Staff Favorite: The Films of David Lynch
March 24th– April 6th (various films and times)
Starting on March 24th, the IFC Center is celebrating the director David Lynch with a retrospective of his films. Lynch’s films stay with you. He creates these scenes, these memorable moments, which linger and replay in the mind. For this Bulletin Board, I thought I would focus on two of my favorite films of his that will be showing during this retrospective.
–Blue Velvet (March 24th– April 3rd, various times)
In Blue Velvet, we are taken below the surface, below a falsely perfect picture of suburbia. The opening idyllic scenes of suburban life, with the bright roses blooming, the fireman waving hello, the kids crossing the street, disintegrate as we zoom in, go underneath the ground, and uncover the mysteries hidden beneath the outward superficial shows of perfection. Blue Velvet is a memorable, intense film that is very much worth seeing.
–Mulholland Dr. (March 25th– 31st, various times)
After I saw this film for the first time, I immediately wanted to see it again. Rather than have a traditional linear narrative, in Mulholland Dr., this kind of linearity disappears. There is a complete lack of continuity, with you, as a viewer, being left not knowing exactly what is reality and what isn’t as you watch the film. And this is what makes it so compelling and thrilling to watch.
I really recommend going to see one of these films, or both, at the IFC Center!
Angelika Film Center
This film has been getting quite a lot of attention. I mean, it is a film that made people faint when watching it. The film is about a vegetarian starting veterinary school, but when she is there, faced with hazing rituals, she eats raw meat for the first time, and something happens…she begins to desire human flesh.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Rubin Museum of Art
March 24th at 9:30PM
What would happen if you could erase your memories? If you could undergo a procedure that wipes out your recollections of a past relationship, making those you might’ve once, or still, care about disappear from your mind? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind addresses this question. It is a thought-provoking, beautiful film that explores loss, love, and what it means to forget.
The 400 Blows
Film Society of Lincoln Center
March 29th at 2:30PM
The 400 Blows is a key example of the French New Wave, a movement that included filmmakers such as François Truffaut, as well as Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Eric Rohmer, amongst many others. The film tells the story of Antoine Doinel, a young adolescent growing up in Paris, who is regarded as a troublemaker by many of the adults around him. The 400 Blows is one of those films that everybody should see at least once.