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Jim Jarmusch and the Humanity of the Mundane

by Kevin Pellegrinelli Since his 1980 directorial debut Permanent Vacation, no director has marched (or, in his case, strutted like a badass) to the beat of their own drummer like Jim Jarmusch. One of independent cinema’s crown jewels, Jarmusch has made a point to hop genres and tones without ever sacrificing the elements that make his films quintessentially and absolutely his own. His style, his humor, and his attention to the human condition are rare, eccentric, and extremely moving, but also personal and specific enough to the point where larger audiences may find his work inaccessible at first. With the recent release of The Dead Don’t Die, his zombie comedy starring the likes of Billy Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, and an insane amount of other great actors, Jarmusch finally finds himself facing the mass market, and even noted himself that this is the first time one of his films has been given any kind of significant advertising push (likely thanks to the presence of Driver and Gomez). While the response to Jarmusch’s …