Hi! Definetely start with Lost Highway!!! I've seen and own copies of almost everything of Lynch's and I've been to several of his film festivals up in Washington State. I'd first recommend Lost Highway and then the Twin Peaks series...seeing Fire Walk with Me after you're done with the final episode of the series. Then you won't be able to EVER walk away from another Lynch anything! His soundtracks, if you like low-key but exciting music, are good. I'd recommend the first season of Peaks soundtrack and both of the Julee Cruise albums (that he made for/with her) around the same time that Twim Peaks came out. The music is haunting, relaxing, and mystical with inspirational movement all at once. I listen to it while I write my books. Write me if you have other questions... : )
I ended up devoting a solid 3 months to watching everything under the Lynchian sun, and whenever I babble on about Lynch to my friends, either driving contempt for him because of my refusal to push his films on them, or causing them to spend far too much time in my basement watching these films (almost all of which I own). I usually tailor the order of films to the mind state of whomever I'm watching them with, but as a general rule of thumb, if I were to show an intrigued stranger every Lynch film over a period of time, here is where I'd go.
1. Blue Velvet 2. Mulholland Drive 3. Lost Highway 4. Eraserhead 5. The Short Films 6. Twin Peaks (pilot & s1/s2) 7. The Elephant Man 8. Fire Walk With Me 9. The Straight Story 10. Inland Empire
I probably wouldn't bother with Dune, because I feel like I'd have to read the book and be into the series for the film to interest me at all. And as far as Wild at Heart goes, I liked everything except the casting of Laura Dern and Nicholas Cage. Nicky just seemed so out of place, Laura Dern had no credibility to me until I saw Inland Empire for the third time, and the concept was too similar to True Romance, if Lynch were badly trying to remake it, but lacing it with unnecessarily hokey Wizard of Oz references, so aside from William Dafoe, I don't think Wild at Heart is a good representation of the best of Lynch. I didn't mean to digress into bashing Wild at Heart, so I'll leave on the note that every director has films that don't work for certain people, and Wild at Heart should not be ruled out, but it just didn't leave me in awe of Lynch's creative genius.
P.S. Inland Empire is really tough to watch with virtually anyone who currently attends theaters, and watching a Lynch film with anyone who has no interest in diving head first into an abstract experience will kill all hope of enjoying the movie.
Don't start. Especially with "Mulholland Drive". How a studio ever gave the green light to make this movie is beyond me. Terrible..made absolutely no sense. Garbage..pure garbage. I will never ever watch a movie by David Lynch. I would rather watch one where the entire movie is watching grass grow.
Mulholland Drive was absolutely one huge piece of garbage. Terrible! I will never ever watch a David Lynch movie again. Where they come up with as a talented writer/director is beyond me. You have to be on drugs to enjoy this piece of crap. Made absolutely no sense.
OMG! You are sick. Don't tell me, please, that you enjoyed "Mulholland Drive"?. Made absolutely no sense. You'd have to be on drugs to make any sense out of this movie. David Lynch must be one twisted individual.
"Mulholland Dived" belongs IN a dumpster. Terrible! Pure garbage. Anyone who can actually say they understood this movie AND enjoyed it is as sick as the so called talented writer/directer...who belongs in the dumpster with this movie.
David Lynch movies all belong in a dumpster. Entertaining? Case in point.."Mulholland Drive". Pure garbage. Would rather watch grass grow. Terrible! Even the sex scenes betwee Watts & Harring couldn't save this movie.