7 items from 2016
The following essay was written by a participant in the 2016 New York Film Festival Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring critics co-produced by IndieWire, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Film Comment.
Jim Jarmusch is no stranger to making films about artists or films that reference other works of art: “Dead Man’s” protagonist is named after the English poet William Blake, in “Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai,” Jarmusch pays homage to Seijun Suzuki’s “Branded to Kill,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive” has a vampire protagonist who doubles as a famous rock musician. Jarmusch’s latest two films which, played at the New York Film Festival this year—“Gimme Danger” and “Paterson” — continue this pattern of making a film about artists. What ultimately ties all these works together is a nostalgic longing for old art, and this can be seen through references Jarmusch’s films make »
- Anthony Dominguez
Filmmaker and hip-hop legend RZA made dreams come true for kung-fu fans on a recent Saturday night by programming a double feature of classic martial arts films “Five Element Ninjas” and “House of Traps” at New York’s Metrograph theater.
The original member of the Wu-Tang Clan made three appearances at the event and introduced the 1982 kung-fu titles, both of which were directed by prolific martial arts film director Cheh Chang and produced by Hong Kong’s legendary production company Shaw Brothers. “Five Element Ninjas” follows a young martial artist seeking revenge against the ninja who killed his teacher and brethren, while “House of Traps” centers on a team of skilled fighters making their way through a house rigged with deadly traps.
Both sold out screenings were packed with kung-fu cinema devotees, many of whom felt compelled to express their love for the genre during a Q&A with RZA, »
- Graham Winfrey
A driver named Paterson in a town called Paterson played by a man named Driver - the rhyming seems almost too perfect. Yet Jim Jarmuch's latest, a delicate, poetic, often delightful musing on creativity and the art of listening is more than just a series of rhyming couplets. It's a film that echoes Jarmusch's past works like Dead Man and Ghost Dog, yet feels very much its own. For a film where much of it takes place on mass transportation there's a fair share of repetition, starts and stops, great moments of furious action and then a lot of waiting around. It's also an exploration of expectations, about how to judge just who finds the beautiful in the simple things, who finds the words to...
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On Tuesday, noted arthouse director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Broken Flowers, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) admitted he's never watched any of the Star Wars movies and doesn't plan on starting now. "I’ve never seen any Stars Wars films," he told Variety at the Cannes Film Festival. "I don’t know if it’s just a stubborn punk rock thing, where I intend to go to my grave having never seen Star Wars. I’ve never seen Gone with the Wind either." Call Jarmusch pretentious if you must, but he's far from the first high-profile individual to publicly fess up to their ignorance of the widely-beloved franchise (specifically, Episodes IV-vi). Below are 14 others who have been brave enough to do the same. Before we get to the list, a few clarifications are in order first: 1. The list is concerned with those who haven't seen Episode IV/the original trilogy (1977-1983). So, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Jim Jarmusch’s new movie is a quiet delight: the story of a gentle, artistic man and his wife which celebrates small-town life and dreams without patronising
Jim Jarmusch’s new film in competition here in Cannes is a delight: a prose-poem of gentle comic humility and acceptance of life. It is about that rarest of things in art as in life — a completely happy marriage. As so often in the past, Jarmusch shows that, like Richard Linklater or John Sayles, he is a film-maker who is intensely American, without being Hollywood. The two are different.
Adam Driver plays a bus driver and unpublished poet called Paterson, who works in Paterson, New Jersey, musingly listening to snatches of his passengers’ conversation on his bus and writing verse on his lunch-break. The coincidence of the names has given him a sense of quiet civic pride in his hometown, a sense of identification and ownership, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Flickering Myth Team React…
While we wait patiently for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, we’ve got another outing into our favourite galaxy far, far away in the form of Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film hits cinemas this December, but we got our first look at it yesterday via a teaser trailer [watch it here].
Scott Watson: Watched it six times already and it looks dark, moody, brooding, brutal, those At-ATs on the beach… Shadow Troopers… that is Shadow Troopers right? My mind just kinda went Boom. »
- Luke Owen
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai. Some spoilers may be found. The... Read More »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
7 items from 2016
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