Tragic hipsters, unite! What could be a more effective antidote to the scourges of school's-out joy and summer sunshine than a month-long tribute to David Lynch? Beginning Friday, June 30, Starz FilmCenter will present a series of five films by the celebrated creator of the groundbreaking TV series Twin Peaks. Possibly the gloomiest (and certainly the most enigmatic) U.S. filmmaker of the past three decades, Lynch has long harbored what Starz aptly calls a "dark vision of America's tainted dreams," and the Lynchpins of his career are always worth a second (or fourth) look.
Dubbed "Naked Lynch," the series will unfold as follows: Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, Eraserhead (1977), complete with a heroine's spastic fits and the cries of her mutant baby; July 7 and 8, Wild at Heart (1990), starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern in a wonderfully paranoid adaptation of Barry Gifford's cult road novel; July 14 and 15, Lost Highway (1997), in which convicted murderer Bill Pullman may be channeling amnesiac Balthazar Getty; July 21 and 22, Mulholland Drive (2001), Lynch's terminally puzzling tale of memory loss in the wake of an automobile accident; July 28 through August 3, Blue Velvet (1986), the career-making small-town mystery involving a kinky nightclub singer and a sadistic drug dealer, starring Twin Peaks icon Kyle MacLachlan.
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With the exception of the Blue Velvet run, all showings will begin at 8:30 p.m. Starz is at 900 Auraria Parkway, in the Tivoli Student Union. For more information, call 303-820-3456 or go to www.denverfilm.org.