Saturday, October 24, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 34
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
13TH (2020)
AVA
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BLOW THE MAN DOWN
CLASS ACTION PARK
COASTAL ELITES
DA 5 BLOODS
FIRST COW
GREYHOUND
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
JUST MERCY
LYING AND STEALING
MESSAGE FROM THE KING
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
NATURETRACK FILM FESTIVAL
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PALM SPRINGS
PROJECT POWER
PURPLE MOUNTAINS
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
TENET
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND
THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD
THE OLD GUARD
THE VAST OF NIGHT
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: CATCH-22
TV REVIEW: COBRA KAI
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: GENERATION KILL (2008)
TV REVIEW: HANNIBAL (2013-2015)
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM
TV REVIEW: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: NORMAL PEOPLE
TV REVIEW: PANDEMIC: HOW TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK (2020)
TV REVIEW: PERRY MASON
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SOCIAL DISTANCE
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE THIRD DAY
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
[UN]WELL

BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF POLYGRAM FILMED ENTERTAINMENT

BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)


Where is it playing?: Amazon, Tubi

What's it rated?: R

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Today’s Yellow Brick Road Leads Straight to Hell.” That’s the headline of a Caryn James review of Wild at Heart that appeared in a 1990 edition of The New York Times, and she’s not wrong.

The bleak reality of a once-romanticized form of travel is a clear thread throughout David Lynch’s twisted ode to The Wizard of Oz (1939) and other road movies of a bygone era, where the yellow brick road is rundown and lonely, Emerald City is a tiny town in Texas, the flying monkeys are hired killers, and Dorothy is a 20-something rebel on the run with a bad-boy parolee.

At its core, Wild at Heart is a formulaic, star-crossed lovers romance. It’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967)—but in this film, Bonnie appears as Lula (Laura Dern), a young woman desperate to get out from under the roof of her overbearing mother, and Clyde as Sailor (Nick Cage), a recently released convict.

Despite her mother’s orders, Lula immediately runs off to California with Sailor once his time in prison is up, a sex-capade that leads them down winding highways and to seedy motels in New Orleans and Big Tuna, Texas. But Lula isn’t initially aware of the real reasons behind her mother’s disdain for Sailor. The couple’s trip is quickly spoiled by private investigators that Lula’s mother hired to track and kill Sailor.

The more her mother tries to stop it, the more Lula and Sailor double down on their love for each other, their fiery passion fed to some degree by the forces trying to keep them apart.

It’s a classic love story, but woven in are Lynchian characters, settings, and dialogue, and for some reason a lot of references to The Wizard of Oz, giving Wild at Heart an unsettlingly surreal yet comedic effect that only David Lynch can really create.

As in all things Lynch, the characters in Wild at Heart are each eccentrics in their own right. An overdone Southern accent paired with an affinity for Elvis Presley, all wrapped up in a snakeskin jacket that symbolizes his “individuality and belief in personal freedom,” work together to bring us Sailor. Lula has her own zany qualities, too—not the least of which is a tendency to get hysterical, and her propensity to extinguish the hysteria by breaking out suddenly in dance.

The downside to many of Lynch’s works is that the chaos created by his vivid characters and his totally unique way of storytelling often cloud the plot itself. But compared to Twin Peaks (1990-1992) and Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart is a breeze to follow, and quite a bit less disturbing.

It’s lighthearted and quirky, and best of all, it offers a rare glimpse into the softer side of Lynch.

—Kasey Bubnash 









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