baah, I really don't think what people see as flaws in Ghost Dog are flaws. The narration is perfect in its translation of the ideals that GD lives by and as insight to the upcoming action. This literary device that is successfully brought to bear in this film which. That is one of the films best assets is the way it bridges the literary and filmic worlds. Ghost Dog is at least twice as deep with its text and subtext and thematic considerations than Magnolia. It musings on time and codes and tribes is just brilliant. And all done with an easy humor that shows how a master can craft a film that really works on many levels. The come to jesus meeting scene where the name Ghost Dog is revealed and then the underboss does the hip hop bit while the boss considers native americans while comic relief stereotype old guy makes his racist plug of sameness. Then they call in Sammy "The Snake" - thats funny shit. The subtle evidence of decadence and decay within the mafia showing what happens to these people over time while at the same time you have the black community who all seem to act in reverence to Ghost Dog due to what I take as the strength of his code. The little moments that show his moving through the world without others even realizing he's there. Then acknowledging hip-hop and the music video format with the streaks and sound. There are fewer flaws in Jarmusch's bouillabaisse than in Anderson's - as Sean pointed out. Nothing in these two films is as awful as the rapping kid (one of these filmmakers get hip-hop, one doesn't... or at least not enough to accurately bring it to screen) or Julianne Moore's uh... performance. Technically they are both beautiful. The framing and shot composition are both beautiful in the respective milieus. Though PT definitely goes bigger in terms of visual ambition JJ's knows his material doesn't need to be tarted up and shown off. PT seems insecure to me as a director in this film, yearning for acceptance and desperate to show he's not some one trick pony. Its not until his 4th film that he pulls this off.