Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

Only Lovers Left Alive

We have all the time in the world

The opening of Only Lovers Left Alive sets the scene for what is to come. We see the stylus slip into the groove of an old vinyl version of Wanda Jackson’s Funnel of Love and we are introduced firstly to our lovers, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two centuries old vampires, bound to each other through time, and then secondly to Marlowe (John Hurt), a fellow vampire and now frail wordsmith.

Director and writer Jim Jarmusch, shoots the opening from above in a circular motion, seemingly to mirror the motion of the record and perhaps hinting at that never-ending notion of immortality. As the music plays and the screen spins, we see our three vampires each drink a glass of blood and it is clear by the end of the scene that this is no regular run of the mill vampire love story and that we are in for one wild ride. (more…)

Predestination

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Predestination

Trust me on this one

Ok, so this review is going to be a little bit different, so please bear with me. Some of my most memorable movie going experiences have involved going into a screening with no prior knowledge of the film and then being cinematically slapped in the face by what is on the screen. To me, this is story telling in its purist form. However, these days due to the 24 news cycle, Twitter, Facebook and let’s face it blogs like this one, this is increasingly unlikely.

Luckily, I recently managed to create this experience with the new Australian film Predestination, and if you are willing, I am going to try to recreate it for you. It is quite possible I am too late, as you may have already seen reviews online, be across some of the plot points and/or have some prior knowledge of cast members. But if you haven’t, are intrigued by this premise and you are up for a touch of cinematic adventure in the blind, then I would strongly encourage you to purposely avoid finding out any details in advance about Predestination and simply take a leap into the unknown. (more…)