Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed Review of THE LIMITS OF CONTROL

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From the juiced-box and the OST: The Black Angels – You On The Run

[This review is a lot better if you press ‘Play’ and read while you listen.]

Ramblings: Outer Limits

Final Proof: 2 Shots

You know how you drink with Jim Jarmusch? You’ve seen Dead Man and Down By Law and you can’t wait to hang with the guy who hangs with Tom Waits, Bill Murray and Johnny Depp. So he gets there and you’re all excited and you sit down at the table ready to have this super intense conversation with the writer of Broken Flowers, Coffee and Cigarettes, and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Then nothing happens. He just kinda sits there and looks at you. And you wanna say something but it’s Jim Jarmusch and he’s so much cooler than you could ever be so anything you say will sound completely stupid so you sip your drink and wait. And wait. And he doesn’t say anything. At all. He looks at you and kinda smiles sheepishly. He says “Wow, it’s quiet in here.” Then nothing else for twenty minutes. Then he tells you it was nice meeting you and stands up and leaves and you have to pay the tab. That’s what The Limits of Control was like.

To be honest, it might be my fault. i was drunk when i saw this movie. i’d had like 5 glasses of wine at lunch, then a pint of lager after work waiting for an Aussie coworker, then another pint outside the movie theater waiting for Miss Demeanor. Then another pint inside the movie theater. Then three bottles of beer during the movie. Alls i can say, though, is i saw this with Miss Demeanor and two other chicks and they agreed with me about what i’m going to write here.

Here’s a shot of the bar inside the movie theater:

So You Can Make A Scene

Jim himself came to present the movie:

The guy who announced Jim said that Jim was reluctant to show up because he was shy. This was the first bad sign. The second was Jim saying that we should look at his movie as though it were a dream. The third bad sign was he didn’t even hang around. He took off, and if he couldn’t stay to watch his own movie…

The Limits of Control is a very minimalist movie. Like Dead Man on downers. There are llllooooonnnngggggg stretches without any dialog and so you have the feeling you’re watching moving paintings. The paintings are very beautiful, but no one wants to look at paintings for 2 hours.

The problem with this movie is you have to be drunk to appreciate it, but then you fall asleep because there’s no action and you’re drunk. The other problem is i was holding in my piss for the whole movie. Finally my bladder exploded so i had to run off to the can to stem the internal peeing and when i came back, i’d missed the only action scene in 116 minutes. That pissed me off.

The Limits of Control reminds me of past lives i’ve never lived. Or a slide show of Jarmusch’s trip into his dreams. It was like having someone else’s déja vu.

Blonde (played by Tilda Swinton) summarizes Jim Jarmush’s approach:

I like movies that are like dreams. The ones where you’re not sure if you saw them or dreamed them. Some movies are best when people don’t say anything at all. Where people just sit and don’t talk.

Then she just sits and doesn’t talk for a real long time…

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 3½ Shots

The best part of the movie, if you ask me. We get some nice shots of Paz de la Huerta nude, which you would expect of someone whose character is called “Nude”. Well, not totally nude because she wears thick nerd glasses.

i think what i liked best about her was how unsymmetrical her body was. Her breasts are slightly different sized and her nipples point in different directions. i find that the things i appreciate most in any woman, both physically and mentally, are the things that make her unique from all other women. There’s a lot of that going on here…

Jim & Paz Outside The Bar None

Tilda Swinton was also in the movie as Blonde. While she may not be a classic pinup, she has a very distinctive edge:

Giving Oscar 'Head'

A Smoke

Drink: 0 Shots

i don’t remember any alcohol in the movie, but then i fell asleep for much of it due to all the alcohol i’d had before and during the movie. Maybe you should just ask Miss D…

A Smoke

Rock & Roll:3 Shots


While it’s not truly rock and roll, the soundtrack is very cool. It reminded me a lot of Dead Man, with the saturated guitar rasping out Neil Young style solos. Here’s a complete track listing:

  1. Bad Rabbit – Intro
  2. Boris with Michio Kurihara – Fuzzy Reactor
  3. La Macarena – Saeta
  4. Bad Rabbit – Sea Green Sea
  5. Boris – Feedbacker (Tloc Edit)
  6. Manuel el Sevillano – Por Compasión: Malaguenas
  7. Boris – Farewell
  8. Sunn O))) & Boris – N.L.T.
  9. Carmen Linares – El Que Se Tenga Por Grande
  10. Bad Rabbit – Dawn
  11. The Black Angels – You On The Run
  12. Earth and Bill Frisell – Omens And Portents 1: The Driver (Tloc Edit)
  13. Talegón de Córdoba & Jorge Rodriguez Padilla – El Que Se Tenga Por Grande
  14. Sunn O))) & Boris – Blood Swamp (Tloc Edit)
  15. Ensemble Villa Musica – Schubert 2. Adagio [String Quintet In C, D.956] (Tloc Edit)
  16. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
  17. Boris – ” ” (Tloc Edit)

Boring Technical Crap

Written by: Jim Jarmusch

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch


Paz de la Huerta – Nude

Tilda Swinton – Blonde

Isaach De Bankolé – Lone Man

Bottom Line

Don’t see it. But find naked photos of Paz de le Huerta.

4 thoughts on “Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed Review of THE LIMITS OF CONTROL

  1. Loooong comment ahead, sorry. I just started writing my own review in your comments is all, lol.

    “The Limits of Control reminds me of past lives i’ve never lived. Or a slide show of Jarmusch’s trip into his dreams. It was like having someone else’s déja vu.

    Yeah, this all sums it up. A little more on this, too:

    “The guy who announced Jim said that Jim was reluctant to show up because he was shy. This was the first bad sign. The second was Jim saying that we should look at his movie as though it were a dream. The third bad sign was he didn’t even hang around. He took off, and if he couldn’t stay to watch his own movie…”

    First off, the announcer said something more, that Jarmusch was only agreeing to do this in “Yeah-men” because he was asked too many rude and pointed questions by people in other countries, but the announcer said he agreed to come to “Yeah-man” because he was promised the “Yeah-menis” would be more accepting and polite of his work and his being there. Okay, so my “Yeah-menese” sucks, but you also told me the gist of it in the theater at the time and I trust your linguistic skilz. Sounds to me like perhaps too many people have been feeling let down by his work of late and were calling him on it.

    I personally think with this that he just wanted a comped trip to “Yeah-man” to hang out like a fat cat. It was an excuse to have some “Yeah-meni” cushy star treatment. He had no interest in being with the peons and really talking about his work, introducing it in a manner like even Francis Ford Coppola did in his long, but interesting, intro. It was his 5 minutes of pain to pay for the flight to “Yeah-man,” the stay in four star hotels, and the meals at the four star restaurants. It was just an excuse to have a “Yeah-meni Experience,” I am pretty sure.

    (Aside: that was a pain in the ass to type and I think you should just come out of the closet on your real location, lol. Plus if people knew it, what I just wrote would make a hella lot more sense, too.)

    Next, Jim said that we should look at this movie as if we had taken SHROOMS, not as if it was a dream. Important distinction there, and in a way, makes the movie make more sense if you understand that it was supposed to be a shroomy, trippy thing (although if the movie is really what taking shrooms is like, then you can count me out). Maybe Jim was ON shrooms in Spain while making this. You know, like when people are stoned and come up with the answers to the Universe, write them on napkins, and feel like it has been a major revelation only to look at the napkin sober and think, “WTF?” I wonder if this movie is like that napkin.

    Finally, about his not hanging around: like I was saying, it was dinner time in “Yeah-men” and so I am sure he had reservations at some swanky place where he was getting a free delicious and gourmet meal because he is Jim.

    LAME. (Imagine me saying that in Cartman’s voice.)

    I REALLY want to like the guy, I really, really, do, and I REALLY wanted to like this movie a lot more than I did. I had some interesting thoughts during it, and I could see some of what Jim was getting at (more on that in a moment), but overall, all I could think about was how much *I* had to pee and I had only had that one San Pelligrino. I cannot imagine being you (but then I can’t most times, lol).

    BTW, it sucked having that one last bottle of beer you were drunkenly nursing spill on me and your coat. Just sayin’. Made me grouchy at seeing the movie with drunk you instead of more sober you.

    Anyways, you and me kind of got in this argument after it all, with me wanting to defend the movie a little bit when you were clearly disappointed in it. I was saying how I liked parts of it, like the Tilda Swinton part about some movies being like dreams:

    Are you interested in films, by any chance? I like really old films. You can really see what the world looked like, thirty, fifty, a hundred years ago. You know the clothes, the telephones, the trains, the way people smoked cigarettes, the little details of life. The best films are like dreams you’re never sure you’ve really had. I have this image in my head of a room full of sand. And a bird flies towards me, and dips its wing into the sand. And I honestly have no idea whether this image came from a dream, or a film. Sometimes I like it in films when people just sit there, not saying anything.

    I also liked that it was like an action film in slo-mo. I was really entranced by the Lone Man’s movements, his repetitive actions, the details of his character.

    Actually, I am finding that as I type this, I am liking the movie a little more. It certainly was something *different* and it looked really cool while being different. Yeahhh, there is a part of me, though, that just DID NOT “get it.” The thing is, I did get some of it, and the parts I got, I liked a lot.

    It’s definitely on the wayyyyy avant-garde side of things, though, and not a movie for Everyman.

    I am still left with the feeling that I would love to ask Jim Jarmusch what it was he was trying to communicate, and not in a mean way of asking, as someone who really wants to GET what he was trying to do and to be able to get the fullness of what the film was about.

    Thing is, I don’t think Jim would have the time for a peon like me. He is too busy having the cushy life, eh?

    Anyways, I was arguing for the movie’s strengths, as I thought there were some: a great cast, very visually cool-looking, and some interesting ideas that made me think while the movie was playing. You wanted to argue about how disappointed you were, and how you felt like you used to be a part of the Jim Jarmusch Club and were one in-the-know, but that with this movie, Jim made up new rules about the club, and this one has now excluded you from it. You were quite sad about that.

    It was an interesting evening, and one I won’t forget about, that is for sure.

    • Thanks for clarifying what Jarmusch and the guy who introduced Jarmusch said. i remembered getting it during the intro but i could’t remember a word of it when i was typing the review up. Thank god your memory is so much better than mine, even if your memories are worse (as evidenced by the beer spill). What was it that made you maddest? Was it the fact i wasted perfectly good beer, got some on you and my coat, or looked like a drunk in the front row (literally in front of everyone)?

      [Easter egg alert!] No one cares that i live in Paris, Angel. [If anyone who bothers to read this re-comment doesn’t know us or where we live, then they deserve the truth. Still, i’ll ask you to keep it under wraps a little longer, if you don’t mind. i’ve got some vague plans on how i intend to break the news 😉 ]

      i’m also glad your challenging my review made you like it a little more. The movie is pro’lly like memories in that way, too. The more distant they are, the more we gloss over them.

      Thanks for putting so much thought into your comment, my one and only truest Love!

      Al K Hall

  2. Hmm, so a drink to be social, a drink to better ones mood or play other tricks on ones perception, but a drink merely as a time filler? That’s hardcore.

    I can’t imagine ever not having something to say to anyone, but I’m inappropriate (shamless) that way. I accept and embrace my uncoolness in a very “in your face” way.

    I love that picture of Jim and Paz together loking like they are both remembering the “casting couch” in very different ways.

    LOL @ LCD Soundsystem for having a song about Daft Punk

    I was presented by Stumbleupon with a list of the top 10 most disturbing books (fairly subjective, but the kind of thing I’m interested in) and one of the top books was already a movie (Girl Who Lives Down The Lane) and another is just coming out and it intreges the hell out of me

    reading Miss D’s review. David Lynch meets Philip Glass (or Twin Peaks filmed as Koyaanisqatsi) and you make Jim sound like he has the personality of Michael Crichton (may he rest fitfully)

    • LOL! Brother, living is a good excuse to drink. Once you start with that principle, opportunities abound.

      Honestly, if i really were in a bar i coulda found something to say… i was just trying to communicate how silent the whole experience was.

      LLOL (Literally Laughed Out Loud) at your comment of the pair outside the Bar None. That’s exactly what it looks like!

      i’ll post the LCD Soundsystem tune today for you. i aim to serve!

      The Road is coming here soon and i’m looking forward to it. i was a little disappointed to read that the action sequences will be few and far between and that i won’t be able to watch cannibals eating babies, though. 😦

      On that note,

      Al K Hall

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