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Eraserhead for photography heads
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written by dhanna November 29, 2005 - 9:45 AM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This is a great film for anyone who has been involved with photography. The textures are wonderful, seem to jump off the screne. The history is inlightening also. Because of budget, Lynch and crew had to take what the could get for props, and this inhanced the creative process.

A nightmare - the best kind
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written by kingdavid27 January 13, 2005 - 2:43 PM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is one of those films where you love it or you hate. Also, I think this film is like a difficult child that needs lots of love and attention. This film almost defies categorization - it's not horror, but there are some weirdly scary moments, it's not comedy, but some scenes will make you laugh. "Eraserhead" is the subject of many interpretations (found on the net, and elsewhere), but the only one that matters is yours. Imagine the familiar yet spooky syntax of a nightmare, let down your defenses, and you'll see one of the purests expressions of the subscious mind laid before you. A definite must.

Someone explain this movie to me?!?!
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written by rmarkd November 13, 2004 - 1:52 AM PST
4 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Mulholland Drive is one of my favorite movies of all time. I loved the fact that, under all the weirdness, there is a theme to the movie. But Eraserhead? I don't think a better example of "WTF" exists, at least in my mind.

So, usually, reviews give a summary of the movie. Good luck. I have no idea what happened. Some guy with bad hair, a baby-chicken thing, sperm, a guy pulling levers.

This is a plea more than anything. If someone can explain this movie, please, please do! I'll give it another try, only because I loved Mulholland Drive so much, but I definitely need "Cliff's Notes" for this one.

Too much artistic symbolism
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written by DDuhe July 1, 2004 - 7:50 AM PDT
4 out of 10 members found this review helpful
The subtle symbolism in the meaning of this movie makes '2001: A Space Odyssey' blatantly obvious.

No normal human can understand this movie. It's a use your imagination type of film. I found a website called 'Ray Wolfe's Online Guide To Eraserhead' that explains it.

If you like movies that challenge you to interpret it, this film is for you.

Intriguing; demands to be seen
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written by lockeender March 24, 2003 - 10:11 PM PST
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
This is one of the most extraordinary films I've seen. Incredibly surreal and alternately darkly humorous or chilling. I would hate to see this in the theater because I'd probably do something embarassing like bite my fingernails down to nothing. I was in a kind of charged mood when I saw it so it seemed to be a lot about sex. The baby represented the main character's libido, how it trapped him in the life he is. He seems to be repulsed by the products of his libido seeing the baby as a repulsive mouth. A lump that does nothing but scream and maliciously irritate. There's a lot to digest from this film, that section represents one of the most impactful moments of the film.

Cinematography is stunning and the effects are still convincing, incredible work for low budget. Of course part of that is the magic of black and white to make you believe in such things more easily.
Despite Greencine's warning, I had no problem running this on Intervideo WinDVD with 512MB of RAM and a 1.7GHz Athlon. There was one three second moment where the film seemed to hiccup from high video bitrate, but that could have been a background program like AIM pinging me with a message. I'd recommend PowerDVD to watch the film on a computer flawlessly; I unfortunately didn't have it on the computer I was using.

There's what's apparently a 90 minute interview/documentary with Lynch on the film. I'm not familiar at all with his films outside of Dune (will be becoming so shortly though). This was the first time I've heard him speak, and his cadence and delivery soon got old--to the point of grating--especially when the camera was solely on him. They intercut the footage of Lynch with old, relevant photographs, so it remains visually interesting. Still I didn't find it especially fascinating or compelling (although interesting) and turned it off after about 25 minutes.

I think everyone should see this film, very unusual but important to know. Many people probably won't like it--and I'm not crazy about it--but it's a film that demands to be seen.

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