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.

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