Jack’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film Club Reboot/Film Cult
Recommended by Nick (Film Cult) and Quentin (Reboot)
The two Instagram film clubs align for the first time!
A much better rewatch now that I understand most the themes that are in place. Dreams and reality bends emotionally in this thrilling masterpiece. A deep understanding about dreaming of becoming a superstar. In a land where dreams are supposed to be made, but are crushed into millions of pieces. The "Silencio" scene solidifies Betty Elms chance of becoming a famous actress. She sees herself succeeding on stage but, has trouble with her personality.
The film also has a lot of cheese and campiness. Something Lynch has always been aware of. Twin Peaks is mostly cheesy in a lot of moments.
The absolute best aspect of this film is the personalities between Naomi Watts character and Laura Harring's character. Both struggle with identity and the meaning of life. It's completely obvious what David Lynch is trying to say. Hollywood as the city it is, is toxic and filled with "fake" people. Clearly one of Lynch's most nuanced and breathtaking film. It's a crime that this wasn't nominated for Best Picture and Lynch should've won Best Director. Naomi Watt's best performance to date.
The final act is pure horror/surrealism. If you haven't seen this film, please do. It's one of the greatest films of the early 2000's.