On the Air
: "While mixing the sound for an episode of the second season of Twin Peaks, Lynch was hit with a sudden inspiration. 'It just came into my head, the idea of people trying to do something successful and having it all go wrong.' Following the initial success of Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost were hot properties in Television. When they approached ABC with the idea for 'On the Air,' the network was eager to take them up on the offer. The show itself was a half-hour absurdist comedy featuring many of the cast and crew from Twin Peaks. The pilot tested very well, and six more episodes were ordered. However, by the time it came to scheduling the On the Air, things with Twin Peaks had already fallen apart, and the network was no longer eager to work with Lynch." On the Air was received so poorly (due, in part, to being premeired in the summer on a Saturday timeslot) that only three episodes were ever aired in the states. However, the entirety of the program was aired overseas. In Episode 1 the misfit crew of the Zablotnick Broadcasting Corporation struggles to put together the first episode of the Lester Guy Show. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Dec 12, 2013 -
'Dumbland is a crude, stupid, violent, absurd series. If it is funny, it is funny because we see the absurdity of it all.'
Fresh off the critical success of Mulholland Dr.
] in 2001, David Lynch
set out in 2002 to conquer the internet, creating a paywalled website to feature original content like his short film Darkened Room
, an anti-sitcom called Rabbits
, and the intentionally lowbrow DumbLand
Featuring animation, music, sound effects, and voice acting entirely by Lynch, DumbLand
is a black and white Flash animation series with a total running time of approximately half an hour. A few notes on DumbLand from Lynch.
[Also previously: David Lynch's Weather Report
] [And super-previously.
posted by shakespeherian
on Jun 20, 2011 -
Dune, the motion picture was made in Mexico City, Mexico during the spring of 1983. I was there to witness David Lynch as the director and here's what really happened!
posted by The Mouthchew
on May 5, 2010 -
Still Wrapped In Plastic: 'Twin Peaks' Turns 20
Back in the summer of 1989, I was invited to a sneak preview of a TV pilot. I didn't know anything about it, but the moment I heard its opening theme music, I got shivers that didn't go away. This was TV the way I dreamed it could be — funny, menacing, mysterious. In fact, it was so weird and wonderful that, as I walked from the theater, I remember saying, "Too bad no network will ever put it on the air." [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Apr 8, 2010 -
He doesn't do metaphors. He doesn't make Postmodern references to other art. He doesn't even know what his own work 'means.'
Richard Kovitch on the failure of the Tate Modern's recent symposium
on David Lynch, which featured Gregory Crewdson
, Louise Wilson
, Chris Rodley
, Parveen Adams
, Simon Critchley
, Roger Luckhurst
, Tom McCarthy
(edited remarks here
), and Sarah Churchwell
and Jamieson Webster
), among others.
Write-up on Paris retrospective of Lynch's painting here
, which was collected into the book The Air is On Fire
posted by shakespeherian
on Jan 15, 2010 -
Twin Peaks season 2 DVD is almost here ... finally!
That leaves precious few days to get prepared: bone up on cast and crew details
, argue about theories
, click your way through the townsfolk
, obsess over every itty bitty blessed detail
, buy a "best friends" necklace
, keep the faith about the deleted scenes
, see whether it makes any more sense in German than English
, put a poster on your wall that will give you nightmares
, explore the Lodges
, watch very bad things happen to Jenna Elfman
, walk with Coop through the Black Lodge
), blow the rest of the day reading stuff
. For the truly ambitious, book a room in scenic Snoqualmie and watch the entire series there
posted by jbickers
on Mar 23, 2007 -
"I would like to do better, to be better than I am".
He's the French New Wave maverick
and Academy Award winner (at 26, for his first short
) who, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -- with considerable personal pain and the admission that "no description, no picture can reveal the true dimension
" of what happened in the camps -- made what François Truffaut called "the greatest film ever made
", duly censored by French authorities
. Four years later he baffled audiences with "the first modern film of sound cinema
", shattering the rules of chronology
to describe the “anguish of the future”: even if all he ever wanted was "to stop death in its tracks
" (French language link)
, only for one minute
. But he is also the unabashed lover of la bande dessinée
who learnt English by reading comic books
and in the Seventies dreamed (French language link)
of making "Spider-Man" into a movie
(the Hollywood studios were not convinced), the MGM old-school musical
nut so in love with design that "half of the fashion photography of the past 40 years owes a debt
" to him. Now, Alain Resnais
' new work
, just shown at the Venice Film Festival
where his buddy David Lynch was awarded a lifetime achievement Golden Lion
, is a French film inspired
by an English play with 54 short scenes
, music by the X-Files's Mark Snow. (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Sep 8, 2006 -
David Lynch - Peace through Yogic "Flying"
: Communication departments and film schools throughout the Midwest are currently being approached by representatives of David Lynch and the Marharishi School
of Fairfield, Iowa. On the surface, they're out to publicize a seminar about filmmaking and the creative process. In actuality, it's part of an ongoing effort to (according to IMDb
) raise $1 billion to build a world wide network of Transcendental Meditation "peace palaces". . . including head-quarters in India which will be capable of housing 40,000 followers - in the hope of bringing peace to the world through the practice of mass "yogic flying
". The cost per student? $45. Related MeFi posts: 1, 2, 3
posted by aladfar
on Feb 3, 2006 -
...One of the reasons truth seems so difficult to describe is that we have conflicting beliefs about it: we sometimes think it is discovered, sometimes created, sometimes knowable, sometimes mysterious. When we use the idea in ordinary life-as we do when we agree or disagree with what someone has said-it seems a simple matter. Yet the more we stop to think about it, the more complicated it becomes. It would be nice if we could sort out, once and for all, everything we thought about truth-to find out the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the truth, as it were. Nice, but practically impossible. The thesis of this book is much simpler. Of the many things you could believe about truth, there is at least one that you should believe: truth matters. Truth, I shall try to convince you, is of urgent importance in both your personal and political life..'True to Life'
and 'Who Cares About the Truth?'
are two excerpts from the first chapter
of True To Life: Why Truth Matters
by Michael P. Lynch
, about whose philosophical thought was written Lynch's Metaphysical Pluralism
and about whose book was just written The Truth Wars
, believe it or not.
posted by y2karl
on Jul 26, 2005 -
The CBS News American Idol Power Hour.
Viacom, owner of networks CBS and MTV among many others, is aggresively pushing lucrative
offers for Private Jessica Lynch to get her on CBS News, including the possibility of her own video-hosting program on MTV and special editions of TRL. Corporate consolidation the way it is, are we in an era where synergy allows news-media-owning companies to offer not just material profit but flat-out media iconization in exchange for a good story? To put it another way: have we gone beyond using the news to promote entertainment owned by the same company to using entertainment as the currency to flat-out buy the news?
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Jun 16, 2003 -
Big Business As Usual.
"In announcing their record settlement with 10 Wall Street firms
accused of misleading investors with bogus recommendations, [the Securities and Exchange Commission] also released new e-mail records showing stock experts chortling about how they were making out like bandits at the expense of the average investor", and revealed troubling insights into the way Wall Street really works:
"Merrill Lynch initiated coverage of LFMN on September 28, 2000 with a 2-1 [10-20% appreciation forecast short term, 20% appreciation forecast long term], when LFMN traded at $22.69. At that time, Merrill Lynch was pursuing an investment banking relationship with LFMN.
After Merrill Lynch initiated research coverage, LFMN's price declined to the....$3-5 range in December. On December 4, 2000, Blodget e-mailed a fellow analyst,'LFMN at $4. I can't believe what a POS [piece of shit] that thing is. Shame on me/us for giving them any benefit of doubt.' Merrill Lynch's research report on LFMN dated December 21, 2000, [reiterates] a 2-1 rating..."
And the "record settlement" with these common swindlers in three piece business suits from our brave SEC? For Wall Street, Fines Are A Day's Pay.
posted by fold_and_mutilate
on May 7, 2003 -
Lost on "Mulholland Drive."
At a film festival in Boulder, Roger Ebert dissects David Lynch's masterpiece frame-by-frame and comes to the conclusion that, well, he doesn't really come to a conclusion.
Or does he?
Meanwhile, the DVD was released last week and instead of a commentary track or funny bloopers, it came with a simple insert that provided "David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller." For the sake of space, I'll post them in the comments section and let's see if anyone out there can (or wants to) answer them.
posted by adrober
on Apr 16, 2002 -