|Title:||Only Lovers Left Alive|
|01.26.15||Netflix|| So a weird thing has happened. I was in no rush to see this and still haven't seen The Limits of Control. I think the reason why is twofold: 1) I like knowing there are Jim Jarmush movies out there that I haven't seen; and 2) I'm afraid they won't be good.|
Jarmusch is one of if not the only director who has never made a bad movie (in my opinion of course, as is every other word in this journal). Even movies like Ghost Dog and Broken Flowers that are not what I expected going in have sit with me and grown and yielded some fruit (like all that amazing Ethiopian music in Broken Flowers that I ended up listening to for a year after seeing it and Henry Silva and all those hilarious old mob guys in Ghost Dog). So I don't want to sit down and watch Eyes Wide Shut, you know? I don't want to watch Intolerable Cruelty or Ladykillers. I don't want to watch Punch Drunk Love.
And who knows maybe Limits of Control is bad but not this. This movie takes a bunch of stuff I'm not into (dirge-y noise rock, lack of plot, vampires at this point, Tom Hiddleston) and gives me a movie that's great. I mean yes it still has all those things but served up in a way that I found interesting and engaging. And that last shot is so fantastic.
To me the coolest thing about vampires is having time. Not having to worry about growing old means you can do whatever the fuck you want. This movie fully explores that(on a low budget of course, I'd like to see an HBO series where we follow the same guy through different eras and each episode is a different time and place like Vienna with Mozart, Paris with Lautrec, new York with the Ramones and Bambaataa), constantly fixating on the age of things, how quickly technology becomes outdated, and holding onto some sort of timeless style. And the notion of these vamps being artists, expressing through the ages under the guise of more historically renowned figures like Chopin or Shakespeare is wildly romantic.
This is like THE goth movie of this generation right? This is the Hunger or Crow for whatever era this is. Hiddleston is basically straight out of Sandman comics (from what I've seen of covers, I never read that series).
So yeah. I liked this one. Not sure I'll be watching it every week but I loved watching it once.