I saw this yesterday, and I enjoyed it, John Sayles' writing and great ensemble casting almost always work for me. But as I was watching it, I thought, a lot of these scenes look lousy, is there something wrong with the projection? Maybe there was, but then I got home and looked it up on-line, and I found out that it wasn't shot on 35mm. Here's what it says in the production notes (PDF link here), on page 22: I did see Casa in the theaters as well, along with Secaucus Seven in a revival run, but I wasn't paying attention to different film formats or much of anything involving image quality until very recently. But this time, I definitely noticed lack of detail in a lot of places, especially long shots of crowd scenes, which show up in several political speeches and press conferences sprinkled throughout this movie.