Home Entertainment Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

Home Entertainment Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2014) – Unsurprisingly for those schooled in the ways of the Jim Jarmusch picture, the filmmaker’s approach to vampires isn’t particularly interested in violent set pieces or dark romance. Instead, what fascinates the filmmaker about the creatures of the night is their eternal life and the mixture of boredom and stockpiled knowledge that comes along with it. His vampires are essentially aging hipsters. Cool cats with impeccable taste so set in their ways that they’re disinterested with what the kids find cool and long for a distant past that they probably didn’t enjoy that much the first time around. It’s probably how Jarmusch sees himself in some way, a man with a defined sense of cool that seemed both retro and avant-garde when he emerged from the underground New York filmmaking scene in the 80s and now feels out of place in a way that keeps him unique, yet distances him from pretty well any other American filmmaker.

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