Jared Smith (English47)
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David Lynch's confusing narrative about a sort of love triangle is regarded as one of (if not) his best works. To take from another source that kindly explained just about everything in prefect English, Mulholland Drive follows the story of a young actress named Diane who is love with another young actress named Camilla who has a history with Diane (or maybe something that is still a little bit there). At a dinner party, Camilla and Adam (her new lover) announce they will be getting married (or so it is assumed). So Diane orders a hit on Camilla and when she discovers the hit has actually gone though - she kills herself.
The rest is a fantasy of her own. The conspiracy against Adam, the director, being the only way Camilla was cast over her. The re-imagined version of herself as Betty and Camilla as Rita - who is really just another version of Diane.
- I guess the blue box can act be a symbol for her fantasy (or what's inside it anyway) and the key is the tool to unlock the fantasy which would explain the old people from before exiting the box of course and attacking her as her fantasy has in essence, killed her.
- The scene with the dude with big eyebrows confronting his fear of the hobo who lives behind the wall can is just that - confronting your worst fear, which is essentially what Diane does when she orders the hit at that same diner.
- The cowboy says to one character earlier on "Now... you will see me one more time, if you do good. You will see me... two more times, if you do bad."
We see him two more times and remember what he had to say about attitude? " A man's attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that something you agree with?" The character agrees and so the Cowboy says a few exchanges later, "So since, you agree you must be someone who does not care about the good life." Well, Diane obviously cares about the good life.
- The silencio club is the theatre where it is revealed that the people playing instruments are just an illusion (in other words the music is pre-recorded). This is a commentary on the film in someway seeing that up to this point, nothing presented has been real, and this is right around the time when Diane wakes up from her dream/fantasy. A woman is singing on stage when Betty (Diane) and Rita (Camilla) start crying after realizing when the woman faints that the song is also a pre-recording, then the woman is simply carried off stage and the show goes on - supposedly a commentary on Hollywood and how stars will give their life for an illusion (and how stars/artists are expendable).
Ultimately Mulholland Drive works as a compelling dark story about how Hollywood really works.
Wall-E is a visually stunning film and a much different approach to filmmaking for Pixar. The first half is reminiscent of the silent era of Hollywood filmmaking and for a kid's movie it's hard to believe this got made. The story is quite good following an out of touch robot who wants to share his heart which takes him to a dystopian spaceship that holds the entire population of mankind.
It's a little heavy handed, but incredibly fun and probably Pixar's most well-made film to date.
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