Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
This is about a self-styled New York hipster (John Lurie of the Lounge Lizards) who is paid a suprise... (imdb)
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Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
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While the story is getting consistence, you slowly get the idea. It's a different film about comic boring situations, and it has an unusual relationship between the three main characters which has an interesting style, specially Eva and her 'I put a spell on you' ... It's certainly not a cliche...
This film is basically an observation of how mundane life can be if you go about things without much motivation, obsorbed in your own sense of self-importance. The main characters kind of float around and don't accomplish much. Eddie, the "best friend," sums up the movie best; "You know, it's funny... you come to someplace new, an'... and everything looks just the same." At the end, I felt happier for the life I have myself but I don't feel there's a need to ever watch this again.
Starts off slow but after about 10 minutes the humour starts to really shine or rather you start to understand the humour and "get" the movie. After that point it does drag in places but there's more than enough hilarity to make up for any misgivings one may have for that. Highly enjoyable film.
Drags at times but overall rewarding.
John Lurie looks annoyed for 90 minutes while Jim Jarmusch films the boring parts of his life. This is also the third Jarmusch film I've seen with a hip hop artist on screen at some point.
Eszter Balint is one of my favorite actresses, and she's not an actress. This Jarmusch piece has a lot of wonderful cinematography, and the ideas behind the film are also wonderful. It is a film about meaninglessness yet it has a lot of meaning. Also, it has an intriguing tone; a well-crafted mood film. There's nothing bad I can say about this film.
The indie classic by Jarmusch features a plotless story about discovery, from a disattached but comfortable point of view. The film is somehow attractive (yet visually stunning) and funny because its director is absolutely uncompromising. Still, it lacks a rewarding dramatic core, and the narrative suffers from the excess of pedantism.
incredibly bleak except that its incredibly funny how Jarmusch makes his characters so plain so flat so stupid&oblivious.impressive how he has manipulated every aspect of the film to express this hopeless dumb boredom: it's black and white because it NEEDS to be. The cast speak their lines as if they don't really want to. The camera's too lazy to move. virtually no edits, just fades to black like the movie gets so bored it takes a nap and wakes up again to the same dull life being played out.
It's Screamin' Jay Hawkins and he's a wild man, so bug off.
The simplcity of the editing masks a much greater manipulation of formal narrative within American cinema. In making the film Jarmusch defined himself as the ultimate counter-popculture filmmaker -- unafraid to give voice to those Hollywood would shun.
Slow and downbeat, Jarmusch captures a certain 'take life as it comes' mood extremely well. The film's flow could be better but it's still a relatively rewarding experience.
i am the vee-ner.
The only part I liked was the TV dinner thing.
Oddly, I felt like while the movie got funnier as it went along, it also grew in seriousness. The wandering nature of these people's lives is contrasted nicely with the comedy that defines many of their interactions. Also loved the brief interludes between each scene--sounds continuing on, bleeding into the next scene--it really highlights the inner connectedness of these lives.
There is a brief reference to Yasujiro Ozu, but the stylistic rigors of Jarmusch have little in common with those of Ozu (more with those of Warhol). However, the movie reaches a level of lowlife inaccessible to any but an underground film. And the poverty-row subject matter and production circumstances are such as to safely lower one's expectations. Numerous critics have done their worst to heighten these, but low expectations are surely the only sort that will be met and surpassed.
I don't really understand why I like this so much but I do. After about 10 minutes you get used to the idea that nothing is going to happen and just have to sit back and watch. It's funny enough for some reason, I really don't know how though.
Okay, yes, I'm on board with this, although I can see why some people can't get on board with it, but I wasn't bored per se, because I was on board you see? Yes of course you do, unless you weren't on board and then you were most likely bored.
This is one of the movies where you really can't tell why you liked it so much, or what it was that drew you in and kept you watching, all you know is that you walked away happy.
Jarmusch seems to be inspired by the road movies of Wenders and his trials to discover the ontology of the world by a very down to earth camera, in that sense Jarmusch -as his references for Ozu at the end reflect- slows down the rhytm and observes the time passing by, and the absurdity of the existence. Through its colour and texture, deadpan acting and minimal mise-en-scenes this movie offers a meditative Zen experience on the ephemerality of life.
Through vignettes, existence feels so cool, casual and purposeful. Life’s ups and downs through Jarmusch’s lens have a collective minimalist feel that makes this great.
|Average Percentile 66.31% from 1878 Ratings|