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  • Grace the elephant in the room
    Grace the elephant in the room
    Western religion is looked upon as the ‘establishment of a spirituality/religion that didn’t work.’ When it comes to the ways of spirituality and Eastern esoterics it is viewed as a counterculture that does nothing but outshine...
  • True Grit (2010)
    The True Grit "remake"
    True Grit: Rated “PG-13”(110 Minutes)Starring:Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee SteinfeldDirected by:Ethan Coen, Joel CoenThere is an argument that Hollywood that goes, “You shouldn’t take a...
  • Bonanza
    One last hurrah at the Ponderosa
    On January 16, 1973, longtime fans bid goodbye to the Ponderosa and the Cartwright family as NBC broadcast the 440th and final episode of Bonanza. Debuting on September 12, 1959, Bonanza ran for 14 seasons and is ranked as the second longest...
  • Saddle Up photo
    Saddle Up in Pigeon Forge coming in February 2015
    Everyone loves an excuse to wear cowboy hats and boots, and here's a good one that will also factor in some great travel! The 15th annual Saddle Up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee promises a celebration full of cowboy poetry, western music, two...
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
    Get on little doggy: Movie review ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’
    It figures that the only Seth MacFarlane film I paid to see in the theater would bomb. It is also interesting as to why that would be the case. Despite not liking Family Guy or MacFarlane as a host on the Academy Awards, to my surprise I found Ted...
  • The Homesman
    'The Homesman' Movie Review
    ‘The Homesman’ is not your typical pioneer tale. It is actually a bleak portrait of life on the plains in the 1800s. As a storyteller, Tommy Lee Jones (he stars, co-wrote and directed it) pulls no punches with graphic scenes that show...
  • The Homesman
    Movie review: 'The Homesman' shows that the Western is alive and well
    The Western is alive and well, in no small part because of the efforts of Tommy Lee Jones. The Homesman (opening today) is the second big-screen directorial effort for the established actor, following 2005's The Three Burials of Melquiades...
  • Sweetwater
    Movie Review: "Sweetwater" is one sweet revenge movie
    On paper the Western “Sweetwater” is just another revenge movie: the main character’s loved one is murdered and bloody retribution ensues. However, two things elevate the material. First, there is the unapologetic violence...
  • "Longmire" Zap 2 It
    Can TV western drama 'Longmire' lasso 'Netflix' as its' new home?
    It has been only two-and-a-half months since A&E cancelled the TV western/drama “Longmire.” The die-hard TV fans are probably “chomping-at-the-bit” over the news released on Nov. 13, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. Nellie Andreeva...
  • 'Shanghai Noon' is a very exciting western
    'Shanghai Noon' is a very exciting western
    One way to spice up a familiar movie genre is to add an international setting or exotic characters who have to decode American culture in order to succeed. “Shanghai Noon,” a comedy/western released in 2000, juxtaposes Chinese henchmen...
  • Murder Mystery Dinner helps raise funds for Marshall County Guardianship Program
    Murder Mystery Dinner helps raise funds for Marshall County Guardianship Program
    Budding detectives from all over town joined Marshall County Guardianship Program, or GAP, to help solve a “wild west” crime during its second annual Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, Nov.1.This year community volunteer actors served...
  • The Pinkertons
    Jacob Blair takes us onto the frontier of new 'Pinkertons' syndicated TV series
    The Wild West is making a comeback on TV with The Pinkertons, the syndicated series following the storied exploits of the titular detective agency headed by Allen Pinkerton (Angus Macfadyen, Turn). Playing Allen's impulsive, "shoot first,...
  • 'A Million Ways To Die In The West'
    DVD review: 'A Million Ways To Die In The West'
    While he is always going to be best known for 'Family Guy', Seth McFarlane has already successfully branched out into features with 'Ted'.His followup comes in the form of a rare bird, these days, the western comedy.Let's see...
  • 'Defiance: Season Two'
    DVD review: 'Defiance: Season 2'
    With 'Warehouse 13' gone, and 'Lost Girl' on its way out, the SyFy Channel needs to rely on a new generation of original programming to keep an audience.'Defiance', its space western on a decimated Earth, continues on for a...
  •  Author Elmore Leonard
    2007's '3:10 from Yuma' a remake of a classic Elmore Leonard western
    If 3:10 to Yuma has a theme at all, it is the Bible verse that the film’s main villain, Ben Wade, played with charming and frightening skill by Russell Crowe. It reads "All a man's ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the...