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 Post subject: Jim Jarmusch
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:38 pm 
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JIM JARMUSCH
(1953- ), American

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"Jarmusch's elliptical, dedramatised, episodic narrative style is symptomatic of his restlessly experimental interest in the method and structure of cinematic storytelling. Crucially, however, this interest in formalism - which makes him unlikely to ever join the Hollywood mainstream - is balanced by subtle wit, the warmth he clearly feels for his characters and a bemused, intelligent interest in the unfamiliar backroads of American life, so that he remains one of the most accessible, original and influential of that country's independent film-makers."
- Geoff Andrew, The Director's Vision

"It is the time between jump cuts that are the basis for many of Jarmusch's films. He is interested in documenting the mundane events that most people take for granted and shows that they too are filled with fascinating moments. His films are populated by characters who seem to have no real direction in life, who just happen to stumble into adventure."
- J.D. Lafrance, Senes of Cinema


FILMOGRAPHY
1980 - Permanent Vacation
1984 - Stranger Than Paradise
1986 - Down By Law
1989 - Mystery Train
1991 - Night on Earth
1995 - Dead Man
1999 - Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
2003 - Coffee and Cigarettes
2005 - Broken Flowers
2009 - The Limits of Control


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:07 pm 
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1995 Dead Man 9.1

I'll check out his stuff eventually.


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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i can truly say that giving out 10s isnt easy but
Dead Man scores that comfortably.

Coffee & Ciggarettes 6
Broken Flowers 6.5


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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1. down by law/dead man

3. stranger than paradise
4.ghost dog/mystery train

6. broken flowers
7. coffee and cigarettes

have to revisit the middle three.
his casting is fucking great re: benigni, strummer, waits, lurie etc. always fits to a t.


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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I was curious as to how his style would apply to the content, but Ghost Dog seems to be entirely its own thing, with not much Jarmuschisms to reference points of familiarity. The result is more of a mind frame than anything else, without the humor and likable characters of his 80's work. Whitaker being an impenetrable hero like in Le Samourai, where we are supposedly only allowed to judge by his actions, but if we squint just hard enough, we reach a truly ardent bond with his inexpressive quietude and eventually feel the internal universe of feelings built up within. If I have a major criticism, it is the awkward attempts at humor amongst the gangster patriarchy, which feel too forced within such a tranquil narrative. The film needs to bask in its patient development, without fear of not being funny or entertaining, and most of the jokes here feel like they're blinking trying to hold a straight face. It's a scary feeling when you try to tell a story and your audience isn't reacting, so you throw out a joke just to make you feel like you still have their attention, and that's what happens here. But for the rest of the film, it moves like an ambient piece that you feel the need to return to, like a samurai to his teachings.


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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1. Dead Man = 9
2. Down By Law = 7
3. Broken Flowers = 7
4. Ghost Dog = 7


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:15 pm 
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What the hell are you doing not having watched Stranger Than Paradise?


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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Cause when I was going through my Jarmusch watching phase, Down By Law was considered the big one and the other ones were really cheap on DVD and I hadn't quite discovered torrents yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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Well watch it soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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My friend who I am currently exasperated with for reasons beyond what I am about to say, told me that I am a very conservative person because I thought a major theme of Broken Flowers was that Bill Murray's life is portrayed as meaningless because he is no good at making stable connections with other people. He says the movie contains no such judgement itself but that I am making the judgement. He thinks the point of the movie is to deconstruct genre expectations and just portray Bill Murray as befuddled and confused. He also slept through at least 20 minutes of the movie. I am annoyed. What do you guys think?


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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I think you guys are huge dorks.


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Jarmusch
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I'll take it.


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