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 suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.
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
Tim Horrigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There is either an intentional theme, or triple coincidence, with red convertible cars. The Narrator is driving a red 1985 Chrysler LeBaron convertible, the Culvers' parade car is a red 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, and the Shriners are driving miniature red 1966 (or thereabouts) Ford Mustang convertibles. See more »
Disappearing reappearing rearview mirror in the red convertible. See more »
Here's a field... take a look out. Picture a house... Picture a lot of houses. What else is a field good for but building houses?
See more »
There are no opening credits. The title appears on white letters against a black screen. This is followed by a screen with the words "A film about a bunch of people from Virgil Texas." See more »
Extended/re-edited versions of the Wild Wild Life and Love for Sale musical numbers were released as music videos. See more »
In the fictional Texas town of Virgil musician David Bryne arrives to make a documentary about the inhabitants. He meets a raft of characters at the same time as the town's `celebration of specialness'.
What is it? A documentary? A comedy? A rock film? It's not clear. However despite the unclear genre it still manages to be good even if it's an unique film in terms of style. The comedy comes from both Bryne's and our bemused observation of the slightly kooky nature of small town life.
Bryne is a great narrator. He has a bemused quizzical air the whole time and many of his `to camera' lines are very funny if a little surreal. The characters themselves are almost worthy of Altman in terms of how quirky yet believable they are. Goodman is the best as the lonely ladies man looking for love. But other characters such as the lying lady (Allen) and the eccentric owner of the town (Spalding Gray).
If you don't like the music of David Bryne and the Talking Heads then you may dislike this as much of the second as it becomes mainly music and less Bryne. However it still manages to be funny. Overall this is much better than expected and fans of Bryne will simply love it.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this