Ghostbox Cowboy

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John Maringouin's brilliant, darkly comedic morality tale examines a wildly ambitious Westerner who tries to get in on China's tech boom and finds that he may not be up to the task. Texan Jimmy Van Horn is a cowboy huckster who arrives in the booming city of Shenzhen with a couple of bitcoins and huge ambitions of parlaying them into economic success. Lucky for Jimmy, he's got a friend holding open the back door to this "accidental Shangri-La" - Bob Grainger - who's gotten new teeth, a blonde wig and looks twenty years younger. He promises to do the same for Jimmy in 6 weeks. Maringouin develops a startling visual language in this excitingly fresh, complex perspective on China's economic growth - and the gold rush mentality it inspires.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

  • A scary, dryly funny dissection of entrepreneurial absurdism bleeding into existential and metaphysical despair.

    Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This original if sometimes befuddling vision blurs the line between fiction and documentary elements, conventional storytelling and improvisational collage, all to oft-bracing effect.

    Nov 30, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • The movie is unique, and often off-putting, in ways that should be exciting to open-minded cinephiles.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Ghostbox Cowboy" truly defies categorization, and remains so unpredictable that no single viewing can resolve the fertile ideas it puts on the table about globalization, innovation, and the role of individuality in a fast-paced world that rejects it.

    Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • If this all sounds a bit depressing, it is. But it's certainly never boring, and Maringouin makes the madness feel queasily real.

    Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Immersed in our shared dollar-store world of travel-sized toiletries, useless trinkets, and selfie sticks, Ghostbox Cowboy investigates American and Chinese capitalism by presenting two sides of the same bad penny.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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