Feb. 21, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST
First....you know you hate me!
Feb. 21, 2007, noon CST
It's a precursur to genuinely great work like Limbo, Lone Star, and Sunshine State.
Feb. 21, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST
by ookla the mok
Thanks for the excuse to throw out one of the most memorable lines of all-time.
Feb. 21, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST
its weird that ive never heard of the doc MATEWAN...I thought I knew everything. THIS POST BLOWS MY MIND
Feb. 21, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST
Not eager to be banned or anything but... Harry wasn't by any chance paid off by a room full of Hollywood executives to strangle internet movie news scoops to death, was he? I remember that time there was a big name-calling kerfuffle and he said then that he had some big decisions to make about his future with bearing on the site. I believe it was soon after that he announced his producership, but that might have figured in as a reward for services rendered. .......Now, I know that the fine contributors here are slaving away to make the site great, but wonder if somebody isn't doping the water cooler in the old Ain't-It-Cool hi-rise HQ dominating the Austin skyline. Now THAT would be cool news. You guys ever feel like Kermit looking out on a whole theatre full of Statlers and Waldorfs? Because with all due respect, and I'm not an unsophisticated cineaste or anything, I'm looking at this and many other articles on the site thinking I really just need to move on in life... And not to something more mature.
Feb. 21, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST
by Baron Karza
Or is it Van Morrison's group?
Feb. 22, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST
Could they now please release a good quality DVD of Sayles' "Matewan"? Many of Sayles' films have decent quality DVDs available, but the only version of "Matewan" available last time I checked sucked. That's particularly weird since "Matewan" is obviously one of Sayles' own favorites... the man wrote a book about it for cryin' out loud. And it marks two landmark performances in the careers of both David Straitharn and Chris Cooper. So why is it treated like the forgotten stepchild on DVD when lesser Sayles' works have good prints, commentaries, bonus features, etc.?
Feb. 22, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST
Matewan, isn't a doc. It's a movie, with Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn, and several other well known actors. Plus several local (ie, West Virginians) actors. It was released like 20 some years ago. In case you are unawares, it's about the Mine Wars of southern WV, where a large gun battle between miners and agents of the Baldwin Felts Detective agency erupted in Matewan. Baldwin Felts was a big strike breaking security agency back in the 1920's (and before and after). The miners wanted to unionize (treason back then, as far as the company was concerned), and the mine owners hired Baldwin Felts to break up the union organizing. Cooper plays the union organizer, Strathairn plays Mingo County Sherrif Sid Hatfield (yes, one of 'those' Hatfields), etc. This Jason Brown director guy (sayles directed Matewan) is doing a doc, on the MAKING of Matewan.
Feb. 22, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST
by ripper t. jones
It's also the best film about the coal industry. "keep an eye out for Cephus, you'll most likely smell em afore ya see em."