I’ve run out of witticisms.
Which is a shame. Because I really want you to know about this film.
If you don’t already.
This is called quantum writing.
It is the sentence fragment equivalent of liberal ellipses.
It is the first episode. Vignettes.
Seemed like a throwaway scene years ago.
Now. So prescient. Then.
So pertinent. Germane.
She’s not really interested in becoming a movie star.
People selling kidneys to get a real casting agent and she’s not interested…
Lost in the world.
Pulling immigrants with the magnetism of illustrious decades.
East Germany. Dresden. Near Czechoslovakia. 1991.
My neighborhood. When I can pause for a moment and appreciate the diversity.
Another scene which ages well.
When I saw this I hadn’t been to France.
Hadn’t been to New York or L.A.
And you appreciate more. When you’ve been.
The loving portrayal. The in-between shots.
Maybe it’s the garbage can at Pink’s Hot Dogs.
A green trash bag. Liner. Someone sweeping up.
We’re blind to so many details.
And so Jim Jarmusch went and put ’em in a film.
Tom Waits soundtracking like Charles Ives with an accordion.
Why is it sad?
It should be funny. And sad.
It depends on your life.
If you’ve ever had a brush with the entertainment industry, then that first scene might get you.
Might punch you right in the gut.
And the point is that as one girl throws it all away (from a perspective) a bloke on the east coast is just trying to get a cab.
I’ve got money.
And home is Brooklyn.
It’s painful cold.
And as one family is dysfunctional in its uniquely Tolstoyvian way, another has no family at all.
It was too cold to shave today.
Save the money.
Money is not important to me. I’m a clown. I just need the money. But it’s not important to me.
And there’s your artist.
A mechanic works the art of grease.
A clown suffers in the tumult.
Please. Come in. Welcome to my taxi. It is very important to me.
Long night. On Earth.
You hear about Africa every year. Annually. On average.
A famine. A plague. An outstanding war. Out standing in the rain.
We never know just how it feels to live in Nigeria.
It is furthest from our thoughts.
And then we are reminded. That Africa exists.
The continent. Does not exert itself.
Comes down to capital. LLC. Land labor capital.
To LKM. labor Kapital material.
A lot has changed since Adam Smith.
And what makes the U.S. unique compared to Hong Kong or Tokyo? Land.
Room to sprawl. Endlessly.
But I digress. As a matter of course.
In the course of one speck of matter (Earth) running rings around the Sun.
Our sun. Not up yet.
The hour of the wolf.
Brings us to Rome. Ingmar not Ingrid.
It is comic blast #2.
We survived the sadness with laughter. In New York.
And now we book a room at the Hotel Genius. [Hotel Imbecile was full-up.]
Thank God for Charlie Parker!
I was looking forward to this humor for days. I knew the ending.
But I didn’t know my own age. In the mirror of cinema.
But, dear friends, all good things must end (and bad things must start).
“They say the darkest hour/Is right before the dawn.”
That’s the hour of the wolf.
And instead of Max von Sydow we get Matti Pellonpää.
With his Grinderman mustache.
Walrus. Circles the statue. In front of parliament?
Helsinki. Like a sinkhole. Cold. Hell sinky.
It is the end of the earth. And I only have my memories of being drunk in Kiruna. Sweden. Never made it further east.
And for a moment he just sits behind the wheel and stares off into space.
After it’s all over. As if he can see the ice-trails of orbits.
We travel the spaceways.
Every humble step of our lives.
From bakery to grain field.
But mostly streets.
Taxis. The poetry of snaking asphalt.
Sing the songs of the pavement.
Every passenger a sad story.
Every driver a priest.