Tag Archives: Western

Bone Tomahawk

MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY AND GRANT YOU A SWIFT DEATH. When Arthur O’Dwyer’s (Patrick Wilson) wife is kidnapped by a cannibalistic tribe, he joins sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell) and a few other men on a search party, even though he has a broken leg. S. Craig Zahler’s feature debut is a horror-Western that … Continue reading Bone Tomahawk

Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

BLOOD ALWAYS FOLLOWS MONEY.  This film, surely one of the best to screen in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes festival,  may take place in West Texas, but it wasn’t shot there. The filmmakers opted for Eastern New Mexico instead, a region that is sometimes called ”Little Texas”. As far as culture, … Continue reading Hell or High Water: In the Land of the Comanche

Jane Got a Gun

SHE TURNED TO HER PAST TO PROTECT HER FAMILY. When her husband (Noah Emmerich) comes home with bullet wounds, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) teams up with a neighbor (Joel Edgerton) to fight a criminal gang. A troubled production eventually brought together director Gavin O’Connor and Edgerton (who both worked on Warrior (2011)) and they’ve staged … Continue reading Jane Got a Gun

The Revenant: Back from the Dead

BLOOD LOST. LIFE FOUND.  The movie business is full of strange rumors, exaggerations and lies. As a journalist it is sometimes difficult to navigate around them, especially when they seem highly likely to be true. However, one of the things said about The Revenant after the release of a trailer showing a bear attacking the … Continue reading The Revenant: Back from the Dead

The Hateful Eight

NO ONE COMES UP HERE WITHOUT A DAMN GOOD REASON. After the Civil War, two bounty hunters (Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell) and a prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) arrive at a stagecoach lodge during a blizzard in Wyoming where they are trapped with four strangers. The first movie to be shot in Ultra Panavision 70 … Continue reading The Hateful Eight

The Ridiculous 6

“White Knife” (Adam Sandler), who’s been raised by indians, goes on a quest to save his kidnapped father (Nick Nolte), and runs into one peculiar man after another who turn out to be his brothers… The first movie in a four-picture deal that Sandler made with Netflix was released straight to the streaming service. This … Continue reading The Ridiculous 6

The Homesman

In the 19th century Nebraska Territory, spinster Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) volunteers to transport three women who have lost their minds back east, and enlists the help of a man (Tommy Lee Jones) she saves from being hanged. A genre-bending Western from Jones who succeeds in combining immense pain in the story with a sense … Continue reading The Homesman

Once Upon a Time in the West: When the Railroad Came to Town

THERE WERE THREE MEN IN HER LIFE. ONE TO TAKE HER… ONE TO LOVE HER… AND ONE TO KILL HER. This film wasn’t always loved. At its U.S. premiere, Paramount listened to critics who thought Sergio Leone’s new Western was too long and slow, and edited it down to 145 minutes. Whole scenes were cut … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in the West: When the Railroad Came to Town

Deadwood: How the West Was Won

David Milch, already a seasoned showrunner in the mid-aughts with experience from NYPD Blue, came to HBO with plans for a new TV series about the rise of a civilization. He was originally thinking of Rome, but that ship had already sailed with an upcoming show co-created by Bruno Heller and John Milius. Instead, Milch … Continue reading Deadwood: How the West Was Won

The Lone Ranger

NEVER TAKE OFF THE MASK. Lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) arrives in Texas in 1869 and is immediately drawn into a hunt for an outlaw (William Fichtner) that ends in tragedy – and a new career for John. The Pirates of the Caribbean crew and star lie behind this blockbuster adaptation of the classic matinée … Continue reading The Lone Ranger