Golden Exits (2017)

Golden Exits
Director: Alex Ross Perry
Writer: Alex Ross Perry
Cast: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny, Analeigh Tipton, Craig Butta, Keith Poulson
Seen on: 28.2.2019

Naomi (Emily Browning) has come alle the way from Australia to Brooklyn to work with archivist Nick (Adam Horovitz) who was hired by his sister-in-law Gwen (Mary-Louise Parker) to go through her recently deceased father’s belongings and catalogue them. Naomi’s arrival sparks the jealousy of Nick’s wife Alyssa (Chloë Sevigny) who had her mistrust of Nick proven many times. But Naomi is more interested in Buddy (Jason Schwartzman), a family friend who knew Naomi when she was a kid and has now promised her to show her a bit of the city. Buddy seems also interested in Naomi, but he is married to Jess (Analeigh Tipton) who shares her worries with her sister Sam (Lily Rabe) and vice versa.

At the beginning of Golden Exits, Naomi states that she would like to write stories about everyday people who don’t do anything exciting but are still interesting. That is very obviously the mission statement for this film. The result is pretty boring but in an unusual way – not a torturous kind of boring, but rather a bland kind..

The film poster showing drawings of the main characters in pairs, talking to each other. Every person is in two conversations, making a chain of conversations.
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In Dubious Battle (2016)

In Dubious Battle
Director: James Franco
Writer: Matt Rager
Based on: John Steinbeck‘s novel of the same name
Cast: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D’OnofrioSelena GomezAhna O’ReillyAnaleigh TiptonJack KehlerScott HazeSam ShepardJoel Marsh GarlandJohn SavageRobert DuvallEd HarrisJosh HutchersonJulian De NiroBryan CranstonAshley GreeneKeegan AllenZach BraffAustin Stowell
Seen on: 24.4.2017

Jim (Nat Wolff) just joined a political party who’s goal it is to empower workers. There he meets the charismatic and politically experienced Mac (James Franco) who takes him under his wing. Together they make their way to a fruit plantation where they hope to instigate a strike without the workers noticing that that’s what they came there to do. When they hear about a case where a plantation owner (Robert Duvall) reduced the workers’ pay from 3 to 1 Dollar, they know they have their in.

In Dubious Battle profits from Steinbeck’s strength as a writer and an absolutely stellar cast that makes the film worth seeing even though Franco directing Franco is not the best thing to ever happen.

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Warm Bodies (2013)

Warm Bodies
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Jonathan Levine
Based on: Isaac Marion‘s novel
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, John Malkovich

The zombie apocalypse has happened. R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie who can’t remember much – not even his entire name – and spends most of his time shuffling around an empty airport. But all of that changes when he meets Julie (Teresa Palmer) during a hunt. Julie is one of the few survivors. And while R munches on Julie’s boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco), he falls in love with her. He brings her home and Julie slowly realizes that maybe not all zombies are the monsters she thought they were. And their connection sparks a new development that is much bigger than the two of them.

Warm Bodies is great. It’s sweet, very well made and extremely funny. I expected much from it beforehand and I got it all.


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