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Film, "A Coffee in Berlin": A Jarmuschian Jaunt Through the City

"A Coffee in Berlin": A Jarmuschian Jaunt Through the City

Jan-Ole Gerster's film cleaned up at the German Academy Awards under the title Oh Boy; here it's going by A Coffee in Berlin and maybe relatedly being billed as Jarmuschian — which is to say eccentric, meandering, shot in black…
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Film, "Ida": A Search for Truth in Postwar Poland

"Ida": A Search for Truth in Postwar Poland

Pawel Pawlikowski's atmospheric, black and white Ida is a film out of time, like a 1950s Andrzej Wajda script directed by Jim Jarmusch in the 1980s. And that befits the title character, an orphan raised in a convent in early…
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Film, "Only Lovers Left Alive": As Close to What We Imagine a Doc About Tilda Swinton's Life Can Get

"Only Lovers Left Alive": As Close to What We Imagine a Doc About Tilda Swinton's Life Can Get

What a concept: vampire movie, as done by Jim Jarmusch. By turns groovy and morose, Only Lovers Left Alive could so easily be a goof, but for Jarmusch, aging now into an indie-film immortal, it's opportune — a mellow tract…
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Film, Feature Waits Variations: Six Faces of Tom Waits, Character Actor

Waits Variations: Six Faces of Tom Waits, Character Actor

In Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, a prune-faced, simian-mouthed sexagenarian sits by the road in an old suit and brown-patterned tie, and cradles a white bunny in his arms. This is precisely what we've come to expect of a Tom Waits…
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Film, "Meek's Cutoff": Kelly Reichardt's Trippy, Existential Frontier Masterpiece

"Meek's Cutoff": Kelly Reichardt's Trippy, Existential Frontier Masterpiece

Tenacious indie director Kelly Reichardt has specialized in quirky, minimalist quasiroad movies in which loners come unmoored in some great American space. Meek's Cutoff, recently shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival, is that and more — one great…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for December 8-14, 2010

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. Open Screening: Open submissions screening. One hour of shorts; anything goes with the screened films. Fri., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. $5. "Audio Vison": Other Cinema: Experimental cinema and pre-cinema. Sat., Dec.…
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Calendar, Night&Day ... Walking

... Walking

Try watching Dead Man in thirds, over the course of three days. That way, it'll seem like it lasts six days, instead of only two. We mean this as a compliment. Jim Jarmusch's weirdest, most allegorical, and black-and-whiteiest film has…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Limits of Control</i>

The Limits of Control

Jim Jarmusch's anonymous antihero hitman (French-Ivorian actor Isaach De Bankolé), identified in the credits of The Limits of Control as the Lone Man, exists only in terms of his unspecified mission. He's introduced in an overhead shot doing tai chi…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Lake Tahoe</i>

Lake Tahoe

Coming down from the Saturday sugar rush of his 2006 comedy Duck Season, Mexican auteur Fernando Eimbcke’s lovely, Yucatán-set dramedy drifts by on a similar deadpan wave of static vignettes and lingering pauses that must be 10 months pregnant. Eimbcke’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Limits of Control

The Limits of Control

Jim Jarmusch's anonymous antihero hitman (French-Ivorian actor Isaach De Bankolé), identified in the credits of The Limits of Control as the Lone Man, exists only in terms of his unspecified mission. He's introduced in an overhead shot doing tai chi…
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Film, Wandering Spain with the lone wolf of Jim Jarmusch's <i>Limits of Control</i>

Wandering Spain with the lone wolf of Jim Jarmusch's Limits of Control

Jim Jarmusch's anonymous antihero hitman (French-Ivorian actor Isaach De Bankolé), identified in the credits of The Limits of Control as the Lone Man, exists only in terms of his unspecified mission. The Lone Man is introduced in an overhead shot…
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Film, <i>Duck </i>Day Afternoon

Duck Day Afternoon

There's imported-film minimalism, and then there's this: Fernando Eimbcke's feature debut, Duck Season, a daringly banal comedy of ennui set almost entirely in a middle-class Mexico City flat. Knocking them dead at festivals and at the Mexican Ariel Awards, where…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Digging in the Dirt

Digging in the Dirt

Broken Flowers (Universal Home Entertainment) Bill Murray, who long ago swapped manic kineticism for melancholy deadpan, is once more mired in a middle-aged funk; what else is new? As Don Johnston, an aging lothario whose latest young girlfriend is walking…
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Film, Going for <i>Broken</i>

Going for Broken

The contentedly independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has brought his restless energy to a series of surreal road movies that move nicely along on the strength of rare characters, quirky humor, and a willing embrace of chance adventure. These quest stories…
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Film, Turning Japanese

Turning Japanese

The gun is a coward's weapon, always has been, always will be. Likening it to the sword is like equating rape to romance. However, for reasons that can only be attributed to collective insanity, Hollywood absolutely loves to romanticize the…
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Music,

House of Tudor

Chances are anyone who has stepped into a New York jazz club in the past 35 years has felt a tingle created by Olu Dara, the dapper don of the cornet. His arrival in NYC in the mid-'70s harmonized with…
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Zoom Lens

Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made Silver-haired indie director Jim Jarmusch accompanies elderly director Sam Fuller deep into the Amazon jungle in this 1994 documentary by a Finn, Mika Kaurismäki. The old man wants to revisit a village where…
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Second Time Around

Dead Man Ever since the splendid one-two punch of Stranger Than Paradise and Down by Law, director Jim Jarmusch has been looking more and more like a two-hit wonder, making his own weak and witless movies and occasional, admittedly charming,…
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Film,

Johnny Gets His Gun

The soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's new Dead Man won't do much for Neil Young's reputation. It's mostly just raspy, lingering chords struck on an electric guitar, mournfully monotonous twangs that eventually accumulate into a kind of Chinese water torture, fraying…
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Samples

Off the Record Always a touch-and-go industry, the local indie record trade is currently in a state of particular flux. Berkeley's cavernous Amoeba Records will expand into the Upper Haight space currently occupied by Park Bowl. The store won't open…
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