Mulholland Dr.

(2001)

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Viewer Mail: Episode #124

Transcript for Viewer Mail: Episode #124

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Now, let’s take a look at some viewer mail...questions submitted to us online from viewers. First...

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Okay, first off we have Anthony Muchato, hello Anthony. Do you feel limited by the thumbs up/thumbs down rating system?

IGNATIY:
Well, my thumb may be hurt, but it works.

CHRISTY:
Your thumb is injured.

IGNATIY:
My thumb is injured. I tried to fit some furniture into a Chevy Cavalier. You know, it pushes you in a particular direction. I don’t think it’s necessarily limiting. I mean you can’t be in the middle. It sort of always forces you to take a stance on something.

CHRISTY:
A lot of times there will be a two, two in half star review from me, and you have to fall on one side or the other, and it forces you to clarify your opinion so thank you for that question.

IGNATIY:
An issue with criticism. This is the question from Kalel Johnston. How do you handle films that grow on you? Many film are inteneded to be viewed multiple times. So, how do you handle those that you may have lashed out against inititally, that you have a new fondness for?

CHRISTY:
I wouldn’t say I lashed against Mullholland Drive. I don’t think I got it entirely the first time, and then I went and saw it again with some ideas in mind about what may have been about and loved it so much more after that so I think you get details.

IGNATIY:
Yeah, you know, opinions on movies change. I don’t think I, you know, for example could trust someone who wasn’t willing to change their mind. And sometimes you see a film again years later, and uh, you know, it seems completely different. Or sometimes you can see it the next week. The second time I saw Tree of Life, right after we shot the show, I actually liked the film much more.

CHRISTY:
Right, there you go. Thank you for that question. Okay, Daniel Mash—Do you find that advance word-of-mouth affects how you experience a film when you see it? I often try to avoid reading any reviews or articles about a movie before I see it, because it seems like if I hear bad things about it, I’ll go in looking for flaws instead of enjoying it for what it is.

IGNATIY:
I love reading film criticism.

CHRISTY:
Okay.

IGNATIY:
I mean I read other critics work all the time. I frequently read about movies I haven’t seen, yet. Its not that it affects my opinion but sometimes it will push me in a different direction and sometimes because the critic will point something out, and then when I actually go to see the movie, it won’t be there. And then you end up reacting against it.

CHRISTY:
Yeah, I’m the total opposite. I avoid trailers. I avoid reading other people’s reviews. I like going in knowing nothing. Like, Terri which we loved this week, I didn’t know anything about so that was good. So, thanks for those great questions.