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October 6, 2016
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Gimme Danger

A Jim Jarmusch documentary about Iggy Pop and The Stooges? YES. Gimme Danger is scheduled for a limited release on October 28th.

July 15, 2016
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The Mesmerizing Movies of Robert Frank

Nicholas Dawidoff on the films of Robert Frank for The New Yorker: Critics, including Manohla Dargis, of the Times, and younger filmmakers, such as Richard Linklater and Jim Jarmusch, consider Frank the godfather of independent American personal cinema. They revere his … Continue reading

August 28, 2014
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Only Lovers Left Alive

I finally saw Only Lovers Left Alive this weekend (it can’t come as any surprise that I don’t get out much!), and I just came across this recent interview with director Jim Jarmusch about the film on IndieWire: I’ve probably … Continue reading

April 10, 2014
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Jim Jarmusch on Genre

Jim Jarmusch talks to The Playlist about his new film Only Lovers Left Alive, and his interest in genre: I just like genres… I really like the whole history of vampire films that are more the kind of marginal, the … Continue reading

June 25, 2010
by Dan
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Jason, Mon Amore

A few years ago when I still worked at Pages, one of the creative/media executives who frequented the bookstore sent his assistant to exchange a copy of comic book by award-winning Norwegian cartoonist Jason that he’d bought from us earlier … Continue reading

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