Archive for tag: John Sayles

‘Go for Sisters': The Return of John Sayles

9 January, 2014 (06:15) | by Robert Horton, Film Reviews | By: Robert Horton

Since his 1979 debut, Return of the Secaucus Seven, the pioneering indie director John Sayles has never flagged in his sober commitment to exploring social issues. But he’s a realist; he knows audiences like stories. And after a handful of iffy box-office performers, Sayles cozies up to an out-and-out genre picture with Go for Sisters, […]

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Blu-ray/DVD: ‘The Howling’

19 June, 2013 (08:39) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Horror | By: Sean Axmaker

The same year that  An American Werewolf in London opened up the possibilities of the werewolf horror with a mix of black comedy and horrific transformations, Joe Dante went a different direction with The Howling (Shout Factory). Working on lower budget, Dante discarded the usual lone wolf route to frame the drama in terms of the […]

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Battle Beyond the Stars

11 July, 2011 (04:39) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Science Fiction | By: Sean Axmaker

When Star Wars became the smash hit of 1977 by turning B-movie adventure into big-budget spectacle, drive-in mogul Roger Corman saw the writing across the stars. The producer and former director had made his share of drive-in science fiction and space adventures, but they had all been cobbled out of spare parts and imaginative art […]

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The Gangster Mamas (and Other Lady Outlaws) of Big Bad Corman – DVDs of the Week

6 December, 2010 (18:06) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Big Bad Mama / Big Bad Mama II Double Feature (Shout! Factory) Crazy Mama / The Lady In Red Double Feature (Shout! Factory) One of the less recognized genres that director/producer/indie-exploitation movie mogul Roger Corman adopted as a minor specialty was the depression-era gangster movie. As a director he turned out Machine Gun Kelly (1958), […]

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Pandora’s Technicolor Box and More Shameless Knock-offs From Corman: DVDs of the Week

8 August, 2010 (16:41) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (Kino) I have a soft spot for Albert Lewin, a literary Hollywood writer/producer turned director with a continental sensibility an eye for handsome imagery (if not always cinematic storytelling). His productions tended toward literary adaptations (The Good Earth, 1937, which he produced, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1945, which […]

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“And then I just go ahead and write that dialogue” – John Sayles [Part 1]

19 September, 2009 (10:48) | by Richard T. Jameson, Interviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 66-67, March 1981] Introduction by Richard T. Jameson When it comes to new hope for the American cinema, filmcrit types are always in the market. New hope in 1980 took the form of a low-budget festival film with the misunderstandable title Return of the Secaucus 7. It wasn’t a documentary, […]

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“And then I just go ahead and write that dialogue” – John Sayles [Part 2]

19 September, 2009 (10:47) | by Richard T. Jameson, Interviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 66-67, March 1981] Continued from “Part 1″ here. Your characters in Secaucus 7 are very natural; it’s as though you knew them like friends. I’d like to know how you developed your characters, how you chose them, and how you made them come alive. I don’t really remember writing the […]

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“And then I just go ahead and write that dialogue” – John Sayles [Part 3]

19 September, 2009 (10:46) | by Richard T. Jameson, Interviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 66-67, March 1981] Continued from “Part 2″ here. How do you feel about writing these low-budget films? Do you see advantages in it, or are you hungry for millions of dollars per budget? If I had millions of dollars I’d probably make millions of small films. Part of it is […]

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