With Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Diane Ladd, Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rosselini, Crispin Glover
Directed by David Lynch

Made on the cusp of the '80s / '90s crossover, this is not only one of my favourite directors of all time, but also one of my favourite movies. Perhaps it was because I saw it at a life turning point (entering my '20s), or maybe just because it is such a damn great movie! This often deliberately cheesy lovers-on-the-run road movie fused with
Wizard Of Oz elements is filled with spectacular sex and violence, a great dose of humour and an irresistible atmosphere with that Lynch ingredient you cannot resist. Sailor Ripley is released on parole (after killing a man paid by his girl's mother to kill him when he refused her advances - but more importantly, the unsuccessful killer insulted his sweetheart Lula). She awaits him at the prison gates and they go on the lam after her mother puts another hit out on him. With some brilliantly over the top performances and too many memorable moments to go into here, Wild At Heart is a visual feast everyone should see. Ladd is psychotic as the mother, Dafoe out of his mind as an ex-marine turned robber, Stanton is his quirky himself, and many of Lynch's regulars and Twin Peaks actors waft through in sometimes surreal sequences, making Wild At Heart a gleaming piece of filmmaking which also saw Lynch's first inclusions of heavy rock music to emphasize moments of intensity. Gotta love it!

6 / A
- PB

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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