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Review: Jim Jarmusch's Cultured & Cool 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Starring Tom Hiddleston & Tilda Swinton

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 10, 2014 6:21 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
From the very first opening titles, written in a Germanic font that immediately conjures everything from “Triumph of the Will” to images of big-busted ladies screaming in campy close-up in 1970s cheapie horrors (it may be the only time in Cannes that a film got a big laugh for a typeface) it’s perfectly clear that the Jim Jarmusch in whose company we’re about to spend a couple of hours is not the wilfully obscure surrealist of “The Limits of Control,” nor the considered, melancholic philosopher behind “Dead Man,” nor even the oddball ragtag troubadour of “Down By Law." In fact, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Jarmusch’s take on the vampire myth starring recent muse Tilda Swinton and Tom “fast becoming everyone’s favorite actor” Hiddleston, finds the maverick filmmaker on playful, referential and mischievous form with hugely enjoyable, if not exactly weighty or important, results.

Interview: Jim Jarmusch Talks The Vampiric Charms Of ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ & Proposing To Muse Tilda Swinton

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
Iconoclastic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has been living outside of the mainstream for his entire career, so it’s perhaps only fitting that for his 11th feature-length film, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” the writer/director turns his attentions to the outsiders that live in shadows.

The 10 Best Performances In The Films Of Jim Jarmusch

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 9, 2014 2:56 PM
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10 Best Performances In Jim Jarmusch Movies
It all seems so obvious in retrospect. Of course, of all the parts Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston were born to play, a pair of lovelorn vampires battling the ennui of immortality in a Jim Jarmusch movie should always have been at the top of the list. “Only Lovers Left Alive,” which opens this weekend (review here), makes good on that logline and then some, delivering Jarmusch’s most deliriously enjoyable film in ages (see our complete retrospective of his films here), and showcasing as ever a cast that turn in terrific performances right down to the smallest supporting performer. But it’s Hiddleston and Swinton who carry the film, and they do so with such louche grace that they make their vampiric lifestyle seem dark and twisted and tortured and yet also so seductive and alluring and downright sexy, that at the potential cost of our eternal souls we’d proffer our own necks to them at the drop of a hat.

Watch: Suck Blood With Clip From 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 12:00 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
We've said a lot about Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," but here's the only three things you need to know to see this: Tilda Swinton. Tom Hiddleston. Jim Jarmusch. The trio weave together some magic with the auteur's latest and another sampling has arrived.

"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola & Lili Taylor

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • March 21, 2014 1:45 PM
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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola, Lili Taylor
While recuperating from a deep-fried, ever-boozy, never-sleepy nine days at the SXSW Film Festival (a shout-out here to senior programmer Jarod Neece, whose delicious book "Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day" resolved at least two hangovers), your indefatigable DVD guru still managed to power through a month's worth of new discs. Two of this month's highlights, as noted in the "10 Worth a Spin" intro, were SXSW 2013 premieres, which goes to show that there's still life to be found for festival indies beyond traditional theatrical or VOD distribution. One question, though: how does anyone in Austin get their DVDs to play without smudging them up from greasy burrito fingers?

Woody Harrelson Dials John Hillcoat's 'Triple Nine' & Tilda Swinton Joins Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 6:15 PM
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True Detective
So, quick question: where has Woody Harrelson been through the media blitz that surrounded HBO's phenomenal "True Detective"? While Matthew McConaughey got the lion's share of the praise and media attention, let's pour one out for Woody Harrelson who was just as good in a far less showy role, with a character whose changes are much more subtle. Well, John Hillcoat was certainly paying attention to his work.

Watch: 5-Minute Tribute To Tilda Swinton's Career In MoMA Homage Reel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 4:51 PM
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Tilda Swinton I Am Love
How does one even begin to describe the qualities of Tilda Swinton? Fearless, brave, generous and chameleon-like are probably apt, but still fail to capture a particular quality of her skill set, with a set of tools that can see her slip in and out of movies big and small, sometimes unrecognizably. Always committed, and never less than compelling, if she stopped now (please don't) she'd have an enviable body of work. So, why not take a moment to celebrate it?

Watch: New Trailer For Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Is Out For Blood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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Only Lovers Left Alive
"I start every movie thinking how heavy and purposeful it is. But as we film they just get funnier," director Jim Jarmusch told Time Out London. "In the editing room I ended up saying to myself, hey, it’s really just a comedy, Jim. I don’t seem to be able to remove that inclination to humour if I try." And thank God for that. While his latest "Only Lovers Left Alive" is a literate tale of vampire love spanning the centuries between a brooding Adam and his understanding Eve, it's also funny. Really, really funny.

Review: Wes Anderson's Beautiful & Melancholy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 7, 2014 11:21 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” at which it simply floods off the screen. It sounds too lofty perhaps, but how else can you describe the level of minute care that seems to have gone into every single frame, every costume, every tear in every strip of wallpaper? If nothing else (and there is quite a lot else) the film is at times perhaps the apotheosis of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe. This trademark fetishistic detail makes it feel like it was somehow loved into being, and, for whole passages, we loved it right back, giddily grinning in the dark, already mentally marking out those moments when we’re going to have to hit pause to examine the background, the edge of the frame, the action that happens in the corner of your eye.

Watch: New Clip And Images From 'The Zero Theorem,' Terry Gilliam Responds To Zack Snyder

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 10:37 AM
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The Zero Theorem
"Watchmen" may have come out five years ago, but it feels like yesterday given the back-and-forth that's happening through the various participants in the project. Joel Silver, producer of the version that was once slated be directed by Terry Gilliam, started the ball rolling by calling out Zack Snyder's film as being a "slave" to Alan Moore's comic. Snyder didn't take long to respond, declaring that his movie was made to "save it from the Terry Gilliams of the world," and now Gilliam himself has entered the fray.

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