STRANGER THAN PARADISE is forever. And forever an unholy amalgam of everything good that preceded it. From Chantal Akerman to the secret miseries of the situation comedy. It is one of the greatest films of all time, but it is also a little studied. You know what? I am here to tell you that culture is just like ethics in that what it comes down to, whether you want to hear it or not, is matters of taste.
Someone described this with the phrase "kabuki sitcom", which is close. Maybe that and zeitgeist haiku. The state of the late Cold War American Dream, in 67 shots that you can do nothing but grin through. 'Cause what else can you do? One of my favourite films. Great score. Great everything. 4.5
Jarmusch injects the film with a 1980s sense of bravado and disenchantment, then cuts it down at the knees with his deadpan sense of humor and minimalist aesthetic. I know that hazy and exhausted feeling induced by long drives across middle America all too well. Stranger Than Fiction feels like a post-Beatnik tip-of-the-hat, and it's an independent film made during an era when that label still meant something.
Loved it. The more Jarmusch I watch the more impressed I become. I was emotionally affected by this film in a way I didn't expect going into it. Yes the movie is very funny but I also found it to be tremendously sad and I can't quite tell why. Anyway its really a remarkable achievement.
"It's "Screamin Jay Hawkins" he's a wild man so bug off." haha. I loved the characters and I loved the mise en scene. The whole film gives you a nice feeling and I think it's a great piece of art. Thank you, independent film makers.