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Wild at Heart (1990)

by  |  February 10th, 2011  |  Romance  |  1 Comment

If you’re anything like me when you come across a title like ‘Wild at Heart’ you may just assume, “Oh boy, another movie about a horse!” (Insert Buzzer Sound Here) WRONG! I was amazingly surprised and wildly over joyed (pun intended) to learn I was wrong.

I had the honor recently of being able to see this little David Lynch masterpiece for the first time on the big screen at Quentin Tarantino’s: New Beverly Cinema, a favorite local repertory theater of ours.

The smell of fresh popcorn and candy flooded the air the lights dimmed and the crackle of the film (yes real film people not this new digital stuff ) began to roll. I was about to embark on a new old school cinematic adventure. It was a nice touch being greeted with a flash back of movie trailers that people otherwise may have forgotten. Among them one of my personal favorites was that of  “Twin Peaks” (1992). Having set that mood for you all, let’s talk about the movie now.

Wild At Heart (1990)

In my opinion Wild at Heart show cases some of Nicolas Cages (Leaving Las Vegas, 1995) finest hours as an actor, he plays Sailor a crazy, impulsive and wild young man that is madly in love with a young lady named Lula (Laura Dern, Jurassic Park, 1993). Who by the way, as one audience member pointed out during the Q&A does not ever age she truly is a natural beauty with a humble soul). The two set out on a boisterous adventure together that is reminiscent of a modern day Romeo and Juliet meets the ultimate chase film. They are running from an ensemble cast of obscure and deranged characters. “Marietta Fortune” played by Diane Ladd is Lula’s mother (which is awesome considering they are off screen real life mother and daughter)  She wants Sailor dead and her Lula back and will stop at nothing to get her way. “Bobby Peru” played by Willem Dafoe of “The Boondock Saints” (1999) plays a very colorful and psychotic character that is just one of many that makes for a brilliant cast.

Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart

Real Life Mother/Daughter Diane Ladd & Laura Dern fighting it out in Wild at Heart

Mr. Lynch is a true visionary and brings a warm feel to the word disturbed on film. If I could go into anyone’s head for a cup tea and pick through their brain his would be among the top of my list.

That being said I would like to shout out a special thanks to Edgar Wright for hosting this event and Mr. Tarantino for facilitating movie magic to the masses. I would also like to Thank Mr. David Lynch and Laura Dern for giving us a surprise Q&A after the movie was over. It was the best $7.00 I have spent in a long time! You can check out Lynch & Dern’s Q&A in the video below…

Peace, love and creativeness!



Candace is a native Californian, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Aside from being a doting mother, she's also an award winning writer who's poetry has been featured in major publications. Her work as a painter and photographer has been featured in galleries around the country. It is Candace that brings a unique female voice to ABM and keeps all the guys in line.


  1. Matthew Dowling

    April 12th, 2011at 4:43 PM(#)

    Wow, this is a great recommendation, I feel like I was there! Your description of the Lynch q&a is E-P-I-C!!!

    Especially the part about how he is allowing “chapter stops” for his films on DVD. Or about how he prefers and loves “digital technology” and calls watching a movie on your iPod, a “perfect experience”. Lol

    For more on the Lynch q&a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbn3UKVS_K8

    It was a fascinating night!

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