Wild at Heart (1990) Director: David Lynch

There are many great cinematic love stories - Romeo and Juliet, Gone with the Wind, West Side Story, Ghost, The Artist, and, err, Love Story. Not many people would see a David Lynch film up there with them, but Wild at Heart is one of the greatest love stories ever on screen. The tale of ex-con Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and the electrifying Lula (Laura Dern being absolutely WOW) is a beautiful story of passion and true love...covered in blood and brains.

Wild at Heart is also a road movie - after Sailor leaves jail for bashing a man's brains in (it was self defence!), he and Lula go on a road trip which is dark, deadly and pays more than a nod to The Wizard of Oz. They are pursued by a hit squad organised by Lula's mother Marietta (a wonderfully deranged Diane Ladd, Dern's real life mother) who plan to kill Sailor. Nightmarish themes of fire are prominent and are at the same time incredibly beautiful - one haunting scene of Sailor and Lula driving through the night to Chris Isaak's Wicked Game, then encountering a terrible car crash and a dying Sherilyn Fenn expertly juxtapose the beautiful with the horrific.

The film is powerfully erotic and Laura Dern sizzles as the highly sexual Lula - you can't take your eyes off her when she's on screen, slinking around in her tight tube dresses and purring like a cat. Nic Cage's Sailor is also riveting - he has some great lines, LOOKS FANTASTIC, and is hot, hot, HOT.

You never quite know where you're going with Wild at Heart and it's fantastic to be absorbed in its strange and quirky world. There are the bizarre characters that you expect from Lynch, bizarre scenarios and the wonderful creepiness of it all is captivating. Ultimately though, it's about TRUE LOVE and it'll warm you inside in its very weird, weird way.
5/5 wicked witches