Pick: Only Lovers Left Alive
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Showtimes: Today at 9:00 p.m. ET at the Ryerson Theatre, and Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:15 p.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
In a world where vampires wish to be left alone, Adam (Tom Hiddleston), a depressed, David Bowie-type rock star vampire, and Eve (Tilda Swinton), the love of his undead life, hole up in Adam’s Detroit mansion-turned-recording studio. The two attempt to live in a dream-like state away from society, all while struggling to evade Adam’s adoring fans and Eve’s short-tempered sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska).
Why we chose Only Lovers Left Alive: Two words: Tom Hiddleston. The British actor is at the peak of his career. From portraying Thor’s evil brother, Loki, in the billion-dollar Marvel universe, to F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Hiddleston has put on captivating performances in various roles taken from genres across the board. Now, in a nearly unrecognizable physical capacity, he is channeling his inner Ziggy Stardust as a vampire — all with the support of the strangely intriguing Tilda Swinton and young talent Mia Wasikowska, and helmed by Broken Flowers director Jim Jarmusch. In a time when vampires have been glamorized, Only Lovers Left Behind goes back to the darker, moody roots of the creatures, using familiar names as metaphors and bringing about a sense of nostalgia, all while telling a story of love within the Detroit music scene.