Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top form…

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Limbo

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully photographed Alaska adventure by John Sayles, who continues his habit of delivering brilliant character studies in compelling circumstances. Perpetually single club singer Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has broken up with yet another boyfriend and is moving out; her daughter (Vanessa Martinez) stopped communicating with her long ago, taking her anger out on…

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The China Syndrome

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the best political films ever made, with a message that rings out clear and true even now. Jane Fonda plays a reporter who does birthday announcements and zoo reports for her employing news station, then has her career go into complete reversal when she is sent on a routine assignment…

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Mulholland Drive

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Atmosphere is just the first delicious part of the experience in this David Lynch film, his best since Blue Velvet. Two women are united after a car accident on the titular road in Los Angeles, one of whom is now amnesiac and doesn’t know her identity, the other an aspiring actress…

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Coming Home

BBB.5 (out of 5) Moving film that, along with The Deer Hunter the same year, initiated the popularity of Vietnam-angst films. Jane Fonda plays a nurse in a hospital for veterans of the war who develops a love/hate relationship with bitter paraplegic Jon Voight. Bruce Dern turns in a terrifying performance as Fonda’s disillusioned husband. It’s another seventies…

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