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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of August 9th – ‘My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To’ Defies Vampire Conventions

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, there aren’t any new release titles really worth going crazy over. That being said, this week does feature a unique film that may appeal to some. It’s My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To, which re-contextualizes the vampire in a fairly singular manner. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick


My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To

This independent drama tackles the idea of a vampire in about as unique a way as possible. For me, it was a solid, sometimes hard to watch, depiction. Rarely has a vampire been this sympathetic. A horror flick, this is not, but it’s done in a way that defies all genre conventions. Frankly, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To is one of a kind, for better or worse. This movie certainly isn’t for everyone, but those with more indie sensibilities would do well to give it a shot. Our review here on the site includes the following opening bit about the film:

Vampirism, as with many staples of the horror genre, has been used throughout the decades as a metaphor for a great number of things. We’ve seen it represent romance and seduction (any Dracula movie), the pains of childhood isolation (Let The Right One In), and the struggle of addiction (The Addiction, aptly titled). It’s tough to imagine how someone could come up with a brand new spin on a subject matter that has been around for hundreds of years across many different mediums, and yet My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To genuinely feels like a fresh take on the plight of the vampire. 

Also Available This Week

Gravitas Ventures

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two

Charmed: The Complete Seventh Season (TV)

Charmed: The Final Season (TV)

Drunk Bus

Finding You

The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2

The Misfits


Queen Bees

Criterion Corner


After Hours

From The Criterion Collection: “If you could choose only one memory to hold on to for eternity, what would it be? That’s the question at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough, a bittersweet fantasia in which the recently deceased find themselves in a limbo realm where they must select a single cherished moment from their life to be recreated on film for them to take into the next world. After Life’s high-concept premise is grounded in Kore‑eda’s documentary-like approach to the material, which he shaped through interviews with hundreds of Japanese citizens. What emerges is a panoramic vision of the human experience—its ephemeral joys and lingering regrets—and a quietly profound meditation on memory, our interconnectedness, and the amberlike power of cinema to freeze time.”

Stay tuned for more next week…


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