Saturday, September 16, 2006
King Kong or Mulholland Drive?
UPDATED: Looks like the tiebreaker vote is mine, and I'll go with Mulholland Drive. Lynch's films, especially his most recent films, escape the dry, detached intellectualizing that often goes hand in hand with the term "postmodern." Mulholland Drive is a complex cinematic experiment, but it's also thrilling, sexy and boldly emotional. Few films are as alive.
As for King Kong, it's a great deal of fun and has a bunch of awe-inspiring scenes, but it's also painfully dated in many ways. When I saw it on the big screen in May, I had a big smile on my face half of the time, but the rest of the time I was cringing at the racial stereotypes and creaky acting (excluding Fay Wray, of course). Blasphemy alert: I think I prefer the Peter Jackson version.