We decided that today would be a great day to regroup, reflect and single out the best movies we have seen on screen so far in 2014. The outstanding team of Cinema Blend movie writers have chosen to champion movies both massive and small, passionate and intimate. Even by expanding our list to 10, there are titles we had to leave off of the list.
The film centers on the centuries old love affair between Eve (Swinton) and moody musician Adam (Tom Hiddleston), a pair of vampires living on opposite sides of the globe; heís in Detroit while sheís in Tangiers. If youíre wondering, yes, their names are in reference to those of Biblical times, though Iím not sure how that timeline works out.
Written and directed by Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive focuses on the latest rendezvous of far-flung husband and wife vamps Adam and Eve. He's a brooding musician living in Detroit and driven to create but depressed by the fame that inevitably follows. She's a glamorous muse luxuriating in Tangiers where the blood is fabulous and the atmosphere is luscious. When Adam's world-weariness begins tipping him toward thoughts of suicide, Eve rushes to reinvigorate him.
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as Adam and Eve, a husband and wife vampire duo whose marriage has lasted centuries. Their journeys have introduced them to countless artists and icons, and lead them all around the world. But this isnít the story of their past; it is one of their world-weary present.
Sometimes a movie so fantastically bizarre comes together that it sounds like it's some sort of brilliant Madlib. That's how I lovingly think of Only Lovers Left Alive, a romantic drama written and directed by art house auteur Jim Jarmusch that stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampire lovers.
Oh, I'm sorry, did you think end of the Twilight saga meant the vampire craze was over? Well, it's not. Not if Jim Jarmusch has anything to say about it. The deadpan indie auteur with the iconic shock of silver hair is prepping to present his take on a vampire tale with Only Lovers Left Alive.
Will the strangely beautiful Swinton, who has appeared in his last two efforts Broken Flowers and The Limits of Control, make exceedingly angular love to the similarly gorgeous Hiddleston? Or is Jane Eyre a clue that what was once Fassbender's role is to be Wasikowska's gloomy love interest once more? Or will it be the film's youngest pair, Wasikowska and Yelchin who will fall into eternal and torturous love?