WEIRD ON TOP

“…this whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.”

David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART is one of my favorite films. I often dread “sharing” it with a friend or suggesting to a friend because I sort of wear it on my sleeve — which is unusual. Trust me — when you’re an eight year old kid who loves Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand movies and you’re growing up in a small town in Texas you develop a thick skin and a sense of humor. …fast!

But, this is just one of those movies I love so much I often feel the need to defend it when someone knocks it. I think it is one of those movies a person either loves or hates. I don’t think a person could just “like” or think that WILD AT HEART is “ok” — it demands more.

Lately a lot of those exaggerated moments Lynch created have been crashing about in my head.

I never cared much for the book so I remembering being all the more surprised at how much I loved the film. However, both the book and the movie give forth that central idea about our world. …which is beautiful, dangerous, crazy, scary, filled with love, hate, passion and secrets. A world that really is wild at heart and weird on top.


I’ve never been quite cool enough to work a snake skin jacket, but if I were you’d bet I’d take to letting people know that the jacket, for me, is “…a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom”

And, I would say this wrought with meaning and good intention. I think we all have a snake skin jacket lurking somewhere in our closets. It might not be made of animal, but it reflects us …and, it matters.

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November 5, 2007. Uncategorized.

11 Comments

  1. pakipoptart replied:

    I’ve always wanted to see this movie. Unfortunately I don’t see movies very often. But I probably should check it out even more so now that it is one of your favorites.

  2. ing replied:

    I like this film, too, but I’ve heard people trash it. I think this one’s a little different because it’s really a Barry Gifford story instead of a Lynchian narrative that unfolds with the making of the movie. Others don’t like Laura Dern in it, and I agree, there’s something really strange about having her in that part. I’ve never considered her sexy at all, but in this movie, she really sexes it up. Still, though, I like this one a ton, and the ending is just great, just great.

    How’s my niece? Is she behaving herself?

    Maybe I’ll come find you this weekend, if you’d like that. Yeah?

  3. Miss. S replied:

    Oddly enough, or maybe not, this is probably my favorite David Lynch film. I have a weird relationship with his movies in general, as in I feel like I am obligated to like him in order to be a “cool kid.” However, I’m not always certain I do. Given the choice between watching a DL movie and something else, I usually opt out of the DL. What that has to do with anything, I don’t know, only that I always really did like “Wild at Heart,” no questions asked.

  4. matty03 replied:

    pakipoptart! Oh, yes! You MUST see it! And, it came out on DVD a couple of years ago! Pristine copy! It is quite violent, tho. But so over-the-top that the violence almost seems cartoon-like.

  5. matty03 replied:

    Ing! Laura Dern is hotter than Georgia asphalt in Wild At Heart and goes all hard-core on our ass! She rocks! I love that scene where you can just see in her face that she isn’t sure if she is attracted or repulsed by Wilhem Dafoe. That scene is sticky both good and bad. I don’t think any other actress could have played it better. It is so different from the book — I felt it had the total Lynchian treatment. …DUNE not quite so, but I always felt this was good source material for him to do his thang!

  6. matty03 replied:

    Miss S! Yeah, David Lynch isn’t really easy-going viewing and narrative plot is of little interest. Perhaps you enjoy the fact that this film has a plot to follow vs. just odd sound and landscapes. It is also more of an actor’s piece than most of his work. Tho, I think Laura Dern had a lot more to do in INLAND EMPIRE. I still like her best as Lula.

  7. matty03 replied:

    See?!?!!? I’m finding the need to defend it at all turns! No! I shall not. Either one likes it or doesn’t. I love it. I do! I do! I tell you I do!

  8. johnmichael replied:

    I’m still wearing the mask which hides the person I want to be. And I’m in the closet, so what is the point of picking out a jacket until I’m ready for people to see it.

  9. matty03 replied:

    johnmichael! Well, the jacket could be a start. Maybe…

  10. ing replied:

    Dune?! That was both fascinating and kind of funny.

    I agree, Laura Dern and Willem DeFoe and those teeth of his. Tres sexi, but I can’t explain why it is, because it’s soooooo creepy! Eeeeew! Sexy! EEEEEEW!! SEXY!!!

  11. matty03 replied:

    Ing – I don’t know. I was just bored by DUNE and I remember being frustrated that they gave us a crypt sheet so that we could understand it as we watched it. And, this being the 80’s — I was so lost and kept complaining that it was too dark for me to read the cinematic cheat sheet! It’s all sort of the movie that Lynch disowns, isn’t it?

    I didn’t articulate it very well — but I think what works about that scene between Dern and Defoe is that Lynch and Dern. I think Defoe’s performance really rests on those fake teeth — which are great, but it is her reaction to his lines and body language and the way Lynch films it that makes it interesting. It is so gross and wrong but you can just see/feel that Lula is confused about how she “should” feel. It is almost like she is 95% sexual and 5% human. So she projects all sex to everything. So, as she is repulsed she is confused that maybe she should be turned on — and, just maybe she is. Creepy and unforgettable.

    …I do so wish we could see that full scene where Grace Zabrinski kills Harry Dean Stanton that Lynch shortened because it upset people so — would love to see how that totally played out.

    I just think all the casting is perfect with WILD AT HEART.

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