Lone Star

lonestarLove revisiting one of my favorite independent filmmakers John Sayles. For over 30 years, Sayles continues to feed our need for truly homegrown films rich with diversity, fresh with wisdom, insight, and introspection, broad with ensemble casts, all stamped with his unique interpretation of the American experience. 20 years later, Lone Star remains as captivating as when it was released in 1996. The discovery of a skeleton and a sheriff’s badge nearby set a small town’s current sheriff on a journey unearthing a series of secrets which altered not only the town but his family and trajectory. A remarkable cast includes Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, Miriam Colon, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Chandra Wilson, Joe Morton, Eddie Robinson, Ron Canada, and one of the most insanely hysterical cameos from Frances MccDormand ever. Lone Star‘s awkwardness with race feels as unfortunately fresh today as it did 20 years ago. Lone Star continues to rank in Sayles’ canon as a masterpiece of modern film making. A must-see. 5 out of 5.

10/28/2017: An honor to screen Lone Star for the library’s American Independent Film Director’s Series focusing on John Sayles’ films. Lone Star continues to reign at the top of my favorite films list of all-time. Timeless and pitch perfect. As contemporary and topical today as it was in 1996. Glorious film making from the master.

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