David Lynch has returned. In two weeks Showtime will premiere the first part of Lynch’s 18-hour sequel to Twin Peaks, the short-lived mystery series (1990-’91 on ABC) that introduced network television to the avant-garde. This past week Music Box presented a complete retrospective of Lynch’s big-screen work, from his nightmarish 16-millimeter shorts of the late 60s and early 70s to his grandly impenetrable digital-video opus Inland Empire (2006). And this Friday brings the first Chicago run (following a premiere screening at the retrospective) of Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, and Jon Nguyen’s new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life. According to a directors’ note, the filmmaker agreed to sit for a series of audio interviews after the birth of his daughter Lula in 2012 left him feeling reflective. His stories about his own youth, illustrated with images from his otherworldly paintings and framed by footage of him and Lula puttering around his studio compound in the Hollywood Hills, form sort of a portrait of the artist as a young weirdo. Continue reading >>