When I went onto Shudder today, I never could have imagined something as wonderful as Show Pieces. A collection of tied together shorts written by Alan Moore, Show Pieces is a beautiful disturbing piece of art. While viewing this film the comparison to David Lynch can go on endlessly since this film is very much the dream logic style of Twin Peaks, Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive.
The first short, Act of Faith is reminiscent of the weird disturbing sexuality of Blue Velvet. The second short, Jimmy’s End is very much like The Black Lodge and The Roadhouse from Twin Peaks blended together. Jimmy’s End is by far my favorite part of the film because it’s an incredible surreal experience that’s so hypnotic with its quality disturbing storytelling. The final short, His Heavy Heart feels like something from Eraserhead or the music videos and disturbing video games from the 1990s and early 2000s inspired by the film.
There isn’t much I can say about Show Pieces. Because of the quality surrealism, it’s hard to put it all into words. Like Mulholland Drive, this film would need a handful of viewings for one to understand it or at least tell themselves that they do. The beauty of Show Pieces like all the other great surreal works of art is that you might view it in a different way than the person sitting next to you.
If you’re in any way a fan of David Lynch’s surrealism, Show Pieces is a must watch work of art.