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  • Summary: This documentary explores the mystery of the musician who calls himself Jandek, his world and his music. (Unicorn Stencil)
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  1. Reviewed by: Ned Martel
    A canny look at both sides of a musical experiment. Jandek plucks out his atonal efforts, and the record-store obsessives speculate about every subtlety.
  2. A revealing portrait of outsider music nerds.
  3. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    The mystery behind Jandek is still intact at the end of the eighty-eight minute-long film, but it’s diminished substantially because you feel like you know too much.
  4. 50
    Director Chad Friedrichs works around Jandek's never having revealed his identity by interpolating shots of the PO box and rocks on the beach with the talking heads of fans, critics, and journalists, and lots of Jandek's wistful, haunting music.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Chad Friedrichs's doc has too many rock-crit talking heads, too often saying the same thing based on scant information -- a clumsy portrait of the artist that inadvertently serves as a mirror of the critical faculty itself.
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  1. J.Footprint
    Aug 30, 2005
    Judith Point on a haunting February morning is no joke; winds that cut through shearling coats layers, numb one's toes to the point of anabolic shock, maritime fog that blinds even the most cunning sea predator. As legend would have it, jandek experienced all of this, and so did I. Keep filmin' boys. Expand