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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltuno n thursdav March n 5 Attractions RETROSPECTIVE John Sayles on video By Richard Ashton Coolev News Service When it came to this years Oscar nominations one of the biggest oversights was John Sayles latest film Lone Its one of the most intriguing American films in recent years the multi layered tale of a 30year old murder in a small town Sayles might just be the best filmmaker working in America He who manages to make mesmerizing films completely outside the Hollywood mainstream And that may be why the Hollywood establishment chose to overlook him at Oscar time However the good news is that Lone Star is coming to home video Sayles is remarkable because his films always absorbing and interesting are made on such a shoestring budget Lone Star was made for somewhere around million and is Sayles most expensive feature to date His films are independently financed allowing him the artistic freedom he requires to take his stories where they need to go No Hollywood test audience is going to tell Sayles to change the ending of his films In that respect he is completely uncompromising and for that we should be thankful Sayles route being a fjilm director was a wrote the Jaws ripoff The Lady in Red and Battle Beyond the Stars which featured special effects by unknown James Indeed Sayies is still a writer in demand having done rewriting chores on Tom Hanks Apollo 13 and Sharon Stones The Quick and the which just goes to show hes no snob With his fees from scriptwriting Sayles financed his first film The Return of the Secaucus 7 Kristofferson and Mathew McConaughey Directed by John Sayles 1996 Home Video 137 As the sheriff of a small Texas border town Cooper discovers the remains of a once unpopular and corrupt sheriff So begins an investigation of a 30yearold murder with Coopers own father as the main suspect His dad McConaughey was the straight arrow lawman who took on bad Kristofferson and the sleeping dogs lie Sayles script peels away layers of the mystery right up to the very end starring James Earl Jones Mary McDonnell William Oldham and Chris Cooper Directed by John Sayles 1987 Warner Home Video 100 A union organizer comes to a small West Virginia mining community and organizes the workers to strike for better conditions But the company that Sayles is remarkable because his films always absorbing and interesting are made on such a shoestring budget Chris Cooper ia a secondgeneration border town sheriff in John Lone Star i with the owns the mines gets vicious and Veiling of a statue to Coopers hires scab labor Despite physical fatrier and financial pressure the A hell of a time to bring up old workers stand their ground cries one witness to the Sayles BWH T t unfairly labeled as a of The Big Return of the Secaucus 7 was the start of a career as a director that with only one exception would bypass Hollywood movies are people films in which the characters and their story are the main event as compared to another great American director Martin Scorsese whose camera technique is very much the star All Sayles i films are on a human scale avoiding the excess so familiar with the Hollywood product Lone Star starring Chris Cooper Elizabeth Pena Kris murder as the town tries to let and financial workers stand trusting in their newfound EAGLES HALL v Country Wfifern Featuring FRANK KOSUB 8PM MIDNIGHT PER PERSON March 22ndSaturday psychology major from Williams College Sayles turned his back on a corporate career and pursued a string of bluecollar jobs This world became the backdrop of his future films Matewan and Lone Star are stories about ordinary people and Sayles perfectly captures the true American landscape of workingmen and workingwomen His first claim to fame came as a writer his early novels being The Pride of the Bimbos and Union Dues Sayles entree to movies came from working as a writer for Roger Corman For Corman he In a Hum Tni Our Express Lunch To Go Homemade Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado or Tomato ChefSalad Club Sandwiches SHRIMP BOAT or CATFISH BOAT 95 nda Station KI4I11 311 ST NIWIIAUNHIS TUESDAY 1 unworn Craig Wilkcr THURSDAY i SONGWtmtS NIGHT Al Barlows 3 FRIDAY Everyone whose name is on i PAGE 6 I of the New Braunfcls Ptione Book IWINSAFHEEGAME I at 6094033 Game must be used within 48 Hours CHI1LI American Legion Post 179 New Braunfels is looking for contestants for its Annuo ChiliCookOHtobeydApnU All interested teams are welcome to participate For sign up information CaN 6250179 or flop by HH Pwl it 41OW Col St THIS WEEKEND 2 March 22 Jain us for 17th Anniversary Boerne Optimist Antiques Show ONE NIGHT STAND FRIDAY BPMJIAM SATURDAY PRIVATE PARTY SundpyCookout 625 IIALL 285 Saengerhalle The antiques show in Boeme Featuring 65 Dealers in 2 large buildings Furniture Southwestern Glassware Toys Jewelry Textiles Sports Memorabilia Quilts Gardening Architectural and Much Much More AMKHIOANA KVKKYWHKKKI Kendall Co Fairgrounds Highway 46 East Saturday y AM 6 IM Sunday 12 IM 5 IM Good for Return Visits Kilher Day Show Directors Tommy TiiMvorih Jr SATURDAY Return of The Jedi PGl lADIESNIGHT Jungle 2 Jungle Private Parts Vegas Vacation MonTtiun lilOOniy Dantes D Peak i lie Empire Strikes Back Presented in arvins will Acircsj Nominee 4lfl Ownc Keaion solidarity The drama builds to a haunting Shootout between the two factions Eight Men Out starring Charlie Sheen John Cusack Christopher Lloyd and David Strathairn Directed by John Sayles 1988 Orion Home Video 120 Perhaps Sayles most accessible film is a portrayal of the great baseball scandal of 1919 when the Black Sox threw the World and Cusack are on opposite sides of the argument as some of the team want to throw the game for the money while others want to play to win Passion Fish starring Mary McDonnell Alfre Woodard Nora Dunn and David Strathairn Directed by John Sayles 1992 Home Video 135 Sayles has always had an eye to womens issues which today might mean any film that doesnt have a blazing and his earlier film Lianna was certainly praised in that area This film tells the story of a TV soap star who is trying to rebuild her life after being paralyzed It is through her helper Woodard that she discovers a passage through her selfpity The Secret of Roan Inish starring Jeni Courtney Eileen Colgan Mick Lally and Richard Sheridan Directed by John Sayles 1994 Home Video 103 Out Sayles delivered thisutterly1 cKarrning Irish folk tale A young girl lives with her grandparents in a fishing village on the Irish coast There she is told of the stories that shaped her family and the island called Roan Inish from whence her family came One legend has her infant brother Jamie carried away to sen and when the girl sees her brother on the island she immediately wants to move back Brother From Another Planet starring Joe Morton David Strathairn Josh Mostel and Darryl Edwards Directed by John Saytes 1984 Home Video 104 Morton plays a mute alien who comes to New York City He looks human enough except for his outlandish feet Being mute Morton is something of an observer but he does have the ability to read minds Through him Sayles examines life in the big city and the cold uncaring society we have become Despite the bleak outlook Sayles crafted a fine comedy Return of the Secaucus 7 starring Mark Arnott Gordon Clapp and David Strathairn Directed by John Sayles 1980 Home Video 100 Approaching middle age a group of friends who were demonstrators in the 1960s take n brief pause to examine where their lives have gone They get together one weekend to recapture their friendships as best they can but life has changed them Some nre successful and some Hike Strathairn have drifted and have become alienated from the others Not as slick as The Big but not nearly as contrived either TODAYS CROSSWORD PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Wrens dwelling 5 Brag 10 Nibble 14 Type of code 15 Proprietor 16 Clothier Strauss 17 Dock 18 Very very 19 Household appliance 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