Sweet little indie flick about a dad (Nick Offerman), his daughter (Kiersey Clemons), and his vinyl record store. HEARTS BEAT LOUD is not only a subtle and heartfelt look at a father-daughter relationship, but also a love letter to music in general. The great cast also includes Toni Collette, Ted Danson, Blythe Danner and Sasha Lane. This is a nice feel-good movie to start the weekend!
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 1970
This Czech fairytale about the sexual awakening of a young girl is an audiovisual treat throughout, but the surreal and non-linear story and its world building didn't do a whole lot for me. In fact, I found the film tedious and convoluted. It feels rather like an artsy and weird stage play, episodic in its structure, and full of symbolism and metaphors that lead nowhere. I'd rather revisit the thematically similar THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, which is clearly the superior movie in my book.
The Seventh Curse 1986
THE SEVENTH CURSE reminded me why I love Hong Kong cinema so much! It's a completely bonkers RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK rip-off including fast-paced martial arts, cheesy monsters, fun gore and make-up effects, nudity, reckless stunts, and Chow Yun-Fat firing a bazooka at a rubber monster. Yep, this is great fun from start to finish.
The Lighthouse 2019
Film #12 of 45 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
THE LIGHTHOUSE is a masterclass in sound design, cinematography, and acting. It has an early David Lynch and Roman Polanski vibe, H.P. Lovecraft references, fragments of Andrei Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, and more than once Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL and PERSONA went through my head. Robert Eggers (THE WITCH) shot the film on 35mm, using the 1.19:1 aspect ratio including vintage lenses designed in the 1930s, which creates a second-to-none atmosphere. It's both terryfing and fascinating, consistently expressionistic and nightmarish, equally surreal and absurd. A descent into the human psyche. Masterpiece.