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About a month ago Inland Empire began premiering at film festivals and once again new David Lynch images were flickering on the big screen again.

Here's what we know:

a) Inland Empire was shot on digital video.
b) Lynch described it as a story about “a woman in trouble.”
c) It stars Laura Dern , Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton, Justin Theroux, Laura Harring, Nastassja Kinski, William H. Macy, Masuimi Max, Julia Ormond.

Early reports also say this is to be Lynch’s strangest and most difficult film since Eraserhead...and that's saying alot. Regardless of the bashing this film will take we firmly believe Lynch to be one of America’s greatest living filmmakers and one of the very few continually able to genuinely astound, challenge, and shock.

Make no mistake, Inland Empire will not cause a box office commotion nor recieve tons of accolades, like his last masterpiece, Mulholland Drive. The film is an experiment where the end result is strongly predetermined—having more to do with improvisation and texture. While Lynch’s themes are recognizable in Inland Empire, they’re said to be even more fragmented, dispersed, and frenetically jumbled in such ways that allow them to take on new shapes and meanings, quite different than just about anything we’ve seen from Lynch, or anyone, before. Let’s put it this way: all those exclamations about the narrative and temporal puzzles of Mulholland Drive now seem just a little laughable in the face of Inland Empire’s complete decimation of convention.

Plot Summary:
Inland Empire doesn’t pretend to differ much (plotwise) from Mulholland Drive. This time the blonde actress is a Hollywood veteran, Nikki Grace (Dern). Following an extensive prologue involving a rabbit family dressed up as humans in a dark sitcom, a conversation between shadowy Polish men in a mansion, a crying woman watching it all on television, and a classic Lynch bizarro visit from neighbor Grace Zabriskie. Her cocky costar Devon (Theroux) has designs on her, but is warned, both by friends and Nikki’s powerful, threatening husband, not to go there. Inevitably, the film in which they star, a corny melodrama entitled On High in Blue Tomorrows, seduces them toward an affair. Nikki and Devon learn from their director (Jeremy Irons) that Blue Tomorrows is a remake of a Polish film that was never completed, the script “cursed” after the murder of both leads. The mystery and magic of this discovery causes the same sort of identity split that fractured Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive: after Nikki sleeps with Devon, she becomes Sue from the film, or at least someone else. Devon becomes his role, Billy, Nikki’s husband seems to become an abusive husband married to another Dern personage, a redneck housewife looking for revenge.

Here's a clip titled Room To Dream. This is NOT a trailer or teaser, so this may not wet your appitite or even persuade you to watch the film. However I thought I should post it for all you hardcore Lynchians out there (like me) who will get excited nonetheless...

Here's a nice little Fan Made Teaser...

Did you hear about David Lynch's promotional stunt the other week? Apparently the director sat on the corner of Hollywood Blvd with a cow? Yeah, we're stumped too...read more on that from Cinema Blend.


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