Jim Jarmusch will always be cool. Though his films may no longer have the cultural prominence – as he is no longer one of preeminent voices in independent cinema – Jarmusch was the guy who brought hip to indie cinema. With Stranger than Paradise and Down by Law, there was a sense of affectation, deadpan droll, dissociation, and self-aware irony that came to define his style, but was without question outsider art that had the creative power to pose with a swagger. Mystery Train was his third feature film, and it tells three stories of people in Memphis, the first about two Japanese tourists (Masatoshi Nagase and Youki Kudoh) who gawk at the home of Elvis, the second about an Italian woman on layover (Nicoletti Braschi), and the third about a newly single man (Joe Strummer) and his friends (Steve Buscemi, Rick Aviles) all spending a night on a bender. All three groups end up at a hotel (run by Screaming Jay Hawkins, and Cinque Lee) where their stories slightly converge. My review of Criterion’s edition of Mystery Train on Blu-ray after the jump.