Eighteen years into the new millennium, and director David Lynch is still one of the most surreal, insanely unconventional filmmakers working today. If you’re still scratching your heads about the latest season of Twin Peaks (which, by the way, deserves some serious Emmys love), indulge in this other, freakier feature that also stars Kyle Maclachlan, Blue Velvet.
Thr 1986 film pokes at the dark underbelly of middle American suburbia that Lynch has always been fascinated by, and which has been the nightmare fuel that has driven most of his works.
If you know it, you’re well aware of how a severed ear, a mysterious nightclub singer and a deranged, Pabst Blue Ribbon-loving maniac are connected. If not, strap in, and just know that you’ll never listen to Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams” the same way again!
Blue Velvet at the Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th St., Ste. 100, Santa Ana, (714) 285-9422; thefridacinema.org. Opens Mon., July 30, and continues daily through Fri., Aug. 3, at 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 9:50 p.m. $7/$10.
Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers film and previously contributed to the OCW’s long-running fashion column, Trendzilla. Don’t ask her what her favorite movie is unless you want to hear her lengthy defense of Showgirls.