PATERSON
2016, Bleecker Street Media, 113 min, France/Germany/USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: He drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever-changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.


MYSTERY TRAIN
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 110 min, USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

The seedy Arcade Hotel attracts Elvis-obsessed Japanese tourists, an Italian widow and a trio of liquor store robbers in writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s offbeat anthology film. The Clash’s Joe Strummer, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Rufus Thomas are among the musical luminaries lurking in this love letter to Memphis and an American popular culture less removed from its roots.


DEAD MAN
1995, Miramax, 121 min, USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) is expelled from a frontier town with a bullet lodged in his chest and a trio of bounty hunters at his heels. Fortunately, he is befriended by Nobody (Gary Farmer), a Native American who escorts him to the Pacific coast, where his destiny lies. Described by director Jim Jarmusch as a “psychedelic Western,” this haunting black-and-white vision features a soundtrack by Neil Young and a memorable supporting cast including Gabriel Byrne, Iggy Pop and, in his final film, Robert Mitchum. “One of the very best movies of the 1990s.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times


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