"The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong."
Like the score by RZA, Ghost Dog is set to its own rhythm: part Mafia movie, part hood film, part Kurosawa, part Tarantino. In no universe should this work, but Jarmusch's uncompromising vision and Whittaker's earnest commitment to his role amalgamate into a truly unique piece of cinema. Anything less, and Ghost Dog would have collapsed under the weight of its disparate parts. Instead, it stands as a triumph of what independent cinema can be.
"You need to start thinking like a man," says Murray, a Walmart version of the Most Interesting Man in the World.
Jones's talents are wasted playing a sad, insecure woman adrift in a man's world, battered around by masculine forces far beyond her comprehension until she arrives at her destination through absolutely no agency of her own.
Skip this ode to daddy issues.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.”
In his distinctly manic style, Luhrman delivers another delightful orgy of the senses in this celebration of romantic love and la vie Bohème. Strong performances, a memorable score, and excellent pacing carry an otherwise pedestrian plot with one-dimensional characters.
Love this for the fantastical, idealized, Bohemian fable it is intended to be, and it will love you in return.