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The Movie

Postby Annie » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:13 pm

Might as well add the movie to this section. It's one of my all-time favorites, even if it is more mainstream. I got to see it on the big screen, and have watched it so many times, I can't count. There's a lot I could say, but I just have to add that I'm a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz and so have that in common with Mr. Lynch. I love the parts of the movie that portray the witches, good and bad.
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Postby scoopsie » Sun May 06, 2007 4:46 am

This is one of the first things Lynch that i saw. I fell in love with the quirkyness of it. It was just enough to intrigue me without being too weird to freak me out. I read the book. And found it to be intrigueing and interesting. After viewing this movie countless times i began to explore other Lynch things and I've been intrigued for years now.
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Postby silenttwn » Sun May 06, 2007 9:07 pm

scoopsie wrote:I read the book. And found it to be intrigueing and interesting. After viewing this movie countless times i began to explore other Lynch things and I've been intrigued for years now.


How similar are the book and movie? I've always wondered. Like could you list some similarities and differences?
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Postby Annie » Wed May 09, 2007 6:11 pm

Well, since my book is packed away with my other memorabilia awaiting a move, I can say the book was very short. It has the basic story line about Sailor and Lula. But DL added a lot of his usual quirkiness to the movie that wasn't in the book. I've never seen the screenplay, but I just checked the DVD and it's written by DL.
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Postby moviemaker » Sun May 20, 2007 11:46 pm

Funny story:

When I was student at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and this was before Wild At Heart (and Eraserhead 2000) came out on DVD I had this really bad copy of Wild At Heart on VCD. I mean it was bad.

Well one of my teachers at school was John Wentworth, one of the producers of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks and an assistant on Blue Velvet.

So I showed him this copy and said I got it off of eBay. Come to think of it, I showed him the Korean pilot copy of Twin Peaks, and a UK copy of Eraserhead as well. John said Jesus, all this stuff is just floating around, how's the quality he asked. I said their really crappy so he said can I borrow these to show David. I gave him all the copies and said why don't they release these movies for real. He said all the rights were really screwed up and David was in the process of negotiating with them to get them released properly, one at a time, but it would take years.

Weeks later he came to me and gave me all my copies back. I said whaddya think? John said, really depressing! He said just wait, David will make it happen...and it did I'm happy to say.

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Postby Annie » Mon May 21, 2007 12:23 am

That sounds wonderful that you had such great teachers in school! So you really are a moviemaker; when can we expect to see something by you?
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Postby Medard » Mon May 21, 2007 10:32 am

That's cool story, moviemaker. :)

I saw Wilt at Heart for the first time on the second christmas day of 2005.
Back then I was really depressed and alone from a break up. I was excited to catch the film, the only Lynch film I hadn't seen at that time, on TV without commercial breaks.

The film really cheered me up, heavily impressed me and sort of gave me hope. The sentence "don't turn away from love" really stuck to me, it was very appropriate to me at that time.

I think it's my favourite Lynch film. :)
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Postby Annie » Tue May 22, 2007 11:01 pm

Aw, Medard, that's sweet. I LOVE seeing Glinda floating above Sailor, saying, "Don't turn away from love." Wild at Heart and Blue Velvet are my absolute favorites, so far.
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Postby Mb3 » Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:00 pm

Wild at heart is the first movie that I saw out of all of David Lynchs movies that was around 1991 or 1992 I can't recall the exact year and it's probably also the movie that I've watched the most. This one and Blue velvet turned me into a huge fan of Mr. Lynch.
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Postby Annie » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:12 pm

Good taste, Mb3. There's no question about my favorites "so far" anymore. I like the old stuff the best.
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Postby Mb3 » Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:16 pm

The funny or strange thing or whatever you want to call it is that my father introduced me to David Lynchs movies with this film. He loves this movie and used to watch it a lot on Tv back in the days. I was still a teenager maybe eleven or twelve years old when I watched it for the first time. Anyway it still remains one of my favorite movies from David Lynch along with Blue velvet, Lost highway and Fire walk with me.
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Re: The Movie

Postby Hank_Jennings » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:44 am

I've had my opinion on Wild At Heart change alot. At first, I hated it. The very excessive amounts of sex put me off. I tried it again but fast forwarded through all that crap, & I managed to enjoy it. Third time I didn't fast forwarded, & still liked it.

A few viewings later, I just started getting annoyed by it. I recently tried giving it another shot, & I have to say, without exaggeration, that it is by FAR the very WORST film I've ever seen.

The sex made my sick. I find Laura Dern very disgusting, & hearing her orgasms, as well as actually looking at her, made my want to vomit. Both lead performances are annoying with their accents, but Cage was more tolerable than Dern. Dern's constant screaming (like in the beginning) really got on my nerves. Awful performance. Awful "actress."

Diane Ladd was even more obnoxious with that putrid accent. The scene with Cage in the toilet stall was incredibly annoying. It looked like Lynch just filmed a rehearsal & put it in the film. The delivery of both actors was incredibly fake, forced, & cheesy.

The extremely loud use of music really pissed me off. The beginning is a good example, when Cage kills that guy with the knife. Speaking of which, it was far too disgusting. One problem is, that he smashes his head to the point where it is not self defense, but murder. The other, is that we are supposed to be on Cage's side for the movie. We are supposed to like him. It just makes him look like a vicious psychopath.

Compared to a film that came out the same year that also has a brutal opening, Goodfellas, we are NOT supposed to like the characters depicted in this film. Thats the difference.

Every character except for Harry Dean Stanton was annoying. I hated how the southerners were portrayed as blood thirsty rednecks. Willem Dafoe being the worst example. So hideous & annoying. Not in a good way.

Lynch also shows us some extremely fat women in very few clothes. That made me want to vomit. Speaking of vomit, the scene where Dern vomits really made me sick. She leaves it there for hours & does nothing about it, so Cage smells something bad. Lynch's close up of the vomit also made me sick. What is "artistic" about this? Nothing. It sickened me.

The entire movie is pointless. The story is very boring, with too many pointless, unrelated crap. Crispen Glover & Freddie Jones for instance. Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, & Harry Dean Stanton were not enough to make this garbage enjoyable. The movie is insulting, disgusting, & it annoyed me so much it gave me a headache.

It makes me think of A Clockwork Orange, actually. It is highly stylized with music & sexual content, & had to watch it 3 times before I appreciated it, & while it is probably my least favourite Kubrick film, I do see the artistic value, & can tell it was professionally made. Wild At Heart looks like Lynch didn't care about trying to make a good film, but trying to imitate Kubrick's film (& doing a bad job at it).

Its really depressing that this won the palme dor at Cannes, while FWWM was booed. I think its clear Bernardo Bertolucci, who presided over the jury, only voted for this just because Lynch directed it (he HUGELY admires Blue Velvet). Had he presided two years later, then I'd understand why he'd vote for Lynch. At least FWWM has an actual great lead performance, & artistic value. Wild At Heart has absolutely nothing positive about it. No offense to fans of this film, but I truly despise it.
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Re: The Movie

Postby BOB1 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:31 pm

I'm not saying that some your points don't make sense to me. I agree that there is something hideous about the opening scene and that Sailor is hardly a 'positive' character, and I share your feeling that the number of sex scenes is excessive; IMO not because they are bad as such but because they are repeating themselves.

However, leaving behind some irritating points which I'd call minor flaws, I would never call Wild at Heart pointless. When I watch Wild at Heart, I have a strong overall sense of a well-thought out and consistent view of the world - something that one reviewer called "a journey of two idiots through a world gone mad". Yes, Sailor and Lula are kind of a couple of idiots but the contrast between them and the world ("wild at heart and weird on top") is very inspring. It is not a traditional opposition of good vs bad. If any - rather "pure" vs. "rotten". It is not an obvious perspective but therefore, quite inspiring. It doesn't provide easy identification but what it does, it makes the image of the rest of the world incredibly clear. No matter how much Sailor and Lula are dumb, irritating or whatever, it does in no way change or justify all that is sick and rotten around them. This movie for me is like a cry of terror, so what if the crying ones have their lips painted blood-red as if they were clowns? The terror is genuine.
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Re: The Movie

Postby TwinPeaksFanatic » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:57 pm

This is definitely one of my favorite Lynch films. I wrote a little synopsis for the film here - http://twinpeaksfanatic.blogspot.com/20 ... heart.html

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