19 posts categorized "Western"

March 14, 2022

3:10 TO YUMA — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comElmore Leonard's terse novella is the basis for this elegant Western.

Van Heflin and Glenn Ford represent a unity of opposites in their respective roles as a family man cattle rancher, and a stagecoach-robbing outlaw, respectively.

Each man reveals his personal code of honor as Heflin's character attempts to get his handcuffed prisoner on the train of the film's title, on time.

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The film's minimalism was a modern effort back in 1957.

Here's a Western you can lean into.

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 A double whisky up with a cold water back will do.

Not Rated. 92 mins.

5 Stars

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January 23, 2022

OLD HENRY


Screen Shot 2022-03-22 at 11.56.57 PMThe best damn Western you ever need to see.

This taught, straight-ahead Western steadily builds toward its inevitable resolution with a neatly placed thematic hook grounded in history.

"Old Henry's" slow-burn fury galvanizes the father and son relationship at its core.

Stephen Dorff makes for a convincing gunslinger.

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Tim Blake Nelson is still the best kept secret in Cinema. Shhhhh.

Chickens come home to roost.

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Blood flows.

Mop.

Not Rated. 99 mins.

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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January 10, 2022

THE POWER OF THE DOG

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ColeSmithey.comWestern revenge failure.

It's shocking that neither the "Power of the Dog" novelist nor screenwriter/director Jane Campion ever read Confucius. 

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." 

This film's grave was dug before filming began.

Brutality for brutality's sake.

Anachronisms come gratis. 

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Rated R. 126 mins.

1 Star

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