This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top. David Lynch’s 1990 Palme d’Or winner/follow-up to Blue Velvet is a psychotronic firestorm of love and passion, fueled by one of the all-time great big-screen romances: the vivid, sexually-charged pairing of Nicolas Cage at his most hyperbolic Cage-iest, and Laura Dern at her most hot-blooded Dernsiest. It’s more than just a movie — Wild at Heart is an essential experience, an exciting hallucinatory nightmare via neo-noir outlaw thriller pathways packed with bizarre details, memorable tangents, Elvis Presley songs, allusions to The Wizard of Oz and a myriad of untamed characters. You’ve got Dern’s real-life mother Diane Ladd going totally bonkers (and garnering an Academy Award nomination), Willem Dafoe as a greasy hitman in dire need of a dentist, Harry Dean Stanton as a private dick, Crispin Glover playing mentally ill, and even more players from Lynch’s stable than you can point out in a single write-up (Isabella Rossellini, Sherilyn Fenn, Jack Nance and Sheryl Lee to start.) Plus it’s funny, iconic, completely unforgettable — and Nicolas Cage looks fucking great in a snakeskin jacket.
Dir. David Lynch, 1990, 35mm, 125 min.

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