Director David Byrne (of Talking Heads) takes an outside-looking-in glance at Texas and Texans in True Stories. Casting himself as the protagonist/narrator, Byrne adopts what he thinks is "standard" western garb and drives his red convertible into the small town of Virgil. Here he observes the town's preparations for celebrating Texas' sesquicentennial, taking time out to introduce us to several of the local oddballs. Swoosie Kurtz plays Miss Rollings, the Laziest Woman in the World; Alix Elias is The Cute Woman, who decorates her home in the most hideously "sweet" manner imaginable; John Goodman is talent-contest entrant Louis Fyne, who harbors dreams of being a C&W star; Spalding Gray is Earl Culver, a vegetable-obsessed civic leader; Jo Harvey Allen is The Lying Woman; and so it goes. The script by Southerners Byrne, Beth Henley and Steven Tobolowksy strives to avoid subtlety. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Cult Classic that is fascinating to listen to and watch. A humorous 80's flick that has talking heads songs infused within. Great early john goodman role. Can be slow at times for those of short attentions spans. More of like a flow of consciousness than a real strong plot.
Do The Talking Heads speak to your soul? Do you feel torn in this modern world. Does the your desire to reject the material world come in conflict with reality? Do you run out of toilet paper, paper towels and tissue paper at the same time? Do you have 2 hrs to enjoy a movie that warms you like tomato soup?