Perhaps It's Only Because I Went to School There

Sun Feb 26, 2006

But I think this

Mr. Lynch’s Neverland, whether it’s called Lumberton or Twin Peaks or Mulholland Drive, is by design timeless, fundamentally impervious to the grown-up perspective that lets most of us assimilate our experiences into something like a traditional detective story: a narrative that explains the past and allows us to move (however dully) on. The world Blue Velvet creates is static, an imaginative city of simultaneity in which everything, good and bad, is present all at once.

Misses Wilmington’s essential locality–its deep Southern weirdness and nightmares of history–in the film.