The Limits of Jarmusch

May 25, 2009

jim jarmusch

The Limits of Control is the new film by indie-film-star Jim Jarmusch.  Now, to state for the record, I’m a huge fan of this guy.  At the age of 17, I fell instantly for his 1995 film Dead Man, and since then I’ve watched and enjoyed (to one degree or anther) every one of his films.  His work has inspired me to make movies.

Okay, that’s all cleared up, now we can get down to the nitty gritty.  Not everyone adores Mr Jarmusch’s work as much as I do.  In fact, he’s a rather contentious figure among critics and audiences alike.  Hailed everything from “visionary” and “genius” to “hack” and just plain boring, the director is, let’s say, an acquired taste.  His newest film is no exception.

For your consideration, two vastly differing critiques of The Limits of Control.  The first is by Roger Ebert, who hated it, and the second is by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice, who feels the new work is one of Jarmusch’s best.


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