LUCKY (2017)

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A film by John Carroll Lynch

Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston

Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) lives in Arizona is a WWII veteran who is retired, has this routine every day and does his round to see his friends and basically like all old 91 years old are waiting to die. 

Here is a film that most people won’t see but deserve  a chance here. It was shot in 18 days but the thing is Stanton died a few weeks before its release. Every day lucky gets up at the same time light up a cigarette does his yoga, drinks a glass of milk, goes to his local store buys milk or cigarette than goes at the bar and drinks his margarita talking to his friends. However my grandfather when he retired did not know what to do with himself and was doing the same thing gets up drinks his coffee has breakfast go the newsstand gets his paper then goes to the bar and talks to his friend, once in the while he will go to this village where he owned an apartment. The thing is that Lucky here does not know how long he has and is scared of his loneliness.

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Lucky is filled with frank talk about divers subjects. Tom Skerritt plays another World War II veteran. Ed Begley, Jr. plays Lucky’s physician and has the best scene with him. Plus all sorts of others characters. The film is about death, fear and the loneliness that everyone is going to dread once they reach that age. Lucky who does not open up only  to certain young people, he is the kind of man who speaks frankly and have a hard time making new friends. The film feels like a modern western with the great panorama of Arizona. The camera here tells the story, we follow Lucky everywhere. The film with people who are a bit eccentric are not easy to do but this one has an elegance to it. It is a beautiful poetic film. The ending is so perfect, it is a farewell to Stanton’s fans. This film however is the perfect one yet.

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ERASERHEAD (1977)

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A film by David Lynch

Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph

David lynch did this film as is first feature and it became a cult film  in an instead. It is a surreal suburban horror film. Anybody would give you a different version of what this film is about no doubt. A repressed man with  frizzy hair father a deformed child, The mother leaves him, unable to cope with the child’s crying. The father is plagued with nightmares in which his severed head is sold to a pencil company to be used as erasers. He has an affair with the Beautiful Girl Across the Hall, who then cuckolds him. In a fit of petulance, the father unwraps the swaddling bandages of his baby, only to find that they are part of the baby’s flesh. In an electrical storm, he is transported to another place with the Lady in the Radiator. Technically the film is a walking nightmare of fear of being a father and of the industrial world. The escape is the weird blonde woman in the radiator. The cinematography is brilliant it is like an industrial waste land. You can watch this film every time and get a different story every time that what’s so cool about it. Lynch is  a genius at it as you can see from the film. It is original and a master piece. David Lynch refuses to say anything about Eraserhead (1977) because he wants to let viewers decide for themselves what they think it means. By the way it took 5 years to make this film with many set rebuild. I remember seeing this film with one of my best friend, she the movie was over we look at each other and I said was that a weird film or what? What was it about? so we decided to watched it again. Too funny.

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MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001)

David Lynch wrote and directed this look at two women who find themselves walking a fine line between truth and deception in the beautiful but dangerous netherworld of Hollywood. A beautiful woman (Laura Elena Harring) riding in a limousine 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 from the wreck with a head wound, and in time makes her way into an apartment with no idea of where or who she is. As it turns out, the apartment is home to an elderly woman who is out of town, and is allowing her niece Betty (Naomi Watts) to stay there.
David Lynch originally conceived Mulholland Drive as the pilot film for a television series; after the ABC television network rejected the pilot and declined to air it, the French production film StudioCanal took over the project, and Lynch reshot and re-edited the material into a theatrical feature. The resulting version of Mulholland Drive premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where David Lynch shared Best Director honors with Joel Coen. The Hollywood Dream Factory reimagined as Nightmarish Torture Chamber. Naomi Watts is phenomenal. Originally filmed in 1999 on a budget of $8 million as a made-for-TV pilot, new scenes were filmed one year later on a $7 million budget given by the French film studio Studio Canal to wrap up the open ending which had been left unresolved in the original version so that a TV series could follow. David Lynch’s 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller:
Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: at least two clues are revealed before the credits. Notice appearances of the red lampshade. Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again? An accident is a terrible event… notice the location of the accident. Who gives a key, and why? Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup. What is felt, realized and gathered at the club Silencio? Did talent alone help Camilla? Notice the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkies. Where is Aunt Ruth? The film is dedicated to Jennifer Syme, a young actress whose story is startlingly similar to that of the character of Betty – but who in fact died after the bulk of the film was completed. The Region 1 DVD of the movie does not feature “chapters”; attempting to “skip” to the next scene or chapter takes you to the “DVD” logo animation at the very end of the movie after all the credits and ratings and so forth. Director David Lynch requested this himself, as he has done on previous releases, such as The Straight Story. By allowing the film to be on one chapter, Lynch believes people will be more inclined to view the feature in one sitting, as intended. Robert Zemeckis also used this idea on his laserdisc release of Forrest Gump. On the way to audition for her part as Camilla Rhodes/Rita, Laura Harring was in a minor car accident. Adam Kesher smashing the producers’ car windshield in with a golf club is a reference to the famous 1994 incident where Jack Nicholson did the same. Nicholson’s nickname is “Mulholland Man”. The Cowboy has no eyebrows. This was done to give the character a more subtle, disturbing appearance. David Lynch first came up with the idea for the story in the early 1990s, when his television show Twin Peaks was still on the air. Would the show have continued for a third season, Lynch would have entered into talks with ABC to spin-off the character of Audrey Horne, who would have survived her being trapped inside an exploding building in the Season 2 cliffhanger. The character(s) that Naomi Watts plays was originally intended to be Audrey; David Lynch has never revealed if Audrey would have had the same fate as Naomi Watts’ character(s) in the film. ABC executives rejected the original pilot version of the film because, they thought Naomi Watts and Laura Harring too old to be television stars, among other reasons. Chosen by “Les Cahiers du cinéma” (France) as the best picture of the decade (in 2010). Angelo Badalamenti: the soundtrack composer appears as the espresso-drinking movie exec at the beginning of the film. Cori Glazer: the script supervisor is playing the blue-haired lady. Charles Croughwell: the stunt coordinator is playing the vacuum man.