Talking Heads perform in the music video "Wild Wild Life" from the album "True Stories" recorded for Sire Records. On a club stage in front of a band and a wall of televisions, a variety of... See full summary »
A photographer and her girlfriend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.
David Byrne of Talking Heads fame visits a typical (and fictional) Texas town, on the eve of the town's celebration of the state's sesquicentennial. He meets various colorful local characters, most notably Lewis Fyne, a big-hearted bachelor in search of matrimony.Written by
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The "Puzzling Evidence" segment of the film was inspired by the Church of the Sub-Genius, a parody religion to which David Byrne is an adherent. In "church" lore, Puzzling Evidence is the name of the assassin of the religion's fictional founder, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. See more »
As the narrator is walking through the mall, we see Waldenbooks more than once. See more »
Let me show you what I think is going on...
Do you hear music?
[to Larry, sotto voce]
Is there something wrong with your sister?
Main... frame! Micro-processor! Semi-conductor!
All right, Daddy!
[simultaneously with Linda]
All right, Dad!
Now. If this is the town... and here is the workplace...
[starts arranging the food ont he table to make a map]
with its goods... and distribution network... Now, most middle-class people have worked for large corporations, like VeriCorp. Or for the government ...
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1. Two columns of rolling credits run at different speeds. Left faster than right, then right faster than left. See more »
The talent show acts were longer in the original, unreleased version. See more »
Although some scenes (like the fashion show) are clear absurdist parodies, Byrne tends to approach his topics more as an observer than a critic. Often the tone is sympathetic, never critical.
Although much of Byrne's commentary is at best cryptic or anticlimactic ("Personally, I believe -- I can see Ft. Worth from here."), there is much profundity beneath the absurdism. Byrne's reflections on forgetting are particularly apt.
This is not a film to approach with any expectations. Just watch and absorb, and let what you see percolate in your mind.
John Goodman's character is also the most charming Everyman to grace the screen since Marty.
The music sequences are also among the best I've ever seen.
Rent it and watch it on a big screen TV. Watch sober. Watch under the influence of your favorite mind-altering substance. Watch alone. Watch with friends. Watch when you're alert and rested. Watch when you're tired. Watch again and again.
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