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Entries Tagged as 'Westerns'

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) R 121min

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

Director Quentin Tarantino is a guest star in this Japanese spaghetti Western from cult film director Takashi Miike (who speaks no English, but learned a few phrases for his episodic role in Hostel).
The plot: Two rival gangs are fighting each [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Film Noir · Foreign · Movies · Westerns

Review: Australia (2008) PG-13 165min

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Australia (2008)

This pre-WWII adventure set in Australia’s Northern Territory is directed by Baz Luhrmann, written by Stuart Beattie, Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan based on story by the director himself and starring Australia’s natives Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
The plot: In 1939 an [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Australia · Drama · Foreign · USA · Westerns

Review: Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006) R 121min

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

This award-winning picture was directed by Tommy Lee Jones, his first work as director, and based on the book by Guillermo Arriaga, an Oscar-nominated author and play-writer. Arriaga also wrote script for Universal/Focus feature film Amores Perros (2000) starring Benicio [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Movies · Road Films · USA · Westerns

Dead Man (1995) R 2h

July 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Review: Dead Man (1995)

This dramatic western starring Johnny Depp was written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.
The plot: After death of his parents, William Blake, an accountant from Cleveland, takes a job offer and moves to the Town of Machine at the end of the [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Cult Films · DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Movies · USA · Westerns

The Proposition (2005) R 104min

October 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Not a perfect, but definitely memorable film. Photography of Australian outback with it’s desolate beauty and gorgeous sunsets was superb. I could almost feel blood and dust in my mouth. I wish I’d seen it on the big screen. Great cast. Pretty violent at times, getting over the top sadistic toward the end. The actors in supporting roles were more dominiant and in other ways better the the focus of this film, Guy Pierce, who should’ve been in a supporting role where he’s best. With exception of Momento, he doesn’t seem to be able to carry the weight in other movies. The film was also slow at times. It doesn’t explain why any of the characters are the way they are or how they’d become that way.

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Tags: Australia · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Westerns

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2005-2007) R 160min

October 6th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Slow with almost useless dialogs in the beginning but redeems itself in the second half with more action, drama and Brad Pitt’s best dramatic role.

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Tags: Biographical · Drama · Movies · Westerns

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

September 10th, 2007 · No Comments

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

It’s nice to see the revival, or a come back, of the Western genre. I have seen the 1957 version, and not 50 years later this remake brought Elmore Leonard’s short story back to the screen. Watch the trailer.
The [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Westerns