Wild At Heart (1990)

Rated quite R for Lynchian language.

Wild At Heart 2

Mrs. Ellis’ final selection in the “Month o’ Bev” did indeed (as she intended) provide fodder for a furious back-and-forth. The movie in question in the Next 180 Project believes in individuality and personal freedom…and also laying it on very thick (thick lipstick especially). Then again, David Lynch was never known for subtlety. His “comedy” isn’t particularly funny, but his love story doesn’t need quotes around it because there’s no doubt this film is very passionate. Kudos to Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern for selling THAT part of the movie so well. But therein lies the problem: major shifts in tone that just don’t work. As with all Lynch films, this one is complicated and controversial. It’s just not as entertaining or as deliciously horrifying as his best work. So love us tender (or hate us not so tenderly) as we wrap up January with some Wilding & Hearting.

Well, Actually… Precious was entered into about half a dozen film festivals outside North America in 2009, so the Precious team did in fact do A LOT of travelling. Also, Dune is the only Lynch film to have an Oscar nomination for its Sound Mixing.

Sparkplug Coffee continues to offer a generous one-time 20% discount for anyone who enters our promo code of “top100project” into the thing when you’re paying for the other thing. American customers can lap up the java too, so you south-of-the-borderers need to get in on this!

A very light Twitter barrage can be found here: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis


Coming Attractions Trivia Answers: ??? and ??? and ??? and ???

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1990 U.S. Box Office

1990 in film

Lynch’s Honorary Oscar speech and accepting the 1990 Palme D’Or

1990 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: The Wizard Of Oz and Eraserhead and The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire and Twin Peaks

YouTube links: Sailor beats a man to death and the lipstick scene and Bobby assaults Lula and Bobby’s head swallows a shotgun and “Love Me Tender”

Previously on the Next 179 Project: Requiem For A Dream