David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) movie poster

directors Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
viewed: 07/30/2017

David Lynch is enjoying a moment again. This current moment is around the new season of Twin Peaks, a welcome respite in these fraught and psychotic times in America.

David Lynch: The Art Life isn’t really the documentary for this moment, necessarily. It does spend its time with the then 70 year old Renaissance man, as he works on paintings and other art pieces, entertaining his toddler daughter Lula. He recounts his childhood and relationship with his family and his concepts of art, through his school days and into Philadelphia, the onset of his interest in cinema. It culminates with the production of Eraserhead (1977).

Images of many of his artworks fill the screen, more often than not undescribed in title or time period. It’s just his own oral history. While it’s interesting, especially for someone who is interested in Lynch, it feels like an installment, not a whole. Maybe more interesting than Lynch (2007), maybe not.