Friday, October 28, 2011

Blue Velvet (1986)

Synopsis: It’s like an X-rated Scooby Doo mystery starring Fred, Daphne, a crazy nympho, and a wacked-out-of-his-mind Dennis Hopper.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Cleancut college boy Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) thinks that his North Carolina hometown is as normal as Mayberry. But when he discovers a human ear in a field near his home, he’s catapulted into an alluring, erotic murder mystery involving an emotionally disturbed nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini) and a drug-addicted sadist (Dennis Hopper).”

What Did I Learn?: If Dennis Hopper screams: “don’t you fucking look at me”, don’t look at him.

Really?: A woman finds a strange man hiding in her closet. Instead of...oh, I don’t know...calling the cops, screaming her head off, or running away, she forces him to undress at knifepoint, and proceeds to give him a blowjob.

Rating: Blue Velvet is David Lynch at his best: brilliant, yet seriously weird. The movie dragged a bit near the end, but it’s a stylish, suspenseful thriller with an awesome cast (watch for Dean Stockwell as a gay,  drug-dealing, karaoke-singing pimp). 8/10 stars.

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