Western

The Lone Ranger (2013)

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The Lone Ranger (2013)

Hey you, Silver . . . go aw-a-a-a-y! Are cowboy movies relevant anymore?  In an era that covets Batman, Iron Man, Superman, Thor and The Avengers, is there really room for a dusty, out-of-date property like The Lone Ranger?  Will kids care about a lawman of the old west?  Calling it dusty and out-of-date might […]

| July 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Blackthorn (2011)

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Blackthorn (2011)

Blackthorn is one of the cleanest westerns that I have ever seen.  I don’t mean the content, like the language or the violence; I mean the sets, the actors, and even the dirt look polished and cleaned-up as it were prepared for a commercial.  That might work for a John Wayne picture, but modern westerns […]

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Meek’s Cutoff (2011)

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Meek’s Cutoff (2011)

My mental imagery of the American West of the 19th Century is more or less shaped by American movies, specifically the westerns made by John Ford.  I can see in my mind John Wayne leading a wagon train across the prairies, Winchester in hand, while Max Steiner’s score thunders on the soundtrack.  Along the way […]

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
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True Grit (2010)

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True Grit (2010)

It is almost general principle with me that I usually detest the idea of a remake. They are, from my experience, less a movie experience than a filmed deal. The exception, however, is when a filmmaker finds a new spin on the original material. That seems to be the case with True Grit in which […]

| December 23, 2010 | 0 Comments
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