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So Lynch gives the daily weather report on his website.  Yes, every day he updates a video of him reading off the cloud coverage and the weather.  I like this because it keeps the site feeling current.  Oh, and he sells coffee too.  The canisters have his photo on them.  Strange?  sure. 

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What would Lynch do with this film?  Good question.  Would he have allowed the frog explosion?  Would he used the fetus in the barn?  From my experience with Twin Peaks, nothing is out of the question.  However, I do think that Lynch would have classed it up a bit.  There were a few hokey moments that could have been cut.  What Lynch would not have done: that strange sex scene (sans the sex).  What Lynch is jealous of: the twins in black.  boom.

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Londonite Philip Ridley is the writer and director of The Reflecting Skin, which won 11 international awards.  Here are those awards:

  1. creepiest
  2. best fetus
  3. most unvampire-like vampire
  4. worst title
  5. best exploding toad scene
  6. best cackling twins
  7. best worst use of water
  8. best worst use of gasoline
  9. strangest Viggo love scene
  10. most unlikely Vietnam war tie-in
  11. most Lynch-like

There you have it, folks.  The 11 international awards.

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Even Ridley would be proud.

They say that if you like David Lynch, then you will like The Reflecting Skin.  It even says so on the VHS box.  However, is this really true?  Sure, the RefSk has many strange moments… bad music, and creepy characters- all characteristics of David Lynch films.  However, does the movie really have what it takes to qualify as Lynch worthy?

Case in point one: David Lynch often portrays life in a small town (Twin Peaks, Straight Story… there are more).  The Reflecting Skin also takes place in a small town.  Check one, Reflecting Skin.

Case in point two: While David Lynch is often off the deep end on the “strangeness factor,” The Reflecting Skin has drowned in it.  There is almost no way to completely figure out The Reflecting Skin.  No context clues, no foreshadowing, nadda.  Its nice to be able to somewhat understand the hidden meaning.  Check one, Lynch.

Case in point three: there is no midget dancing in The Red Room in The Reflecting Skin.  Check two, Lynch.

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Ok, so maybe that wasn’t as fair as it could have been.  The ticker on the VHS cover is right… if you like David Lynch, then you’ll like The Reflecting Skin.  True.  However, as we have seen, in a face off, Lynch will win every time.

My first experience with The Reflecting Skin was in 1999.  I was drawn to it at the movie store because of its claimed “David Lynch” watch-alike.  What I discovered was beyond other Lynch films that I have viewed, and flung me into a whole new territory.  Meaning, nothing made sense.  In ’99, I searched for answers with my dial-up modem, with little avail.  Now, I am ready to tackle this film head-on.  Through this blog I hope to spark conversation and search for answers to this film.  On that note, off to the movie I go!