18. INLAND EMPIRE
dir. David Lynch
world premiere 2006
U.S. release 2006
Because key actor Karolina Gruszka plays someone called "Lost Girl," and even though everyone watching knows just how
she feels, Lynch's ability not just to marshal new aesthetics out of eccentric work habits and shifting technology, but to make those
aesthetics ferocious, affecting, and coherent in their own unique way, remains a blessed enigma of modern film.