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Now Showing [May. 17th, 2009|04:48 am]
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So this is out now in limited release. Has anyone seen it yet? I've heard a lot of mixed reviews. Roger Ebert gave it half a star. Apparently "nothing happens" in it. Isn't that always what people say about Jarmusch's films? That never seemed to stop critics from liking his films before. Just because the plot may not be intricate and action-oriented doesn't mean there's not a plot. And films don't have to be plot-driven anyway. I would think film critics would know that.
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Limits of Control [Apr. 23rd, 2009|01:31 pm]
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In the press notes, Jim Jarmusch talks about key influences for the film:

"What would it be like if Jacques Rivette remade John Boorman's masterpiece 'Point Blank'? Or what if Marguerite Duras remade Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Le Samourai'? Michelangelo Antonioni looms large in my subconscious so he's probably there, but I wasn't thinking about him beforehand. I was obliquely thinking of Euro crime films from the 1970s and 1980s, like some of Francesco Rosi's work. These impressionistic inspirations floated through my head, in terms of finding a style rather than imitating these movies".


Seeing the trailer, I knew Point Blank was an influence. The similarities are striking. If you haven't seen that movie, you should check it out.
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"The Limits of Control" Trailer [Mar. 6th, 2009|04:06 am]
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Isaach De Bankol in this reminds me a lot of Lee Marvin in Point Blank. Actually the whole look of the movie reminds me of Point Blank. I wonder if this is sort of Jarmusch's homage to that film.
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Limits of Control [Feb. 19th, 2009|06:11 am]
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Great news! Jarmusch has completed filming Limits of Control! It's tentatively scheduled for release in late May!

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article on Jim's upcoming movie The Limits of Control (2009) [Mar. 20th, 2008|07:27 am]
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Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s new film, which is tentatively titled The Limits of Control. Mr. Jarmusch will start shooting the new picture in Spain in February. Focus Features International will commence overseas sales for the movie this week at the American Film Market. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today...The new film is the story of a mysterious loner, a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. The film is set in the striking and varied landscapes of contemporary Spain (both urban and otherwise), and will star Isaach De Bankolé (marking the actor’s fourth collaboration with Mr. Jarmusch) and other acclaimed international actors to be named shortly. Stacey Smith, who has worked with Mr. Jarmusch for over a decade, and Gretchen McGowan (who co-produced the filmmaker’s Coffee and Cigarettes) will produce the new film. Award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love) will be the film’s director of photography; Eugenio Caballero, an Academy Award winner earlier this year for his art direction of Pan’s Labryinth, will be the film’s production designer.
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Jim Jarmusch and Michel Gondry pay tribute to The White Stripes [Mar. 20th, 2008|07:24 am]
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