Hey everyone and thanks for visiting my blog! I’ve really had an interest in creating a blog over the past few months but I don’t think I’m very good at articulating the random crap that happens in my life (and quite frankly I doubt many people would really care). So I knew I needed to focus on something that I enjoyed but could also get the readers to give their two cents on and since I’ve always loved movies I figured that would be my topic. The format of this blog will probably change somewhat over the next few months, assuming people read it. For now it will just be random movie reviews, whatever I happen to get on Netflix or go see in the theaters. In the future, though, I may put polls up to see what people would like me to review. I’m totally open for any suggestions you all may have and please feel free to comment on reviews or start up discussions about how you felt about the movie. Well, here we go…..

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive’ is a head trip.  I remember thinking to myself that this movie feels like 4 different good stories that the writers just couldn’t finish.  So, instead of trying to complete the scripts, the writers just combined them into one long movie that just didn’t seem to fit together.  What’s interesting about ‘Mulholland Drive’ is that you’re supposed to feel this way, it isn’t supposed to make sense. 

The movie starts out with a woman in a limo being taken somewhere.  The limo makes an unexpected stop and the driver asks the woman to get out of the car, as she is getting out the limo is struck by a car racing down the street.  The woman manages to survive but has amnesia and sneaks into an empty house.  This empty house is where Betty (Naomi Watts) is headed.  It’s her aunts house and she is going to stay there while he aunt is out of town, plus she gets the chance to audition for some movie roles since her aunts house is in Hollywood.  Betty arrives to find the strange woman, who calls herself Rita because she can’t remember her name, showering in her aunt’s house.  Betty eventually gets Rita to confess that she doesn’t remember anything and Betty decides to help her piece her story together - who she is, what happened, etc. 

Want to hear the funny part?  What I described doesn’t really have anything to do with what the movie is about.  Everything I described is what the main character, whose real name is Diane (we think), is dreaming.  There is no real plot to this movie, it’s basically just a conglomeration of scenes with no real direction.  And just when you think those 4 stories I talked about are starting to come together, another scene is thrown in that blows the whole thing up.  Characters switch roles, people aren’t who you thought they were, most of the scenes didn’t really happen, maybe some of the characters never existed.  Confused yet?  Well, try watching the movie and see how you feel then. 

I get the feeling that most people who have watched this movie said they hated it.  People tend not to like movies that aren’t wrapped up in a neat little package at the end.  The fact is, ‘Mulholland Drive’ is a dream.  Dreams generally don’t make sense - they’re either totally off the wall or details are missing.  You wake up knowing you had a dream and vaguely know what happened in that dream, but can’t describe what that dream was about.  ‘Mulholland Drive’ captures that feeling perfectly.

Just a note to anyone who is going to watch the movie:  the acting throughout most of the movie is bad on purpose, so don’t turn it off half way through because of it.  Anyone who has already seen the movie probably knows what I’m talking about.

Score: 8 out of 10


  1. Good Post Nolan! I'm glad you're branching out of the horror movie genre. Mulholland Drive, like most David Lynch movies is usually classified as a surrealist film. So the dream angle is pretty accurate. But if you liked this, check out other Lynch films like "Blue Velvet" (which is awesome), "Lost Highway" (which is OK), and "Eraserhead" (which is terrible). They're all pretty strange like Mulholland Dr.

    -This is Baker by the way

  2. Mulholland Drive is good but it is no Godzilla vs. Megalon. Still waiting for that ultimate review that will thrust you back to your childhood.

  3. Thanks Marcus. I keep seeing Eraserhead on Netflix and though about watching it but now I may skip that one. I've heard of Lost Highway but if Blue Velvet is supposed to be good then I may try and find that one.

    And dad, unfortunately my rating scale only goes up to 10, so giving Godzilla vs. Megalon the 11 it deserves would question the integrity of the rating system.