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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KapCon 2012

Generally this year was an improvement over last year, but realistically that’s really because of the writing process for the LARP, which could not have been improved on. KapCon itself benefited hugely from the spill-over of the LARP writing. Nick … Continue reading

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True Grit [2010]

I’m not too sure what to say about this. It’s very very good. The dialogue rips along, the plot is story heavy and exposition light, the acting is believable and engaging, the cinematography is beautiful. It’s just very very good. … Continue reading

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Bloodstone [1997]

They say that Film Noir is not a genre, but a certain stylistic convention with some thematic unity. I kinda get it when thinking about this novel not as a genre-piece, but an example of the Elric school of heroic … Continue reading

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