I'm sorry.

R1 specs from The Digital Bits
The Digital Bits said: In official news this morning, Rhino Entertainment has announced the DVD release of David Lynch's Inland Empire on 8/14 (SRP $29.95). The 2-disc set, overseen by Lynch himself, will include a whopping 75 minutes worth of additional scenes (entitled More Things That Happened), a "making of" featurette (Lynch 2: Behind the Scenes of Inland Empire), interviews with Lynch and the film's star Laura Dern (Stories), a photo gallery, 3 theatrical trailers, plus footage of Lynch at home cooking quinoa (appropriately titled David Lynch Cooks Quinoa).

I'm so happy about this!

21st June 2007 23:57  #14

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
this is going to be a must buy

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