May 10, 2004, 8:18 p.m. CST
you had to go and spoil it by throwing in that, "he really appreciated the fact I'm a fan and not just a journalist" bit at the end. It's not about you, it's about the filmmaker. Period. Good interview though, one of the best I've read from JJ.
May 10, 2004, 8:32 p.m. CST
by failed musician
finally something pertaining to an actual artist!
May 10, 2004, 8:34 p.m. CST
May 10, 2004, 9:25 p.m. CST
by Louis P.
Dead Man is the worse film I have ever seen. I don't hold my breath while saying it. THE WORSE. Pain. Pain is what I felt when I watched a free screening of the pretenious drivel. And I don't hate Jim Jarmusch films. Actually most of them I enjoy. So there is no bias here. Dead Man just happens to be a film that I hate thru and through; from the shitty Neil Young score(which consists of one cord over and over again) to the cinematography ("just sit the camera here and roll") to the amazing slow pace (that had me banging my head against the back of my seat). To quote from Enter the Wu-Tang, "torture, mutha-fucka, torture".
May 10, 2004, 9:42 p.m. CST
As soon as I saw a clip from this scene in the trailer I knew I had to see this shit ASAP! What a fucking combo! And Jarmusch is a dope filmmaker, so all the better.
May 10, 2004, 9:45 p.m. CST
ah, louis p, you have SO much to learn about films... alas, there may be hope for you yet...
May 10, 2004, 11:11 p.m. CST
by Kid Joker
Now I'm a hard movie buff - especially when it comes to pron films (think about it). I've never heard of that Jim fag you nerds are all chatting about neither have I heard of any of those shitty sounding "low key" movies as you refer to them as - fucking hell. You guys need to get out of ya mumma's basement and get a life - and a decent weight size. One more time - FUCK!
May 10, 2004, 11:22 p.m. CST
by The Real McCoy
That was a great interview. I hardly ever see anything on J.J., seeing as he's such an eccentric director. Anyway, shame to say but my first introduction to Jarmusch wasn't until Ghost Dog. That movie just blew me away. Everything about it was just awesome. Few movies manage to capture mood and the ones that do(lost in translation, ed wood) immediately rise above all other films because of it. I also encourage anyone who doesn't own the Ghost Dog DVD to at least rent it. It's got some great deleted scenes, an interview with Jarmusch, and that isolated score that Moriarty mentioned.
May 11, 2004, 12:23 a.m. CST
...I'll let the psychotic dyslexia speak for itself here. What exactly IS pretenious anyway? Loved every minute of Deadman and jerked off until my wanger bled while watching Ghost Dog. RZA kicks it..and Jarmusch makes me glad to be a cinema freak.
May 11, 2004, 12:32 a.m. CST
he's pretty good, not the WORSE I've ever seen by far. don't really find him pretenious either
May 11, 2004, 1:37 a.m. CST
I think I'm finally gonna go all the way and rent it next time, though.
May 11, 2004, 2:16 a.m. CST
by Mosquito March
It's like a universal law - all directors get soft and unfocused when they get older, and every attempt at being "hip" comes off stale and superficial. Like GHOST DOG. You'd think the guy who made STRANGER THAN PARADISE and MYSTERY TRAIN would be alert enough to recognize he's slipping, but, I guess not.
May 11, 2004, 2:18 a.m. CST
by Mosquito March
Much like "Buddhist tone poem".
May 11, 2004, 2:21 a.m. CST
Mori....good interview....but it could have been better if you mentioned some of his acting bits...like "Blue in the Face"....or better yet...HIS BIT ON "FISHING WITH JOHN"!!!!!! C'MON! THEY WENT SHARK FISHING!!!! WITH A 9MM!!!!! CAN YOU IMAGINE JOHN LURIE TELLING JIM JARMUSCH TO HOLD A PIECE OF CHESSE OVER THE BOAT WHILE POINTING THE GUN AND SAYING "You pull back quick and I'll shoot the shark."...Man, if that ain't the way to fish....it was the way they did it in the old country at least...And thus, it was swiss chesse! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!
May 11, 2004, 3:03 a.m. CST
by The Real McCoy
I don't get it. Even before I'd seen a Jim Jarmusch film, I had at least heard of him. Geez, man. And I love Kid Joker's post telling the rest of us to get out of our mama's basement, blah blah,etc. Hey JACKASS - you're visiting a nerd movie webstite TOO so don't even bother trying to call us nerds because we like a filmaker you've never heard of. Although it may sound like an oxymoron, Jarmusch fans are like cool movie geeks. Y'know, like the Weezer kind of nerd.**** And I'm sure Hass is one of those stupid "movie fans" who thinks Johnny Depp's best performance was in Pirates of the Carribean. To Hass - Johnny Depp is an actor who existed before Pirates. A long time ago he did a really good movie called Dead Man directed by Jim Jarmusch. NOW GO WATCH IT YOU COCKSUCKER!!!!
May 11, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST
Jim what was the Spiritualized film I heard you wanted to make? (Ladies and Gentlemen We're Floating in Space... I think it was.)
May 11, 2004, 6:35 a.m. CST
by Mr Brownstone
by the way I watched Beat Takeshi's Zatoichi remake last night and it was pretty great. Takeshi's films kinda remind me of Jarmusch's in a way.
May 11, 2004, 9:39 a.m. CST
Shows what I know. sk
May 11, 2004, 10:14 a.m. CST
I'll be there.
May 11, 2004, 12:07 p.m. CST
by Joe Don Baker
I dig this site for all the studio scoop, but a Jim Jarmusch interview is way more rewarding. Keep supporting the people who work outside the system. They deserve the attention just as much.
May 11, 2004, 12:11 p.m. CST
interesting talkbacks.. i guess this separates the geek men from the geek boys, hehe
May 11, 2004, 12:30 p.m. CST
you pompous windbag. If you're a movie buff even in the slightest you should have at least HEARD of the name 'Jim Jarmusch', if not seen one of his films. And to call us nerds is like the pot calling the kettle black because, by coming here, you are obviously "One of us," to steal a line from another rather famous movie that you've probably never heard of, let alone seen. So stop with all the whiney self-loathing already. In time, who knows? Even you might learn to like yourself.
May 11, 2004, 1:49 p.m. CST
May 11, 2004, 1:51 p.m. CST
I mean, Jarmusch's DEAD MAN has Johnny Depp and John Hurt AND Robert Mitchum, GHOST DOG has Forest Whitaker, NIGHT ON EARTH has Winona Ryder and Gena Rowlands and a relatively famous soundtrack (which more people bought than saw the movie); these are all relatively known actors/actresses. His name and his movies get name checked in everything from
May 11, 2004, 2:53 p.m. CST
In the same way it's entertaining to lie in bed with a fever of a 102. But, anyway, we probably should've established what I thought a film buff is/was before I insinuated you were not one due to your lack of familiarity with one of the United States of America's greatest and most well-known Independent filmmakers. You see, "Film Buff" is sort of an old school term for an individual who loves movies, the history of film, and often finds cinema can be more than just entertainment but bonafide art as well. Somehow I don't think this definition applies to you.
May 11, 2004, 3:10 p.m. CST
It was really good, although some segments work better than others. The one with Steve Coogan and Alfred Molina discovering they're long-lost cousins is great. So is the one with Bill Murray serving tea to RZA and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. And Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, well, how could that NOT be great? But the best part was the Q&A with Jim Jarmusch in which he talked about how he came up with all the different segments. He basically said he wanted to come up with things involving people who would seem to have nothing in common. In fact, he said he's still bummed out he didn't get to shoot the one featuring Joey Ramone and Howard Cossell. The weird part is, I think he was serious. Jarmusch is a true original and I think this is his most accessible movie. Hopefully, it will be well-received.
May 11, 2004, 4:13 p.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
I love some of his movies. "Stranger than Paradise" is one of my all-time top 10 favorites. "Mystery Train," "Down By Law" and "Ghost Dog" are also good. Hated "Night on Earth." I find people who say "get out of mama's basement" or words to that effect are the most likely people to actually be in their mama's basement. Anyway, like him or not, anyone who claims to be a movie buff but hasn't heard of Jarmusch is not a movie buff, not at all.
May 11, 2004, 4:34 p.m. CST
by The Real McCoy
I completely forgot about this when I posted earlier but Kevin Smith thanked Jim Jarmusch in the credits of Clerks along with a couple of other WELL-KNOWN independent filmakers like Rodriguez. If I remember correctly, he thanked them for "paving the way". Jarmusch reminds me of The Pixies. The Pixies are really the godfathers of alternative music and hardly anyone has heard of them. Much in the same way Jarmusch is one of the godfathers of independent film and he just doesn't get enough respect.
May 11, 2004, 5:48 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
I'm not naming names, but some of you need to stop with the insults and seek out this on-and-off director. He's a vital asset to 80s cinema, to say the least.
May 11, 2004, 6:08 p.m. CST
by Pontsing Barset
Call me pedantic if you like, but how many more of you are going to type 'worse', while context indicates that what you mean/meant is/was 'worst'? Unbelievable.
May 11, 2004, 10:20 p.m. CST
Mainly due to the fact that nothing worthwhile has been posted in quite some time. BUT this was a very good interview and surprisingly insightful. Jarmusch is someone who deserves our respect. He knows music and he knows wit. And he knows drug use. Those who are defending themselves for not knowing him just make me sad. Simply because you own a bunch of obscure anime porn and go to every shitty scifi or comic book movie released on opening night does not make you a movie buff. It makes you a nerd for sure but not a well-rounded nerd. You're like the dude who is gets A's in math but nothing else. Also, whoever said that the site needs to gain street cred by having big star interviews is a douchebag and hates movies.
May 12, 2004, 12:25 a.m. CST
by Electric Tsunami
I saw this tonight and I could have used some coffee myself to get through this. Certainly feels like some of the dialogue was improvised only it also seems like the actors didn't really have much to say. There are some good segments and some good moments in some of the weak segments, and some segments that don't work at all. This isn't deadpan. If you are bored by Aki Karismaki or Beat Takeshi then you WILL be bored by this film. I can handle those directors and I was not excited by this film (although it didn't test my patience to force me to leave the theater like Masked And Anonymous did last year).
May 12, 2004, 4:06 p.m. CST
yes, it does. get to know him, after you've removed that underinformed chip off your shoulder...great interview, incidentally.
May 12, 2004, 4:38 p.m. CST
by Pontsing Barset
May 13, 2004, 8:01 p.m. CST
... as stated in the interview he has kept his own style and independant sensibilities. I met him once when he came to London to introduce Ghost Dog and asked him what he thought about people grabbing his directorial touches and sticking them in their own bloated efforts. He said he didn't mind it because audiences seemed to enjoy them. He knew who I was referring to though. It was of course the director who has "adopted" the non-chronolgoical structure. And the use of long takes. And the ghost of Elvis sketch. And the criminals hiding out from the law idea. And getting RZA to score a movie. And allowing characters to just hang out and talk pop culture: "that's how I feel about being here with you two fucking snowflakes. Lost. In. Space." And Steve Buscemi. And having a film based around a hotel. And having the black guy with an unexplained plaster on his neck. Jesus! Just change your fucking name to Quentin Jarmusch.