Aster’s review published on Letterboxd:
Brief thoughts from my third viewing:
This time around I really vibed with the after school special aspect of its cosmos, not just the Sirkian melodrama or the KISS ME DEADLY overtones of secrets out of reach. The Bush and Reagan era climate of "do you know where your kids are" and the war on drugs relegated to parents concerned with smoking cigarettes, oblivious to the dark and dangerous worlds that the parents create.
The amalgamation of white new age and Native traditions feels less like cryptic surrealism than a folding in of Laura's real world and her fantasy coping creations. A 12 year old girl created Bob and everything associated with him and the horror of this pain and trauma is that Lynch has it spill over into his depiction of the real world. Cooper et al are Dragnet figures pulled into this world and they cannot escape it.
This is one of the greatest films ever made.