Archive for the 'Jim Jarmusch' Category

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

In Jim Jarmusch’s beatific Paterson, Adam Driver plays a bus driving poet named Paterson, living in Paterson, New Jersey. It’s a film guided by patterns: the patterns Laura, Paterson’s wife wears, the pattern of his day to day routine, the repeating patters of twins throughout the film. It’s a film about the poetry of “normal […]

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Music is never incidental in a Jim Jarmusch movie. It’s part of his film’s DNA, a through line running through his characters’ black comedy gags and existential wanderings. There’s no stylistic template – everything from crazed blues to ambient drones have soundtracked Jarmusch’s films — but the director ties songs together with an unmatched patience […]

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

(Next year Jim Jarmusch will once again take direct part in a soundtrack to one of his films, working with lutist Jozef van Wissem for the vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive. The following piece looks back at how music has shaped the auteurs world and work to date.) “One thing about commercial films is…doesn’t […]

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Let’s turn for a moment to the Netflix review section for Jim Jarmusch’s 2009 existential thriller The Limits of Control: “Bored me to death. I’ve never seen a more droll and excruciating film.”  “Terribly slow. Extremely slow. Deathly slow.” They aren’t all so drastic, though: “On the basis of this ‘movie,’ Jim Jarmusch should be […]

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits go together like, well, a shot bourbon and a glass of beer. But you already knew that. Back when I was still doing free-form radio, downtown, prior to the show on SIRIUS, I would occasionally air Tom Waits’ riff (as DJ Lee “Baby” Sims) to John Lurie, from Jarmusch’s Down […]