But why has David Lynch arranged to self-distribute Inland Empire, his 172 minute, digitally-shot “fever dream” flick, before the end of the year? What were Lynch’s concrete options before he decided to go this way? Manohla Dargis wrote some respectful things about Empire, but what are the buyers really saying about it behind closed doors? Was nobody was making a serious offer? Gregg Goldstein‘s Hollywood Reporter story is vague about this stuff.