“I love Greek mythology.” That’s the first note I wrote down as the Paramount stars skidded their way across that lake to take their rightful place around that oh-so-familiar mountain. I suppose that statement is true – or at least true of my life at one point in time. Greek mythology is like the original comic books, and as a child I loved them for their seemingly endless supply of wacky characters with weirdo origin stories. Greek mythology is like the X-Men, but with a little more incest. So, given all of that, Hercules ought to be right up my alley, even though “Hercules” is the Roman variant of the Greek demigod Heracles, but whatever. It’s a common mistake.
With June over we are officially halfway through the year, months-wise at least. And since no one demanded it – here it is: my list of the best movies of 2014 so far.
April 2014 is turning out to be a pretty great time for limited release films. Last week’s Under the Skin is currently my favorite movie of the year, Joe is a strong film from some very talented artists, and now Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, looks to make a splash in the waters of quality pictures. The movie, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as a pair of vampires in a very long-term relationship, stands alongside its April brethren as a solid piece of cinema.