June 25, 2018
David Lynch is for sure a weird guy.
Whenever I hear someone cite him as one of their favorite directors, I automatically know that this person is attempting to make himself (more often herself, probably) appear more interesting and intelligent and deep than they actually are.
If someone says that to me, I’m like “oh yeah? I’m more of a John Woo guy, myself.”
But I digress.
Let’s talk instead about the thing he said… then maybe we’ll talk a little bit more about him.
Veteran filmmaker David Lynch believes President Donald Trump could be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in American history because of the way he has shaken up the political establishment.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, Lynch admitted to supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary, before supporting Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the presidential election. However, he now appears to believe that Trump may have been the right choice.
“I am not really a political person, but I really like the freedom to do what you want to do,” Lynch explained. “[Trump] could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much. No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.”
“Our so-called leaders can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done,” the Oscar-nominated director said. “Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this.”
So okay, wow.
Those are either some super-deep and meaningful comments… or just obvious statements that any person could make if they had the balls.
The entire interview is worth reading. He is definitely weird. Whether or not he is deep, I do not know. I would assume that he is. Because it takes some manner of depth to have balls.
And there is also a possible interpretation of his films where they are not actually pretentious films, but simply adopted by pretentious people as fake favorites because of their bizarre nature.
Let me just say: I do not think he sucks. I think he has made some good stuff. However, I also do not believe he is legitimately anyone’s favorite director, and anyone who makes that claim is signaling.
Blue Velvet is a legitimately good movie.
But it is also legitimately weird.
It is as weird as a film can be without being too weird to be enjoyable, and his post-Blue Velvet films were, in my opinion, too weird to be enjoyable.
I did like the original Twin Peaks very much as well.
However, I turned on the first episode of the new season and was like “oh fuck you” and turned it off 15 minutes in. Too weird to be enjoyable.
The Dune movie he did… well, I don’t really want to go into that now. I’ve been rereading the Dune books, and that will be followed by a rewatching of the Dune movie (and the Sci-Fi Channel series of films) and writing about it all here on the Daily Stormer.
I will just say that I think the aesthetic of the film was very good, he definitely got that, and I know that the Jew producers were messing with him so much that he refused to even put his name on the film as it was released, so I can’t blame him for the problems with the narrative, necessarily, while still giving him credit for imagery that is very true to the book.
Overall, I’m glad he’s around.
I’m not really surprised he made these comments about Trump. It’s something he would do. Again, it’s just a basic, simple observation, and it is more a lack of inhibition that allows someone to say it. And he is a creative type – whatever you think of his creations, they are inspired by something – and he genuinely appears to not give a shit.
He is not concerned about being a Hollywood big shot. He had opportunities to do that, and instead chose to make bizarre films that don’t make any sense to anyone and promote Transcendental Meditation.
I mean, he goes on Alex Jones. And apparently listens to his show. While refusing to watch Hollywood movies.
I don’t know how that transcendental shit is working out though, really.
He’s been married four times. And made movies that make no sense, ostensibly on purpose.
You know Alan Watts died of liver cancer, right?
Some mystic. Mystical drunk. All drunks are mystical drunks. Never met one who wasn’t. Don’t need any Eastern philosophy for that.
David Lynch however is not to my knowledge a drunk.
And he sure does have great hair.
He’s ethnically Finnish by the way, which may in some part explain why he is so depressive and weird.
I like Schopenhauer as much as any neon-nazi, but just in general, this Eastern mystic stuff seems like a waste of life-energy. We have our own solid history of spiritualism in the West. Which I guess is the difference with Schopenhauer – he was more interested in making connections between Western and Eastern worldviews. And there was this struggle going on at the time to deal with the… Semitic… aspects of Christianity.
Furthermore, Schopenhauer was mostly just a good writer. Hegel probably had better ideas. But the latter is… very difficult reading.
I know you’re all wondering now: is John Woo really my favorite director?
That is more of an answer I give to people who tell me that David Lynch or Tim Burton or Darren Aronofsky is their favorite director. Or to anyone who is pretentious enough to tell me they have a favorite director at all, for that matter.
But I like John Woo a lot. And John Carpenter. And Clint Eastwood. Especially Clint Eastwood.
As the regular reader knows, I’m a big John Hughs guy too.
If someone backed me against a wall and made me make a pretentious “I’m an interesting person, see” pick, I’d have to go with Sam Peckinpah.
That poor bastard maybe could have used a bit of Eastern mysticism.
He definitely made some shit films. But he made some very good ones.
And The Wild Bunch – cliche or not – is still and always will be the best Western ever made, period.