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Hostiles Trailer #2 (2017) “We Are All Hostiles”

Scott Cooper has turned to another venerable American genre, the western, for Hostiles, the raw and compelling tale of an embittered and battle-hardened US Cavalry officer ordered to accompany a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. The flinty-eyed Captain Blocker (Bale) has seen more than his fair share of violence and bloodletting on the frontier, but this mission, which he is forced to accept, is a particularly bitter pill to swallow: Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) has been his mortal enemy for years due to a conflict that killed many of Blocker’s friends. The Chief has also lost friends in the conflict.

Setting out through dangerous territory, much of it inhabited by hostile tribes, the small band of soldiers and Cheyenne navigate the beautiful prairies and wilds of the west, while facing a series of challenges. Blocker — much like John Wayne’s character in the John Ford classic The Searchers — is a racist, a man who harbours a deep hatred towards the former prisoners now placed in his care. As the challenges mount, Blocker is forced to confront his own bigotry while carrying out his orders. To complicate matters, the ragged party is joined by a stricken widow (Rosamund Pike) who has just seen her family massacred in a raid.

Hostiles cuts relentlessly into the complex, troubled relationship between those who have lived on this land for centuries and the white intruder, posing the question: is reconciliation possible?

Hostiles is set to be released on December 22nd.
Wes Studi and Christian Bale in Hostiles

Movie Review: The Magnifcent Seven (2016) *So Far So Good?*

Chris Pratt, The Magnificent Seven

Hollywood has gone so remake crazy that it is literally eating its own tail at this point.  There may be multiple versions of every movie ever made in a decade, but of all the ridiculous, stupid, and offensive attempts to present a new take on a classic film, The Magnificent Seven is not an offender.  The original film with Yul Bruyner is now 56 years old, the Western genre is much better at remakes/reinventions than most (True Grit, for example), and this isn’t an attempt to update or override the classic.  The 1960 film is, itself, a reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, so unlike most remakes, this story has already lent itself to reinterpretation.  It’s a Magnificent Seven for a new generation, and while it’s not quite magnificent, it is enjoyable. Continue reading Movie Review: The Magnifcent Seven (2016) *So Far So Good?*

Trailer Time: The Magnifcent Seven Teaser #1 (2016) *Denzel and Star Lord Go WEST!*

I’m not a particular fan of Antoine Fuqua’s work as a director, but Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt will get me to a movie theater even for a movie that did not need a remake (but when does that stop anyone these days?  Details below courtesy of Geek Tyrant. Continue reading Trailer Time: The Magnifcent Seven Teaser #1 (2016) *Denzel and Star Lord Go WEST!*

Top 5: Scenes from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (IMDB Top 250 #8)

Clint Eastwood, The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Every month we take a look at a movie on the Internet Movie Database’s List of the the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME.  These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column.  These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall.  We’re on our eighth installment in this series.  Click on the links for The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction Schindler’s List, and 12 Angry Men to check out previous installments.

It’s the film the term “Spaghetti Western” is most associated with and one of, if not the, most famous Western ever made.  It’s the final film in the “Dollars Trilogy” that Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leonne made, and Clint Eastwood’s iconic character “The Man With No Name” was named by Empire Magazine as one of the 50 Best Characters in Film History.  For all that, and as much as I respect it as a film, this isn’t one of my favorite movies.  The reason for that is that I’m a words person.  If Aaron Sorkin writes something where people are spewing paragraphs like they have guns to their heads and walking quickly through an office….I’m a happy guy.  In the first half-hour of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, there may be a paragraph’s worth of words…..maybe.  It’s simply a style preference and you can’t deny it’s impact on the genre and the awesomeness of The Man with No Name as we’re a year shy of its 50th anniversary of release.  And Ennio Moriconne’s classic score IS the music for the Western genre and some of the most famous notes in film history.  Here are my favorite moments.

1. The Showdown

It’s the ultimate gunfight: simple as that. This is possibly the scene that makes Clint Eastwood the icon he always will be; the biggest Western star of all-time (sorry John Wayne, but it’s true).

2. Rescuing Tuco

I love the scam that Blondie and Tuco have going where he’s continually turning Tuco (and can we just pause to acknowledge one of the best supporting characters ever?) authorities to be hanged, then saving him at the last minute by shooting off the noose.

3. Our Partnership is Untied

No one is really “good” in this film, it’s just that Blondie comes the closest. Figuring that they’ve capped out on Tuco’s usefulness as a hanging dummy, Blondie drops him in the desert and we’re treated to a beautiful stream of Eli Wallach outraged insults.

4. Blue or Gray?

The setting for the film is shortly after the Civil War and this particular miscalculation in estimating sides is probably the funniest  moment in the film.  Stupid dust.

5. Tucco’s Final Insult

Here’s an occasion where Leonne’s style does work.  At the end of the film, balanced on a cross surrounded by gold, strung up once again, Tuco’s not sure if he’s going to be saved this time and the acting Wallach does in conveying the tension is just beautiful.

 

The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Clint Eastwood

 

 

 

Trailer Time: Hateful Eight (2015) *Tarantino Returns to the West* PLUS Production Stills

The last time Quentin Tarantino went west we got Django Unchained and that seemed to work out pretty well, so this fall we’ll see another all star cast and blood squibs the size of watermelons in The Hateful Eight.  Trailer Above, full synopsis and stills from the film below.  No definite release date, but I’d be sometime around awards season. Continue reading Trailer Time: Hateful Eight (2015) *Tarantino Returns to the West* PLUS Production Stills