Articles tagged westerns

Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ Is the Last Great Western

This is not just a great Peckinpah film, but perhaps Hollywood’s last great classic Western, a film of tremendous self-reflection and deep sadness.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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To call a film a “B-movie” gives it a name that almost assumes mediocrity. This was the moniker applied to the second film on a

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4 Jun 2008 // 4:31 AM

Is novelist Leif Enger trying single-handedly to resurrect the Great American Western? Readers may wonder, but he says no. “I just wanted to write the

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13 May 2008 // 4:11 AM

One of the great Hollywood fables is that the 1930 Western epic “The Big Trail” was a box-office failure because of its young star, John Wayne.

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11 Jan 2008 // 4:44 AM

CBS’ `Commanche Moon’ is no best Western

They don’t make miniseries like they used to. “Comanche Moon” shows why that’s a bad thing. And a good thing. There’s the

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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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24 May 2007 // 3:24 AM

Wrestling with the Duke: Love him or loathe him?

John Wayne swaggered like a rodeo bull, thundered like a storm over Monument Valley, and towered over the West like a craggy butte. And he

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