Tag: Western

The Salvation

The Salvation

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

I volunteered to review this for one reason: Mads Mikkelsen.  I’ve recently become a huge fan of the actor for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector on the recently cancelled NBC Drama Hannibal.  It’s a smart and dark adaptation of the original stories done in a fresh and disturbing way, and Mikkelsen is amazing in the […]

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Slow West

Slow West

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve always said that Western is not my favorite genre of film.  I think what put that idea in my head is how much I hate old John Wayne movies.  I think he was a terrible actor and not convincing as a hero type, and I associated that with the entire concept of Westerns to […]

Barquero

Barquero

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In this 1970 western, Lee Van Cleef stars as the titular barquero (or boatman) Travis, a stoic yet sleazy sort who leads a group of squatters in a cross-river standoff against a gang of murderous thugs bent on procuring Travis’ barge so they can flee from the law into Mexico. In an interesting twist on […]

Cold in July

Cold in July

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple of years ago, there was a series of movies that came out that tried to blend genre in interesting ways and the end result was a chaotic mess.  Watching the trailers, I couldn’t figure out what the movie was trying to be or who it was trying to appeal to.  Cold in July […]

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Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

With an exciting mix of humor, action and suspense, the CBS western, Cimarron Strip, centers on the exploits of U.S. Marshal Jim Crown, assigned to keep order in the Oklahoma panhandle town of Cimarron. What sets Cimarron Strip apart from other series like it, save for The Virginian (1962-71), is that it boasts feature-length episodes, […]

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20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 3

20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 3

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

This final installment of my series of reviews examining Twentieth Century Fox’s inaugural wave of “VOICE YOUR CHOICE”-winning home video releases is devoted to the films of the “Duke” himself, John Wayne. The previous reviews, if you missed them, covered the earliest six titles chosen by viewers from the Fox archives to make their Blu-ray […]

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The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Now available from Applause Books, this series of four, massive yet surprisingly affordable tomes, reprints George P. Garrett, O.B. Hardison Jr. and Jane R. Gelfman’s 1971 Film Scripts books. The series was later reprinted in 1989 and the screenplays herein have since garnered the designation of classics, an especially accurate term for these scripts featuring […]

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In Old Arizona

In Old Arizona

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Old Arizona (1929) is one of those landmark achievements of cinema that is at once incredible to behold and yet a tad difficult to watch. Produced in the earliest days of the talkies, In Old Arizona was the first feature-length film to prominently incorporate sound captured outdoors instead of on a controlled studio lot. […]

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Django Unchained

Django Unchained

| December 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

I am having a hard time with Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the latest movie by the famed director starring Jamie Foxx as Django, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz , Leonard DiCaprio and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson. I am trying to view it as a love story, set in slavery times. But the movie is so […]

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Django Unchained

Django Unchained

| December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

The great thing about a Quentin Tarantino movie is that the director loves making films in seldom seen genres.  Django Unchained is Tarantino’s spaghetti western, which is a genre I’m not at all personally familiar with but it’s easy to recognize certain conventions.  The use of conspicuous camera zooms and modern music create a fun […]

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