Jarmusch.  For Jarmusch, Dead man goes a long way for me on this list. It’s a strength. Another strength is I also have Jarmusch’s 4th best film as a major film in both the 1980’s and the American indie movement and his 5th best film as an abhorrently underrated narrative precursor to pulp fiction. That’s not bad at all. There is zero compromise in his oeuvre and I love that. Even a miss, like the limits of control, is a Jarmuschian’ miss. So little note here- I haven’t seen Paterson yet so when I update this list in a few years I’ll have to take that into account.

 

best film:  dead man. This one is easy for me. To me it’s Depp’s best work. It’s jarmusch’s most beautiful film and the score by neil young is haunting.

most overrated:  #385 all-time for stranger than paradise on TSPDT isn’t vastly overrated but it’s the one I’ll pick here but mainly that’s because they have it as his #1 film and I can’t follow them on that. It’s frustratingly minimalist to a new viewer but you’ll find yourself appreciating it more and more with each visit.

most underratedbroken flowers – 30th on TSPDT 2005 list. I’ll die on this hill if I have to. Ok, so now I have cache as the #1 2005 film but I think this is a second tier masterpiece and find it to be a textbook example of film form; repetition, style, theme consistency and variation.

gem I want to spotlightmystery train– Shockingly this film is not in the TSPDT top 1000 and I don’t get it. Even if jarmusch’s deadpan humor doesn’t win you over the formal inventiveness will.

stylistic innovations/traits: This is easy for Jarmusch. Black and white minimalist films with deadpan humor with outsiders and often language barriers as friends. Elliptical editing and if Michael Mann makes you think of slick or suave than “hip” is the picture-perfect term for Jarmusch.  I also think of great music (rock and roll, waits, young, screaming jay Hawkins, etc) and sort of like a handsome urban decay. I love jarmuch’s films.

 

Top 10

  1. dead man
  2. broken flowers
  3. down by law
  4. stranger than paradise
  5. mystery train
  6. ghost dog: the way of the samurai
  7. only lovers left alive
  8. night on earth
  9. coffee and cigarettes

 

Top 100 directors running list

100) Fuller– 3 must-see, 1 HR, 12 archiveable films

99) Cukor– 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 18 archiveable

98) Demy- 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 1 HR, 5 archiveable

97) Jackson– 1 masterpiece, 1 HR, 3 archiveable

96) Miller– 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 1 HR, 5 archiveable

95) Kazan- 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 3 HR, 12 archiveable

94) Sofia Coppola- 1 masterpiece, 3 HR, 5 archiveable

93) Zemeckis- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 7 archiveable

92) Preminger– 4 must-see, 15 archiveable

91) Miyazaki– 2 must-see, 4 HR, 10 archiveable

90) Lubitsch- 4 must-see, 2 HR, 11 archiveable

89) Tati- 3 must-see, 1 HR, 5 archiveable

88) von Stroheim- 1 masterpiece, 1 MS, 2 HR, 6 archiveable

87) Dardenne- 3 must-see, 3HR, 7 archiveable

86) Nicholas Ray– 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 2 HR, 11 archiveable

85) Iñárritu- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 4 archiveable

84) De Palma- 3 must-see, 3 HR, 11 archiveable

83) Minnelli- 2 must-see, 6 HR, 10 archiveable

82) Curitz- 1 masterpiece, 6 HR, 17 archiveable

81) Aronofsky- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 1.5 HR, 5 archiveable

80) Preston Sturges- 4 must-see, 1 HR, 8 archiveable

79) Walsh- 1 masterpiece, 1 must-see, 5 HR, 9 archiveable

78) Gilliam- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 1 HR, 6 archiveable

77) Tarr- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 4 archiveable

76) Nichols- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 12 archiveable

75) Melville- 3 must-see, 4 HR, 9 archiveable

74) Sirk- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 1 HR, 9 archiveable

73) Stone- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see, 2.5 HR, 9 archiveable

72)  Almodóvar- 1 masterpiece, 2 must-see 4 HR, 12 archiveable

71) Roeg- 2 masterpieces, 1 must-see, 2 HR 5 archiveable

70) Mizoguchi- 5 must-see,, 3 HR, 8 archiveable

69) Wyler- 4 must-see, 8 HR, 18 archiveable

68) Jarmusch- 2 masterpieces, 2 must-see 1 HR 9 archiveable