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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Quigley Down Under (1990) “Quigley Down Under” is not the most prominent film in cinema history but for those that are aware of its existence will have found quite the little gem.  And for those that haven’t heard of the film should definitely give it a chance. The film stars Tom Selleck and Laura San Giancomo, before her “Just Shoot Me” fame.  In addition, the film stars Alan Rickman fresh off his success as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard.” In “Quigley Down Under,” Tom Selleck stars as Matthew Quigley, a sharp shooter in the times of the old west, hired by a British landlord (Rickman) in Australia.  After a several month ocean crossing from America to Australia, Quigley learns of Marston’s (Rickman) real plan for him.  Instead of killing dingoes, Quigley is sought after to kill the aborigines. Quigley, of sound morals absolutely refuses.  He is therefore ...
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Tuesday, 20 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Tombstone (1993) The old west has inspired some of the most memorable films in Hollywood history.  John Wayne and Clint Eastwood lead the pack when it comes to western films.  However, "Tombstone" is one of the best westerns of the past couple decades, bested by "Unforgiven." Fans of the film have heard of the rumors circulating the development and production of the film, particularly the controversy over who actually directed the film.  None of that is resolved in any bonus materials on this disc.  Sorry folks. Kurt Russell portrays Wyatt Earp, the most legendary peacekeeper in the old west.  After retiring from his lawmaking life in Kanasa, he and his two brothers move to Tombstone, a silver-mining town out west.  Wyatt and his brothers, Virgil (Sam Elliot) and Morgan (Bill Paxton), are joined by their wives.  It doesn't take long before Wyatt cleans up ...
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Friday, 11 September 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Quick and the Dead, The (1995) Sam Raimi is one the best directors in the industry.  His "Army of Darkness" has a cult following.  Then there is, of course the Spider-man films.  Raimi is a versatile director as evident by his work on "The Quick and the Dead," a rather good western film.  Westerns can be divided between those that are gritty and dramatic and those that use humor.  "The Quick and the Dead" is the latter. The film is based on revenge.  Lady (Sharon Stone) is out to get revenge on Herod (Gene Hackman) for something that we are quite sure about at the beginning but do not get the full answer until the end of the film.  Lady rides into town to enter a dueling contest that will allow her to take on Herod.  However, Lady is not as confident and tough as she appears.  ...
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Thursday, 15 January 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Appaloosa I must admit, I am not particular to westerns.  They just haven’t ever captured me.  There have been a couple of exceptions.  “The Quick and the Dead” and “The Unforgiven” are great cinematic pieces.  “Appaloosa” is not quite there, but is comes close.  It ranks in the same league as “Tombstone” and “Wyatt Earp.” “Appaloosa” contains commanding performances by Ed Harris and Jeremy Irons.  Viggo Mortensen also portrays a western deputy well.  Renée Zellweger has been better, but is not horrible.  Aside from the acting, the story is strong and decently executed. Unlike many other westerns, this film does not contain a lot of gun slinging.  It revolves more around the characters than the ego.  Ed Harris stars as Virgil Cole, a peacekeeper that goes where there is a need.  Along with his partner, Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), he travels to Appaloosa, ...
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Friday, 01 August 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid In 1969, two highly influential and revisionist Westerns were released: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Wild Bunch.”  They were loosely connected in that Butch Cassidy’s gang was sometimes called the Wild Bunch (but not until after the gang had long broken up), and that Strother Martin is in both movies.  At parties in 1969 and for several years after, you could almost start a fistfight by declaring your allegiance to one in favor of the other.  (I’ve always backed “The Wild Bunch.”) They’re equally revisionist but in very different ways.  Peckinpah’s great movie is more realistic in some ways; it’s occasionally funny (“silver rings!”) but never remotely a comedy.  But both films are valedictory about the old west, both dealing with the end of the Old West by depicting outlaws whose deaths seemed to mark something of an ...
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