Category Archives: Westerns

The Alloy of Law [2011]

I was not really much of a fan of the original Mistborn trilogy. The initial premise was to set a fantasy story in a world after the total victory of your classic mega-evil wizard. What’s it like to live in the … Continue reading

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The Highwaymen [2019]

In some of his junket interviews, Kevin Costner has described this film as a Western, joining other recent Westerns like Hell or High Water in a kind of genre revival that’s really an identification that’s probably more interesting than either of … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Iliad

We are at an interesting moment in cultural awareness, where all cultural values in The West ™ are being renegotiated for new sensibilities and emergent values. One recent focus for these has been Leia, from Star Wars. Two things seem to … Continue reading

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Brimstone [2016]

A few years ago, I thought that the Western was dead. You’ll note that in the meta-structure of these posts I made Western into a category rather than a tag; because the structures and issues that the Western grapples with … Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight [2016]

I think I really became aware of Quentin Tarantino when I went to see Deathproof. At that time Jackie Brown was the only one of his oeuvre I hadn’t seen, but I’d watched those earlier films as films – after … Continue reading

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Slow West [2015]

It is sometimes tempting to think of the Western as an omnibus genre, because aside from a general association with that crucial 20-year period in America from the Civil War there are few apparent constants. Many genre definitions extend backwards … Continue reading

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Django Unchained [2012]

Now that Quentin Tarantino has made a Western, it seems impossible that it should have been his first Western or that it could turn out to be his only Western. Nor is it coincidental, I think, that in Django Unchained, … Continue reading

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