Let’s skip the usual blather about whether 2016 was a good year for movies or a bad year for movies and just get right to it, shall we? I saw a lot of films in 2016. Here were some of my very favorites.
Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Paterson in limited release starting today, we’re re-running our review from the New York Film Festival.
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 »
Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’ve reached the point in the year where every publication, website, and critics’ group is rushing to announce their favorite movies of the year before everyone else, a time-honored tradition known as “First!” But few film publications carry as much weight in the end-of-the-year game quite like Sight & Sound, whose Greatest Films of All Time list (updated every ten years after polling critics and film directors) tends ignite movie site comments sections like a match dropped in a puddle of gasoline.
Their annual lists tend to reflect a similar sensibility – a mixture of arthouse fare from around the world with a sprinkle of Hollywood.
Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I do not envy anyone tasked with cutting trailers for Jim Jarmusch films. How do you take the work of a filmmaker known for observational storytelling, small moments, and offbeat touches and sell that you a mass audience? How do you create the illusion of a narrative for a film by a director who has the habit of rejecting narrative whenever he feels like it?
At the very least, the Paterson trailer can make use of Adam Driver‘s increasingly famous face and the fact that the film has received nearly universal praise from critics.
Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 by Jack Giroux
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.
Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Jack Giroux
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.
Learn more about the project after the jump.