Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Follow us on   
Search   
Forum Home Register for Free! Log In Moderator Tickets FAQ Users Online

RE: Strange But True

 
Logged in as: Guest
  Printable Version
All Forums >> [Film Forums] >> Film Reviews >> RE: Strange But True Page: <<   < prev  1 [2] 3   next >   >>
Login
Message << Older Topic   Newer Topic >>
RE: Strange But True - 6/7/2007 4:12:38 PM   
furrybastard

 

Posts: 5181
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Ireland
David Lynch was the cinematographer on this film. A cinematographer isn't really required when shooting on DV, especially if the director has experience in the area already.

(in reply to jonny unitus)
Post #: 31
RE: Inland Empire - 8/7/2007 1:02:12 PM   
tbird


Posts: 4118
Joined: 10/10/2005
From: the cupboard under the stairs
One of Lynch's more convoluted and strange offerings but totally compelling none the less.

Laura Dern was phenomenal in the lead role(s). I've never seen a performance like it. It's criminal that she was not recognised for an Oscar nomination.

Lynch just gets more and more interesting as time goes on.

My only criticism would be the DV quality. I really missed the beautiful shots and lighting that we're so used to getting from Lynch. It will be a shame if he never goes back to film like he says he won't.




_____________________________

"Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain"

(in reply to furrybastard)
Post #: 32
- 21/8/2007 12:15:27 AM   
casino


Posts: 206
Joined: 26/5/2006
i think that this is david lynch's best film it was stunning you must see this!!!

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 33
RE: - 22/8/2007 10:27:24 AM   
MOTH

 

Posts: 3479
Joined: 3/10/2005
From: Sittin' on the dock of the bay
The Short Review
As mad as a bottle of chips

The Longer Review
By turns sublime and ridiculous, Lynch's overlong film is an intriguing, mystifying, unsettling, frightening and bewildering viewing experience. There is some startling imagery and some brilliant scenes, but the lack of anything resembling a coherent narrative renders the whole thing virtually incomprehensible. Lynch is undoubtedly a unique and visionary filmmaker but sometimes I think he just likes taking the piss and that's the impression i get here. At least I hope that's the case because if he actually understands whats going on in this film he really isn't well in the head at all.

The Lynchian Review
Ten zaczyna się w ciemność projekcja od światło INLAND EMPIRE Imperium. Ten jest nastąpił przy pewien                stylistyczny wzrokowy od _____________ igła odtwarzacz ++~~?? wyrażać od Dawid Linchz zwiastowanie akson. " ten najdł w historia ") i ten film określenie miejsca - HAHAhahahahhaaHAAA!! Ostatecznie ten scena  się zostpe********$$& whotel korytarz , gdzie pewien !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'PROSTITUTE' i######## ****

ówić po polsku. Koleprzestraszony.
(bananas) jne pewien brief wyna od słoa dotyczpyta ten kobieta wobec rozbiedziew, podbity oprócz
nieposkromiony , chwila stróżować very, very drunk.

< Message edited by MOTH -- 22/8/2007 10:46:33 AM >


_____________________________

I've only gone and set up a blog! This week I've been mostly reviewing The Lego Movie and Wadjda. Click: The Fast Picture Show
Post #: 34
RE: RE: - 23/8/2007 11:26:57 AM   
Wabloman


Posts: 352
Joined: 30/9/2005
Just watched this last night. Wow! Was not really expecting anything quite like this. One of the only films I've ever seen that has actually frightened me. *POSSIBLE SPOILERS* The scene towards the end where that man's face turns into a morphed version of Laura Dern's character scared the shit out of me. And also, the scene where Laura Dern's character is coming down the pathway with a spotlight on her, literally made me afraid to go to sleep because I thought I was going to have nightmares about it.

An awesome experience, marred slightly by the fact that I didn't see it on the big screen :(
Still fantastic nontheless...8/10

_____________________________

==========Last 5 Films Watched==========
Inception - 5/5
Piranha 2D 3.5/5
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World - 5/5
Dog Pound - 3/5
Black Swan - 4/5

I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.

(in reply to MOTH)
Post #: 35
RE: RE: - 27/8/2007 5:31:19 AM   
ElephantBoy

 

Posts: 8410
Joined: 13/4/2006
9/10 for me. Great review. Any day now i should get to see this Years greatest film again

(in reply to Wabloman)
Post #: 36
Sorry, but.... - 27/8/2007 5:12:20 PM   
BobbyJ

 

Posts: 2
Joined: 6/8/2007
How I tried to commit to this film, alas I couldn't find my way. 'style over substance'?... in my opinion, yes. True, Lynch's direction is flawless, taking us on one massive headf**k , but without so much as a hint of any validation or coherent conclusion. I don't need 'happ ever afters' handed to me on a silver platter, but come on....
I'm afraid to say, I just didn't get it

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 37
RE: Sorry, but.... - 28/8/2007 3:11:22 PM   
Fanboyslayer


Posts: 2448
Joined: 22/11/2005
My copy has finally turned up in the post. Very excited to see this not execting to understand a word of it but excited none the less

_____________________________

Just to spare peoples blushes I feel it's only right that I should point out I'm a girl people! Not in a Crying Game way in the born without a willy way. I hope that's cleared that up.

(in reply to BobbyJ)
Post #: 38
- 28/8/2007 8:42:24 PM   
Dr. Benway

 

Posts: 47
Joined: 21/7/2006
Lynch did it again! Creating another metaphysical mind-bender that requires several viewing before any understanding can be grasped. God love him!

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 39
RE: - 29/8/2007 8:36:44 PM   
evil bill


Posts: 6707
Joined: 19/7/2006
From: mordor/ uk
One of the best pictures of the year,and now i have it on DVD i can watch it till it hurts.David Lynch is the master of mind bending movies,and this is on another level,simply stunning masterful and daring.5/5

_____________________________

"You listen to me now,i will find you and i will kill you!"

(in reply to Dr. Benway)
Post #: 40
RE: RE: - 29/8/2007 10:30:04 PM   
24Dan


Posts: 2503
Joined: 3/10/2005
From: Norwich
Bought it on dvd havent watched it yet tho need to set aside a few hours for it.

_____________________________

Professional Analrapist

(in reply to evil bill)
Post #: 41
RE: RE: - 29/8/2007 10:47:05 PM   
Lydia_H


Posts: 3799
Joined: 26/11/2006
Although I love David Lynch I didn't rate this one very highly at all. Seemed there was no imagination, no vision or flow of ideas. Lost Highway for example was brilliant because it was at once utterly unpredictable, but also seamless and constant, despite everything it felt like some natural, flowing product of Lynch's demented brain and I was totally absorbed into it 

It had an authenticity that seems to be completely lacking in Inland Empire, which feels far too mechanical and unnatural, like it was the product of some market analyst scribbling down Lynch's bankable trademarks.

It is a shame to see such a creative director so contented by the work he has already done. But since Lynch has provided so many great films it is easy to forgive him.

Also I was totally unconvinced by Laura Dern. I gave the film 5/10 because there are individual scenes and performances that are totally absorbing and Lynch's technical abilities shine through regardless of everything

< Message edited by Lydia_H -- 29/8/2007 10:57:15 PM >


_____________________________

I'm hot like Pol Pot. Squeeze me.

(in reply to evil bill)
Post #: 42
RE: RE: - 30/8/2007 8:50:34 PM   
Mason Verger


Posts: 4724
Joined: 13/1/2006
From: Bombing the storage depots at Daiquiri
Would Empire have given it 5 stars if it had been called Inland Total Film


_____________________________

Mind like parachute - only function when open.

Be excellent to each other.

(in reply to Lydia_H)
Post #: 43
RE: RE: - 31/8/2007 1:41:38 AM   
Caster


Posts: 5611
Joined: 30/9/2005
Weird, but not a patch on Mulholland Drive...yet I feel I need to watch it a second or third time to really get the feel for it before I judge it.  It was brilliant, but shooting on DV took something away just as much as it reinvigorated Lynch's style.  Too many intimate close-ups.

Frightening, hilarious, sexy, weird, absurd, beautiful, depressing, haunting...a must for any true film fan. 

(in reply to Mason Verger)
Post #: 44
Lynch you f**ker - 1/9/2007 12:27:17 AM   
dpacolivet

 

Posts: 18
Joined: 5/4/2007
I cant begin to tell you how much this film has re-invigorated my faith in modern cinema... get it treasure it, and watch it when your in a particularly sensible mood. I gaurantee you it will rock your skull into submission.
If your a die hard Lynchian(like me), watch it back to back with Mulholland Drive... expand the mind

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 45
RE: Inland Empire - 3/9/2007 8:47:46 AM   
bendoofus


Posts: 63
Joined: 25/3/2007
From: London
Dare I say this?... It made perfect sense to me! I loved it, and I can't see why it would be incomprehensible to anyone that's watched it all the way through, without interruption. Anyone who hasn't seen the whole thing, or spent half the running time going "It's too weird" with their mates can't expect to be able to understand it... I didn't think it was much more esoteric than Mulholland Dr.

_____________________________

I feel like I'm Han Solo, you're Chewie, and she's Ben Kenobi and we're in that FUCKED UP BAR!

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 46
- 21/10/2007 4:42:28 PM   
bobbyperu

 

Posts: 498
Joined: 21/10/2007
WARNING (die hard fans only)

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 47
- 21/10/2007 4:42:28 PM   
bobbyperu

 

Posts: 498
Joined: 21/10/2007
WARNING (die hard fans only)

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 48
RE: - 23/10/2007 7:12:31 AM   
SimonK


Posts: 374
Joined: 25/11/2005
My review of Inland Empire now up on my website, www.kinnema.com, in a rabbit-themed special that also includes Donnie Darko and Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit!

Inland Empire
(David Lynch, US, 2007)
 
Established auteur resting on his laurels, right? Wrong. Lynch discovers freedom in digital and go back to (his) basics: memorable, challenging and downright weird

More than any other medium, cinema is regarded as a young man’s game. Unlike writing or painting, where the accumulated experience of the creator’s life becomes part of the package, the practicalities of filmmaking means that directors are unfairly perceived to be burnt out by their mid-forties. The Nineties, with its hunger for finding the next big thing straight out of film school, took this notion to an insane extreme…so it’s comforting to find that the wisdom of age is being recognised again. Pensioners Eastwood, Polanski and Scorsese have all won Oscars this decade, whilst fellow elder statesmen like David Cronenberg and (until his death) Robert Atman have been acclaimed for producing work as good as anything they’ve done.

David Lynch’s name would be on the same list anyway courtesy of Mulholland Dr., but Inland Empire pushes him right to the top: it’s by far and away his weirdest and most uncompromising film, which is saying something. If you didn’t know who Lynch was, you’d swear it was the act of a newcomer burning with avant-garde ambition rather than the work of a master secure in his reputation. But then, if you stretch the definition of a debut, that’s exactly what Inland Empire is, with Lynch discovering the joys of a new medium and finding new ways of doing things.

For the first time, the director is shooting on digital video, and the freedom is startling. On film, Lynch’s instincts have inevitably been tempered by the need to plan some form of structure before committing to expensive celluloid...but when you can just "point and shoot," cheaply and easily, who needs structure? The result feels as organic a translation of Lynch’s mindset as you can get, unravelling as a succession of brilliantly realised scenes and sequences, one rippling into the next. There’s a plot of sorts during the first hour, but after that, you’re on your own.

Lynch takes his cues from Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr. – Doppleganger protagonists, fractured narratives, non-sequitur inserts – to composes an entire film from them. The interludes with rabbit-people apparently living out some kind of Kafkaesque sitcom are the most self-consciously strange, but even more impressive are the effortlessly fluid transitions between the film’s various realities, or the menace Lynch conjures up from an apparently banal conversation between two homeless women.

Visually, the film benefits from the distinctive look that the medium brings. On celluloid, the beauty of the images he conjures up often offsets their primal energy. Not here: the grainy, flickering texture keeps things disconcerting and in the realm of the uncanny, not least when hitched to Lynch‘s typically bravura sound design, the creaks and whistles of a madman. Admittedly, there are times when it feels like a home movie, but in the same way that Curb Your Enthusiasm is: a pared-down, back to basics approach that relies on content to achieve its provocative goals.

The other benefit of shooting on video is one of intimacy, and the cameras get as close up to Laura Dern as it’s possible to get. It’s a logical extension of Naomi Watts’ stunning work in Mulholland Dr., but Dern is arguably more astonishing: a brave, unvarnished scream of a performance, her distinctive features contorting into a mask of horror and sadness at the events around her. Unlike the fairly straightforward demarcation between Watts’ characters, it’s not entirely clear how many roles Dern is playing – or, indeed, whether they are all splintered fragments of the same personality. And her raw, long-take monologues of past traumas with would-be aggressors provide the most compelling and heartstopping moments of the film, no mean feat given the director.

What’s it all about? Honestly? No idea, but there’s a labyrinth of themes to get lost in here, involving the cultural divide between America and Europe, marriage, madness and the thresholds between different worlds. The overriding sense, though, is about how art (and specifically performance) recasts reality, conjuring not just Eastern European curses but collapsing the whole infrastructure of perception into a moveable feast where the same woman can be at once a respected actress, a housewife, a prostitute and possibly even the figment of a viewer‘s imagination. In this sense, the film it resembles most is Persona, a film that similarly shatters our cosy sense of narrative to take a look at what lies beneath the cracks. Inland Empire is as long and undisciplined as Bergman's film was precise and economic, but watch these two back-to-back and you might never be sure of anything again.


_____________________________

"It's the end...but the moment has been prepared for."

Still writing at www.kinnema.com

(in reply to bobbyperu)
Post #: 49
RE: RE: - 23/10/2007 1:05:17 PM   
lisa2062


Posts: 6
Joined: 23/10/2007
I love Lynch's films especially this one, but gave up a long time ago trying to figure out what exactly it was I just watched. It's similar in vein to the film 'The Jacket' where the ending is up to the viewer to decide. My only only gripe with Inland Empire and it is a slight one is the fact that it was bun numbing 3 hours in length. Having said that there is plenty of visionary delights to feast your eyes on, and it has a great soundtrack to which you won't be able to get out of your head for days.

_____________________________

http://Lisa2062.myshoppingarcade.com/

(in reply to SimonK)
Post #: 50
Not a film - 25/10/2007 4:05:15 PM   
Funk_Knight

 

Posts: 120
Joined: 6/3/2006
I saw this after Muholland Drive. As where Muholland Drive is a film, this film is pure art using the medium of film. It fully challenges every convention of story telling the same way that a modern artist would challenge art and explore an aesthetic like some of the exhibitions that we have on at the Tate. Therefore this film truly sits in the eye of the beholder and works within the ideals of art for art sake than actual storytelling i.e. 1 person in need to explore, experiment and express their artistic notions like never before leaving it on show for the universe to see. David Lynch has done exactly this. I feel like he said to himself – ‘this time it will be no holds barred, I will go all out on the ultimate Lynchian experience, I wonder how far can I push it?’ If you love Lynchian ‘Experiences’ then this is a 10 star film. However, I had to ask myself if the film really needed 3 hours to accomplish this? You are either lost in a Lynchonian world for 3 hours after following 'the white rabbit' or you are staring frowning at the screen when the final credits role wondering why the film took up so much of your evening just to play with your head. Even in this, playing with someone’s head is usually and engaging affair, worked out, deceptive logical (Dare I bring up the brilliant Jacobs Ladder). Though this film is full of motifs and repetitions it does feel more like a sequence of images to throw you and to deceive your footing rather than mess with your head. I don’t believe an audience should completely loose their footing for 2 and half hours, unless they like where they land! Maybe the film needs two viewings by us more conventional folk, but drumming up the strength to sit through the same film again for three hours to say 'I understood perfectly' is a tall order – though my love of film will make me do it at some point! And I can't help but feel that had a new unknown director presented the same film it would n

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 51
Not a film - 25/10/2007 4:05:21 PM   
Funk_Knight

 

Posts: 120
Joined: 6/3/2006
I saw this after Muholland Drive. As where Muholland Drive is a film, this film is pure art using the medium of film. It fully challenges every convention of story telling the same way that a modern artist would challenge art and explore an aesthetic like some of the exhibitions that we have on at the Tate. Therefore this film truly sits in the eye of the beholder and works within the ideals of art for art sake than actual storytelling i.e. 1 person in need to explore, experiment and express their artistic notions like never before leaving it on show for the universe to see. David Lynch has done exactly this. I feel like he said to himself – ‘this time it will be no holds barred, I will go all out on the ultimate Lynchian experience, I wonder how far can I push it?’ If you love Lynchian ‘Experiences’ then this is a 10 star film. However, I had to ask myself if the film really needed 3 hours to accomplish this? You are either lost in a Lynchonian world for 3 hours after following 'the white rabbit' or you are staring frowning at the screen when the final credits role wondering why the film took up so much of your evening just to play with your head. Even in this, playing with someone’s head is usually and engaging affair, worked out, deceptive logical (Dare I bring up the brilliant Jacobs Ladder). Though this film is full of motifs and repetitions it does feel more like a sequence of images to throw you and to deceive your footing rather than mess with your head. I don’t believe an audience should completely loose their footing for 2 and half hours, unless they like where they land! Maybe the film needs two viewings by us more conventional folk, but drumming up the strength to sit through the same film again for three hours to say 'I understood perfectly' is a tall order – though my love of film will make me do it at some point! And I can't help but feel that had a new unknown director presented the same film it would n

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 52
The Beautiful IE - 12/1/2008 7:48:34 PM   
grizay

 

Posts: 1
Joined: 12/1/2008
OK, for those of you who actually live in Southern California, the Inland Empire, aka the "Land of the Dirt People," is a joke. It's the preferred nomenclature for Riverside County, and alternate universe waste land of several million people East of Los Angeles by some 60 miles. It's the perfect title for a film that explores multiple dream sequences and parallel existences experienced by a washed-up Hollywood actress who wins the role of a lifetime. Not only is it a chance to get back on the A-list, but the role quite literally pushes her to the limit of her own psyche. Inland Empire is a mad film ripe with juxtapositions. There's another page on this site for breaking down the film's true meaning(s), so I won't bother with that in this space or dare give away too much of the plot. It might take several viewings, and be warned it's almost three hours long, but losing yourself in Lynch's ethereal depiction of the human need to find oneself can and should be completely logical. In true Lynch dioramic nature, the film is beautifully shot amid pulsing rhythms and the dichotomy of shadows and vibrant colors representing both the development of characters and moods. As with most Lynch films, all is never as it seems. Or is it?

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 53
RE: "Not A Film" - This is more than a Film !!! - 26/5/2008 10:22:15 PM   
concept mike

 

Posts: 5
Joined: 12/4/2008
IE is one of the most amazing films i have ever seen. There is definitely one huge concept which only Lynch can fully understand but believe me it is not unwatchable or a pointless amalgamation of separate scenes hoping to connect, it is very much a brilliant narrative driven by the most Lynchian dynamics and techniques ever seen. Including certain decor, motifs and symbolism which can easily be matched to Lynch's previous work such as Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr.
One word of advice is to hang in and see the whole film out because you will be rewarded. Definitely on a par with Lynch's greatest and most underrated piece Fire Walk With Me.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 54
Exquisitely amazing. - 25/7/2008 6:03:13 AM   
nc_jj


Posts: 664
Joined: 20/2/2008
Complex and delightful thriller.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 55
Exquisitely amazing. - 25/7/2008 6:03:14 AM   
nc_jj


Posts: 664
Joined: 20/2/2008
Complex and delightful thriller.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 56
a lynchian treat - 21/10/2008 8:17:16 PM   
dhowdy

 

Posts: 967
Joined: 29/8/2008
From: London
like his previous films it can be very frustrating to watch when you do not understand what they are about...but once you do...boy, do they knock your socks off...i do not admit to understanding what this film is about but i have a copy of the dvd tucked away in my cupboard and i look forward to unravelling and understanding one day.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 57
Sorry, no. - 5/11/2008 8:25:17 PM   
Tyler_Durden


Posts: 47
Joined: 3/2/2006
Maybe it should have made sense. Maybe it's just pretentious. Maybe David Lynch should have made something enjoyable to watch. Maybe it's not an enigmatic masterpiece, but a self-indulgent, irritating chore of a film.

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 58
- 14/2/2009 10:12:52 PM   
willchadwick

 

Posts: 311
Joined: 13/3/2007
Amazing, beautiful, horrifying, strange, disturbing = Lynch + Masterpiece

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 59
- 14/2/2009 10:12:54 PM   
willchadwick

 

Posts: 311
Joined: 13/3/2007
Amazing, beautiful, horrifying, strange, disturbing = Lynch + Masterpiece

(in reply to Empire Admin)
Post #: 60
Page:   <<   < prev  1 [2] 3   next >   >>
All Forums >> [Film Forums] >> Film Reviews >> RE: Strange But True Page: <<   < prev  1 [2] 3   next >   >>
Jump to:





New Messages No New Messages
Hot Topic w/ New Messages Hot Topic w/o New Messages
Locked w/ New Messages Locked w/o New Messages
 Post New Thread
 Reply to Message
 Post New Poll
 Submit Vote
 Delete My Own Post
 Delete My Own Thread
 Rate Posts


 
Movie News  |  Empire Blog  |  Movie Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Video Interviews  |  Image Gallery  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Magazine  |  Resources
 
Forum Software © ASPPlayground.NET Advanced Edition 2.4.5 ANSI

0.188