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the_DT
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine_NP
starring_NN
samuel_NP
l_NN
._.
jackson_NP
,_,
ann_NP
magnuson_NP
,_,
aunjanue_VB
ellis_NP
,_,
tamara_NP
tunie_NN
screenplay_NN
by_IN
george_NP
dawes_NP
green_JJ
,_,
based_VBN
on_IN
his_PP$
novel_NN
directed_VBN
by_IN
kasi_???
lemmons_NNS
*_???
*_???
*_???
for_CS
more_DT
film_NN
,_,
dvd_???
and_CC
books_NNS
about_IN
movie_NN
reviews_NNS
,_,
plus_IN
annual_JJ
coverage_NN
of_IN
the_DT
toronto_NP
international_JJ
film_NN
festival_NN
,_,
visit_NN
_film_NN
freak_NN
central__???
-_-
http_???
:_:
/_SYM
/_SYM
filmfreakcentral_JJ
._.
net_JJ
|_???
now_RB
with_IN
search_NN
engine_NN
*_???
*_???
*_???
a_DT
strange_JJ
mixture_NN
of_IN
_shine__???
,_,
_basquiat__???
,_,
_angel_NP
heart__???
,_,
and_CC
grant_NN
morrison_NP
&_???
dave_NP
mckean_NP
's_POS
graphic_JJ
novel_NN
"_"
arkham_NP
asylum_NN
"_"
,_,
_the_VB
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
is_BEZ
a_DT
feverish_JJ
tale_NN
of_IN
a_DT
homeless_JJ
madman-cum-detective_JJ
who_NP
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
morning_NN
of_IN
february_NP
14th_CD
,_,
discovers_VBZ
a_DT
"_"
valentine_NP
"_"
just_RB
outside_IN
his_PP$
new_JJ
york_NP
cave_NN
:_:
one_CD
of_IN
ella_???
fitzgerald_NP
's_MD
strange_JJ
fruit_NN
,_,
stuck_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
crotch_NN
of_IN
a_DT
tree--a_???
young_JJ
male_JJ
model_NN
murdered_VBD
and_CC
frozen_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
branch_NN
._.
believing_VBG
at_IN
first_OD
that_CS
his_PP$
imagined_JJ
nemesis_NN
stuyvesant_NN
,_,
shooting_NN
evil_NN
rays_NNS
into_IN
his_PP$
mind_NN
from_IN
atop_???
the_DT
chrysler_NN
building_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
responsible_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
murder_NN
,_,
romulus_NN
(_(
samuel_NP
l_NN
._.
jackson_NP
)_(
is_BEZ
put_NN
on_IN
the_DT
trail_NN
of_IN
an_DT
avant-garde_NP
photographer_NN
in_IN
the_DT
mapplethorpe_NP
mould_NN
,_,
david_NP
leppenraub_JJ
(_(
colm_???
feore_CS
)_(
._.
his_PP$
minor_JJ
sleuthing_NN
interrupted_VBD
by_IN
the_DT
occasional_JJ
delusional_JJ
fit_JJ
and_CC
bouts_NNS
with_IN
an_DT
ecstasy_NN
of_IN
creation_NN
(_(
romulus_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
brilliant_JJ
julliard-trained_JJ
pianist_NN
prior_JJ
to_IN
his_PP$
psychosis_NN
)_)
,_,
romulus_NN
uncovers_VBZ
clues_NNS
and_CC
harasses_NNS
suspects_VBZ
on_IN
his_PP$
way_NN
to_IN
convincing_JJ
his_PP$
police-woman_NN
daughter_NN
(_(
aunjanue_NN
ellis_NP
)_)
that_CS
even_JJ
though_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
nut_NN
,_,
that_CS
doesn't_DOZ
mean_VB
that_CS
he_PP
can't_MD
solve_VB
a_DT
high-profile_JJ
society_NN
murder_NN
._.
every_DT
moment_NN
an_DT
exhausting_JJ
workshop_NN
of_IN
ideas_NNS
,_,
and_CC
every_DT
character_NN
the_DT
same_DT
,_,
_the_VB
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
is_BEZ
a_DT
concept_NN
so_RB
"_"
high_JJ
concept_NN
"_"
that_CS
it_PP
suddenly_RB
became_VBD
clear_JJ
to_IN
me_PP
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
fits_VBZ
into_IN
the_DT
comic_NN
book_NN
genre_NN
of_IN
entertainment_NN
,_,
with_IN
romulus_NN
's_POS
"_"
caveman_NN
"_"
a_DT
slightly_RB
more_RBR
mundane_JJ
version_NN
of_IN
todd_NP
mcfarlane_NP
's_POS
urban_JJ
noir_???
hero_NN
,_,
spawn_NN
._.
with_IN
a_DT
long-vanished_JJ
wife_NN
(_(
tamara_NP
tunie_NN
)_)
acting_VBG
as_IN
a_DT
spiritual_JJ
guide_NN
,_,
the_DT
occasional_JJ
social_JJ
caste_NN
commentary_NN
,_,
the_DT
secret_JJ
base_NN
in_IN
a_DT
cave_NN
,_,
a_DT
divergent_JJ
genius_NN
personality_NN
with_IN
a_DT
network_NN
of_IN
informants_NNS
and_CC
supporters_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
wickedly_RB
colourful_JJ
arch-enemy_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
piles_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
lurid_JJ
comic_NN
book_NN
details_NNS
and_CC
dizzying_JJ
slapdash_NN
colours_NNS
to_IN
such_DT
a_DT
lavish_JJ
extent_NN
that_CS
i_PP
was_BEDZ
vaguely_RB
surprised_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
blue_JJ
police_NNS
cars_NNS
weren't_BED
inscribed_VBN
with_IN
"_"
gotham_NP
pd_NP
._.
"_"
that_CS
being_NN
said_VBD
,_,
_the_VB
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
can_MD
only_RB
really_RB
succeed_VB
as_CS
a_DT
heroic_JJ
fantasy_NN
,_,
a_DT
frank_NP
miller_NP
graphic_JJ
novel_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
the_DT
audacity_NN
to_IN
portray_VB
the_DT
blood_NN
staining_VBG
a_DT
field_NN
of_IN
virgin_NN
snow_NN
expanding_JJ
to_IN
form_NN
the_DT
shape_NN
of_IN
a_DT
heart_NN
._.
the_DT
difficulties_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
film_NN
spring_NN
from_IN
the_DT
misunderstanding_NN
that_CS
it_PP
somehow_RB
adheres_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
conventions_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
thriller_NN
or_CC
a_DT
police_NNS
procedural_JJ
when_CS
,_,
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
_the_NP
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
is_BEZ
a_DT
superhero_NN
fable_NN
that_CS
takes_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
cause_NN
of_IN
the_DT
homeless_JJ
(_(
again_RB
like_IN
mcfarlane_NP
's_POS
spawn_NN
)_)
while_CS
attacking_VBG
the_DT
entrenched_JJ
ruling_JJ
classes_NNS
in_IN
government_NN
and_CC
the_DT
arts_NNS
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
no_DT
small_JJ
detail_NN
that_CS
our_PP$
hero_NN
,_,
romulus_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
only_RB
named_VBN
for_IN
a_DT
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
ruling_JJ
class_NN
who_WP
lived_VBD
his_PP$
life_NN
(_(
in_IN
legend_NN
)_)
without_IN
knowledge_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
royal_JJ
birth_NN
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
that_CS
our_PP$
romulus_NN
has_HVZ
turned_VBN
his_PP$
back_NN
on_IN
the_DT
comforts_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
literati_NNS
in_IN
favour_NN
of_IN
a_DT
mystical_JJ
existence_NN
living_NN
in_IN
a_DT
cave_NN
in_IN
a_DT
park_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
romulus_NN
mythology_NN
,_,
signs_NNS
of_IN
romulus_NN
'_"
royal_JJ
blood_NN
is_BEZ
brought_VBN
by_IN
twelve_CD
vultures_NNS
,_,
while_CS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
the_DT
call_NN
to_IN
action_NN
for_IN
our_PP$
hero_NN
comes_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
form_NN
of_IN
not_XNOT
the_DT
carrion_NN
birds_NNS
,_,
but_CC
of_IN
the_DT
carrion_NN
itself_PPX
._.
whether_CS
or_CC
not_XNOT
romulus_NN
of_IN
_the_NP
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
will_MD
found_VB
a_DT
nation_NN
,_,
or_CC
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
case_NN
of_IN
novelist_NN
george_NP
dawes_NP
green_JJ
,_,
upon_IN
whose_WP$
novel_NN
his_PP$
own_DT
screenplay_NN
is_BEZ
based_VBN
,_,
a_DT
franchise_NN
,_,
the_DT
fact_NN
remains_VBZ
that_CS
_the_NP
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
is_BEZ
easily_RB
the_DT
most_DT
misunderstood_VBN
film_NN
of_IN
2001_CD
thus_RB
far_RB
._.
it_PP
,_,
along_IN
with_IN
m_NN
._.
night_NN
shyamalan_NP
's_POS
_unbreakable__???
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
mature_JJ
cinematic_JJ
extrapolation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
graphic_JJ
novel_NN
format_NN
which_WDT
has_HVZ
,_,
since_IN
miller_NP
's_POS
seminal_JJ
"_"
the_DT
dark_JJ
knight_NN
returns_NNS
"_"
,_,
redefined_VBD
the_DT
comic_NN
medium_NN
as_IN
one_CD
suitable_JJ
for_IN
mature_JJ
ruminations_NNS
on_IN
psychologically_RB
sticky_JJ
topics_NNS
._.
readers_NNS
of_IN
sam_NP
keith_NP
's_POS
brilliant_JJ
"_"
the_DT
maxx_???
"_"
comic_NN
series_NN
(_(
or_CC
of_IN
mtv_???
's_NNS
short-lived_JJ
animated_JJ
adaptation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
)_)
are_BER
already_RB
familiar_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
idea_NN
of_IN
a_DT
homeless_JJ
man_NN
placed_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
position_NN
of_IN
knight_NP
errant_JJ
and_CC
king_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
twisted_JJ
demesne_NN
._.
the_DT
failure_NN
of_IN
both_PDT
"_"
the_DT
maxx_???
"_"
tv_NN
show_VB
and_CC
of_IN
_the_NP
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
(_(
not_XNOT
forgetting_VBG
the_DT
initial_JJ
backlash_NN
against_IN
_unbreakable__???
)_)
suggests_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
public_JJ
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
ready_JJ
for_IN
america_NP
's_POS
surprising_JJ
contributions_NNS
to_IN
dark_JJ
fantasy_NN
._.
luxuriantly_RB
lit_VBN
,_,
brashly_RB
saturated_VBN
,_,
and_CC
comic-panel_NN
framed_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
virtuoso_NN
grace_NN
by_IN
cinematographer_NN
amy_NP
vincent_NP
(_(
_death_NN
in_IN
venice_NP
,_,
ca__???
)_)
,_,
while_CS
inhabiting_VBG
robin_NP
standefer_NN
's_POS
(_)
_practical_NN
magic__???
)_(
mesmerizing_CS
sets_NNS
,_,
_the_VB
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
is_BEZ
an_DT
unremittingly_RB
gorgeous_JJ
film_NN
._.
kasi_???
lemmons_NNS
,_,
following_JJ
up_IN
her_PP$
brilliant_JJ
1997_CD
debut_NN
,_,
_eve_VB
's_BEZ
bayou__???
,_,
which_WDT
played_VBD
on_IN
similar_JJ
themes_NNS
of_IN
manufactured_JJ
realities_NNS
and_CC
mysticism_NN
,_,
fulfills_NNS
much_RB
of_IN
her_PP$
immense_JJ
promise_NN
with_IN
a_DT
tale_NN
of_IN
seraphs_NNS
and_CC
lost_JJ
boys_NNS
,_,
artists_NNS
and_CC
suffering_VBG
._.
_the_VB
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
is_BEZ
an_DT
elegant_JJ
and_CC
piquant_JJ
expression_NN
of_IN
hope_NN
for_IN
justice_NN
in_IN
a_DT
tilted_JJ
landscape_NN
._.
clearly_RB
not_XNOT
for_IN
every_DT
taste_NN
,_,
when_CS
approached_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
correct_JJ
paradigm_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
stunning_JJ
and_CC
intensely_RB
fascinating_JJ
films_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
:_:
a_DT
redefinition_NN
of_IN
the_DT
hero_NN
archetype_NN
for_IN
a_DT
post-modern_JJ
audience_NN
with_IN
urine-stained_JJ
wool_NN
trench_NN
coats_NNS
in_IN
place_NN
of_IN
blue_JJ
tights_NNS
and_CC
red_JJ
capes_NNS
._.
_the_VB
caveman_NN
's_POS
valentine__???
is_BEZ
a_DT
fine_JJ
and_CC
a_DT
courageous_JJ
film_NN
,_,
crazy_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
suggest_VB
that_DT
the_DT
delirious_JJ
yammering_NN
of_IN
an_DT
idiot_NN
savant_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
and_CC
truest_JJS
paladin_NP
of_IN
order_NN
in_IN
the_DT
chaos_NN
of_IN
eliot_NP
's_POS
rat_NN
's_BEZ
alley_NN
wasteland_NP
._.