The independent film movement blossomed in the 1990s. Smaller budgets inspired filmmakers to concentrate more on their scripts and unique storytelling abilities. Jim Jarmusch certainly helped to set the bar with his movies Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law in the mid 1980s.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The story begins with the annoyance of a family obligation, and transcends into the denial of feelings and missed opportunities. Delivered in complete deadpan, Stranger Than Paradise also allows the viewer to experience many moments of inactivity and boredom. Jarmusch’s minimalist style is a perfect fit.
Clerks (1994) is written and directed by Kevin Smith. Made for under $28,000, the film would serve as a catalyst for the Jersey ensemble’s future franchise. The normally mundane day of two sales clerks serves as the backdrop for one of the funniest movies ever created. Clerks gave birth to the iconic characters Jay and Silent Bob, and will certainly withstand all the tests of time.
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