A master of surrealism and atmosphere, he ranks as my favourite director.
1. Mulholland Drive
Until a recent rewatch of Apocalypse Now, I’d have labelled this my favourite film. Mysterious, sexy, intriguing and delightfully surreal it’s Lynch at his brilliant best. Featuring two great lead performances from Naomi Watts and Laura and some great lesbian moments heck, whats not to love?!
Set in a bleak yet absorbing post-apocalyptic landscape, Eraserhead is a surreal slice of paternal fear and anxiety. Stripped back and made on a bare-bones budget really helps focus on both Jack Nance’s insecure performance and the excellent sound design, and the image of the alien baby is permanently imprinted in my memory.
3. Lost Highway
One of the most terrifying films I’ve ever seen it how it grabbed me and simply wouldn’t let me go, Lost Highway is definately the darkest of Lynch’s efforts and a nice companion piece to the film that sits top of this list.Read less