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Thursday, August 22 2013

“Say My Name”: Mythologizing Heisenberg As an Allegory for the American West

Once a viewer starts tuning into the subtleties of those affected by the collateral damage of Walt/Heisenberg's victories, it's hard not to read the show as a satire that challenges us to rethink our romanticized assumptions about American Westward conquest.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

A City in the Desert: Landscape and ‘Breaking Bad’

From cinematography to editing, each episode of Breaking Bad feels meticulously crafted, the director's authorial hand ever present to lead the viewer through the story. Every shot is as precise and deliberate a storytelling tool as the scriptwriting or the actors" performances.


Dodge City, Tombstone, the OK Corral and ‘Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life’

Historian Andrew Isenberg's absorbing, meticulous account of Wyatt Earp's life is a must-read for anyone who loves American history and tales of the Old West.


Thursday, June 23 2011

Moral Ambiguity, Greyness and Imperfection in the Classic, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’

This is, literally and figuratively, a movie about the dirt under the fingernails of its characters, and how everyone has some of that dirt, no matter how they might appear on the outside or to those in society at large.


Thursday, January 7 2010

TV’s First Female Hero: Annie Oakley

Before Xena, before Buffy, even before Emma Peel, there was Annie Oakley, TV's first female action hero.


Wednesday, June 4 2008

A non-Western guy’s great Western


Tuesday, May 13 2008

Historic ‘Big Trail’ makes widescreen DVD debut


Friday, January 11 2008

CBS’ `Commanche Moon’ is no best Western


Friday, September 21 2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By turns brutal and lyrical, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford considers Wild Western mythology and masculinity, violence and madness.


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