Monday, April 27, 2009

Own It Today!

In this Sunday's New York Times, a writer describes director Jim Jarmusch as "a true independent who insists on final cut and who even owns all his negatives." That sounds like something out of a self-help book, doesn't it? If you're ever going to defeat them, you must own your negatives.

Incidentally, Quentin Tarantino totally stole the tripartite, time-overlap structure of Pulp Fiction from Jarmusch's Mystery Train, starring the legendary film duo of Joe Strummer and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Tarantino's entertaining and all, but his movies are for the most part all about the other movies he's seen. And one of them was clearly Mystery Train.