Gary Clark, Jr.
Mon Oct 29 13:41:04 EDT 2007
That's a shame. Sayles is generally a pretty good writer. I thought he did
a good job of capturing the amalgation that is the modern south in "Sunshine
State". I had high hopes for this movie. It seemed to have a lot going for
it: actors, director/writer, blues music. It was filmed just a few miles
from here, but managed to stay under the radar for the duration of filming.
Maybe I won't have to wait for cable to see it.
From: Blues Music List [mailto:BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG] On Behalf Of Dick
Sent: 10/28/2007 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: Gary Clark, Jr.
First of all, I like John Sayles as a director but this is a pretty wretched
film. I have to lay the blame right on Sayles himself because he wrote a
bad screenplay. It is awkward and filled with nonsense dialog which is what
you get when black actors are speaking words written for them by a white
trying to write with the cadence and rhythm of rural blacks.
The acting is actually quite good with Mabel John taking over the small part
that had been written for Ruth Brown (who passed away just before filming
began). Danny Glover and Charles Dutton are first class actors in everything
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