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Posted on Tuesday 12 August 2014 at 9:25 pm

Only Lovers Left Alive

I'll get more Lego pics up, hopefully tomorrow. Tonight I went to see Only Lovers Left Alive, which came out ages ago but never came to a local big theatre and just came to my local artsy theatre. For those who don't know, Only Lovers Left Alive is an atmospheric, moody film about a vampire couple living in modern Detroit and Tangiers with Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston (and a bunch of other people who are also great, not least of which is John Hurt). It was brilliant and amazing! I totally loved everything about it, as did my friends with whom I went. It was just the four of us in the theatre and we immediately said that meant we would talk, snark, etc. if we wanted. We will snark our way through anything if it loses our interest for a moment. We've basically MST3Ked our way through Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2 because that play sucks and is boring except for a few scenes. None of us said more than one or two things, mostly appreciative, through the entirety of Only Lovers Left Alive and at the end commented on how amazing it is that we watched a movie that managed to shut up all four of us when we were in a theatre with free reign. If you haven't seen it yet, it is really amazing and you totally should. It is just so beautiful and the slow pacing of it really works for the story. Even the soundtrack is wonderful and perfect for the film.

My mom called while I was watching the movie so I called her back afterwards. She asked what I'd been doing and I said I'd been at a movie. She asked what one and I said something like "Only Lovers Left Alive. It's a weird moody indie artsy film about vampires." Her only real reaction to this description was "Vampires? I didn't think you would watch movies about vampires!" So apparently "Weird, indie, artsy film" is entirely predictable for me as far as my mom in concerned, but vampires are right out. The great part about that is when I first saw a trailer for this movie ages ago, my reaction was "This looks amazing! Tilda Swinton! Tom Hiddleston! As lovers! Which means an older woman for once in a movie relationship! And they're both amazing! And it looks so beautifully shot. But it's vampires. Why'd it have to be stupid vampires? I hate vampires!" and I debated for ages not going just because it was a movie about vampires. So glad I overcame that. Even if it did shock my mom.


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qwentoozla at 8:14 am on 13 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you got to see it in the theater! It's great that all your friends agreed it was worth shutting up for. :) I agree that the soundtrack is so perfect. Jim Jarmusch movies always have good music. I would have been dubious about the vampires too, but I figured it would be hard to go wrong with that cast and director! Didn't Tom and Tilda look beautiful together, too?
sunshine304 at 6:16 pm on 13 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
It's a great movie and kind of sucks you in. *g* I always think of it as languid, the mood this movie creates is so special - there's not much happening but you're so drawn to these characters and it's just fascinating to watch.

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