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Lost Highway (1997)

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6.7
 / 10
15 votes
Genres:
Drama, Surrealist Film
Director:
David Lynch David Lynch
Starring:
Bill Pullman Bill Pullman
Patricia Arquette Patricia Arquette
John Roselius John Roselius
Louis Eppolito Louis Eppolito
Jenna Maetlind Jenna Maetlind
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: January 16, 2007
You have got to appreciate a filmmaker who doesn't care about his audience. I know that sounds a little much, but I appreciate it. David Lynch could care less if you understand what his films are about, and he could care less whether you love it or hate it. All he cares about is making the films he wants to make and making them with the actors with whom he likes to work. You've got to really appreciate a filmmaker like that. I do. "Lost Highway", released in 1997, is probably the most bizarre film you've seen since "Eraserhead" and until "Inland Empire", both David Lynch films. "Lost Highway" is like an experimental mind-fuck that manages to be entertaining. And, in grande David Lynch style, no one had a clue as to what in the hell is going on here.

We've got Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette and cameras in their home. We've got the super creepy Robert Blake pulling a mental mind-fuck "I'm already there." We've got Balthazar Getty playing...well...an assortment of roles. We have Richard Pryor popping up in a wheelchair and managing to make me smile like no other. We've got the great Jack Nance making his final screen appearance before his death. "Lost Highway" bends and weaves and confuses the hell out of you and that is what David Lynch wants. He wants you to re-think everything you've seen. He wants you to think you've missed something and then have to watch the film again. He wants to hit you over the head with two hours of the coolest shots and sequences you've likely ever seen.

After "Mulholland Drive" and "Inland Empire", the film that most closely resembles those would have to be "Lost Highway", and it's one of his underrated masterpieces. The performances are perfect, especially from Robert Blake and Balthazar Getty. The art direction and production design are creepy and atmospheric, and the soundtrack is just plain incredible, with everything from Marilyn Manson chewing through "Apple of Sodom" to The Smashing Pumpkin's "Eye", Lynch's taste for macabre music has never been better, and every single song fits with the film. "Lost Highway" is one of my favorite David Lynch films because it doesn't care to confuse. It doesn't care that you might not understand a damned thing. I wish more films cared that much. 9/10.
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Cryptorchild #1: Cryptorchild - added 01/17/2007, 08:12 PM
Eh, David Lynch is over-rated. But...you have do be doing something right if you're that well known and nearly all of your movies continually make no sense and break every rule there is. I don't have a clue as to how that's possible he somehow manages to pull it off. As far as Lost Highway goes...creepy but it's just strange. I'd give it a 5/10.
Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg #2: Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg - added 01/18/2007, 02:26 AM
I wouldn't call myself a "Lynchhead" (I agree that he is a bit overrated) but I certainly do like a bunch of the man's films. When it comes to his work that dips into this unorthodox mindboggling style, I can easily take them for their confusing face-value and enjoy myself; I could care less about what the "true meaning" is. Many say things like, "Okay, so this is all I have to do to make a praiseworthy movie: string together a bunch of random, pointless, and incoherent scenes then... no wait, that's it." Hey, you know what? These mindfuck ideas of David Lynch could truly be what those like-minded people describe as pretentious, incomprehensible, and irrelevant pieces of garbage which makes Lynch laugh maniacally to himself at nights over the fact that other people proclaim it to be beautifully artistic or genius filmmaking... well then, so be it, I guess that's just the type of stuff I actually find entertaining. With all the terribly unoriginal and empty movies to have been released during the past decade or so, not to mention the flurry of unnecessary remakes and sequels along with the many still pending, could you really blame someone's taste in something that is unquestionably novel and thought-provoking nonetheless?
8.9/10
Lucid Dreams #3: Lucid Dreams - added 07/17/2010, 03:31 PM
I watched this so long ago and like most of his movies I felt confused as well. I will agree with most that he is a bit overrated, but his movies are original and I will give credit for that. 7/10
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