Heartbeats

(2010)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Hot & Now: Heartbeats / Memento

Transcript for Hot & Now: Heartbeats / Memento

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Ok, now it’s time for a feature we’re calling “HOT & NOW,” where we get to make our picks on movies you can watch right now on your computer, Video on Demand or DVD. 

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IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
My choice is HEARTBEATS, which I describe as sort of the movie Woody Allen would make if he were a gay teenager from Quebec who was obsessed with Wong Kar-wai and Jean-Luc Godard. It's directed by the  Canadian film making prodigy Xavier Dolan, a former child actor who is still only 22. Dolan himself co-stars as one third of a bisexual love triangle involving his two best friends. 

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IGNATIY:
The movie is slight, but it’s refreshingly earnest and unafraid to linger on what Dolan thinks is beautiful. It’s a gorgeous bundle of teenage hormones with a dry sense of humor and a deep affection for messy romances. It makes you really anticipate what Dolan will do next.

CHRISTY:
Yeah it’s enormous in it’s slightness if that makes any sense, it’s so big and stylish and very, very beautiful.  My Hot and Now pick is "Memento," which is coming out on a special 10th anniversary edition on Blu-Ray.  Long before Christopher Nolan dazzled us with his ambitious Batman epic "The Dark Knight" or his daring dream thriller "Inception" -- for which he was egregiously snubbed with no  Oscar nomination for best director -- he made "Memento." Told in reverse, "Memento" follows the efforts of a man trying to track down his wife's killer. Because he's plagued with short-term memory loss, he must jot everything down -- wherever he can -- including his own body.

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CHRISTY:
Guy Pearce is dark and tormented in the lead role, while Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano are perfectly mysterious in supporting parts.  "Memento" wowed the world with its complex screenplay, which Nolan co-wrote with his brother, Jonathan. The narrative approach is ingenious, and it must have been incredibly hard to make all the pieces fit. You could analyze it all to death to see if it holds together -- and it does -- or you could just sit back and enjoy having Nolan toy with you. It's available right now, on demand from Amazon.

IGNATIY:
You know what, after all of these years, I still think it’s one of his best films.  That and I would say The Prestige are the two movies of his that I personally enjoy the most.

CHRISTY:
I like Insomnia also so…

IGNATIY:
Well, Insomnia is not quite as bad as some people say it is.  I wouldn’t say that’s a great movie, but…

CHRISTY: 
Well, and there’s your blurb for the posters