Mulholland Dr., Inland Empire and now TPTR = all huge mess. No story, no sense, no soul, no decent soundtrack.
Let's face it: most of the current TPTR apologists never heard about any Lynch's works before MD and "Lynch's 10 Clues".
Sorry guys and gals. But I seriously think the Lynch lost his mind years ago. Just after the premiere of Lost Highway, perhaps? Who knows.
I wholeheartedly agree with you about MD - talk about over-rated! I haven't yet seen Inland Empire nor Lost Highway, so I can't quite divide Lynch's work into phases or clusters quality-wise. The last really good product of his that I thoroughly enjoyed was Straight Story. Am a huge
fan of Wild at Heart, FWWM and, above all, Blue Velvet (all works of genius) - the latter is a quintessential Lynch for me and a quintessential 80's flick (with that strong 50's-like timeless vibe that some of the original Peaks captures as well). Thought Eraserhead was horrible, Elephant Man was OK, and haven't seen Dune as of yet.