Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 22: Michigan (Only Lovers Left Alive)

Category: Drama/Fantasy

Quote of Interest:

“It’s the zombies I’m sick of–and their fear of their own fucking imaginations.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Solace in companionship

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Taxi Driver, Detroit, played by Ali Amine
  • Young Moroccan Lover, played by Hanane El Karni
  • Young Moroccan Lover, played by Hamza Kadri

State food/recipe to try: Hummer cocktail

Earring Inspo Character: Eve

Other Notes: I’d never seen this film (what kind of Tilda [or vampire, for that matter] fan am I??), and we enjoyed it–a very Jarmusch vampire slice-of-life piece. The bloodsucker jokes got a little silly and the cerebral conversation a little overdone, but hey–that’s not my world, what do I know? Well, now I can tell you the Latin name for skunks, coyotes, and a few really dense types of wood, so there’s that. The settings and costumes were beautiful juxtapositions: desolate (yet alluring) Detroit and a more lively, evocative Tangier; Eve’s pale persona–full of life and love of learning–and Adam’s darkness that teetered between creativity and despair. The couple’s sense of culture, taste, and decorum forbade ‘traditional’ means of obtaining sustenance, considering both murder (how very ’15th-century’) and the current sources (tainted ‘zombie’ blood) both detestable and taboo to more refined eternal creatures. The few characters were just enough to illustrate the concepts of a[n introvert vampire] love story of the ages, and relatable to anyone living in the world, in any of its crazy centuries of existence.

Grade: B

State Facts:

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