Critiquing Film, Television, and More

Quickie: Mulholland Drive (2001)

Rewatched

I’m pretty sure Mulholland Drive was made to simultaneously please arthouse snobs, druggies, hipsters, Hollywood jobbers (the fools who dream), lesbian-porn hopheads, hot topic chicks who haunt over the appearance of Billie Joe Armstrong (oh sorry, I meant Justin Theroux), and Hannah Montana fans. Bet you never could’ve guessed that this was a movie for all audiences boys and girls.

Mulholland Drive’s climax is still one of my all-time favorites because of its surreal switch-up in tone, catastrophic reveals, freshly panic-stricken editing, camera, and score routines, and Naomi Watts’ extraterrestrial performance. Yep. This is definitely David Lynch at his Lynch-iest. 

Verdict Change: A+ —> A

Naomi Watts is Nicole Kidman’s sister and nobody can convince me otherwise.

So this and Donnie Darko were released in theaters during the same year of 2001 AND both happen to have exceedingly similar moods AND are both films that are initially confusing ASF AND have both recently become cult classics. Coincidence? I think not. They’re connected in some way and I will find out how.

Also, after a rewatch this movie actually makes a LOT more sense now. Confusion? PFFF! Who needs it noobs? 

This Movie is a Part of My List: The Victors of the 2000s

“Mulholland Drive” is now available to rent and buy on Vudu, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.

 

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