DAMSEL — Review by Martha K. Baker

Never lose sight of the title of this weird Western. Just when you think Damsel is about the character named Samuel Alabaster, the focus shifts to Penelope, his intended bride. Samuel is rich and forceful. He has a ring for his fiancee and he has brought her a gift, a miniature horse named Butterscotch. Continue reading…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 16-22: KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

Opening March 18, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Kumiko, The Treasure Hunterthe beguiling new film from actor-writer-director David Zellner and his co-writer brother Nathan Zellner. Their story is simple, yet brilliant. Lonely Japanese worker Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi; The Brothers Bloom, Pacific Rim) finds a VHS copy of the Coen Brothers’ classic 1996 crime caper Fargo and, convinced by the title card assertion that it’s a true story, believes it to be a genuine treasure map that will lead her to a large stash of cash buried beneath the Minnesota snow. Read on…

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