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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2011
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    Saw True Grit last weekend. Damn wonderful entertainment, with great performances and scenery.
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    A thoughtful piece by critic Anne Bilson on how the Western never went away, it just colonised all other genres.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    I've been playing Red Dead Redemption, which put me on a Western bender. I will look into the recommendations made here.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2011
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    Just caught /Tears of the Black Tiger/ on Netflix and was duly impressed. Glorious technicolor homage to Western-flavored chop-sockey.
    • CommentAuthordanhill
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2011
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    I watched Red Hill a few days back, a modern day western set in Australia.

    The premise is very 'High Noon' but there are elements that turn it on its head.

    It's not the most groundbreaking of films but it's well acted, well made and the score was memorable.

    My opinion on the film may be coloured by my love for modern day Western's-- No Country, Way of the Gun (I still think this film is vastly underrated), Lone Star, etc.

    I'm sure I'm missing a few.
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    I didn't really enjoy Red Hill. I feel terrible saying that as I should be showing support for Aussie cinema. It just seemed a bit by-the-numbers for me.
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    TRUE GRIT, oh yes, TRUE GRIT. It has the visual texture some may be missing from seeing only Westerns filmed in deserts or high prairie. It doesn't eclipse NO COUNTRY for that final Tommy Lee monologue, but it's got great flavor. NO COUNTRY-the-novel reads almost exactly like the movie-- a rare thing, and by that I mean the feel of it, the tone of the dialogue. TRUE GRIT doesn't. I love Portis, he's just an insane writer, but the novel never, never would have created the rhythms of speech and accent in my head that the actors did.

    Still don't much care for Matt Damon, but he made a great Robert Redford in TRUE GRIT.
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    Did anyone mention CENTENNIAL? True, it was a made-for-TV mini-series and not a feature film, but it was quintessentially a "Western," and it had verticality in spades. Hard not to do vertical in Colorado.
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    What a pity about THE MISSING. It has some great stuff in it, some wonderful actors, but Jesus. Ron Howard. Just a little more discretion and it could have been a great movie.
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    I had a ...thing... for CLint Eastwood films for a while - I think High Plains Drifter, Pale Rider and Unforgiven all have gothic undercurrents of superstition and guilt that are up there with the best supernatural horror. I also think that the Western, far from being dead or even moribund is now more alive and diverse than at probably any other time in its history. Plenty of the evidence has been given above, I don'tneed to repeat it. If however you want to explore the Western as a genre, old Eastwood films are a really good place to start - they'll give some good perspective on the modern versions.
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    Oh yes and also, Nick Cave and TOWE have released a 2 CD collection of their soundtrack work called White Lunar that is fucking amazing. Includes a lot of their stuff from the Proposition. Well worth it if you can track it down. Mostly comprised of haunting instrumentals.