Adam Driver in Paterson review

In the past five years, Adam Driver has gone from total obscurity to total ubiquity. Girls was the show that launched him to fame, but his work since then has proven that his breakout role was no fluke. There’s a reason he’s being courted by everyone from the blockbuster magicians at Disney (for Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to top-level directors like Noah Baumbach, the Coens, and Jeff Nichols. With Paterson, he checks another acclaimed auteur off his to-do list, Jim Jarmusch, and the results of their meeting prove as wonderfully idiosyncratic as they are.  Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we head to Romania for some Blood Simple, try and understand a madman, fondly remember a powerhouse of cinema critique that’s making a comeback, check in and then check out of Dolph Lundgren’s latest, revisit the Boston bombing ahead of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s version of events, and let Iggy Pop regale us with memories from the road. Read More »

Adam Driver in Paterson

The Star Wars Saga films ar sitting out this year, but star Adam Driver is still having quite a 2016. He began with a supporting role in Midnight Special this spring, and this winter he has two more movies out. One is Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which just secured an awards-season release date from Paramount. The other is Jim Jarmusch‘s Paterson, which has just unveiled its first trailer.

The title refers to both the main character and the location of the movie. Driver is Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, NJ. Under his unassuming exterior burns a bright, creative soul: he spends his free time writing poems that he declines to share with the world, despite the loving encouragement of his wife (Golshifteh Farahani). Paterson follows its protagonist through the ins and outs of daily life, culminating in a very minor tragedy that threatens to disrupt his comforting routine. Watch the Paterson trailer below.  Read More »

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Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has two films premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. Jarmusch’s documentary on The Stooges, Gimme Danger, and his Adam Driver-led film, Paterson, will both make their debuts later this month. The latter project (which was co-financed by Amazon) was shooting a little under-the-radar later last year. Driver stars in the “wry comedy,” and you can now see some footage from the film.

Watch the first Paterson clips below.

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Adam Driver has a big year ahead of him. In a few weeks we’ll see his villainous turn as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — a movie more than a few dozen people will probably see. Next year, he’s in Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and the upcoming season of HBO’s Girls, and we’ll also see him star in Jim Jarmusch‘s next film, Paterson.

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Amazon Jim Jarmusch

Amazon has made deals with two filmmakers whose work helped define rebellion against studio control and the American independent film movement. And today, Deadline wins the no-prize for burying the lede. In a wide-ranging piece about the film market landscape, specifically oriented around Cannes deals, the site mentions that Amazon has signed deals with Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam, bringing the two filmmakers to the same label that already boasted Spike Lee and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Read More »

Only Lovers Left Alive

Devindra chats with Slashfilm’s Angie Han and Kristy Puchko from CinemaBlend about Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, which is now available on DVD and video on demand. Also, check out Angie and Kristy’s podcast Popcorn & Prosecco.

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Only Lovers Left Alive Trailer

I couldn’t appreciate this Only Lovers Left Alive trailer more — it captures so much of the perfectly hazy sensation that Jim Jarmusch conjures up in his vampire/junkie tale. We get to see Tom Hiddleston as a mopey ages-old musical innovator, Tilda Swinton as his more pragmatic and engaged companion, and even John Hurt (who did a lot to help get the film made) as a vampiric author whose works you’ll probably be familiar with.

But this isn’t all arty, languid nights. There’s a mounting tension as the sister of Swinton’s character, played by Mia Wasikowska, shows up to throw some chaos into the couple’s strange little family. The film is just fantastic, and this trailer is a great way to sell it. Read More »


Leave it to Jim Jarmusch to take a tired trend — vampires — and give it new life. Only Lovers Left Alive landed on my top 10 of 2013 list, as well as Russ’ most anticipated of 2014 list, and the latest trailer from the U.K. may offer some clues as to why.

I’ll be honest: There’s not much in the way of new footage here. But it’s been a couple of months since the last promo, and there are certainly worse ways to spend 30 seconds than basking in the cool glow of Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as shot by Jarmusch. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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Tom Hiddleston‘s growing legion of fans should really sink their teeth into Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive. This one might not have the roaring energy of Thor or The Avengers, but it does pair Hiddleston with Tilda Swinton, with the two playing on and off again lovers who have hundreds of years of baggage between them.

The clips we’ve seen from the film were good, but this first trailer is so much better. It’s so careful and so arch, but I just love Hiddleston’s pitch-perfect take on the exaggerated uber-cool rocker, and Tilda Swinton’s scenes as a blood junkie are lovely. It’s almost like this was pre-conceived as Jarmusch’s strange tribute to Lou Reed. (Jarmusch explained the lead characters as “two exceptional outsiders who, given their unusual circumstances, have a vast overview of human and natural history, including stunning achievements and tragic and brutal failures.”) Sometimes, timing can be sadly perfect.

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