Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

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Detroit is the new Transylvania in Jim Jarmusch’s delightfully detached vampire reverie, Only Lovers Left Alive. The film manages to significantly build upon and outdo Neil Jordan’s recent Byzantium in terms of clawing back the genre from its more recent sparkly teen-focus. The mature tone is pregnant with the kind of disaffected slow gaze that would probably result from a century or three on this imperfect earth with its revolving social cycles. It achieves a modern-Gothic romanticism better than pop culture’s own aging vampire-queen Anne Rice ever managed in novel form or when adapted to celluloid It evokes the people exodus and urban decay of Motor City in such a transcendent fashion that it nearly renders Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia redundant. Undoubtedly, this is the white-haired director firing on all cylinders even as he is not in much of a hurry drive any sort of plot. The patience in pacing echo the lifestyles of the quasi-immortals caught up in music, art and ennui.

At first glance, some might label the movie slight due to its complete lack of concern for plotting, but any film which allows the viewer to breathe in so deeply, to revel in its dark spaces and eclectic moods is anything but. Only Lovers Left Alive is akin to listening to an exceptionally good album from end to end. The film even visually suggest this in the opening shot of the camera spinning and fading into vinyl spinning on its turntable. Jarmusch’s own band, Sqürl provides a droning, but warm and fuzzy, score that is wonderful thing in which to get lost in itself.

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Trailer: The Ides of March

 

Cannot get enough of the ubiquitous Ryan Gosling? Here comes The Ides of March, an election campaign drama/thriller directed by George Clooney with about as many talented actors as you can squeeze into a movie: The aforementioned Gosling joins Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marissa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and George Clooney himself in the role of the spotlighted political candidate. The film was penned by Good Night and Good Luck writer, Grant Heslov, who co-incidentally directed Clooney in the much sillier Men Who Stare at Goats.

After seeing this trailer, I’d vote for Clooney (he always delivers a good speech on screen), even if a very charismatic Gosling is going to backstab him on the campaign trail. This is one of the many films in the initial volley of TIFF titles, so those in Toronto will have a chance to catch this in early September, meanwhile the film will get its official release on October 7th. Sony is wise to release this sooner rather than later as America is going to be quite exhausted with the rhetoric of the 2012 presidential elections by mid next year, and may not want to see a more idealized reflection of the national climate up on screen.

The full trailer is tucked under the seat.

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Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” Trailer is Here

Welcome to Friday Night Videos here at RowThree. Tonight we’re featuring Duncan Jones’ sophomore effort, Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but two things strike me right away. 1) awesome. 2) looks like a slight variation of “Quantum Leap” meets Groundhog Day with Tony Scott’s Deja Vu replacing Punxsutawney Phil.

The premise appears to revolve around a military installation that is able to send a person into the shoes of a man who died in a train explosion over and over again until he is able to discover who the bomber is. Check out this fairly interesting trailer below…

 

 

Cinecast Episode 103 – Hither and Yon


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Episode 103:
We’ve got Bond galore and also a nice Tangent on Kubrick and Kieslowski. And for fans of lists and Oscar season, a new top 5 list is here as well. Oh, and Zombie Diaries!
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