Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Silverado Review

Dir. Lawrence Kasdan

Staring Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Linda Hunt

Chance encounters turn four men into friends and unlikely heroes as they band together to free the town of Silverado from a corrupt sheriff and the wealthy family that has seized control of it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

3 Godfathers Review

3 Godfathers (1948)
Dir. John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

John Ford retells the story of the 3 wise men in a western setting in this film, about 3 cowhands turned bandits who come across a dying woman that entrusts them with care of her newborn child.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Darling Clementine Review

My Darling Clementine (1946)
Dir. John Ford
Starring: Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Linda Darnell, Walter Brennan
After the death of his brother James, Wyatt Earp takes the position of sheriff in the town of Tombstone in order to find the people responsible. There he befriends Doc Holiday, and falls for Doc’s former lover Clementine, and culminates in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Carson City Kid Review

The Carson City Kid
Dir. Joseph Kane
Staring Roy Rogers, Bob Steel, George "Gabby" Hayes, Pauline Moore

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Shakiest Gun in the West Review

The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
Dir. Alan Rafkin
Starring: Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades

Don Knotts stars as Jessie Heywood, who decides to relocate to the west to practice dentistry. Once there, he unwittingly gets used by Penelope “Bad Penny” Cushings (Barbara Rhoades), a bandit that is being used by the government to find some gun runners that have been selling weapons to some Indians.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2 Films by Monte Hellman: The Shooting / Ride in the Whirlwind Criterion Blu-ray Review

Dir. Monte Hellman

In The Shooting, a mysterious woman hires a bounty hunter to escort her through the desert, looking for a man. In Ride in the Whirlwind, a trio of farmhands are being hunted by vigilantes after being mistaken for part of a gang of outlaws.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dead Man Review

Dir. Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Johnny Depp, Robert Mitchum, Gary Farmer
After arriving in the town of Machine and being denied a job he was promised, William Blake (Depp) meets a woman and is involved in a fatal shootinginvolving her ex lover. After leaving the town, he is joined by an Indian named Nobody (Farmer) and embarks on a journey to the west.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Two Rode Together

Two Rode Together (1961)
Dir. John Ford
Starring: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones
Marshal Guthrie MacCabe is happy just staying in his town, profiting off the locals, until the army pressures him into helping to free some captives from the Comanche. Lieutenant Jim Gary is assigned the task of helping McCabe bargain with the Indians.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Tall T Review

Dir. Budd Boetticher

Starring: Randolph Scott, Maureen O’Sullivan, Richard Boone

Patrick Brennan is a just a normal guy, who in the process of trying to get a bull, gets thrown into a hostage situation when Frank Usher (Richard Boone) kidnaps and attempts to ransom off the local copper baron’s daughter Doretta, (Maureen O’Sullivan) and her newly married weak willed husband Willard Mims (John Hubbard).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Revenge of the Virgins Review

Revenge of the Virgins (1959)

Dir. Peter Perry Jr.

This is the story of a group of white people who go to a remote area to pan for gold. Unfortunately the place that they are going is the home of a tribe of vengeful female Indians.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quigley Down Under Review

Quigley Down Under (1990)
Dir. Simon Wincer
Starring: Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) arrives in Australia answering a wanted ad for long range sharpshooters.  After meeting an unstable American named Cora (Laura San Giacomo) and learning that the man hiring him, Elliot Marston (Alan Rickman) wants him to use his skills to kill the aborigines. This does not sit well with Quigley, who takes up the fight for the natives.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Once Upon a Time in the West Review

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Dir. Sergio Leone
Starring: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson
A land dispute over an area called Sweetwater sets the stage for conflict between Harmonica (Bronson), a man out for revenge against Frank (Fonda), the hired gun tasked to run off the Sweetwaters owners the McBains. Even though Frank was instructed only to scare the McBains, he brutally killed them all, because as he says “People scare better when they’re dying.”, then framed the bandit Cheyenne (Robards) for the murders. The railroad’s plans to take ownership of the land are stopped by the arrival of McBain’s new wife Jill (Cardinale). After Harmonica gets involved due to his interest in Frank, he discovers something: McBain was smart and claimed a section of land with the only source of water for miles, the land would have made him rich. These factors combine to set the stage for an epic confrontation  in the waning days of the old west.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Decision at Sundown Review

Decision at Sundown (1976)
Dir. Budd Boetticher
Starring: Randolph Scott, Noah Beery Jr
Randolph Scott plays Bart Allison, an angry man who is informed by his partner Sam (Noah Beery Jr.) that Tate Kimbrough is about to get married in a town named Sundown. Bart goes to the ceremony and objects, leading to several standoffs with the sheriff and his deputies (who are in Kimbrough’s pocket) while the truth about why Bart is there is slowly revealed, feuds are resolved, and Bart is still drunk and pissed off.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Keoma Review

Keoma (AKA Django Rides Again, The Violent Breed) (1976)
Dir. Enzo G.Castellar
Starring: Franco Nero, Woody Strode, Olgo Karlotos.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Grand Duel (1972) Review

The Grand Duel (AKA The Big Showdown, Storm Riders) (1972)
Dir. Giancarlo Santi
Starring: Lee Van Cleef