I do my best to stay on top of 2020’s never-ending stream of pop culture content, so I’m pleasantly surprised when something noteworthy slips by. David Lynch is one of cinema’s most adored (and perplexing) auteurs, and today, his short film, What Did Jack Do?, showed up unannounced on Netflix.
What a fun surprise.
I still haven’t had time to check out the short, but I’m going to dive in as soon as I get home tonight – I’m not about to watch a David Lynch movie on my phone, even if it only clocks in at a lean 17-minutes.
I don’t always enjoy Lynch’s work, but I do find his odd-ball flourishes and use of dream-logic fascinating.
What Did Jack Do? is a black and white short that sees Lynch play a detective who interrogates a monkey who may have committed a murder. What more do you really need to know?
The short was shot in 2016 and premiered in Paris at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in November 2017.
If you dig it when avant-garde filmmakers pour their soul into shorts, last June, Paul Thomas Anderson directed Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s Anima, which is also available on Netflix. Netflix describes the 15-minute musical as “a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.” If you’re a fan of PTA, Thom Yorke, and Radiohead, Anima is a must-watch.
So far, details about Lynch’s Netflix collaboration are sparse. Here’s to hoping that today’s surprise is the first step towards a beautiful partnership. I would love to see Netflix play Diane to Lynch’s Agent Cooper for years to come.
What Did Jack Do? synopsis:
In a locked down train station, a homicide detective conducts an interview with a tormented monkey.
What Did Jack Do? is currently streaming on Netflix.