Perhaps the fact that he was a painter long before he forayed into film-making helped David Lynch steer clear of the conventional film milieu. Unlike cinema, paintings never really give you any answers. There is a mystical quality to them, where there are multiple answers, and no one explanation is right or wrong. It is this artistic philosophy that Lynch brings to his film-making, where his films are all what we make of them. Popularly known as the father of modern surrealism, David Lynch is one of his kind; blending dark thematic elements into a light, almost parodic tone; leaving audiences wondering whether to laugh or be outraged. With weird characters, gory imagery and a slew of symbolism, he shocks and mystifies his audiences; while offering a compelling portrayal of contemporary society.
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Now, let us get it out the way once for all – I am a huge David Lynch fan; his movies awakened the cinephile in me and they continue to intrigue me. I have seen almost all of his movie several times and every viewing is more enticing than the previous one. In that regard, ranking his cinema is not the easiest thing I’ve done, but I have accomplished this task keeping in mind that lists are always conceived so as to initiate a discussion, not to make proclamations on why one is better than the other. Keeping this in mind, we decided to rank every film David Lynch has made till now from average to best.
10. Dune (1984)
Why, oh Why?! David Lynch, after the phenomenal critical acclaim of ‘Eraserhead’ and ‘The Elephant Man’, was tapped to direct the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction masterpiece Dune, a project that was delayed and changed hands numerous times in its chequered history. And thus, began the journey of Lynch’s ‘Dune’, a surreal, glorious mess of a movie that is nowhere close to the vision of its source material. To be fair to Lynch, he did not have final cut privileges and the studio massacred his cut to make it more “consumable”. He has time and again disavowed the movie and refuses to talk about it. And I am willing to forgive Lynch for this one mistake, especially considering that he hasn’t put a foot wrong since.