The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

The Dead Don’t Die
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Eszter Balint, Danny Glover, Maya Delmont, Taliyah Whitaker, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Caleb Landry Jones, RZA, Larry Fessenden, Rosie Perez, Jodie Markell, Carol Kane, Tilda Swinton, Sara Driver, Iggy Pop, Selena Gomez, Austin Butler
Seen on: 15.6.2019

Content Note: sexism, racism

Plot:
Centerville is a small, sleepy town where nothing much ever happens. Or at least, nothing happened so far. When police officers Cliff (Bill Murray) and Ronnie (Adam Driver) get called to investigate a stolen chicken, they realize that something isn’t right: the sun isn’t setting. Their clocks stopped working. Oh, and the dead start rising again. Soon the entire town has to face a zombie horde.

I didn’t hear much good about The Dead Don’t Die before seeing it, but I still had hope that everyone was wrong (because Jarmusch’s two last films, Paterson and Only Lovers Left Alive, were my two favorites of his ever since Dead Man). Unfortunately it was me who was wrong to hope.

The film poster showing a full moon behind Iggy Pop as a zombie behind Mindy (Chloë Sevigny) behind Cliff (Bill Murray) behind Ronnie (Adam Driver) behind a small Zelda (Tilda Swinton).
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The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

The Incredible Jessica James
Director: Jim Strouse
Writer: Jim Strouse
Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells, Taliyah Whitaker,
Sarah Jones
Seen on: 6.1.2018
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Plot:
Jessica (Jessica Williams) is a playwright with a whole lot of rejection letters to prove it. She makes her living as a theater teacher for children. And she just broke up with her boyfriend Damon (Lakeith Stanfield), a break-up that still gnaws at her although she was the one who instigated it. When she starts dating again, she meets Boone (Chris O’Dowd). They get along, but Boone has just been divorced and is equally hung up on his past relationship as Jessica is on hers. Nevertheless, there is something between them that both want to follow up on.

The Incredible Jessica James isn’t a re-invention of anything, but it is a super-sweet, super-nice film with great character and performances that are simply enjoyable. It’s absolutely lovely.

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