‘Limits of Control’ is Jarmusch’s pinnacle

Benji | September 30th, 2009

limits of control3I’m generally not much of Jim Jarmusch fan but Limits of Control really turned things around for me. The film kind of made fun of all the pretentious “reading” of his earlier stuff and this time I could actually get into it without hearing the echos of a thousand hipsters dissecting every single scene, while quoting Derrida. The soundtrack by Boris was also spookily good and fitted perfectly. Kind of reminded me of what Inland Empire did for David Lynch. It was like this film was really the pinnacle, that his earlier stuff had been leading upto.

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Otherwise, I’ve been going back through a neo film-noir phase recently. Polanski is great for this – Chinatown, with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway being the best. The success of the latest film noir remakes is really killing me though. I can’t believe they’re going to remake 1974’s Taking of the Pelham 123 with the guy from Grease. For me the Walter Mathau version is one of the best films ever made.

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