Tag Archive: Western

Great Comedy Westerns

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When one thinks of westerns they know doubt think of the harsh gritty elements of the genre. Whether it be Lee Van Cleef’s cool sinister charisma or John Ford’s images of Monument Valley… Continue reading

Classic Scene: Mexican Standoff

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Mexican standoff The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) directed by Sergio Leone The Scene: Even those who have never seen a western are familiar with this iconic scene. Hidden out in… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘The Wild Bunch’

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In 1969 famed controversial filmmaker Sam Peckinpah was tapped to produce a Western based on a story Warner Bros. had purchased the rights to a few years prior. Nothing much was expected of… Continue reading

Holiday Review: ‘Hell’s Heroes’

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One of my favorite themes in holiday films is a redemptive character arc. Beginning with Ebenezer Scrooge, the spirit of the Christmas season provides a way for even the worst among us to… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’

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It had been years since a train stopped in the small town of Black Rock. The passenger who got off the train is someone who will bring to light the town’s greatest secret… Continue reading

Westerns of John Ford & John Wayne

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It is not uncommon for a director to completely gel with a lead actor who they frequently turn to for their projects. Martin Scorsese has Robert DeNiro, John Huston had Humphrey Bogart, Billy… Continue reading

Classic Scene: The Doorway

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The Doorway The Searchers (1956) Directed by John Ford The Scene: After five years of searching for his missing nieces, the world weary Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) has returned with Debbie (Natalie Wood),… Continue reading

Classic Scene: Quicksand!

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Quicksand Blazing Saddles (1974) Directed by Mel Brooks The Scene: In the opening minutes of Mel Brooks’ masterpiece send-up of the Western genre, we are introduced to our hero Bart (Cleavon Little). He… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Deadwood The Movie’

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Plot: A conclusion to the wildly popular HBO television series that ran from 2004-2006, the Deadwood film gathers the principal characters back to the titular town in 1889 for the confirmation of South… Continue reading

Retro Review – ‘Tombstone’

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Ever since the heyday of the Western, there have been dozens of film adaptations of Wyatt Earp taking on the Cowboys at the OK Corral to bring order to the town of Tombstone.… Continue reading