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  • Paint Your Wagon
    Classic Films: Paint Your Wagon (1969)
    Following the mid-1960s big screen success of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music, the Hollywood studios decided that big-budget musicals were the key to box office gold. While the then-current line-up of Broadway hits was being culled by most of...
  • Duel in the Sun
    Classic Films: Duel in the Sun (1946)
    David O. Selznick’s desperate attempt to outdo the spectacle of his Gone with the Wind masterwork is an epic that, to borrow a line from the Dubya days, inspires shock and awe. The awe is obvious in a grand $6.5 million no-expense-spared...
  • Route 66
    Return to Tombstone
    Mary Doria Russell continues her exploration of the Tombstone, Az. mythology in her new novel "Epitaph" (Ecco, $27.99). Her first venture to the legendary town was "Doc"which focused on the life of "Doc" John...
  • The Salvation, A Danish Western
    The Salvation, A Danish Western
    It’s hard to understand our relation to the past today, especially in America. Africa, Europe and Asia had ancient history, but the USA only really has the Old West. This country has no real history, and most of its people came from other...
  • Tacky Tuesday - Western Saddle
    Tacky Tuesday - Western Saddle
    Western saddle are heavier and riders sit with a deep seat, sitting back with your feet in front of you. Western saddles are used for a variety of equine disciplines. Knowing the different parts of the saddle and how they work together will make...
  • 'Broken Horses' is a bad Bollywood take on Western
    'Broken Horses' is a bad Bollywood take on Western
    Fans of Law & Order: Criminal Intent might want to see Vincent D'Onofrio sink his teeth into a juicy part, but this story, "Broken Horses," is overdone and drier than a desert riverbed on a hot July day.Directed and co-written ...
  • 'Slow West' trailer #1 overview and commentary
    'Slow West' trailer #1 overview and commentary
    Trailer Watch is a first reaction viewing of the featured trailer (by me) where I give some light commentary and opinions on it. Trailers are a big deal, they are the first real impression a movie has on people and can have a huge impact on its...
  • Django Meets Zorro at Dynamite Comics
    Django Meets Zorro at Dynamite Comics
    There are those who will tell you that Westerns are dead; they are wrong. We still have Westerns on TV (Justified); in films (A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Lone Ranger — regardless what you thought of wither of those two films), and...
  • The Salvation
    Movie review: 'The Salvation', revenge served cold
    Danish writer/director Kristian Levring has a deep fondness for the American Western. His love and admiration for the genre is evident in nearly every frame of The Salvation (opening today), a serious, gritty Western that is beautifully shot and...
  • The Salvation
    'The Salvation' review: Another Mads Mikkelsen triumph
    Kristian Levring's western film "The Salvation" starring Mads Mikkelsen began its theatrical run in Houston at Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park yesterday.It's 1871 in America and Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) has just been reunited with his...
  • 'Giving My Bones to the Western Lands' by Slackeye Slim
    Slackeye Slim - 'Giving My Bones to the Western Lands'
    Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Frankland, who goes by the moniker Slackeye Slim, has been wandering through today's roots music underground, appearing here and there with wholly memorable and impressive performances and album...
  • At Wolf Ranch
    At Wolf Ranch
    Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the...
  • 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...
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