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Movie Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive movie poster Don’t expect sparkly vampires, nor action-packed bloodthirsty romanticized killers in Only Lovers Left  Alive, Jim Jarmusch’s most recent oeuvre. Instead, think languid, lush, and absolutely gorgeous–in the cinematic way, though Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston certainly fit the bill in many other ways.

Set in a brooding, decaying Detroit and a vibrant Tangier, this is the story of two immortals: their passions, their glories, and emotions. Hiddleston’s Adam is a deeply emo vampire musician, locked up in a crumbling mansion surrounded by all the music. He’s a rock-and-roll icon, known for being a hermit, yet incredibly popular. Adam has his modern-day Renfield, a groupie by the name of Ian who procures whatever Adam needs – mostly obscure musical instruments.

Swinton’s Eve lives on the other side of the world, immersed in literature, embracing the color and richness of her chosen city. Her best pal (and procurer of the good blood) is none other than Christopher Marlowe (played to perfection by John Hurt.) Though separated from her husband of many lifetimes, it takes only a phone call from Adam for Eve to wing her way via night flights to Detroit.

This is a quiet mood piece, pretty much the absolute antithesis of the other recent movie I saw (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but it’s pace is utterly perfect. As I said to a colleague, it’s poetry, not prose, and on its face, a simple poem, but it’s very simplicity showcases the complex issues of immortality, of the decay of modern cities, of trust and love and hope. Only Lovers Left Alive promotional still

There’s no mystery to solve, no soul-clenching drama, just beauty, introspection and the glory of life – no matter how long life is. There is a very amusing bit when Eve’s younger “sister” Ava shows up, the vampire version of the annoying little sibling. Ava throws a few wrenches into Adam and Eve’s life and the resolution to this is all part of the overarching glory of survival.

Only Lovers Left Alive opens in very limited release in the US on April 11, 2014. Catch it if you can – it will probably only be out in art-house theatres, but it’s well worth the watch. If you miss it on screen, make sure to get the DVD or digital download when that’s available. Already I’m looking forward to a second viewing.

Dinner, a movie and pressies!

There are gifts, and there are GIFTS!!

Among the latter:
— Sleep with a side of Death – beledibabe got me 2 volumes of the Sandman
bheerfan got me a TARDIS!!! (okay, keychain size, but it has the sound and everything!)

We left work early (for us – before 5) and then coworker E and I journeyed to Shirlington for Thai and a movie: Curse of the Golden Flower.

Dinner was brilliant and the movie was everything you want in a dynastic soap opera drama martial arts film: betrayal, denial, multiple secrets, love, incest, fratricide, costumes, stylized fighting, the Chinese interpretation of the Battle of Helm’s Deep – it was exactly what I needed.

Directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat.

Home now for the remainder of the 3-day weekend, which is a Good Thing, indeed.

Oh yes, and one of the BEST pressies ever: My sister got the library job she wanted. They called her this morning and she starts on 1/15. Go, her!

Birthdays and the 4 meme

A belated, but nonetheless happy birthday wishes to resonant8 and raveninthewind!

My apologies for the lateness, but I figure extending your good wishes past the *actual* birthday can’t hurt. ::g::

And now, for something completely meme-y. And because the Dark Lord told me I had to.

4 movies you would watch over and over: (these are in no particular order – just stuff on my shelf that I can see…and that isn’t TV Shows on DVD)

  • Latter Days
  • Shrek
  • Gods and Monsters
  • A Touch of Pink

4 places you have lived:

  • Matanzas, Cuba (where I was born)
  • Lago Vista, Texas (where I graduated high school)
  • San Antonio, Texas (where I spent a great deal of my life)
  • Alexandria, VA (where I am now)

I’ve lived a great many more places – we moved nearly every year since grade 1. But these will do for now.

4 TV shows you love to watch:
On air:

  • House
  • Lost
  • Veronica Mars
  • Supernatural

Off air (e.g. on DVD only now)

  • Just point me to the Whedon-verse, baybee!

4 places you have been on vacation:

  • Monterey, CA
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Paris, France
  • London, England

Again, many more, these are just highlights.

4 of your favorite foods:

4 Websites you visit daily:

4 places you would rather be right now:

  • In San Diego, waiting for the Book Mitzvah at Mysterious Galaxy
  • In Vancouver/Bridge Studios, working for any one of the cool shows filmed there.
  • On a cruise ship, populated with all my friends and family – a 10-14 day trip to Alaska.
  • At starrcat‘s for a fangrrl weekend

I’m not going to tag you, but feel free to fill this out for yourself!