John Sayles is arguably America's greatest independent filmmaker, having spent a lifetime navigating the backwards industry known as Hollywood as a ghostwriter in order to finance his own fiercely independent productions. As writer, director, and editor, Sayles' stamp is clear- a deeply humanist and compassionate lens, part Ken Loach without the overt socialism, part Cassavetes … Continue reading Matewan

Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three Wishes for Cinderella)

Americans have A Christmas Story to enjoy every Holiday season- a bland and milquetoast Hallmark-quality movie if there ever was one- but for Europeans (at least Eastern Europeans) that tradition falls squarely on the shoulders of Tři oříšky pro Popelku, a 1973 Czech classic that's mostly not about Christmas, actually- but Cinderella. But this is … Continue reading Tři oříšky pro Popelku (Three Wishes for Cinderella)