On the wall Eraserhead

On the wall: Eraserhead

On the wall: Eraserhead was published by Little White Lies (print only) in 2023 as part of a series of personal reminiscences on bedroom wall movie posters It was love at first sight.  I spent my adolescence reading and re-reading Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and watching and rewatching David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977) – the latter mostly…

10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System

10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System

10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System first published by BFI, 15 Dec 2022 Includes capsules of: Forbidden Planet, Planet of the Vampires, Solaris, Fantastic Planet, Dark Star, Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Dune (1984), Alien 3, Hard To Be A God In James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), tiny islands float over the jungle moon Pandora, sending…

The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose (2023)

The Blue Rose had its European première on Sun 27th Aug at FrightFest A woman (Jordyn Denning) in a black lace basque and a blue neck ruff steps onto a small yellow-lit stage, and kneels on the floor at its centre. With a bright blue painting behind her depicting a blue flower and a blue…

INLAND EMPIRE

INLAND EMPIRE (2006)

INLAND EMPIRE first published by Film4, in 2006 Summary: Laura Dern gives several star turns in David Lynch’s latest brain-bending exploration of identity and the Hollywood dream machine.. Review: Before he began the five-year shoot for his feature debut Eraserhead (1977), David Lynch famously invited his small cast and crew to a screening of Billy Wilder’s SUNSET…

Dystopian

10 Dystopian TV Shows

10 Dystopian TV Shows first published by BFI, 7 April 2022 Includes capsules of: The Prisoner, Threads, Twin Peaks, Serial Experiments Lain, Dead Set, 3%, The Handmaid’s Tale, SS-GB, Watchmen, Squid Game While by no means the only, or even the first, dystopian novel, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – first published in 1949 – has…

Art

David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

David Lynch: The Art Life first published by Little White Lies “Every time you do something like painting – or whatever – you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and colour them, even if they’re new ideas, the past colours them.” The speaker is David Lynch, and even though we can…

Peaks

“I understand”: Mirror Epistemologies in Twin Peaks S3

Welcome to Twin Peaks, a universe – small-town, but ever-expanding – comprising David Lynch‘s eight-part (including feature-length pilot) First Season (1990), followed by a 22-part Second Season (1990-1), Lynch’s spin-off prequel feature Fire Walk With Me (1992), as well as various diaries and other authorised paratexts. Now there is a Third Season (‘The Return’), as…

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: David Lynch is executive producer on this Werner Herzog film about a man, his sword, his mother, and the long arm of the Lord. Inspired by a true story. Review: As the sound of a train is heard in the distance, the title ‘David Lynch presents’ appears on screen, followed swiftly…

Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead first published by Film4 Synopsis: “Oh you are sick.” David Lynch’s feature debut is a monochrome fever dream of frustrated desires and horrific unease. Review: “They’re still not sure it is a baby!” The precise nature and identity of the monstrous infant at the centre of Eraserhead remains a mystery, but then the same could be said of the…