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Rootless Hungarian emigre Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch's one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema. Also included in this special-edition release is Jarmusch's legendary debut feature, Permanent Vacation, a time capsule of late-seventies Manhattan, on DVD for the first time in the United States.
Stranger Than Paradise is ace director Jim Jarmusch's first film, and one of his best. It concerns a man in New York City who is reluctant to take in his female cousin for a 10 day... Read morePublished on July 22 2011 by Mark Andrew Brown
Maybe THE perfect movie, very funny, very close to the bone & improves immensely with each viewing.
Back when hip meant wise rather than trendy, I would have tagged it the... Read more
This is not an exciting film. It is a love story -- a platonic love story about an American, played by John Lurie, who "doesn't even consider himself part of [his] family anymore,"... Read morePublished on June 8 2003 by Alexanderplatz
I saw this film years ago when it first came out at a little independent theatre in Boston's Back Bay. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by James Ferguson
This ranks as one of my favorite films of all time. However, I think one's opinion is affected by whether you see it on the big screen or TV. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2002 by Elvis-from-Hell
Lest I incite hatred from that title alone, I'll explain myself: I loved "Magnolia" -- a movie many deemed boring and confusing, I loved "Bottle Rocket" and "Rushmore" -- movies... Read morePublished on June 29 2002
It's an old Python joke but it best sums up my feeling towards all the glowing reviews of what appears to be a technically competent but boring movie. Seriously, though. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002
I saw this movie in 1984 in a great old theatre in Sacramento, California...three times. This is without a doubt my favorite movie of all time. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2002
Stranger Than Paradise is the most original, sensitive, intelligently humorous and satisfying movie I have ever seen. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2001