Song of the Day #3,857: ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ – Kiersey Clemons

Next week I will count down my top ten movies of 2018, two per day. Last year was a great one for film and this list was one of the hardest I’ve had to put together in the many years I’ve been doing this.

I saw 70 movies from 2018, thanks in large part to streaming services like NetFlix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. I saw my fair share on the big screen as well (some more than once). That’s probably the most movies I’ve seen from a single year in a long time, yet I’m still kicking myself for missing out on several key titles.

Here are just some of the movies I wish I could have gotten to before publishing my Top Ten: American Animals, Bad Times at the El Royale, Burning, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Cold War, The Death of Stalin, First Man, The Rider, Shoplifters, The Tale, Tully, Widows, Wildlife, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. I hope to get to a few of them before 2019 begins in earnest.

Before I get to the top ten, I wanted to give a few shout-outs to some really good movies outside of my top ten that haven’t been mentioned already this week.

For Best Song, forget the inevitable win for A Star is Born‘s ‘Shallow’ and show some love for the title track of ‘Hearts Beat Loud.’ This heartwarming movie reminds me a lot of 2016’s Sing Street in how it uses music to tell a very personal story about growing up. Nick Offerman plays a father whose daughter (the wonderful Kiersey Clemons) will soon leave home for college. This one hit especially hard for me as I’m a year away from that milestone myself.

Best Action Movie goes to Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the latest installment in a series that somehow keeps getting better. Tom Cruise’s commitment to the insane stunt work in this movie is mind-boggling. At a time when movies utilize CGI for pretty much everything, this film proves that nothing is as exciting as watching a flesh-and-blood actor risk life and limb to entertain. Of course, at this point it’s debatable whether Tom Cruise is actually flesh-and-blood.

Avengers: Infinity War gets Best Cliffhanger for making the bold choice to end with the destruction of half the universe, including plenty of Marvel’s own beloved characters. Anthony and Joe Russo did an excellent job juggling dozens of characters and multiple story arcs while maintaining a delicate balance between humor and sadness. A grand achievement that has me salivating for April’s Avengers: Endgame.

I have a couple of Marvel films ranked higher, but the Best Comic Book Movie of 2018 was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which used cutting-edge animation techniques to bring a comic book to life in a way no other superhero movie has managed. This movie was surprising, funny, exciting and touching, and best of all, completely unexpected.

Finally, I have a tie for Best Comedy between Game Night and Instant Family. Great casting and great scripts made both of these movies work like gangbusters from their opening moments. I loved how both films portrayed realistic marriages and gave each partner a chance to shine. Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne should be in everything.

(Verse 1)
Your heart is what it is
You stood in the hallway starin’ back
Whoa
I don’t know what it is
I can’t make my heart feel like that
Oh, whoa

(Chorus)
And I won’t hear you callin’
Whoa
“Don’t leave me here alone.”
‘Cause even if I said it
You wouldn’t hear it

(Verse 2)
We ride and the lights are out
City bright and the rain falls down outside
I don’t wanna go home
I miss you when you’re not around
Not so simple just to say out loud
All those words I feel when I’m alone

(Chorus)
I won’t hear you callin’
Whoa
“Don’t leave me here alone.”
‘Cause even if I said it
You wouldn’t hear it

I won’t hear you callin’
Whoa
“Don’t leave me here alone
Don’t leave me here alone.”
Speak now, streets are flooded
Hearts loud, we feel it in our blood and
Now our hearts beat loud
Speak now, streets are flooded
Hearts loud, we feel it in our blood and
Now our hearts beat loud
I wish I had said what I meant way back then
I wish I had said what I meant way back then

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,857: ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ – Kiersey Clemons

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It was indeed a good year for movies, so much so that I find myself more resentful than in years past about the flood of Oscar-bait movies released in December that overshadowed many award worthy films, including Hearts Beat Loud, Searching, Game Night and A Quiet Place.

  2. Amy says:

    It irks me that movies such as Game Night and InstantFamily rarely even get nominated in the comedy category for the Golden Globes, which somehow determines that Vice is the type of comedy it must honor. I came close to placing Rose Byrne on my BActress list for her touching and funny performance. I have a couple of the films you highlight above in my top ten list, as I’m trying to honestly evaluate my love for a film compared to its prestige/importance when I rank it. You certainly did this, too, as I’m sure we’ll discuss next week. 🙂

  3. Maddie says:

    Excited to read your countdown 🙂 I need to see Instant Family, so I hope that comes to a streaming site soon. Game Night is wonderful. My favorite comedy this year is The Oath. And I love Blockers as well. Always a shame that comedy and animated movies tend to be overlooked, even if some of the best content of the year includes them.

    • Clay says:

      I liked The Oath a lot, too. I saw it after I wrote this or else I would have mentioned it alongside the other two. Thought Blockers was great as well.

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