Revisiting Lone Star

Despite the film’s status as a prestigious, serious indie, I still fangirl the crap out of it. (Hey if Fargo can have legions of fanboys, why not Lone Star?) McConaughey may be young and gorgeous in the movie’s flashback sequences, but it’s Cooper’s soft-spoken, good-hearted Sheriff Sam Deeds that I fall for every time I watch the film. He’s adorable and awkward and angsty and GAH. He’s great. 
Peña is a vision as history teacher Pilar. Her history lesson scene detailing Texas’ violent history is a nuanced, radical argument for approaching the past from all perspectives, not just that of the victors. As a history buff often turned off by overly broad descriptions of historical events, Pilar is obviously my favorite character. That she is a Latina who isn’t mired by gross stereotypes and played with such authenticity and heart are added bonuses.

Revisiting Lone Star

Despite the film’s status as a prestigious, serious indie, I still fangirl the crap out of it. (Hey if Fargo can have legions of fanboys, why not Lone Star?) McConaughey may be young and gorgeous in the movie’s flashback sequences, but it’s Cooper’s soft-spoken, good-hearted Sheriff Sam Deeds that I fall for every time I watch the film. He’s adorable and awkward and angsty and GAH. He’s great.

Peña is a vision as history teacher Pilar. Her history lesson scene detailing Texas’ violent history is a nuanced, radical argument for approaching the past from all perspectives, not just that of the victors. As a history buff often turned off by overly broad descriptions of historical events, Pilar is obviously my favorite character. That she is a Latina who isn’t mired by gross stereotypes and played with such authenticity and heart are added bonuses.

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