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  • The Sheltering Sky

    The Sheltering Sky

    A dull film, lacking in feeling.

  • The Adventures of Picasso

    The Adventures of Picasso

    I'm lost for words, a thesaurus' adventure

  • The Great Silence

    The Great Silence

    Alex Cox states this film's claim to being the greatest of Spaghetti Westerns, it features one of Ennio Morricone's best scores and strong performances from Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski and Vonetta McGee.

  • Django, Kill! (If You Live Shoot!)

    Django, Kill! (If You Live Shoot!)

    An essential Italian Western with a slightly surreal edge.

  • Django

    Django

    Django and his coffin make an intriguing team.

  • Persepolis

    Persepolis

    Graced with unique visual beauty.

  • Sunshine State

    Sunshine State

    This is one of John Sayles best and enriching films with touching performances from Bill Cobbs, Jane Alexander, Edie Falco, Timothy Hutton and Ralph Waite. Kent Jones put it beautifully when he said that the history of Florida ultimately gets its revenge.

  • City of Hope

    City of Hope

    City of Hope is a hard film to track down it's only on VHS or through iTunes or Amazon Video due to legal reasons. When I finally watched it last night, I was so disoriented by its Scorsese inspired camera movement and Sayles himself playing a character with a thick New Jersey accent. Joe Morton is a powerhouse as councilor Wynn, his moment of giving an extraordinary speech to his community before storming in on a major's banquet. This is the anger in the film that Roger Ebert talks about. Lies are told from all sides to fuel this anger.

  • Silver City

    Silver City

    A murder mystery which reminded me of David Mamet's State and Main, Danny Huston leads a large ensemble which includes Chris Cooper, Maria Bello and Ralph Waite. Charlie Rose told Sayles in a 1999 interview about Limbo that he himself would be intrigued see Sayles make a film about politics. Here it is in all its satirical glory.

  • Lone Star

    Lone Star

    Another great ensemble cast of characters highlighting the different ethnic groups of Rio County, Texas. Sayles beautifully moves his camera through the 1950s and 1990s without a cut. Maybe its conclusion is too dramatic but with the strong ensemble it doesn't really harm the film, and after all it takes place in a small town where anything can happen. In the end it is the present that matters in this film, the murder mystery finally becomes irrelevant. It's about dealing with the present.

  • The Triplets of Belleville

    The Triplets of Belleville

    A charming tale of France inspired by Jacques Tati, featuring beautiful visuals and some of the most characteristic faces in any animated film.

  • Limbo

    Limbo

    The ending was been much debated and has divided audiences, make up your own mind. Vanessa Martinez maybe gives the strongest performance in any Sayles film that I've seen. It's wonderful to see David Strathairn in a lead role, with his seven collaborations with Sayles each character is different. Strathairn's Joe knows Alaska well but is still lost in the everyday life of a small town. IMDB gives a major plot spoiler in the synopsis regardless of knowing that before…