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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung Q Thursday, March 20,1997 g 5 Herald Z e i t ii n gAttractions sa tisRETROSPECTIVE: John Sayles on video By Richard Ashton Copley News Service When it came to this year’s Oscar nominations, one of the biggest oversights was John Sayles’ latest film, “Lone Star.” Ifs one of the most intriguing American films in recent years -the multilayered tale of a 30-year-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 $5 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 to being a film director was wrote the “Jaws” ripoff, “Piranha,” “The Lady in Red” and “Battle Beyond the Stars” (which featured special effects by unknown James Cameron). Indeed, Sayles is still a writer in demand, having done rewriting chores on Tom Hanks' “Apollo 13” and Sharon Stone's “The Quick and the Dead,” which just goes to show he’s 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 (Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video - 137 minutes). 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 30-year-old murder, with Cooper’s 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. - “Matewan” starring James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, William Oldham and Chris Cooper. Directed by John Sayles. 1987 (Warner Home Video - IOO minutes). A union organizer comes to a small West Virginia mining oommunity and organizes the workers to strike for better conditions. But the company that Chris Cooper la a second-generation border town sheriff In writer/director John Sayles' murder/mystery “Lone Star. a curios*JOS**. A.    -which was unfairly •)Rcsitf»iion_!;oincides with labeled as a downmarket version of “The Big Chill.” “The Return of the Secaucus 7” was the start of a career as a director that, with only one exception, would bypass Sayles is remarkable because his films, always absorbing and interesting, are made on such a shoestring budget. Hollywood. Sayles* movies are “people” films in which the characters and their story arc the main event, as compared to another great American director, Martin Scorsese, whose camera technique is very much the star. All Sayles' films are on a human scale, avoiding the excess so familiar with the Hollywood product. - “Lone Star” starring Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, Kris unveiling of a statue to Cooper’s father. “A hell of a time to bring up old business,” cries one witness to the murder, as the town tries to let owns the mines gets vicious and hires scab labor. Despite physical and financial pressure, the workers stand their ground, trusting in their newfound Af EAGLE'S HALL i, Vt I I SOH I ll SI / MIW HKAUNf 11S Centry I teetering HUNK KOSUBI WM - MIOMGHT / SS.00 KR KISON Mardi 22*4 (all for information 625*7243 or 303 8006 psychology major from Williams College, Sayles turned his back on a corporate career and pursued a string of blue-collar 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” (1975). and “Union Dues " (1977). Sayles’ entree to movies came from working as a writer for Roger Corman. For Corman he T ~TOPAY~only J Everyone whose name is on J    PAHE _6_ I of the New Braunfels’ Phone Book, {WINS A FRIX GAME I CAMAIL IBOT1L J    609-1033 iJ. 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Col St. Jungle 2 Jungle ITO 12 45-730 S OO 71 ST JO Him I id Stein » Private Parts IX) MylW> nrrw LSO I70T55 ZMt: SO Dor Bra J, mme ira sec TCI akwThun Tj&Tso LIO 110-410 4:50110 cgas Vacation Dante’s ■Pfii&i I HC.I1 El! Pm !h» 5:IO Only 115315 SIO solidarity. The drama builds to a haunting shootout between the two factions. - “Eight Men Out” starring Charlie Sheen, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd and David Strathaim. Directed by John Sayles. 1988 (Orion Home Video - 120 minutes). Perhaps Sayles’ most accessible film is a portrayal of the great baseball scandal of 1919 when the Black Sox threw the World Series^ Sheen 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 Strathaim. Directed by John Sayles. 1992 (Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video -135 minutes). Sayles has always had an eye to “women’s issues” (which today might mean any film that doesn’t have a blazing gunfight), and his earlier film “Lianna” was certainly praised in that area. This film tells the story of a TV soap star (McDonnell), who is trying to rebuild her life after being paralyzed. It is through her helper (Woodard) that she discovers a passage through her self-pity. - “The Secret of Roan Inish” starring Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Laity and Richard Sheridan. Directed by John Sayles. 1994 (Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video - 103 minutes). Out of nowhere Sayles delivered this utterly charming Irish folk tale. A young girl lives ./itll 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 sea, and when the girl sees her brother on the island, she immediately wants to move back. - “Brother From Another Planet” starring Joe Morton, David Strathaim, Josh Mostel and Darryl Edwards. Directed by John Sayles. 1984 (CBS/Fox Home Video -104 minutes). 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 Strathaim. Directed by John Sayles. 1980 (Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video -IOO minutes). Approaching middle age, a group of friends who were demonstrators in the 1960s take a 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 are successful, and some, like Strathaim have drifted and have become alienated from the others. Not as slick as “The Big Chill,” but not nearly as contrived either. 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