Trailer: A Million Ways To Die In the West

How Seth McFarlane got Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried to star in this is beyond my ken. But here it is, nonethless: A cheeky, silly, gory and frankly two-bit parody of ‘The American Frontier’ that looks to be planned out on the back of a cocktail napkin. Blazing Saddles this aint. If McFarlane is going for the inanity and...

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DVD Review: Sweetwater

Other than a musical performance of The Blue Danube by some townfolks at one point, there is little sugar in the western town they call Sweetwater. There is, however, unfettered corruption in all positions of authority. The bank, bears the ironic moniker of Hugh’s Integrity and Trust, but Hugh (the always excellent Stephen Root) takes great delight in the act...

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Trailer: Unforgiven

I was holding out that we might get an English subtitled version of this trailer a short while after it went up unsubbed at Twitch on Friday, but such is not the case. It’s too long to wait to so here us the gorgeous first look at the Sang-il Lee’s Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1991 classic Unforgiven. Even if the Zhang Yimou’s...

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Trailer: Sweetwater

Despite a fair number of film roles, it appears thus far, Mad Men‘s January Jones has not been able to break meaningfully into the cinema. Here, writer-director Logan Miller has gone and anchored a film around her as an avenging angel in a purple dress. In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in...

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The Long Ranger – Why Size Does Matter in Westerns

After a rather vocal defense on the last Cinecast episode, I want to elaborate on one of the chief criticisms of Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger – the films 149 minute run time. A length which is actually closer 140 minutes of ‘movie’ (forgive me credit purists!) due to lengthy post credit sequence for a studio film north of $200...

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Blindspotting: Shane and Gunfight At The O.K. Corral

. I called an audible this month and decided to do a couple of classics I hadn’t listed in my initial Blindspot post back in January. It was simply a matter of circumstances – poor planning and being away from my normal supply of movies at the end of the month had left me scrambling. Fortunately, I was able to grab hold of a couple of Westerns...

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Trailer: They Die By Dawn

Now don’t get too excited. I should probably get out of the way that this isn’t a feature film, but a 30 minute short directed by usual musician Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts. Now, how Samuel was able to get such an impressive cast, I’m not sure – but boy, did he ever. With Michael K Williams (isn’t this enough to warrant our...

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Review: Good For Nothing

Here is a western that is hard to pin down. An odd little comedy that is as dry as the Kiwi grasslands and perhaps as infertile. It has spectacular New Zealand vistas filling in for John Ford’s Monument Valley, but diverges wildly from any sort of Hollywood (or Italian) formula by making sexual impotence the driving force of the story. With unlikeliness...

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Butch Cassidy rides again in Blackthorn.

Despite winning a Pulitzer Prize for his playwriting and receiving an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Right Stuff, Sam Shepard has never quite become a household name. In fact, to many movie lovers, he is simply just one of those faces that are recognized when watching a movie, but leaves viewers stumped on what other movies they saw him in –...

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“Damn Your Eyes” [Shorts Program]

I reckon we’s always in the mood for a good western round these parts. Even a short one. Damn Your Eyes clearly draws inspiration from Leone’s “Man with no name” series; but I found even more of a comparison can be drawn from Robert Rodriguez’ Desperado. And as a huge fan of the latter, this little short ended up being right up my...

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