Having just watched Mulholland Drive
, I ,like so many other normal people, could definitely feel my head starting to spin. I must admit being biased towards the weird/puzzle type movies, in the vein of Memento
, Donny Darko
and Fight Club
. I love trying to wrap my mind around the concepts the movie presents. What feels like a mundane Hollywood movie, complete with the small town girl come to Tinseltown to make it big, the Nancy Drew
-like chirping optimism as she explores the mystery, promises fun for the whole family. When that reality is warped the way it is in this movie, you have to be on your toes in order to try to deciper what is actually going on, ironically very much like the Nancy Drew cliche the movie uses.
So after having watched it, your head abuzz with details and mysteries, where does one turn to get a handle on it all? Mulholland Drive has fascinated many people apart from myself, and much has been written on the Internet about it. Personally, I learnt a lot from Reel Reviews
, the podcast that was mentioned in a previous blog entry. They have a series called the Cinephile Series, in which he spends around 50 minutes
dissecting the movie, taking comments from the audience, and generally giving his interpretation. Since much of the movie is actually based on other movies, more specifically the film noir genre, but also many other movies, due to the Hollywood theme running throughout, a moviebuff is a very good source of information. Salon (click on watch commercial) had a decent rundown of the major plotpoints for the casual audience. Of course IMDB
is always interesting if you are willing to ignore some of the less intelligent posts.
Watch it, love it, Mulholland Drive.