AnotherBlueRoseCase wrote:LateReg wrote: Few things make me giddier than Lynch/Cole stating the line you keep harping on about ("not where it counts, buddy")
Few things make you giddier? That’s pretty strong language, pretty emphatic. So you’ll have no problem at all saying you’d be happy to do the same thing yourself if you were the show’s writer-director...
This is a very simple hypothetical. You’ve said few things make you giddier than a particular artistic choice. So please show us how sincere you are and reason to believe you’re not just 'loving' this TR moment because the man responsible was Lynch. If I came online to repeatedly state my ‘love’ or giddiness regarding a particular artistic choice I would have no problem whatsoever either imagining doing so in my own work or standing by my guns and saying I’d be happy to do the same.
It’s a perfectly simple and reasonable request. So say it loud and proud, brother: “If I, LateReg, were the writer-director of a TV drama watched by millions I’d be happy to write and include a scene where I mention that my cock can still get hard and then follow it up with a reaction shot from a gorgeous actress decades younger.”
If it helps maybe present this hypothetical to your partner. Ask them how they’d feel if you plonked yourself into a TV drama to tell the world that despite what they might be thinking, you can still get it up. If you want a larger sample size ask your children if you have any, or your closest friends. (And if one of them says e.g., “Oh yes, Daddy, I’d love it if you did that,” break off the relationship immediately. They do not have your best interests at heart, mate).
The real point being that, as outlined above, many of the TR defences in general just haven’t rung true. LateReg himself has usually been one of the more honest defenders of the show, which is why he’s been worth engaging with. Unlike the stalker who's just shown up.
This is another query that toes the line, so here's a three part answer.
Quite simply, yes, even on a surface level, I wouldn't hesitate to include the line in my own film. Perhaps I have a questionable sense of humor, but I think the line is amusing, Albert's disgruntled/unamused reaction is funny, and it's very un-PC (a good thing, imo).
To go a little deeper, within this piece, Lynch has consistently been playing on his persona and baiting the viewer, especially in regards to Tammy. I see this as part and parcel of that, especially in the way it shows both her and Albert's reactions.
But, in regards to my actual quote, that few things make me giddier, yes, that is true. But it is true precisely because it is Lynch who says it! But please hear me, it's not simply because it's my daddy saying it, but because of what happens over the remaining two hours. I wasn't giddy upon hearing it the first time (I simply thought it was a mildly amusing joke that I figured would get flack from those (wrongly, imo) hung up on the show's gender politics), but on subsequent viewings, knowing that Lynch has not gone soft as a filmmaker and will push us into the great unknown rather than give us a clean ending, it becomes a hilarious and ballsy portent as at that point the viewer is still hoping for closure and that everything will somehow tie together. I sometimes randomly think of the line and start cracking up - not because it's hilarious, but because it's a manifesto of everything I want out of a filmmaker, which is to keep pushing into uncharted territory, to not give two shits about a happy commercial ending, to dig through the muck and brain matter and leave things dirty and raw, etc. As a film fan it makes me ecstatic to know that a guy like that is still out there, and yes, if it wasn't Lynch, it might not carry as much weight, but why should it? It works both because of Lynch's history as an edgy filmmaker, and especially because of how hard he repeatedly pulls the rug out right after saying that. That's balls! "Not where it counts" = as a filmmaker, and Lynch stating that fits right in with the meta stuff and winking and communicating with the audience and talk about aging and defying death throughout.