Mulholland Drive ★★★★½

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A surreal and thought-provoking neo-noir with stunning cinematography and excellent performances. The story follows Betty (Naomi Watts), an aspiring actress who meets an amnesiac woman (Laura Harring) in L.A. and helps her solve the mystery behind her past. The story feels very Lynchian. It's very dream-like and unpredictable while still utterly compelling. My only criticism is the second half felt a lot more slow-paced compared to the first half. The ending is disturbing, well-executed and leaves you questioning the film's message. Naomi Watts and Laura Harring are excellent in their roles while Justin Theroux provides great support. The cinematography and visual imagery are amazing. Lynch and cinematographer Peter Demin make great use of shadows to cast L.A. in a really seedy, almost nightmarish light. The score by Angelo Badalamenti is fantastic and in some places, completely terrifying.

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