Today I found another way in which my movie love can be easily bought, and it is this: give me David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell shooting 1920-appropriate guns at bad people. Even Strathairn cleaning his gun: such a happy sequence there. So very fine. I theorize that a movie with David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell shooting 1770-appropriate guns or 2005-appropriate guns at bad people might also work. But possibly not as well as 1920.
Here is the thing about John Sayles movies so far: I do not always finish them and say, "Oh, wow, that whole movie was great." But so far he has always given me at least one scene, and usually more than one, that makes me go, "Heh. Awesome." When people talk about loving things for their virtues instead of for their lack of flaws, I am now going to think about John Sayles movies, I think. We will get more and see what an expanded data set will do.