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02-25-2009, 09:05 PM #1
John Sayles Is Dope
I just finished watching Men With Guns...
Not sure what took me so long to check this flick out since every JS film I've seen I've enjoyed (I haven't seen his entire catalog yet, but the ones I have seen have all been solid: Lone Star, Limbo, Matewan, Brother From Another Planet, The Secreti of Roan Inish, Passion Fish).
Gonna start whittling away at the ones I haven't watched yet.
But based on what I have seen, Sayles definitely joins the very short list of directors whom I feel are consistent through and through (Paul Verhoeven is another...and this is based primarily on his Dutch work, which if you haven't seen is stellar).
Anyway, highly suggest and recommend the films of John Sayles if you like intriguing, somewhat existential, slightly mystical, and always engrossing litte indie dramas laced with off-kilter whimsy and intrigue. Sayles is really less of a director and more of a down home storyteller with a knack for taking small ideas and spinning them into elaborately delicate tales."Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."
02-26-2009, 07:44 AM #2
Enthusiastically seconded. The most under-rated director I know.
Lone Star is one of my all time favorite movies."Typically euro, french in particular, in my opinion. It's the same skiing or climbing there. They are completely unfazed by their own assholeness. Like it's normal." - srsosbso
02-26-2009, 08:04 AM #3
Matewan (featuring a teenage Bonnie Prince Billy/Will Oldham) & 8 Men out should be on your must view list,and i like his early cheese horror scripts for Corman ( Piranha , Alligator & The Howling )
Last edited by cdlv; 02-26-2009 at 08:06 AM.another freak, in the freak kingdom.
02-26-2009, 11:03 AM #4
saw Matewan when it came out (when i was a wee lad in college and frequented the neighborhood arthouse cinema religiously every Monday or Thursday, whichever day was the cheapy college student discount day).
have never seen 8MO all the way through (picked up bits and pieces on late night telly).
and Sayles has done quite a bit of script doctoring for a wide variety of projects over the years, some of them certainly low budgie and somewhat leftfield.
my list of what I need/wish to see of his includes:
Casa de los babys
City of Hope
Baby It's You
The Lady in Red (writer) - female gangster exploitation!!!
The Challenge (writer) - Ninja film!!!!
The Clan of the Cave Bear (writer)
Breaking In (writer)
Men of War (writer) - Dolph Lundgren vehicle!!!!!"Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."
02-26-2009, 11:13 AM #5
City of hope is recommended. (Didn't see the other film on your list)."Typically euro, french in particular, in my opinion. It's the same skiing or climbing there. They are completely unfazed by their own assholeness. Like it's normal." - srsosbso
02-26-2009, 11:13 AM #6
Eight Men Out is good.In the long run, we're all dead.- John Maynard Keynes
02-26-2009, 12:29 PM #7
i always wondered what happened to Vincent Spano...he shoulda been a star"Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."