David Byrne’s True Stories, is an organically quirky film about the weird ass folks living in the fictional town of Virgil, Texas. Although I cannot say for sure, it seems as though the Talking Heads’ frontman had quite the influence on the likes of Wes Anderson, and put John Goodman on the map (You’re welcome, Coen Bros).
I am a sucker for any film about Hollywood, or filmmaking for that matter (I'm looking at you The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)). If I were asked to undertake the herculean task of summarizing the plot, it seems fitting that I do so in as enigmatic a way as possible. I guess, I'd describe it as a cross between Persona (1966) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). Although it is much more than that, it is a complex and beautifully woven…
This film is equal parts film noir and fairy tale. Robert Mitchum's signature lethargy is as intimidating as it ever was. All the children in this film had to do was take one look into his shark-like eyes, and they can sense something isn't quite right. I don't want to give anything away, but this is a must see film. Unfortunately, this was Charles Laughton's sole directorial effort (why ruin a perfect batting average?).