There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
To the average theatergoer, the films of Jim Jarmusch may not seem much different than his hair: Black and white and all kinds of fucked up. Regardless, the director can happily wash his silvery locks each morning knowing that both film geeks and casual fans agree: His movies are sooo cool. (I mean, come on—half of them feature Tom Waits. Even if you’ve never listened to a Tom Waits record, you know he’s cool, right?) Whether you’re a trust-fund baby living “totally bohemian” in a Brooklyn loft space musing on Robby Müller’s cinematography in the escaped-prisoners-on-the-run comedy Down by Law or a shiftless indie-slacker crashed out on your ex-girlfriend’s couch waking only to incoherently mumble something about the aimlessness of life as examined in Strangers in Paradise, everyone who’s anyone knows that Jim Jarmusch is someone. So, wait—who is he again? He’s the rock-starrish minimalist director responsible for Dead Man (pictured), the surrealist western starring Johnny Depp (also cool) as a mortally wounded accountant on a mystical journey, haphazardly wandering the frontier as his Native American guide prepares him for the spirit world. Haven’t seen that one? How ’bout Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai? That’s right—the one with Forest Whitaker killing people and shit. Jarmusch is now the subject of an AFI Silver Theatre retrospective, “The Sad and Beautiful World of Jim Jarmusch.” And you get +1 scene points just for being seen outside the theater, so dust off that all-black outfit and spike up that hair when the series opens Friday, Aug. 5, and runs through Thursday, Aug. 25 (see Showtimes for a full schedule), at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Matthew Borlik)