Not in tune with the universal praise for this one. I found it predictable and full of one-note characters. Humorless, too. Baby on the bed during an abortion, cmon. I ain't falling for that heavy handed symbolism. Cinematography was great though.
Jarmusch finds magic in the mundane. Mac DeMarco says, "You're better off dead - when you're mind's been set - from nine until five" but Paterson might say otherwise. His remarkably simple life allows him to stay present and focus in on the details of his life. He is so tuned in that slight changes to his day (like conversations with strangers, for instance) become events. This slow-paced movie drew me in as I fell in love with all of the characters, each of whom is fleshed out and specific. Watch it before bed and you'll feel so relaxed. The contentment in this film is contagious.
I'm still mourning the loss of Tarantino's long time editor Sally Menke. All his films after her death have been plodding and overlong.
This one is too, but I found this depiction of 1960's Hollywood irresistible... the clothes, the cars, the music on the radio. All the actors put on excellent performances and they are all extremely good looking.
There's a melancholy but good-hearted vibe to the thing which I didn't expect from the director of "Deathproof". As disjointed as…