Tyranny and Ranching on the ‘Red River’

An unsatisfying conclusion mars an otherwise enjoyable classic western. [Read more...]

The Lone Ranger: Pirates of the Old West

Jack Sparrow on a horse. Trains go boom. Is vigilantism justified? [Read more...]

Django Discusses Race

Review of Django Unchained, Directed by Quentin Tarantino By KENDRICK KUO Django Unchained is everything you would expect from a Tarantino film. Much in the same vein as Inglorious Basterds, this story is a historical one. Instead of Nazi Germany, it is set in the antebellum South. If you liked Inglorious Basterds, I would reckon [Read More...]

When the Legend Becomes Fact…

Review of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Directed by John Ford By PAUL D. MILLER Here is a movie that just begs to be a Jeopardy question. The category is “Classic Film.” The answers are: “The only movie in which Jimmy Stewart punches John Wayne in the face,” “The second movie in which Jimmy [Read More...]

That’ll Be the Day

Review of The Searchers, Directed by John Ford By PAUL D. MILLER The Searchers (1956) is a John Wayne western made in the 1950s, which might immediately suggest to you a certain kind of movie:  an all-American hero fighting outlaws and Indians with a six-shooter, a pack of one-liners, and a grinning swagger.  Wayne did [Read More...]

Hondo

Review of Hondo, Directed by Louis L’Amour By COYLE NEAL As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, Americans are always in search of their own body of myths and legends—a literary past we can look to and claim as our own. The most recognizable and uniquely American body of literature that has grown up as a result [Read More...]


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