Mulholland Dr

Mulholland Dr

DVD - 2002
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A beautiful woman riding in a limosine along Los Angeles' Mulholland Drive is targeted by a would-be shooter, but before he can pull the trigger, she is injured when her limo is hit by another car. The woman stumbles away from the accident and meets up with a plucky ingenue new to L.A. But are things really as they seem?
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios, c2002
ISBN: 9780783266824
0783266820
Branch Call Number: DVD Mulholland
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Jer40
May 08, 2019

Ahh... "Mulholland Drive".

The rejected TV pilot that became one of the most important films of the 2000s.

MD is possibly best classified as a neo-noir & "Pandora's Box" style film about two (or one?) women who go on a mysterious adventure to discover the key to a mystery. In a way it's the most strange coming-of-age film, a character study in anxious psychosis, an atmospheric & surreal poem, and many other things -- It retains a multifaceted aspect that allows viewers to come to their own conclusions.

My brother and I saw the final grueling ten minutes of "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" on cable when we were about 10 and 12 years old, and we hadn't seen anything as bizarre before.

That would be the precursor to how David Lynch opened my eyes to how art can flourish within a medium usually reserved for easy pop culture entertainment consumption. After seeing those last ten minutes I wrote down a list of movies I wanted to see and managed to get Lynch's name next to the FWWM title. In 2001 I was checking the listings for the local $1 theater that showed late-run movies after they had made the initial rounds, and something made me stop at one called "Mulholland Drive". The name Lynch rung a bell. I pulled that six or seven year old movie list out and there it was: Lynch. Saw it with two friends who liked the bedroom scene and nothing else; For me, however, that was my first full experience with the art of David Lynch, and it forever changed my perspective on the possibilities of art and the limitless nature of surrealism and mystery.

The music in MD is by Angelo Badalamenti and is one of my favorite film scores. The sound is beautifully ominous and foreboding at times, while delicately melancholy in other scenes. In Lynch's films, the music and sound design are as important as the images and dialogue.

Finally, after reading all these polarizing reviews here, I'll say that, in my opinion, there are two main types of film viewers that I most frequently come across: Those who prefer to have the power of control via familiarity and the satisfaction of expected outcomes, and those who give in to the story and prefer to go along for the ride with the artist at the wheel. Neither are inherently "correct", and that is where SO many people do others a disservice by hoisting up personal opinions as concrete facts.

Going back to this movie I couldn't believe how dated it seemed. In its day it was over rated.

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SeaWolf97
Feb 24, 2019

OK, I've viewed this film about 8 times ... beautiful, but I never quite "got it" . This 2 DVD copy MAY be different, as things finally made more sense. MAYBE it's a directors cut or had footage added ? OR maybe the 9th viewing is the magic number ?

Checked the 2 disker mainly to get the extras disk. Nothing spectacular there, but it did show that both Naomi & Laura are both well spoken, literate persons. David, whose films I really enjoy, comes across as a flake at first exposure.

The interview with Angelo (didn't realize that he was in the film in addition to doing the score) was good. He was correct, his music had a huge impact on the film. This DVD is best viewed with a home theater that is capable of very low tones.

IF you only have the opportunity to view this just once, maybe should pass, you can't see it all in one try. This one takes some active involvement.

EDIT: noticed that another reviewer had posted "Mulholland Drive is located above the famous huge HOLLYWOOD sign ".

SORRY, not really so.

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 04, 2019

I came across a bootleg copy of this film that I picked up circa 2002 in either Taiwan or China for a buck and decided to watch what I knew would be a difficult viewing. Director David Lynch tends to make films that could be nothing more than portions of incomprehensible dreams or incredibly beautiful art. Or maybe he is telling us something about Hollywood film making. Mulholland Drive is located above the famous huge HOLLYWOOD sign and the story seems to be about a director and actresses caught in a film noirish nightmare. In a 2012 Sight and Sound Magazine poll of something like 1000 critics and directors, this film was voted as one of the best 100 films of all time -- but I would never advise anybody to look at it. I do not want to make enemies.

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Maoisdead
Dec 03, 2018

Mind bending movie. Voted the " best film of the century ( so far ) " in a recent poll.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 29, 2018

Quite possibly Lynch's masterpiece ( along with Eraserhead )- it's a dizzying journey into the dark heart of Hollywood, and of an actress living in that world.

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VonHafenstaaad
Nov 29, 2018

A masterpiece of neo-noir. My favorite movie. Nothing else comes close -- in any genre.

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relajarrdc
Oct 26, 2018

Greatly overrated by many of the commenters here; it's not even good surrealism. It's not good anything; it's a muddled mess masquerading as a...what?...the various interpretations in the comments all lack justification. It's not that it couldn't have been a good film. It got off to an interesting start, but the turning point...the metamorphosis of the lead character into the character she might have become, or did become, or dreamed she had become, or whatever Lynch was attempting to do, didn't work. Make better use of your time; check out The Straight Story. It may not be Lynch at his best, but at least it isn't pretentious.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jan 04, 2018

Mesmerizing film by David Lynch- truly one of his best. I would recommend watching this film more than once to better appreciate what is going on in the film. There is a reason David Lynch films are so divisive- you need to have an IQ above 100 to begin to appreciate his films.

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Raynam
Dec 14, 2017

Stupid movie,made 0 sense.Somewhat ok actors wasted on this horrific,horrible idiotic movie.Get drunk and laugh at this terrible movie,all it is goid for.

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