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WILD AT HEART


R (or. NC_17), 125 min, 1990

Director: David Lynch
Writers: Barry Gifford (novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula), David Lynch (screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe

David Lynch’s Wild at Heart is a modern horror-romance, a Southern-fried surrealist excursion down the rabbit hole. Big, sweeping, romantic, absurd, disturbing and frightening all at once, it is a film at once familiar and unique, original and like no other. Continue reading

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METROPOLITAN

Writer-director Whit Stillman’s debut film is a warm, funny, witty and intelligent take on the young, privileged wannabe Aristocracy of late 80s Manhattan, who take part in something known as “Deb season.” This tranlsates to debutante parties, which is where this group is headed when we first meet them. A red-headed young guy (looks like Conan O’Brien) named Tom Townsend (Edward Clements) is hailing a cab one night and is offered a ride by the group, which is also hailing the cab. The group is “led” by Nick Smith (Christopher Eigeman), an abnoxious but funny guy who likes to feel above everyone else. As Tom gets involved in this world of entitled young women and their male escorts (including Taylor Nichols), he gradually begins to fall for the Jane Austen-loving, adorably plain Audrey (Carolyn Farina), even as he pines away for the legendary seductress Serena Slocum (Elizabeth Thompson). Clements is a serviceable, if not particularly special leading man (he fits the profile of the young wallflower who is quite reserved), and Eigeman is brilliant as the snide, too intelligent by half Nick, who will debate people on anything from the betrayal that was Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” to the ugly exploits of Baron Rick Von Sloneker (a vile Will Kempe), who gets impressionable young girls to do some unspeakable things. What results is an often very funny, very smart and very well-written first effort – a modern classic of independent cinema. NOTE: This film was followed by two more in Stillman’s sort of trilogy of WASPs in love: “Barcelona” (1994) and the wonderful “The Last Days of Disco” (1998). Still awaiting a fourth film…

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