One of the most singularly unusual television shows in the history of the medium, Wild Palms (obliquely referencing the Faulkner novel from which its title is taken) is an ultra-paranoid political thriller that takes place in world clearly reminiscent of David Lynch, whose own unique foray into television, Twin Peaks, concluded its broadcast two years before this was aired in 1993 and was an obvious inspiration for the dream like ambience on display here. It is important to keep Lynch in mind when watching this series, the 6-episode entirety of which is available on this low priced two-disc DVD, to fully appreciate and enjoy it. Like Lynch's work, Wild Palms is not overly worried about verisimilitude. That the action is supposed to take place in the year 2007 adds to the fun of watching it today. To read our full length review, click on the image at left.
This is one of the most overlooked films of the 1980s. An absolute masterpiece, Absolute Beginners attempted the impossible: to single-handedly revive the Hollywood musical, and from England, no less! While, clearly, it did not achieve the impossible, you can, if you try, trace a line from this film that goes slowly-but-surely, step by step, straight through to Moulin Rouge, and, more recently, Across the Universe and a generally more favorable environment for flashy, spectacular cinéma entertainments that, Lord knows, we could all use more of these days. This is a film where, clearly, everyone involved gave their all, and everything fell into place, just right. Click on the box to read our full length review.
Eureka is our candidate for the single least appreciated film of all time. This film, the crowning achievement of 1970s auteur Nicolas Roeg (Performance, The Man Who Fell to Earth), so baffled the powers that be at United Artists that they sat on it for years before finally deciding... not to release it! With the exception of a single print, which showed briefly in NYC, LA and Toronto, it never saw the light of a North American movie projector bulb. (It may have played Europe, however) It sat on the shelves for years more, before grudgingly being transferred to video, where it was released to zero fanfare and disappeared. Now, at last it’s on DVD, and the story repeats itself. The company that owns this film simply has no idea what it has. The film is, admittedly, extremely difficult to define and describe, but, hey, we’re going to try. And yes, it wouldn’t be overly difficult to make the case that Roeg himself got lost while making it, but, y’know, we’re not. Read our long description to see what lengths we will go to defend this film.