Trailer: Amigo

 
 

John Sayles has been traveling under the radar for over a decade now, his politically active dramas seemed to get more blunt and less well received critically (vide Honeydripper, Silver City, Casa De Los Babys, Sunshine State) than his quality run in the 1990s (Limbo, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star, Passion Fish) But he keeps working (occasionally subsidizing by a work-for-hire screenplay) and keeps challenging what America is with his films.

Amigo looks to push all kinds of hot buttons, focusing on events during the Philippine-American War at the turn of the century and a fair bit of ugly Americanism. It looks gorgeous, and seems to balance scope and intimacy, and has Chris Cooper playing a nasty bit of hard-ass as only Cooper can do – such a major turn from the start of Cooper’s career, with Sayles no-less, in Matewan.

The trailer is tucked under the seat.



AMIGO trailer HD (2010) by myfilm-gr

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Jonathan
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I love the cast and story, but doesn’t it kind of seem like it was shot with a cheap handycam? And not in a good, Herzog/von Trier sort of way.

Jonathan
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Could be, although I’ve seen Soderbergh’s use of it and loved it and it definitely did not bug me in The Social Network either. On the other hand, I remember Herzog using it and saying on record how much he hated it…

Jonathan
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I have a basic understanding, but I’m not a tech junkie by any stretch, so its hard to articulate what it is about it exactly that bothered me while watching the trailer. Anyone else there feelin’ what I’m feelin’?

David Brook
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Oh yeah I see what you mean – it has a nasty cheap TV movie sheen to it. I’d be surprised if it was the RED though. The RED usually gives a much more cinematic look, which is why it’s so popular. This looks more like the earlier HD CAM type of camera that is used more regularly for TV.

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