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Sunday, June 8, 2008

WILD AT HEART (1990)

David Lynch’s hallucinogenic scary-fairy tale manages to keep its game face on for about half its length, but dies in the flat plains of Texas where lovers-on-the-run Nicholas Cage & Laura Dern hole up. With (purposefully?) cornpone accents and tricked up ultra-violence, Lynch loads up on topless babes, glitzy sex & gore in case we resist the road-trip to Hell references to the Wizard of Oz. William Dafoe is creepier than usual (this is an achievement?), ditto Cage making like Elvis & Diane Ladd making like Dern’s mom. She is, in fact, Dern's mom, but here it seems a stretch. Lynch seems stuck preaching to the converted when he has so much more to offer.

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