Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive

DVD - 2014
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Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?
Publisher: [California], Sony Pictures Classics,, [2014]
Description: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Only


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Oct 14, 2020

This is my second vampire film and my third Jim Jarmusch film. I have become a fan of both. I loved the relaxed pace of this film. The adult vampires were laid back as opposed to the younger vampire (Wasikowska), who was like a new puppy, uncontrollable and all over the place. I liked all the references to the different guitars and that the viewer was able to see each of them. I enjoyed the sound track. It reminded me of Radiohead. I laughed when the V. rock star says to his girlfriend, Ava, "I'll take the girl" and she gives him a look. Haha! They're not so different from us. Enjoy.

Dec 27, 2018

Fell flat for a concept with lots of potential. Long lived vampires ceaselessly name drop historical figures, long for the olden days, are annoyed at simpletons and putter about repeatedly to the point of draining the life out of the thin story. It's not much of a story at all. Instead, it's an exploration of what modern day vampire life would be like. When a new quirk is introduced it's initially interesting, but with every repetition of the same quirks the duller the film grows. A-day-in-the-life film that could have been something more than characters that constantly and merely reference much more interesting experiences than their current situation. Like watching a lesser movie with characters that reference greater movies. It's ironic or humorous how Adam's most current musical masterpieces that are so popular in the underground music scene are bland and basic. His musical stylings set the tone for the movie, a slow, drawn out melancholic, tempo. Some of the scenery and non-Adam made soundtrack isn't bad.

Oct 30, 2018

What's cooler than being cool? Being an ice-cold vampire who collects rare books, vintage music gear, and name-drops the likes of Byron and Shakespeare. Almost too hip for it's own good, this film draws its strength from its captivating leads, Jim Jarmusch's artful direction, and a killer soundtrack.

Aug 02, 2018

I saw this in the theater when it first came out, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was giddy the whole time. I LOVE this film, and the soundtrack is worth buying too. It's so beautiful, with amazing actors and great character development.

Feb 18, 2018

A slow, poetic, sensual look at vampires by the indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. An excellent film with a great music score.
The point of most art films is to make you think a little- must be tough for some people.

Jan 03, 2018

I made it through to the end of this. I abandoned the extra material on the dvd after about 10 minutes. Seemed there was no help in it. The song says, 'life's really worth living when you are mirth giving'. Time spent on this will have to have some other justification. The humor highlight here for me was when Eve takes in Adams digs, resembling the dwellings of hoarders recently featured on reality tv, and tells him, 'I really like what you've done with the place'.
As we watch Adam, we might not think of him as promising husband material; but Eve is kind of chipper. We have to remember they have been married three times over many hundreds of years; they've been through a lot together. They drink a kind of sauce that really sends them. Some in the audience might be wishing they could have some of that. Both of these are in the category of reformed vampires, this being the twentieth century. As such their procurement methods amount to no more than misdemeanors. They need their assistants, but money is in plentiful supply. Unpalatable for me, but, in the end, some will find this scrumptious.

Dec 26, 2017

this is movie is basically about a day in the life of someone that lives forever. It starts out with a lot of interesting themes (fighting boredom, finding meaning, a really long distance and long lasting relationship, death and despair, art, science, and humanity's potential) but they don't end up going anywhere. It has a languid pace (which I usually appreciate) but it is kind of boring in this case. if you like vampire movies like me, this movie does a lot of interesting things even if they don't end up going anywhere, it's still watchable.

Sep 15, 2017

Jim Jarmusch is not among my favourite directors but this long languorous daydream, laced with melancholy and passion, is one of the hippest arthouse vampire flicks I’ve seen in some time. Those expecting the action-packed bloodbath of "From Dusk Till Dawn" or the screeching fiends of "30 Days of Night" will be sorely disappointed for Jarmusch is not out to make another monster movie. His undead are among the most literate, highly refined intelligentsia to ever walk the Earth—Adam (Tom Hiddleston) has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Lord Byron and Mary Wollstonecraft; Eve (Tilda Swinton) can read several languages at a time; Marlowe (John Hurt) is still writing even though his physical strength is waning—and all three have an uncanny affinity for flora and fauna, rattling off binomial nomenclature in flawless Latin. Fangs make a cursory appearance, blood is acquired from a lab rather than a jugular, and ghoulish behaviour is limited to a few brief yet significant scenes. As with all his productions Jarmusch likes to play with names (Eve books a night flight as “Daisy Buchanan” Adam visits the blood bank as “Dr. Faustus”) and he underlies it all with a vein of humour that runs deep and dry—pun intended. Swinton and Hiddleston are a perfect match as the eternal lovers, Hurt is a winning combination of piercing intellectual and crusty old man, and the late Anton Yelchin shows his budding talent as Adam’s longhaired metalhead gofer. A story of immortals dealing with the terrifying prospect of their own immortality told with visual flair and a great deal of dramatic restraint.

Aug 30, 2017

If you're a fan of Jim Jarmusch's movies- then I would recommend this film as being up there with the best of them ( Dead Man, Strangers in Paradise, Broken Flowers, etc. ). If you're unfamiliar with Jarmusch's work then be advised that he makes sardonic, comedic art films ( which means they have a slower pace than most movies)- not necessarily a bad thing- it's like music ( sometimes it's fast, sometimes it's slow ). Arguing the film needs flashbacks is illustrative of a lack of imagination on the viewer's part. Well worth watching.

CircMary Aug 03, 2017

Indie film buffs will love this 2014 Jim Jarmusch vampire film set in Detroit, of all places! With great acting by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, a fantastic soundtrack that includes rockabilly great Wanda Jackson and American blues and R&B/soul singer Denise LaSalle, and its unusual storyline, you will want to watch this one again.

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