This list is by no means definitive or personal, just an import from the MUBI list here.
I'm not entirely…
A mysterious stranger works outside the law and keeps his objectives hidden, trusting no one. While his demeanor is paradoxically focused and dreamlike all at once, he embarks on a journey that not only takes him across Spain, but also through his own consciousness.
"Reality is arbitrary" we hear our nameless, personality-less, voiceless, lead told at one point in the two hours of banal sleep-inducing wank. Utter drowsiness, however, as we see, is not.
What is the The Limits of Control? Well, it's mumbling and wandering in the form of watching paint dry. It causes one to think back to high school biology class to come with that scientific phrase, ah yes, photosynthesis in real time. The fact that it makes one want to think about simple biological terms to describe the dour experience while watching it says enough about it.
Jim Jarmusch, instead of making a film, decided to shoot some walking, stretching, vague encoded message exchanging, and coffee drinking set to some…
Something must be wrong with me.
The Limits of Control was a film people warned me about. They told me that it was a bad movie; an awful film, so pretentious and boring. Ordinarily I wouldn't have checked it out. But it was the only remaining film left unseen by me from one of my favourite directors, Jim Jarmusch. So I had to give it a look.
And quite simply, it blew me away. Disagree you are free to do, but I thought this movie was spectacular. There's not much of a plot, but the enigmatic dialogue and eerie atmosphere of the film makes it constantly gripping, as does phenomenal cinematography and a superb leading performance from Isaach De Bankole.…
“among us, there are those who are not among us.”
some errant thoughts:
- Tilda Swinton is a stone cold fox in this one. not earthy or primal or whatever elemental adjectives are typically used to describe her.
- you will never anything as much as Paz de la Huerta hates clothes.
- wish Jarmusch hadn't been so quick to splice during the last shot when Christopher Doyle drops the camera to his shoulder.
- is THE COUNSELOR the LIMITS OF CONTROL of 2013?
- aesthetics aside (not a small thing), there isn't a single idea here that Jarmusch doesn't manage to capture in a more cogent and compelling fashion with ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. be that as it may, i think this was a necessary step for him to take, nudging his filmmaking from the spectral to the molecular.
- there's a really great Jarmusch interview by Gavin Smith around this movie, essential reading.
"How the fuck did you get in here?"
"I used my imagination."
This is the type of film I could watch one day and hate and the next day love. I watched it on a good day. Isaach de Bankolé is one badass motherfucker.
"In the near future, worn out things will be made new again by reconfiguring their molecules."
somewhere in the middle of this our protagonist sits down to watch a flamenco rehearsal, and the lyrics of the song he hears repeat a phrase that nearly every single other character has said to him, sort of the movie's mantra about life being "a handful of dirt". it's the one moment in the film where his hilariously stoic expression changes, and he cracks the tiniest of smiles. something repeated over and over suddenly takes on some tiny new connotation because of a slight tweak in context.
Jarmusch has made a career out of these episodic travelogues, those episodes often containing a conversation between…
What the hell happened to Jarmusch? This infuriating, excruciating, existential spy movie has five minutes of good stuff, five minutes of pretentious monologuing and 100 minutes of Isaac De Bankholé glaring, walking around and putting away his suit jacket.
NO LIMITS NO CONTROL
Increíblemente filmada. Sorprendentemente hueca.
This film doesn't get the credit for being the revisionist spy film it deserves. As an exercise, I imagined that Isaach De Bankole's lead character was the French equivalent of James Bond. Only, instead of seeing all the big gunfights and random hookups, we see our super-spy drinking espressos, waiting for his contacts and practicing Tai Chi. I do understand those who find the film boring, but to me, it's a beautifully filmed, meditative and subversive look at the classic spy movie.
The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job.
Slo-mo faux Noir with depth and meaning dripping from every scene.
Whole thing felt like a parody. Apparently, there are movies not even Bill Murray can save.
"Sometimes I like it in films when people just sit there, not saying anything."
I think this might literally be transcendent filmmaking.
In this film by the acclaimed Jim Jarmusch, we follow a lone man (Isaach De Bankole,) as he carries out a mission in Spain.
It took me a few times to try to get into this as the pacing was very slow and the dialogue didn’t explain the plot very much. A super sexy performance by Paz de la Huerta, who after the seventeen-minute mark makes her first surreal appearance, followed by too few more. Bill Murray’s role was also a pleasant surprise.
The Limits of Control strikes me as containing a lot of the same qualities as the subgenre of “acid westerns”: meandering lead character and ill-defined plot or circumstances, complexity in seemingly meaningless random encounters with neurotics, extreme…
"Been nice talking to you."
When this film first came out, I really loved it, and rewatched it probably a dozen times on DVD, but this is my first rewatch in a couple of years and I have to say, though I still enjoy it, elements of it stand out as being a bit contrived and half formed (mainly the writing).
The film follows a lone wolf assassin on a dreamlike mission accross the landscape of contemporary Spain, along the way he meets various people who give him cryptic clues about his mission, while conversing with him about different aspects of the arts and science (whether it be music, film, bohemians, science, drugs etc.) as he gradually makes his way to his destination. It is…
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I'm a big fan of movies with little to no plot, where you are really just spending time with interesting…