I just saw Dead Don’t Die and it’s super funny and clever and stupid. And Only Lovers Left Alive is one of my favorite movies. So let’s talk about Jim Jarmusch now.
i think about about once a month, still
i made my dad watch ghost dog because he kept making jokes about it and he really liked it actually
the dead dont die had extreme midwest energy. like if an ohio guy directed dawn of the dead
down by law is my favorite buddy comedy
Dead Don’t Die by Sturgill Simpson? Where have I heard this song before?
I wasn’t crazy about Dead Don’t Die, but I had a fun enough time. Seems really slight, and the constantly self-referential winking comedy kind of grated on me a little bit. I do like Jarmusch a lot though! Down By Law is my favorite.
Also the shark fishing episode of Fishing with John that he guested on is the greatest. It’s got the most brilliantly stupid gag I’ve ever seen:
Apparently the full episode is on youtube:
I’m really easily irritated by self-referential comedy but I like how it was executed in TDDD. There’s a care and affection and deliberateness to it all that helps support the joke for me. Feels almost like Black Dynamite: a goofy B-movie created by somebody who is deeply familiar with the genre and has a genuine affection for its foibles.
The film knows it’s a farce and clearly communicates how much of a farce it is from the second scene on, which helped orient my mindset in that regard. Plus, it’s lush with small details and callbacks that show just how deliberately crafted it is, and that helps a lot. Every shot is brimming with both actual jokes and background jokes.
Best comparison I can think of is Top Secret or Airplane, two of my favorite movies.
singing every day activities in the fishing with john theme has been my bad habit for like twenty years now
‘taking… a shit’ ‘brushing… my teeth’ ‘feeding… my face’
yeah i personally thought it was funny because ive been extremely over zombie shit since like shaun of the dead so it being very goofy and self-aware was refreshing and funny cuz so much of it is paying tribute to romeros zombie films and b-movies, its all done in a loving way. but it also answered my question about why audiences fucking hated it
only lovers left alive shows intimacy in one of my favorite ways in cinema
they never even make out but those naked tangle cuddles are more evocative of intense love than any piv sex scene
which is great because Dawn was directed by a Pittsburgh guy, so it was already like halfway there.
so you are gonna make this Ohio guy go see this.
OMG BOOJI YES
its a lot goofier than dawn for obvious reasons but its very much a love letter to that kind of zombie film
there was a part that made me think of you because you introduced me to the phrase ‘mistake on the lake’ so you are forever ohio guy to me
only lovers left alive is really special
i think about ‘this place will rise again… theres water here’ at least once a week
It’s the perfect mixture of meandering and melancholic that speaks directly to my soul.
as a fellow midwest guy im expecting a report back on this