The Non-Flashback – The Straight Story

Women will never know. That’ll be the Hiptang! It’s kinda difference, and it has a hiptang. You’re joining me in the second wardrobe of
the third spare bedroom of Prince Andrew’s house – The Royal Lodge. He’s having a party. It’s not what I was expecting. For the twelve days of Christmas I’m doing a video every day about aspects of films and Tv that I think are interesting or effective. Today, it’s The Straight Story A simple, heartfelt film from David Lynch. Based on the real life 240 mile journey committed
to by Alvin Straight in order to see his sick brother. The Straight Story is Richard Farnsworth’s
last film role, and it’s very simple. Alvin decides to visits his brother Lyle,
who has just had a stroke. The problem? Alvin isn’t in great shape himself and is
unable to drive …a car The rest of the plot is simply Alvin’s journey,
there’s no antagonist, it is, who’d have thought it, very straightforward. Girl: Got a wife back there? Kids? Alvin: My wife Francis delivered 14 babies. Seven of ’em made it. Its simplicity is well crafted, it’s characters
are compellingly real and very well acted, it’s sound design, by Lynch himself, is subtlety
powerful, and I could go on, but what I really wanted to mention was the flashbacks, or really
the absence of visual flashback. A lot of The Straight Story’s character building,
and really a good deal of the drama, comes through its flashbacks, which would have
been so easy to do almost with wavy lines and a strumming harp. Alvin: My mom and dad darn near killed herself
trying to make that farm work. Me and Lyle would make games out of our chores. We’d dream up something about racing and wagering. Do anything to keep our minds off the cold. Lord, it was cold. By keeping us in the moment, by allowing us
not see what literally happened, but to hear the character’s describe it in their own words,
Lynch provides a conduit from them to us. For example these lines Alvin: I waited ten minutes, it moved again…
and I shot. The movement stopped. The next day we found Cotts. Headhsot. He’d been working his way back to our lines. I think they are far more effective
than if we had seen Alvin, played by a younger man, undertake the actions he’s describing. By not doing that, by giving us a story, we
see how Alvin reacts to telling it, and it allows us to use our imaginations – and
I think that’s important in getting the impact from Alvin’s experience, but also in the film maintaining
its tender tone. Tomorrow… wiggle wiggle.

100 comments on “The Non-Flashback – The Straight Story”

  1. nate prati says:

    Thank god your back george.

  2. Kurt Franklin says:

    I like the points made. But this film looks boring imo. Glad to see more videos from George.

  3. Dallas Brunson says:

    The British Mark Twain… Exceptional offering. This matches my dislike for Christmas but gives 25 minutes of Charlie Brown to get into the “spirit”. This is my Xmas…! Thank you!!….!

  4. Azidoazide Azide says:

    This is a great movie that i forgot about. I also did know Lynch worked on it, that is amazing. So glad to have videos coming from this channel!

  5. Lord O' Shower says:

    I wonder what Lynch thought when he heard the movie was rated G.

  6. Jesse H. says:

    So what happened with your film, Georg? How did the shoot go? Is it still in (post) production? WHEN CAN I SEE IT?

  7. The Two Two Late Show says:

    No lava lamp?

  8. Gzus Kreist says:

    this movie is so wholesome. Lynch does pre-civil rights America so well. What a beautiful time!

  9. deadredeyes says:

    Although I wish this "review" on the film was longer, I'm glad to have seen you mention the power of the lack of flashbacks. You feel as if you're sitting with the old timer himself, and that in my opinion trumps a flashback any day of the week. Thanks, Georg.

  10. Stedman75 says:

    Woolworths hahaha .. just wow i laughed.

  11. googaboogaloo says:

    I’m glad that someone is giving this movie some attention. I love this movie and how real it is. I’ve known people like this and growing up in a small town where people would do things like this all the time.

  12. Monkey Jesus says:

    Thipthang it doesn't cure a cleft pallette but it may make you lose weight…

  13. Brexit Refugee says:

    No clips of prince andrew’s party. I suppose we’re supposed to use our bloody imaginations with that as well. You sick bastard.

  14. Jose Montano says:

    I love this movie

  15. Dave Dogge says:

    Watched this movie when it came out and it was like a watching a walking simulator on PC, I liked it though. I didn't like hearingthe news with the lead actor committing suicide by gun when he discovered he had a terminal disease.

  16. EdisPorter says:

    Good to see Damian in the 1st 3 seconds

  17. RocketboyX says:

    The Straight Story is one of the most beautiful film made.

  18. Gabriel F says:

    I remember this movie from when I was very young. My dad must've been watching it. It stuck with me; I liked the old man with his riding mower. I should watch it now that I'm an adult.

  19. Elenore Graber says:

    This movie came out the year I was born

  20. Bradford Taylor says:

    Sir, you owe it to yourself to grow and maintain a chopstache.

  21. Lucius Scaevola says:

    12 days of videos?!? So very exciting!

  22. Fairy grant says:

    Nostalgia for my great grandparents. Maybe when I'm dead they can make a movie about a man going to visit his ex tender hookups aunt, while riding his hoverboard.

  23. Gysahl Gemüse says:

    It's time to come out of the closet, Georg 😉

  24. UltimateKyuubiFox says:

    Killer mustache. Suits you well.

  25. KlingonCaptain says:

    LOL! Here where I live, Christmas day is the first day of Christmas and January 5th is the twelfth day.

  26. G f Savages says:

    I absolutely love these Christmas series you do, you always pick the best films. Both times you did this before there was a film I really hoped you do, and you actually did each one each year (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Come and See.) Hopefully I luck out this time as well, but I'll lap this up regardless. You're the best, god bless.

  27. H: a comic by Alyssa Stehle says:

    I love this Lynch film. It rarely comes up in conversation because of how "normal" it is. Still an oddball story though.

  28. The Life of Tony says:

    Great moustache!

  29. William Langer says:

    I think the mustache really works. Just saying

  30. Charlie Dawson says:

    Hiptang: You'll be able to forget, even if it's just for a moment.

  31. Hipster Elephant says:

    The last thing I'd ever thought I'd see is "Walt Disney Pictures presents: A Film by David Lynch"

  32. Spite U says:

    I wanna see your movie.

  33. mudkatt2003 says:

    So Hip! So Tang!

  34. Matthew W says:

    Your channel is one of my favorites in the entire YouTubes….ever

  35. Unformed Eight says:

    Flashbacks are like anything in story telling, it's a tool.

    It can be used for some spectacle or better yet, be a integral part of the story.

    Like a character wants tells one tale story to everyone they meet bot because they think its a goos story but because at the end we find out in a flashback that the story is altered because he would be the bad guy in it or because the truth if revealed would doom something or someone the teller cares about. Or they try to sell one story so maybe one day they might belive the lie coz the truth hurts more, maybe a combination of reasons

  36. S.M Saba Hussain says:

    Nice to see Damien Benedict of the hit podcasts "The Georg Rockall-Schmidt Show™"& "The Boisterous Bros.™"[Discontinued] is alive and kicking.

  37. DukeBox says:

    I wish the movie was about his daughter instead she was much more interesting.

  38. macfione says:

    Missed you a lot

  39. theflamingpandai says:


  40. Johny Ricco says:

    You became a Mexican?

  41. JT Sleazeball says:

    That stache has slowly won me over

  42. Josh Sobchak says:

    Georg didn't kill himself

  43. Marvin Staal says:

    Where can i buy this hiptang you speak of?

  44. MattWojcik says:

    This movie breaks my heart. Beautiful stuff.

  45. Well Geo says:

    So that’s what happened to that guy after Misery.

  46. defvent says:

    Inject that hiptang straight into my veins!!!! Yeah!!!

  47. A Wallach says:

    Love your vids. Can’t wait for your film. 👍🏻👍🏻

  48. Perihilar says:

    Georg looking like an old west gunslinger here.

  49. Edward Coppers says:

    I missed your commentary. Talk about books. I miss reading books. I still surrounded by books but I don't read them. Why?

  50. Orca Flotta says:

    Do we really wanna use our imagination when we watch a movie? Not me, for I'm gonna read a novel then. Filmmaking is about show not tell!
    The Straight Story was ok-ish, a bit boring and not entirely satisfying, but different.

  51. Noobius Maximus says:

    I love this series of videos, but it has the effect where I have to stop what i'm doing to watch the film first, because I know it will be good if it has had a video made about it. Watching Koyaanisqatsi last year was the highlight for me.

  52. jay folk says:

    sweet bronson 'stache.
    death wish, not NWR…

  53. BinaryReader says:

    You have the best content dude, real top shelf stuff. Great to have you back making vidz.

  54. girls poop too says:


  55. Creep says:

    So Prince Andrew uses plastic hangars?

  56. zerphase says:

    My dad attended college with the writer. He would not shut up about David Lynch making his movie.

  57. Kowloon城牆Reloaded says:

    Hello in H-H-H-H-H-H-H-D !

  58. niko bennett says:


  59. Richard Cozens says:

    Zyasss qweeeen

  60. 2und2sind4 says:

    That stache is working well on you for some reason

  61. calia x says:

    I stopped knowing for a while, thanks Hiptang!

  62. Freunde der gepflegten PC Spiele Kultur says:

    Thank you for bringing this Movie up, it wasn't in my Mind for a very long Time… I wanted to see it for a long Time and now thanks to you i will tonight… Thank you Georg and hav' a merry Christmas

  63. Ato Zer says:

    You look a bit like Dick Dastardly from wacky races with that tash……good job.

  64. NemanjaVuj says:

    This really turns the "Show vs Tell" nonsense rule on its head…

  65. Ryk Latortuga says:

    Show us on the lava lamp where Prince Andrew touched you… for the benefit of the jury.

  66. NewAgeHeaven says:

    Twelve Videos of Christmas!? So so so happy!!! 😁 Merry Christmas!

  67. MammaApa says:

    The general election results are in: Time to get on that tractor and head for the tunnel to mainland europe.

  68. K84 says:

    How does this compare with the “show, don’t tell” form of storytelling (which presumably does go for flashbacks or cut-away to)

  69. nancy v says:

    I loved the straight story

  70. The Playa Sheep Union says:

    Hey that's a pretty cool stache. What's Prince Andrew like in person?

  71. JGM Mackmen says:

    I'd just like to say that I'll be making another Hiptang compilation at the end of this series, no need to worry : )

  72. JB25 says:

    2 uploads in quick succession. You've spoiled us lately Georg!

  73. Vincenzo Pollice says:


  74. weston407 says:

    "a simple, heart-felt film from David Lynch"

  75. Ken Knight says:

    By not doing it we also keep the budget down

  76. M B says:

    God I hate flashbacks

  77. RazorbackPT says:

    I love the Straight Story. And I also love how this video points out that rules are made to be broken when you know what you're doing. "Show don't tell" is just a guideline, not a rule to always be followed.

  78. Penny says:

    Woah, Merry Christmas to us

  79. Running Commentary 21 says:

    If you spray Hiptang out of a hose can it be used to repel Kevin Spacey?

  80. Caligula Germanicus says:

    Loving the gangs of New York look. Top hat might complete the look.

    Also is David Lynch going mainstream? Or has he been mainstream and I missed it. I’m often find myself stuck in traffic still trying to figure out mullholland drive.

  81. Terry Madeley says:

    Lynch standing the show-don't-tell rule on its head.

  82. Hanniffy Dinn says:

    His elephant man is one of the most emotional movies I’ve ever seen. I can see why he was tapped to direct Star Wars…holy mother in Jesus…can you imagine if we got a David Lynch Star Wars movie…? 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤡🤡🤡🤡🌍🌍🌍🌍

  83. TheAbsorbant says:

    A great example of this is the low budget movie "Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth". When I thought about it after having seen it, the stories the main character tells were so vivid, I could've sworn I had seen them take place.

  84. Peter Gruhn says:

    "…and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January, inclusive…"

  85. BurrelloSubmarine says:

    Keep the mustache.

  86. basquat76 says:

    So you're saying tell don't show is much better?

  87. Phineas Pogg says:

    HIPTANG! What a absolute pleasure it is to see the prettiest boy of this channel, Damian.

  88. BrittishAnger says:

    That'll be the Hip-Tang… Love these videos… Hope production has gone well with your film, looking forward to hearing about how to see it…

  89. PureZOOKS says:

    "Wiggle wiggle "
    Moneys on a scene from Red Dwarf

  90. The Cinematic Mind says:

    One of the Greatest Disney films ever made

  91. TheTomimt says:

    When I first heard of the Straight Story I though a movie with this premise just can't be good and then I saw it. Lynch does pretty much everything right in it and Farnsworth ties it all together amazingly well with his portrayal of Alvin. I recall reading that Alvin's real daughter was a bit worried when she heard it was Lynch that would do the movie, but she was more than pleasantly surprised of the final result.

  92. DEL J says:

    Ugh! Can't like. False aspect ratio! Render at aspect ratio, don't render with black bars!

  93. ZeLavaLamp says:

    For best results apply hiptang liberally to back of eyelids

  94. Don S says:

    Oh God! "…'s not what I was expecting…"

  95. Blurns says:

    Sometimes "Show, don't tell" is wrong.

  96. Fulgrim, The Phoenician says:

    Boy, you know how to raise the bar on movie 'reviews'…

  97. Aaron Dutil says:

    I figured out why I can't find Hiptang here in the US, apparently it has been banned as a carcinogen. Perhaps if you put something on the label, such as 'For external use only' it can be sold here again? Please…I think I am experiencing physical and psychological withdrawal.

  98. altrocks says:

    There's a short, 2 season show I watched several years ago called "The Booth At The End" that makes fantastic use of the non-flashback. I highly recommend watching it if you can.

  99. Robert MacPherson says:

    Buzzing what a great xmas present for us

  100. Ian Holland says:

    We have missed you Gorg lol

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