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review_NN
:_:
ghost_NN
dog_NN
:_:
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
the_DT
samurai_???
(_(
1999_CD
)_)
cast_VB
:_:
forest_NN
whitaker_NP
,_,
henry_NP
silva_NP
,_,
cliff_NN
gorman_NN
,_,
john_NP
tormey_NP
,_,
gene_NN
riffini_NP
,_,
victor_NP
argo_???
,_,
tricia_FW
vessey_NN
,_,
isaach_NN
de_NP
bankole_NN
'_"
,_,
camille_NP
winbush_NN
director_NN
:_:
jim_NP
jarmusch_NP
writer_NN
:_:
jim_NP
jarmusch_NP
rating_NN
:_:
good_JJ
shot_NN
(_(
stars_NNS
)_)
languid_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
pointed_VBD
and_CC
focused_VBD
,_,
ghost_NN
dog_NN
:_:
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
the_DT
samurai_???
sublimely_RB
savages_NNS
our_PP$
cultural_JJ
fascination_NN
with_IN
the_DT
mafia_NN
and_CC
the_DT
sleek_JJ
,_,
ultra-cool_NN
,_,
cinematic_JJ
image_NN
of_IN
the_DT
hitman_NN
._.
juxtaposing_VBG
the_DT
samurai_???
's_BEZ
honor_NN
code_NN
of_IN
feudal_JJ
japan_NP
against_IN
the_DT
tradition_NN
bound_VBN
modus_NN
operandi_NP
of_IN
the_DT
american_JJ
/_SYM
italian_NN
mafia_NN
,_,
it_PP
ceaselessly_RB
chips_NNS
away_RB
with_IN
a_DT
sculptor_NN
's_POS
precision_NN
at_IN
the_DT
archaic_JJ
foundations_NNS
of_IN
both_PDT
as_IN
they_PP
lumber_NN
,_,
dinosaur-like_JJ
,_,
to_IN
function_NN
in_IN
the_DT
modern_JJ
era_NN
._.
director_NN
jarmusch_NP
gleefully_RB
plays_VBZ
the_DT
iconoclast_NN
,_,
ripping_VBG
into_IN
mafioso_NP
precepts_NNS
with_IN
splashes_NNS
of_IN
acidic_JJ
wit_NN
._.
using_VBG
a_DT
palate_NN
of_IN
bleached_JJ
colors_NNS
,_,
jarmusch_NP
lugubriously_RB
maintains_VBZ
a_DT
tone_NN
of_IN
desolation_NN
that_CS
belies_VBZ
the_DT
many_DT
sparks_NNS
of_IN
laugh_NN
out_RP
loud_RB
humor_NN
punctuating_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
._.
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
cater_VB
to_TO
audience_NN
expectations_NNS
of_IN
hyper-colorized_JJ
,_,
stylized_JJ
violence_NN
and_CC
gunplay_NN
where_CS
no_DT
one_CD
dies_VBZ
._.
the_DT
action_NN
is_BEZ
presented_VBN
in_IN
flat_NN
,_,
brutal_JJ
codas_NP
._.
bullets_NNS
have_HV
permanence_NN
._.
death_NN
has_HVZ
consequences_NNS
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
rises_NNS
beyond_IN
standard_JJ
conventions_NNS
to_IN
become_VB
a_NP
meditation_NN
on_IN
the_DT
concepts_NNS
of_IN
honor_NP
and_CC
loyalty_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
anti-movie_NP
,_,
of_IN
sorts_NNS
._.
there_EX
are_BER
few_DT
photogenic_JJ
,_,
empathetic_JJ
characters_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
to_IN
fall_NN
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
._.
this_DT
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
lovingly_RB
holds_VBZ
your_PP$
hand_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
dark_JJ
,_,
contemplative_JJ
moments_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
firmly_RB
holds_VBZ
you_PP
by_IN
the_DT
shoulder_NN
,_,
just_RB
so_RB
,_,
asserting_VBG
itself_PPX
for_IN
all_RB
to_IN
see_NN
._.
the_DT
fulcrum_NN
for_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
thematic_JJ
balancing_NN
act_NN
is_BEZ
ghost_NN
dog_NN
,_,
a_DT
mafia_NN
hitman_NN
._.
a_DT
twist_NN
on_IN
the_DT
stereotypical_JJ
image_NN
of_IN
the_DT
mob_NN
enforcer_NN
,_,
ghost_NN
dog_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
hilarious_JJ
contradiction_NN
in_IN
terms_NNS
._.
unlike_IN
the_DT
sleek_JJ
,_,
muscular_JJ
killing_NN
machines_NNS
one_CD
is_BEZ
accustomed_VBN
to_IN
,_,
we_PP
are_BER
given_VBN
an_DT
inner_JJ
city_NN
black_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
overweight_JJ
and_CC
slovenly_RB
,_,
replete_JJ
with_IN
chapped_JJ
,_,
dirty_JJ
hands_NNS
and_CC
rumpled_JJ
clothing_NN
._.
he_PP
wears_VBZ
a_DT
hooded_JJ
sweatshirt_NN
,_,
which_WDT
he_PP
often_RB
pulls_VBZ
over_IN
his_PP$
head_NN
,_,
giving_VBG
him_PP
a_DT
monk-like_NN
appearance_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
no_DT
acrobatic_JJ
back_NN
flips_VBZ
and_CC
shiny_JJ
super_JJ
guns_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
arsenal_NP
._.
he_PP
uses_VBZ
old_JJ
,_,
worn_VBN
weapons_NNS
and_CC
simply_RB
goes_VBZ
about_IN
his_PP$
tasks_NNS
in_IN
economical_JJ
,_,
efficient_JJ
and_CC
pleasureless_NN
fashion_NN
._.
ghost_NN
dog_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
disciple_NN
of_IN
the_DT
old_JJ
ways_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
samurai_???
,_,
distilling_NN
the_DT
essence_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
through_IN
the_DT
filter_NN
of_IN
a_DT
book_NN
,_,
which_WDT
he_PP
reads_VBZ
daily_JJ
,_,
hagakure_VB
:_:
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
the_DT
samurai_???
._.
life_NN
consists_VBZ
of_IN
simple_JJ
pleasures_NNS
for_IN
him_PP
:_:
ice_NN
cream_NN
,_,
warm_JJ
rooftop_NN
naps_???
and_CC
good_JJ
books_NNS
._.
ghost_NN
dog_NN
lives_NNS
,_,
as_CS
it_PP
were_BED
,_,
by_IN
the_DT
basic_JJ
tenet_NN
expressed_VBN
by_IN
his_PP$
book_NN
;_;
one_CD
should_MD
start_VB
each_DT
day_NN
considering_VBG
oneself_PPX
as_IN
dead_JJ
._.
living_NN
atop_???
an_DT
abandoned_JJ
building_NN
,_,
surrounded_VBN
by_IN
his_PP$
flock_NN
of_IN
pet_NN
carrier_NN
pigeons_NNS
,_,
ghost_NN
dog_NN
exists_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
netherworld_NN
lacking_VBG
creature_NN
comforts_NNS
and_CC
friends_NNS
._.
he_PP
craves_VBZ
nothing_PN
more_DT
._.
as_CS
he_PP
puts_VBZ
it_PP
late_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
"_"
i've_???
seen_VBN
all_PDT
i_NN
want_VB
to_IN
see_NN
._.
"_"
he_PP
exists_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
spiritual_JJ
world_NN
of_IN
the_DT
mind_NN
,_,
gaining_VBG
moral_JJ
sustenance_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
readings_NNS
._.
ghost_NN
dog_NN
wasn't_BEDZ
always_RB
as_IN
he_PP
is_BEZ
presented_VBN
._.
in_IN
several_DT
roshomon-like_NN
flashbacks_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
shown_VBN
how_WRB
ghost_NN
dog_NN
was_BEDZ
assaulted_VBD
by_IN
racist_JJ
white_JJ
males_NNS
and_CC
beaten_VBN
nearly_RB
to_IN
death_NN
until_CS
the_DT
timely_JJ
intervention_NN
of_IN
a_DT
good_JJ
samaritan_JJ
,_,
that_CS
"_"
samaritan_JJ
"_"
being_NN
a_DT
foot_NN
soldier_NN
in_IN
an_DT
aging_JJ
crime_NN
family_NN
._.
ghost_NN
dog_NN
pledges_VBZ
his_PP$
life_NN
to_IN
the_DT
service_NN
of_IN
the_DT
man_NN
,_,
louie_NP
(_(
tormey_NP
)_)
,_,
as_CS
repayment_NN
._.
after_IN
years_NNS
of_IN
loyal_JJ
service_NN
,_,
ghost_NN
dog_NN
is_BEZ
sent_VBN
,_,
by_IN
louie_NP
,_,
to_IN
kill_NN
"_"
handsome_JJ
frank_NP
"_"
,_,
a_DT
made_VBN
man_NN
within_IN
louie_NP
's_POS
organization_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
run_VBN
away_RB
with_IN
the_DT
crime_NN
boss_NN
's_POS
daughter_NN
,_,
louise_NP
(_(
vessey_NP
)_)
._.
ghost_NN
dog_NN
wordlessly_RB
executes_VBZ
his_PP$
task_NN
,_,
witnessed_VBN
by_IN
louise_NP
,_,
whom_WP
he_PP
spares_NNS
,_,
as_CS
she_PP
sits_VBZ
watching_VBG
a_DT
betty_NP
boop_???
cartoon_NN
,_,
clutching_VBG
a_DT
copy_NN
of_IN
the_DT
book_NN
,_,
roshomon_JJ
._.
in_IN
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
synchronicity_NN
,_,
louise_NP
loans_NNS
the_DT
book_NN
to_IN
ghost_NN
dog_NN
._.
upset_VB
that_DT
frank_JJ
was_BEDZ
taken_VBN
out_RP
by_IN
someone_PN
not_XNOT
from_IN
the_DT
family_NN
,_,
the_DT
mob_NN
bosses_NNS
,_,
in_IN
turn_NN
,_,
put_VB
out_RP
a_DT
hit_NN
on_IN
ghost_NN
dog_NN
in_IN
a_DT
perverse_JJ
twist_NN
of_IN
loyalty_NN
to_IN
their_PP$
assassinated_VBN
comrade_FW
._.
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
movie_NN
holds_VBZ
the_DT
dated_JJ
value_NN
systems_NNS
of_IN
both_PDT
the_DT
mafia_NN
and_CC
ghost_NN
dog_NN
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
light_NN
of_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
millennium_NN
with_IN
many_DT
acerbic_JJ
asides_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
two_CD
come_VB
factions_NNS
come_VB
into_IN
conflict_NN
._.
the_DT
theme_NN
of_IN
old_JJ
cartoons_NNS
flares_NNS
up_IN
time_NN
and_CC
again_RB
,_,
each_DT
time_NN
showing_VBG
cartoon_NN
violence_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
in_CD
sharp_JJ
counterpoint_NN
to_IN
the_DT
reality_NN
of_IN
ghost_NN
dog_NN
's_POS
world_NN
._.
each_DT
time_NN
a_DT
character_NN
is_BEZ
shown_VBN
watching_VBG
a_DT
cartoon_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
from_IN
the_DT
same_DT
era_NN
,_,
betty_NP
boop_???
,_,
felix_NP
the_DT
cat_NN
,_,
etc_RB
._.
,_,
a_DT
reflection_NN
of_IN
days_NNS
gone_VBN
by_IN
._.
near_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
louise_NP
is_BEZ
watching_VBG
a_DT
cartoon_NN
that_CS
's_BEZ
a_DT
departure_NN
from_IN
the_DT
previously_RB
shown_VBN
ones_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
audacity_NN
on_IN
jarmusch_NP
's_POS
part_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
nicely_RB
effective_JJ
,_,
despite_IN
it_PP
's_BEZ
surrealistic_JJ
nature_NN
._.
as_CS
ghost_NN
dog_NN
floats_NNS
through_IN
his_PP$
world_NN
,_,
his_PP$
life_NN
is_BEZ
touched_VBN
by_IN
two_CD
people_NN
._.
one_CD
is_BEZ
a_DT
sage_NN
little_JJ
girl_NN
(_(
winbush_NN
)_)
who_WP
connects_NNS
with_IN
ghost_NN
dog_NN
through_IN
their_PP$
love_NN
of_IN
reading_NP
._.
she_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
symbolize_JJ
a_DT
melding_NN
of_IN
the_DT
old_JJ
ways_NNS
and_CC
new_JJ
sensibilities_NNS
,_,
just_RB
as_CS
louise_NP
ultimately_RB
does_DOZ
._.
by_IN
film_NN
's_POS
end_NN
,_,
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
jamusch_NP
is_BEZ
so_RB
effective_JJ
at_IN
illustrating_VBG
the_DT
tenuous_JJ
bond_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
is_BEZ
a_DT
testament_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
skill_NN
as_IN
a_DT
writer_NN
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
person_NN
in_IN
ghost_NN
dog_NN
's_POS
world_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
ice_NN
cream_NN
(_(
de_NP
bankole_NN
'_"
)_)
vendor_NP
who_NP
only_RB
speaks_VBZ
french_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
intuitively_RB
shares_NNS
a_NN
rapport_NN
with_IN
ghost_NN
dog_NN
._.
the_DT
vendor_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
literal_JJ
stranger_NN
in_IN
a_DT
strange_JJ
land_NN
._.
jarmusch_NP
,_,
through_IN
rapper_NN
/_SYM
composer_NN
rza_???
,_,
underscores_NN
his_PP$
film_NN
with_IN
rap_NN
and_CC
reggae_NN
music_NN
,_,
which_WDT
at_IN
first_OD
blush_NN
seems_VBZ
dichotomous_JJ
,_,
but_CC
its_PP$
primal_JJ
rhythms_NNS
serve_VB
to_IN
strengthen_VB
the_DT
fundamental_JJ
nature_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
ghost_NN
dog_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
draw_NN
some_DT
type_NN
of_IN
strength_NN
from_IN
the_DT
rap_NN
music_NN
he_PP
listens_VBZ
to_IN
as_RB
he_PP
negotiates_VBZ
the_DT
streets_NNS
in_IN
various_JJ
stolen_JJ
cars_NNS
._.
(_(
which_WDT
,_,
in_IN
and_CC
of_IN
itself_PPX
,_,
presents_VBZ
another_DT
paradox_NN
about_IN
ghost_NN
's_POS
dog_NN
's_BEZ
sense_NN
of_IN
honor_NP
._.
)_)
the_DT
head_NN
mafioso_NN
is_BEZ
played_VBN
by_IN
henry_NP
silva_NP
with_IN
a_DT
stone_NN
faced_VBN
resignation_NN
._.
of_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
cartoonish_JJ
mobsters_NNS
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
one_CD
who_WP
appears_VBZ
self_NN
aware_JJ
of_IN
his_PP$
state_NN
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
._.
gorman_NN
plays_VBZ
sonny_NN
,_,
a_DT
lieutenant_NN
who_WP
respects_NNS
the_DT
old_JJ
ways_NNS
,_,
yet_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
quirky_JJ
affinity_NN
for_IN
rap_NN
music_NN
,_,
a_DT
love_NN
comically_RB
shown_VBN
in_IN
several_DT
impromptu_???
displays_NNS
._.
ruffini_NP
seems_VBZ
the_DT
truest_NN
reflection_NN
of_IN
the_DT
mafia_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
husk_???
of_IN
a_NN
man_NN
,_,
assisted_VBN
by_IN
two_CD
hearing_NN
aids_NNS
,_,
who_WP
barks_VBZ
out_RP
advice_NN
without_IN
truly_RB
hearing_NN
what_WDT
he_PP
,_,
or_CC
others_NNS
are_BER
saying_VBG
._.
whitaker_NP
carries_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
by_IN
using_VBG
what_WDT
truly_RB
great_JJ
actor_NN
's_POS
use_NN
,_,
his_PP$
face_NN
._.
ghost_NN
dog_NN
is_BEZ
reticent_JJ
to_TO
speak_VB
,_,
often_RB
going_VBG
for_IN
long_JJ
periods_NNS
without_IN
doing_DOG
so_RB
._.
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
whitaker_NP
can_MD
convey_VB
such_DT
a_DT
wide_JJ
range_NN
of_IN
emotion_NN
through_IN
a_DT
gesture_NN
or_CC
look_VB
is_BEZ
a_DT
remarkable_JJ
talent_NN
._.
although_CS
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
deliberate_JJ
pace_NN
,_,
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
night_NN
drives_VBZ
and_CC
walks_VBZ
taken_VBN
by_IN
ghost_NN
dog_NN
dragged_VBD
the_DT
momentum_NN
down_IN
._.
truly_RB
tragic_JJ
is_BEZ
how_WRB
ghost_NN
dog_NN
misinterprets_VBZ
japanese_JJ
honor_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
final_JJ
confrontation_NN
with_IN
the_DT
mob_NN
._.
he_PP
reveals_VBZ
himself_PPX
to_IN
be_BE
so_CS
desperate_JJ
for_IN
spiritual_JJ
guidance_NN
through_IN
the_DT
hagakure_NN
that_CS
he_PP
fails_VBZ
to_IN
truly_RB
adapt_VB
it_PP
to_IN
what_WDT
is_BEZ
real_JJ
and_CC
true_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
world_NN
._.
carried_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
shoulders_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
remarkable_JJ
performance_NN
by_IN
whitaker_NP
,_,
ghost_NN
dog_NN
rises_NNS
beyond_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
characterization_NN
or_CC
icon_NN
,_,
into_IN
a_DT
figure_NN
that_CS
garners_NNS
sympathy_NN
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
pity_NN
._.