This is a cult favorite, and in my opinion, it is Oliver Stone's finest achievement in film. This film watches much more like David Lynch-- If you liked Twin Peaks, then get a copy of this as soon as possible. This film is actually very deep in the examination of our society in how it portrays the masses as being glued to their televisions and easily controlled by media giants, and how much religion is cultish no matter how big. I recommend you watch it if you have a brain in your head and like to use it. It's not just another action movie that seem to waste the projectors at movie theatres these days...
neuromancer meets scientology in a snowcrash,
Ok, apart from the fact that I read an awful lot of books, movies and particularly good movies do carry me away as well.
THIS is one heck of a movie.
Robert Loggia excells and makes a start at his appearance in 'lost highway'.
Why scientology ? The Fathers are conservative, granted, but they really want to manage your soul in 'the Church'.
Guess what, windows is the system
The movie is beautifully done, the plot twists and turns, William Gibson [none other but himself] has a cameo, and grudgingly concedes that he indeed was the first to coin the term.
The women in this movie are the true protagonists [excuse me ladies, I know it's never different, Ollie puts it where you can't ignore it. In your face]...
A very good movie, highly recommended.
I hope this summary entices you to see the movie. You will not be indifferent !
How to describe this series? Imagine if Shakespeare was alive during the late sixties and seventies and decided to write a sci-fi epic at the height of the early nineties hype about virtual reality, and you'd only be in the same ballpark.
The story? Okay, the story revolves around an unassuming family man, Harry, who only begins to realize the strangeness that is going on around him. A secret police force are kidnapping people. His daughter refuses to speak. His son is developing some violent behavior. His wife is withdrawing into a bottle. And a strange woman from his past is offering him a glimpse at a world he could only imagine before.
Combining elements of Japanese and Eastern myths, Phillip K. Dick's quest for reality, Twin Peak's surreality, a grand opera's sweep, and science fiction's imagination, Wild Palms sets up the dominos of a world that could be and then lets them fall.
Harry is drawn into the New Age cult of a powerful senator who is about to transform the world by introducing a new form of media - one that is so close to being real that it's often hard to tell the difference. If you had the choice of this world, or a world of your own creation, which would you choose? But what if that world was being controlled by someone with their own agenda? And as the world starts to deal with those questions, a group of libertarian `Friends' attempt to stop the senator any way they can. Two powerful houses will fight until there is only one remaining.
This is not a series for everyone. It isn't sci-fi in the genre of Star Trek like most television fans are used to. It's also told in the fashion of an opera, with high melodrama and amazing leaps of logic. And lest you think that it is heavy, it also has some great patches of absurdity. But it is thought provoking, and has something to say about technology, religion, power, politics, drug use, and a range of other topics. And it says it in a way that doesn't speak down or make the audience feel they are being unduly manipulated. It is fine television for a very small audience.
It is a fricking Trip and I enjoyed every second of watching it !
Highly recommended if you like dark (film noir) movies
Title: "Wild Palms"
Alt Titles : Wild PalmsFrance (), Wild Palms - vaaran vankiFinland (), Wild Palms: Une vie sans histoireFrance (),
Runtime: 300 mins
User Rating: 7.1
• Kathryn Bigelow (hour 4)
• Keith Gordon (hours 3 and 5)
• Peter Hewitt (hours 1 & 2)
• Phil Joanou (hour 6)
• Bruce Wagner writer
• Michael Rauch producer
• Oliver Stone executive producer
• Bruce Wagner executive producer
• Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Plot Outline: LA in the near future, Harry Wykoff accepts a job as presidents of a gigantic TV company. Het is confronted with a total new technology called "The New Reality" where three-dimensional TV animated pictures are projected in living rooms all around the world. Harry launches to the top of the company with his career but once there he is caught in a web of intrigues, betrayal and murder. A game of life and death begins... Written by [email protected]}
• James Belushi as Harry Wyckoff
• Dana Delany as Grace Wyckoff
• Robert Loggia as Sen. Anton Kreutzer
• Kim Cattrall as Paige Katz
• Angie Dickinson as Josie Ito
• Ernie Hudson as Tommy Lazlo
• Bebe Neuwirth as Tabba Schwartzkopf
• Nick Mancuso as Tully Woiwode
• Charles Hallahan as Gavin Whitehope
• Robert Morse as Chap Starfall
• David Warner as Eli Levitt
• Ben Savage as Coty Wyckoff
• Bob Gunton as Dr. Tobias Schenkl
• Brad Dourif as Chickie Levitt
• Aaron Michael Metchik as Peter
• Rondi Reed as Eileen Whitehope
• Beata Pozniak as Tambor
• Charles Rocket as Stitch
• François Chau as Hiro
• Eugene Lee as Lt. Bob Grindrod
• William Gibson as Himself
• Oliver Stone as Himself
• Danny Kamekona as Ushio (uncredited)
• Sean Kanan as Jacob (uncredited)
• Monica Mikala as Deirdre Wyckoff (uncredited)
• Nicole Nagel as Drug Addict (uncredited)