Saturday Double Feature: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and…

Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Yeah, the multiplex is offering you More Great Big Robots and the latest Let’s Watch the Fat Chick Cuss People Out “comedy” for your Fourth of July weekend viewing, but I’m not going down that road today. Instead I’m turning the Double Feature eye on one of the smaller films that unfortunately, if you have to depend on the chains-stream theaters for your movie going pleasure, you’ll probably have to catch some other way – either on Netflix, or On Demand, or disk or however you manage to see these kind of films, if you do at all.

Though officially dated as a 2013 film since that’s when it began its festival runs, Jim Jarmusch‘s latest film Only Lovers Left Alive which stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright – seriously, you get a cast like that and an acclaimed director and still have to fight to get screen space? even when your film is riding the still-hot vampire train? – is really only now getting its proper release on big screens across America (for instance it’s currently showing at our local “arthouse” theater) so I’m letting it count as today’s “new” film.

Honestly, when I saw that trailer it immediately reminded me of another sexy/classy vampire flick that also had to fight for screen space back in the day and really only developed a cult following once it was released to video: 1983’s The Hunger, directed by Tony Scott and starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, and Susan Sarandon.

Hmm… maybe if they could have found some way to work more teen angst into these films they’d have done better.

So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Only Lovers Left Alive? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!


One thought on “Saturday Double Feature: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and…

  1. Only Lovers Left Alive worked for me and I was surprised. It was a very bare-bones, stripped-down kind of movie with vampires, but somehow, it worked. Nice post!

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