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Hurts Takeover Week: Films

Next up in our series of features exploring the influences of Notion 062 cover stars Hurts is the band’s filmic influences; find out below what movies have been influencing the duo’s distinctly cinematic take on synthpop.

1. Wild at Heart (1990)
Based on the 1989 novel of the same name, David Lynch’s 1990 adaptation sees Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern hit the road to escape her overbearing mother, and consequently, the mob.

2. Holy Mountain (1973)
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A high point in surrealist cinema, Holy Mountain was the brainchild of Chilean-French eccentric Alejandro Jodorowsky. Funded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, it’s now viewed – unsurprisingly – as one of the most important avant-garde films of all time.

3. Stand by Me (1986)
Rob Reiner’s 1986 adaptation of the Stephen King novella The Body is truly one of the most acclaimed coming of age films of all-time. An indispensable example of 80s cinema at its best; it’s got a stellar soundtrack, too.

4. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
The final part in Lars von Trier’s ‘Golden Heart’ trilogy, Dancer in the Dark was quite possibly 2000′s most celebrated musical; earning standing ovations at Cannes, as well as the Palme D’Or and a best actress award there for Björk.

5. Donnie Darko (2001)
One of the great sleeper hits of the last decade, watching Richard Kelly’s often bizarre, always wonderful, depiction of a teenager plagued by doomsday visions is virtually a rite of passage for teenagers these days.

6. 8 1/2 (1963)
A multiple Academy Award winner, Federico Fellini’s comedy-drama still features frequently on the BFI’s greatest films of all-time lists; going so far as to be reach no. 3 in a 2002 BFI directors’ poll.

7. Withnail & I (1987)
A movie beloved by everyone and their northern roommate, Withnail & I still stands aloft as one of the greatest examples of black British wit, even at the ripe old age of 26.

8. Magnolia (1999)
Paul Thomas Anderson’s first feature film following his breakthrough successes with Hard Eight (1996) and Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia, with its insanely strong ensemble cast – William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise and John C. Reilly all star – was deservedly yet another critical success for the Californian director.

9. The Terminator (1984)
Hurts have certainly chosen to end their film selection with a bang here. James Cameron’s futuristic, sci-fi action fest is only matched in intensity and thrills by its thoughtfulness and paranoia over the risks of a world reliant on its technology.

- Alex Cull

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