tumblr_m33fl5Bk7Z1qg03pro1_500Our David Lynch: Surreal Marvel series continues with a white hot director’s cut screening of Wild at Heart.

Wild at Heart review by Trylon volunteer Caty Rent.

Blazing fire, crutches/canes, car accidents, lit cigarettes, rape, lipstick fetish, boobies, and several passionate sex scenes between star-crossed lovers are just a few flavors in this tasty layer cake of Lynchian decadence.

Enter Sailor Ripley, (Nicolas Cage) a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks who didn’t have much parental guidance. With his Elvis Presley swagger and snakeskin jacket he was able to woo his “Peanut,” young Lula Fortune (Laura Dern.) Lula is a gum chewing, skinny blonde with breasts that stick out and say hello. She’s got a deep love for Sailor and will do anything to be with him.

Unfortunately, Lula’s mother, Marietta Fortune (Diane Ladd,) doesn’t approve of the match and does her Wicked Witch trickery to manipulate men to do her bidding. Marietta is also bitter because Sailor turned down her offer to fuck in a men’s bathroom. She told him he wasn’t worth S-H-I-tut and that she was going to send someone to kill him. Pretty soon after the encounter, Bob Ray Lemon (Gregg Dandridge) attacked Sailor with a knife. Sailor brutally killed Bob Ray with his bare hands and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.

When Sailor is released, Lula picks him up and they spend the night together in Cape Fear. When they are out dancing at a club, some punk is trying to dance with Lula. Sailor stops the band, beats up the guy, and charms the whole crowd with his rendition of the Elvis tune, “Love Me.” Cut to bedroom scene where Lula asks Sailor why he didn’t sing her “Love Me Tender.” Sailor calmly answers matter-of-factly that he will only sing that song when he has a wife.

The next day the couple decide that it’s time to flee Cape Fear. Marietta finds out and convinces Johnnie Farragut (Harry Dean Stanton) to head to New Orleans to catch the pair in the Big Easy.

Johnnie is a detective and a good guy that was roped into this situation by the conniving Witch. While Johnnie is traveling, Marietta also introduces Marcelles Santos (J.E. Freeman) to the mix. Santos appears to be some smooth criminal from the top of the chain. He’s got charisma, and he wants Marietta all to himself. He says he can take care of Sailor, but only if Johnnie gets it too. Marietta agrees and Santos contacts Mr. Reindeer (William Morgan Shepard).

Here’s where Eau de Lynch really starts to reek and things become much more confusing. This entire film is so raw and feels more like multiple films squashed together; where certain characters know information about other characters and it all ties together in an oddball fashion.

Mr. Reindeer sends out two silver dollars as a symbol to his assassins that there are hits out on Sailor and Johnnie. Two duos of killers are charged with one hit each. The first set of Juana (Grace Zabriske) and Reggie (Calvin Lockhart) aren’t on the screen for too long. They are quite successful at kidnapping Johnnie Farragut and torturing him, finally allowing him to see the ring of Santos before he is to die.

The second set are in Big Tuna, Texas. Perdita (Isabella Rossalini) and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe) have the hit for Sailor. Without a doubt, Bobby Peru is one of the most memorable villains of this picture. He is an ex-Marine who is able to walk the uncomfortable line of being way too intense and still smiling grotesquely about it. He is an utter and complete pervert, yet captivating.

Wild At Heart is one of the better films for someone first getting into Lynch as a director. It has a dreamy, musical quality to it, but doesn’t skimp out on the dark humor or quick awkward moments. Like the short part about Lula’s cousin, Dale (Crispin Glover,) or the moment after one of the car accidents where a random guy comes up to the victim and says, “The same fucking thing happened to me last year, man. Shit.”

What I personally enjoy most about it though is how tender Sailor and Lula are with each other. They have this beautiful purity that shines through the constructed twisted nightmare of a world.

Caty Rent pretty much lives coffee and is obsessed with the Batman.

Wild at Heart screens Friday and Saturday at 7:00 & 9:30 and Sunday at 5:00 and 7:30. Purchase tickets here.

1240247_442962952496189_1302926162_nTonight Sound Unseen presents Sick Birds Die Easy, with a special appearance from director Nik Fackler, composer Sam Martin, and the star, Ross Brockley, introducing the movie and answering your many questions afterwards!

How do you describe this one? “Exploring the worlds of white privilege, magical realism and the apocalypse, Director Nik Fackler takes a drug addled conspiracy theorist, an entitled love drunk musician, and an American film crew deep into the jungles of Western Africa, searching for Iboga, an extremely potent psychedelic plant said to have the ability to heal drug addiction. What initially begins as a trip towards enlightenment, becomes a desperate attempt at maintaining sanity.With a mad mix of compellingly hilarious characters, experimental drug use and an array of expertly wielded lo-fi and hi-fi cameras. Fackler capably explodes the fiction / non-fiction divide with an alarming self consciousness and ever more surprising degree of sincerity. Delving into mysticism, politics, colonialism and human nature, “Sick Birds Die Easy” is a mind bending, fantastical social experiment that will leave you laughing and questioning your own understanding of reality.” There, that’s how you describe it.

Sick Birds Die Easy screens tonight at 7:00 and 9:00. Purchase tickets here.

hero_EB20040926REVIEWS08409260302ARThe Trylon is proud to present Sissy Spacek: Seemingly Lost, a tribute to one of the more unheralded actresses working today. Today we’ll let the late, great Roger Ebert wax rhapsodic about this little-seen masterpiece, which he considered to be the best film of 1977:

“And so I descend once more into the mysterious depths of 3 Women, a film that was imagined in a dream. Robert Altman’s 1977 masterpiece tells the story of three women whose identities blur, shift and merge until finally, in an enigmatic last scene, they have formed a family, or perhaps have become one person. I have seen it many times, been through it twice in shot-by-shot analysis, and yet it always seems to be happening as I watch it. Recurring dreams are like that: We have had them before, but have not finished with them, and we return because they contain unsolved enigmas.”

Read the rest of the review here–the Great One saw this movie multiple times and seemed to get something entirely new with each viewing.

You’ll have four opportunities to watch 3 Women at the Trylon: Monday at 7:00 & 9:30 and Tuesday at 7:00 and 9:30. Purchase tickets here.

 

imnoangelposterMae West? Who the heck’s Mae West? Really? Well, she ain’t no cancelled stamp, we can tell you that, and if you check out our sockdollager double-feature at the Heights Theater tonight, you, too, can finally say “I know my onions” about the greatest film comedienne of the first half of the 20th Century.

That’s enough jazz age slang for now (or forever), but we will say that the double-feature of I’m No Angel and She Done Him Wrong, continuing our happy Ain’t We Got Fun: Pre-Code Hollywood series is just about the best introduction you’re ever going to get to the wonderful world of West.

The night’s festivities kick off with I’m No Angel, which pairs her with the dapper Cary Grant, and sees Mae fighting to win her man (and, man, does she ever!) “A story about a gal who lost her reputation – and never missed it!”

She Done Him Wrong is a crazy melodrama full of music and double entendres, and once again sees West getting Cary Grant all hot and bothered.

Don’t miss these fabulous pictures–once you see Mae West on the big screen, you’ll see why she was the top box office attraction of the late 20s!

I’m No Angel screens at 7:30; She Done Him Wrong shows at 9:20. One ticket gets you into both shows; however, if you are using a Take-Up Productions Punch Card you need TWO PUNCHES (one per show) for both movies. Purchase tickets here.

Just a taste of She Done Him Wrong to whet your appetite…

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David Lynch: Surreal Marvel continues with one of the director’s most critically maligned films and one of his most lauded movies–Dune and Mulholland Drive. The first was a flop, which Lynch himself couldn’t stand, and the second was one of only two films of the twenty-first century to make Sight & Sound’s 50 Greatest Movies of All-Time. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever have a chance to see such two disparate pictures from the same director in one night. Don’t miss it!

Dune review by Trylon volunteer Amy Neeser.

The typical David Lynch crowd doesn’t often appreciate Dune because in many ways it is a classic sci-fi film and remains true to Frank Herbert’s original text. The literary Dune universe is incredibly complex, and consequently the film suffers from the classic problem of adaptation. Herbert’s genius ultimately hurts the movie, making it seem rushed and the characters flat. While Dune can seem long and overly detailed, it could have easily been at least an hour longer to fully appreciate and understand the vast complexity of Herbert’s universe.

In the very distant future, interstellar trade depends on a mind-bending spice that is only found on Arrakis (aka, Dune). Feuding families fight over control of the planet in a tale of betrayal, murder, and prophecy. The viewer is quickly overcome by a vast amount of information and terminology in a bizarre alien world that consists of space / time bending through drug use, Sting in a latex codpiece, and giant sandworm battles all set to a score by Toto and Brian Eno.

Dune has been cut and re-cut many times and Lynch eventually replaced his name with the pseudonym Alan Smithee in order to disassociate himself with the underappreciated space epic. Nevertheless, this ambitious cinematic undertaking is visually stunning and while it is often misunderstood, remains a favorite by many.

Amy Neeser is a scientific research librarian at the University of Minnesota. She has a background in film and specializes in New German Cinema, animation, and representations of the apocalypse. 

Dune screens Friday and Saturday at 7:00, Sunday at 5:00. Purchase tickets here. Mulholland Drive shows Friday and Saturday at 9:30, Sunday at 7:30. Purchase tickets here.