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It's far too early in the year for an emotional gut-punch, but Our Friend is worthy of cutting in line. A masterful story about the resilience of marriage, friendship, and the messiness often brought on by both, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's film has Jason Segel giving a career performance, Casey Affleck yet again showing he's one of the best doing it, and Dakota Johnson finally getting the role she's needed. If you've avoided the recent crop of "premium video-on-demand" movie rentals and…
NOTE: A special thanks to loyal friend/reader Dennis P., who kindly sent me this along with several other films to review.
There is a clear code of conduct for hobos and railroad graffiti artists. Bill Daniel's brief, underground documentary Who is Bozo Texino? makes this clear. They have their own monikers and signatures. Their lives are predicated on self-reliance and self-sufficiency. In one scene, a man even mentions he knows of certain hobos who've stolen other people's monikers. He won't name names. Code of conduct and all, of course.
Read the full review on my personal website, stevethemovieman.proboards.com/thread/6628/who-bozo-texino
I remember, during the last week of fourth grade, the administration, I guess, ran out of things to teach us, so they gathered the entire class in the hallway to watch this movie.
It was awesome and still my favorite memory of elementary school.
Looking back, the movie is all right, but the TV series is still one of the smartest animated shows ever made, comfortably residing next to "Arthur" as a show that truly understood kids and how to profile their ideas and identify them better than even they could.