Paterson

Paterson

DVD - 2017
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Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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JAL49
May 16, 2020

Slow and beautiful story-telling. Evocative and nuanced, so if you like hard-driving action (or even traditional narrative thrust) this probably isn’t for you. Adam Driver is just perfect for it.

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djil
Apr 10, 2020

The definition of a slice of life film. A warm, soft ode following the mundane life of a bus driver who writes poetry. There are no huge plot twists or true conflict. It’s not for everybody- but if you can handle that not a lot happens during the runtime then check it out.

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dmasterson
Apr 10, 2020

Not for everyone since there's no plot to speak of. Just the sweet and quiet story of a week in the life of a busdriver poet.

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chenyj37
Mar 15, 2020

This was one of the most boring movies we ever watched. We didn't see anything poetic or achingly beautiful about it like some other reviewers did. We found it depressing and pointless and weird. The couple's dog Marvin was probably the most interesting character in the movie. It wasn't hard to shut it off after about 35-40 minutes.

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 29, 2020

Beautiful, simple and elegant. Jim Jarmusch has given us another gem of a movie.

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kasiL15
Jan 28, 2020

Totally agree with grdu96!! This movie was boring. Pointless. Repetitive. Disappointing. A waste of time. Definitely would not call this movie 'creative'. I love Adam Driver, but this movie was bad!

WARNING - Despite the DVD cover notes and charming pictures this is actually a well-acted horror movie, but if you like movies by this director, you won't agree with me. My recommendation is to stop the film near the end at the point the couple decide to go out for dinner. If you do stop at this point you will avoid experiencing the unnecessary shock of vicariously experiencing an intellectual tragedy. The nightmarish ending is manipulated by the set up of a long, slow, patient and peaceful narrative with several situations of surprising and quiet plot twists. Lots of twins are revealed. Clever. Questions are asked quietly and very slowly all the way through the film. Who are we without love or a smart phone or a photocopier? What is love? What is art? Who is a poet? In the end a pessimistic view of life and art and loss and love in its many forms is revealed and distorts everything already experienced. In the end this movie is about shocking an audience. I don't like experiencing gratuitous and oppressive violent suffering, especially without hope. Life is tough enough thank you. At the very least the plot could have revealed to the hero the reason the mailbox was tilted at the end of the day. But, no, not even that kindness is presented to the manipulated audience. We are left to wonder if our poet will recover. The writer/director isn't worried about the audience recovering. In my opinion this is badly written fiction with a lame ending. My goal is to forget about this movie and I've re-written the ending at least five different ways. VIEWER BEWARE.

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MajorBurt
Jul 29, 2019

I haven't seen a Jarmusch film in years, but after seeing Paterson, I've put a hold on another of his. For me this was just achingly beautiful; a film about the poetry in the details and nuances of ordinary life. Praises, too, to Nellie the dog for her understated performance as Marvin the dog. However, I do understand the writer who said "I can't believe how different we all are," after reading the good reviews. It's not a film that everyone will appreciate.

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KKHannegan
Sep 24, 2018

This is a wonderful, poetic, understated, beautiful film. I'm a Jim Jarmusch fan, so everything he creates, I have to see two, three or four times. This is one of those films. It really is a poetic meditation. AND a sweet, sweet love story.

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xod_s
Aug 14, 2018

This isn't a very eventful movie. I liked it because it wasn't too eventful. I'm not to sure that I would say the same thing if I hadn't watched a video on Youtube called " Everyday Virtue | Paterson & David Foster Wallace" on the channel "Like Stories Of Old". I wouldn't say this is an 'overtly' intellectually charged movie ('Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai' with the ponderings of Forest Whitaker's character was more like that) but it's still there with Adam Driver's character working on his poetry and mundane struggles like his wife trying out creative forms of self-expression and the romantic relational turmoil William Jackson Harper's character undergoes. Things which let Paterson down by the end are compensated for in a way by a gift given by a stranger which is all the more encouraging to him.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2017

Pages of quotes in IMDb. These from Japanese poet among the best in mho:

My poetry only in Japanese. No translation. Poetry in translations is like taking a shower with a raincoat on. ... Sometimes an empty page presents more possibilities.
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This one on the very talented bulldog is not in IMDb yet:

Hey, yo! Yo my man, lemme holla at you a minute. Hey yo, that's a English Bulldog, right?
-Uh... yeah.
Yo I told you man, them dogs are poppin' right now. Yah that dog mad expensive, right?
-Yeah, well... expensive to feed.
Yeah, this guy yo... No, I feel ya though, but man, dog like that get jacked.
Ya know what I mean? Like dog-jacked my G. Ya feel me? Ya'll look on that?
-Dog-jacked... Well it gives me somethin' to look forward to then I guess.
Aight money... Hey yo, be safe out here, aight? And cuff that dog, it's real out here bruh.
-Alright. I'm gonna go cuff ya Marvin.
Okay Marvin, don't get dog-jacked.

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