Tag: western

Blu-Ray Review: Criterion's THE GUNFIGHTER Draws on Western Glory

When did Hollywood’s deconstruction of the American Western myth officially break through? Depending on which aficionado you look to, the answer given may be Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), or Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon (1952), or another venerated film amid the 1950’s great...

New York 2019 Review: Justified Mayhem in Kleber Mendonça Filho's BACURAU

At a glance, without any context of what's happening in Brazil, as the Bacurauans get rid of foreigners and traitors, the film is a silly, tacky man-hunting-man horror movie akin to The Most Dangerous Game or Naked Prey or even Hostel or Ruins. But it isn't. Bacurau highlights the resilience and resolve of Brazilian people against mounting assault of multi-national corporations backed by government military to devastate their beautiful, once burgeoning country in the global crisis era we live in. It's an activist film in a B-Horror movie disguise.

EMINENCE HILL: Watch Trailer Robert Conway Western Lance Henriksen, Barry Corbin and Dominique Swain

Take a moment to watch this trailer for Robert Conway's new western Eminence Hill.    Eminence Hill stars Lance Henriksen, Barry Corbin and Dominique Swain. It will ride into U.S. cinemas on November 1st, followed by a VOD and DVD...

Indonesian Western BUFFALO BOYS Available Today!

Indonesian western and Singapore's submission for the Oscars' "Best Foreign-Language Film category, Buffalo Boys, is now available in select theaters and on Digital. The internationally produced, 19th century martial-arts western was directed by Mike Wiluan (also a co-producer on Crazy...

Blu-ray Review: FORTY GUNS Rides Out on Criterion

Don’t be surprised to come away from Samuel Fuller’s  Forty Guns a bit dizzy.  And know that with that advice in tow, it may be the only time you aren’t surprised during this senses-shattering 1957 Western. Boldly shot in both...

Interview: PROSPECT Directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell Talk Sci-Fi Western and Wanting to Keep Things Indie

Gunpowder and Sky's new sci-fi label DUST is releasing their inaugural film, Prospect, into New York and Los Angeles theatres on Friday, November 2, and for Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell, this is huge deal. The two young directors have...

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES: Watch This 'Death by Hanging' Clip

The critically acclaimed and much loved South African western Five Fingers For Marseilles arrives on VOD in the US on October 23rd by way of Uncork'd Entertainment.    A new clip arrived this morning, which you will find below. The...

Blu-ray Review: THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ, A Landmark Film

Making its digital home video debut from The Criterion Collection is foundational Latin American themed film, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. This 1982 film tells the true story of the titular turn of the century farmer who was arrested and...

Melbourne 2018 Review: WRATH OF SILENCE Violently Twists and Turns an Epic Tragedy

Genre influenced festival fare from China keeps on impressing, and Wrath of Silence may be the best, and most commercially friendly of recent efforts yet. This is the kind of film that grips you, and long after seeing it, parts...

Review: MARLINA THE MURDER IN FOUR ACTS, Come for the Feminism, Stay for the Cinematography

In making a film, any film, it is nearly essential to have an image or scene that the audience takes away with them. Think about a film you love, and get it in your mind's eye, and that is what...

Giveaway: Win Corbucci's THE GREAT SILENCE On Blu-ray

We've teamed up with Film Movement Classics to offer up to you one of three copies of Sergio Corbucci's classic Western, The Great Silence. Widely recognized as one of the greatest spaghetti Westerns ever made, The Great Silence has been...

Friday One Sheet: THE SISTERS BROTHERS Teases Fire and Brimstone

The long awaited (by me, anyway) film adaptation of Partick deWitt's 'Chemistry Western,' The Sisters Brothers, moves towards the screen with this fiery and iconic poster. While not as experimental and quriky as the Canadian book cover, the homestead in...

Five Fingers for Marseille secures USA release!

Five Fingers for Marseilles tells the story of a group of young men who stand up to brutal police oppression in Marseilles, a town in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The film made its world premiere at...

BUFFALO BOYS: Full Trailer For The Indonesian Western Delivers Epic Scale Action

It was just last month that we shared the first teaser for Mike Wiluan's upcoming Indonesian western Buffalo Boys and that has now been followed by a full theatrical trailer to serve up far more of the film's storyline and...

Indonesian Western BUFFALO BOYS Teaser Promises Slick, Crowd Pleasing Fun

While you may not know his name, if you're a fan of recent genre films out of South East Asia you are almost certainly familiar with the work of Mike Wiluan. Wiluan has been busy as a producer over the...

SXSW 2018 Review: PROSPECT Mines Human Territory

Prospect begins with an alien moon rotating through the grungy windshield of a massive orbiting space station. But instead of the sweeping orchestral score you might expect -- one to signify the epicness of the moment -- an equally grungy...

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES: Watch The Full Theatrical Trailer For The South African Western

We've written quite a lot about the Michael Matthews directed South African western Five Fingers For Marseilles in these pages as the film went on a wide spread and successful international festival run. And with the picture now gearing up...

70s Rewind: BITE THE BULLET, Gene Hackman As a True Western Hero

Gene Hackman is a treasure of American cinema. His role in Bite the Bullet is a good example of a less-heralded performance that nonetheless sheds light on his brilliance. Born in 1930, Hackman served in the U.S. Marines shortly after...

Sitges 2017 Review: MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS, a Traditional Western Story Told in a Fresh Way

In making a film, any film, it is nearly essential to have an image or scene that the audience takes away with them. Think about a film you love, and get it in your minds eye, and that is what...

Toronto 2017 Review: FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES, Cowboys & Corruption, South Africa Style

The western genre, long associated either with American film and the lone cowboy holding fast to independence in a changing landscape, or the spaghetti western, in which European directors examined more forcefully the often insidious nature of the more corrupt...