Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Classics) looks and sounds like what you’d expect a contemporary Jim Jarmusch vampire movie to look and sound like; lots of interesting music and artfully shot scenes. If only it wasn’t so sluggish and overly long.
Cleverly named ageless British vampires Adam (Tom Huddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been married forever. There’s a photo of them, from their third wedding in 1868, which Eve admires. Like some long-married couples (see Dolly Parton and Carl Dean), Adam and Eve live in separate quarters in separate countries. Fittingly, he’s living in a ghost town called Detroit populated by young humans he refers to as zombies. She’s living in Tangier where she hangs out with Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt). Yes, that Christopher Marlowe.
I’ve not read a book by Dennis Lehane, but I have seen several of the movies based on his books (of which he is usually the credited screenwriter). Some of those films I have enjoyed and some I have not, mainly because they all seem to have a sort of commonality to them – cold, grey, extremely bleak, with nary a character you can actually root for (case in point: Mystic River). Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island were more successful, in my book, perhaps because the directors made the material interesting (and Shutter Island certainly divided audiences with its extremely ambiguous conclusion).
Construction director Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is in the process of resolving as many “fuck-ups” as he’s creating in the one-man show Locke (IM Global). On the eve of the biggest concrete pour ever in Europe, Locke is in his BMW SUV, driving away, almost two hours to London, to be with Bethan (voiced by Olivia Colman), a woman who became pregnant with his baby after a one-night fling.
There's been a lot of talk about what the movie of the summer will be. A few weeks ago, everyone seemed to be in agreement, for the most part, that that movie was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But it looks like Marvel Studios has hit another home run... make that a Grand Slam with their latest offering, Guardians of the Galaxy.
For her documentarian directorial debut, actress/comedian/activist Whoopi Goldberg chose the late comedy legend Moms Mabley. Goldberg’s doc, Moms Mabley: The Original Queen of Comedy (HBO Home Entertainment) begins with the premise that Mabley, who died in 1975 at 81, had a profound impact on Goldberg, and then proceeds to give examples of comedians and others on whom her effect was equally great.
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