That is a nice review! I've been a big fan of Talking Heads since I saw Stop Making Sense in 1985. I remember my initial crushing disappointment when I saw True Stories the following year. I was expecting a rock 'n roll musical - which it definitely wasn't. And I didn't then enjoy the fact that most of the songs in the film were sung by other singers than the band. However, as I've got older, I've have enjoyed many of David Byrnes solo albums and projects and it was great to revisit True Stories earlier this week. I saw David Byrne in Amsterdam last month on his remarkable American Utopia tour and my respect for him as an artist has only increased. The inclusion of soundtrack CD is in itself reason enough to buy this disc and I now prefer the cover versions done by the other singers! Funny how things change!
Saw True Stories last December on the Criterion Disk, for the very first time. Being a moderate Talking Heads fan since the '80's, I figured I would give it a chance - even without knowing anything about the movie.
Well, I felt this was an interesting, faux-documentary film with a strong indy feel/vibe. Very quirky, like a lot of the TH song/lyrics. I believe the town of Virgil, TX is fictitious, but the movie seemed to be based on fact in many ways. I enjoyed the seeming condemnation?! of US consumerism/excess, as well as the bizarre set pieces/clothing. There was one scene in particular when the John Goodman character was talking to a woman sitting on a couch - and her clothes matched the pattern on the couch, so she kind of blended in - very funny, and obviously intentional
My favorite scene in the film was when various "townspeople" (including kids) came up on the stage and lip-synched to the iconic TH tune "Wild Wild Life" - hilarious!!! This made the absurdity of the lyrics even more bizarre - LOL
This was obviously a revised/slightly different/extended?! version of the music video.
Also very funny was when JG went to some kind of faux "love guru" so he could help his love life. The "love guru's" room was decorated in an extremely colorful, chintzy/cheap & gaudy way - the Elvis picture/towel?! in the background of one scene was especially cringe-worthy - LOL. And, the B.S. "advice" this guy gave JG was laughable & bogus, but that's much of what made this whole sequence extremely funny.
Also very funny was the scene of the two kids laughing their heads off, while reading the tabloid news headlines - LOL.
All in all, this film is worth checking out if you haven't already seen this - especially if you're a fan of the the TH pop/rock group.