What happens when David Lynch meets Werner Herzog?
David Lynch, the genius behind MULLHOLLAND DRIVE, BLUE VELVET, ERASERHEAD, and many other head-scratching masterpieces, rarely collaborates in his film art. In fact, the last two things he produced but did not direct were Terry Zwigoff's brilliant documentary CRUMB, and "Twin Peaks," which many people consider to be the greatest television show ever.
Needless to say, when Lynch commits to a project, it's got to be real good. And now David Lynch has produced the new film by Werner Herzog, a film titled MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE, that we are opening at the Ritz next Friday. Herzog, as many of you know, is one of the greatest living filmmakers still working today, directing films like AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD, FITZCARRALDO, GRIZZLY MAN, and, most recently, THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL - NEW ORLEANS.
We were pretty excited about BAD LIEUTENANT. Nearly all of us on the programming team named it one of the five best films of the year, and for good reason: it was artsy but also crazy, the perfect combination for the Alamo Drafthouse. MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE is Herzog's follow-up film, another crime story but this time with a notably Lynchian dynamic. This is a true meeting of the minds between Herzog and Lynch, and the result is one of the most provocative and tormented films of the decade.
On a Lynch scale of weirdness, it falls somewhere between "Twin Peaks" and BLUE VELVET. It has many of the same qualities and themes from both of those works, but it also has the beautiful humanity and interest in nature and madness that Herzog has mastered over the past few decades of filmmaking.
This film only opened in New York and Los Angeles, and we had to really fight to get it to come to Austin. But for good reason: it is going to blow you away. It is a challenging film, but it is also haunting, rewarding, and unforgettable. And that, after all, is what the cinema should be about: seeing daring new work that will make you think.
But you don't have to take our word for it. While some critics clearly don't get the film, here are some that are hip to what's coming from the minds of David Lynch and Werner Herzog:
"A surreal descent into a twilight zone created by the twisted sensibilities of two cinematic geniuses...an antidote to the Oscar-bait blockbusters clogging theaters."
V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Herzog has gone beyond Good and Evil to reinvent himself as a candidate for the wiggiest director of comedy in America today."
J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"Viewers will have to decide for themselves whether My Son is a terrible, terrible movie or an uncompromising Herzog experiment in reality-bending. Here’s a suggestion: consider the track record."
Noel Murray, A/V Club
"A perfect storm of cinematic weirdness...the film's very oddness achieves a "Twin Peaks" level of artful ingenuity."
Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR
Be sure to come out for our limited run of one of the most anticipated and talked about films of the year. Tickets will be available here.