Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Life as Western...


The American Film Institute defines western films as those "set in the American West that embody the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier."

I like a good western. (Although I'm sooo not a John Wayne fan) It's very black and white. There are good guys and bad guys and the good guys win in the end. There are strong guys and floozy chicks and always some waify girl dying to be saved by the love of a good man. I sat in on a lecture at UCLA once where the professor said that modern cop movies are really just old school westerns with better technology and transportation.

I think I would have been a little more "Annie Get Your Gun" than saloon wench.  Without further ado, my favorite western flicks:

1. Silverado - If you haven't seen this, you have to. It's early Kevin Costner, early Kevin Kline, early Danny Glover. Great performances from two of my favorite character actors Scott Glenn and Brian Dennehy. In case that wasn't enough Linda Hunt, Jeff Goldbloom and Lynn Whitfield round out the cast. Four guys really trying to mind their own business but are too nice for their own good get caught in the middle of a territory war and land grab. Battles commence. It's just well written, filmed beautifully and acted to perfection. Four My favorite line comes from Danny Glover, "That ain't right... and I'm tired of what ain't right." I probably say that about three times a week.



2. Tombstone - All right, y'all can beat me up for this one but I love this movie. Wyatt Earp, his brothers and his good friend Doc Holliday are minding their own business in a dusty Kansas town when a lawless band of ruffians make trouble for good innocent folk. They can't have that... Battles (including the infamous one at the O.K. Corral) commence. Kurt Russell and Dana Delaney star but the movie is postively stolen by Val Kilmer as the sickly drunk but talented Doc. My favorite line, "I'll be your huckleberry. That's just my game."



3. Blazing Saddles - Okay it's a comedy but it's a western comedy so I had to put it on my list. Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little with Harvey Korman and Mel Brooks in a comedy that is both over the top slapstick and tongue-in-cheek humor. Mel Brooks takes a satirical look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood (and elsewhere). Let's see greedy mayor wants to land grab and decides to tick off a town of good God-fearing folks by appointed a black railroad worker as Sheriff. Hilarity commences. My favorite line, "Where the white women at?" 





4. Since Blazing Saddles is kinda whiffy, I have to tack on two Clint Eastwoods - Unforgiven and a classic - The Good, the Bad & The Ugly. Just add them to your "to watch" list if you haven't seen them.








I cannot be the only person with a few westerns in the DVD collection. Anybody, anybody? My dear departed Aunt Violet used to watch all those old school western re-runs on Saturday mornings - The Rifleman, The Virginian, Gunsmoke. Bless her heart. Anyway - Who's seen True Grit? Whatcha got today?

21 comments:

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I'd have mentioned it if I knew the name. Watched it from the middle-point years ago.

ConvertingMe said...

Ummm, Cherokee Kid?

Mykeia said...

Tombstone is my movie! I love that movie, the spouse made me get rid of it because it was on VHS...
My favorite line Doc Holiday, "Not me, I'm in my prime" he says this and takes a drink, priceless.

Rob said...

Not much of a Western guy but Tombstone was dope.

minabee said...

@ConvertingMe: props on Cherokee Kid! And you have to add in Buck and the Preacher (Come on, we are BLACK and Bougie). And for the mainstream; I LOVED True Grit. That was my kind of "Annie get your gun" little white girl.

diamond life said...

That wanted poster is EVERYTHING! Someone gave me Silverado years ago on DVD but I never watched it. Unwrapping now.

Sasha in Stilettos said...

How do you not have Legends of the Fall on here?!

blackprofessor said...

I am not a fan of Westerns but I love Blazing Saddles! City Slickers was funny, not sure if that counts as a Western.

Deb B said...

It's funny because Tombstone and Wyatt Earp came out back to back. Tombstone was great, Wyatt Earp... not so much.

Pure Choco said...

Loved Desperado!

thinklikeRiley said...

No love for Posse?!

Jason P said...

City Slickers has it's moments.

JohnKinPDX said...

One of the best movies ever made.

Carey Jackson said...

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!

Grace said...

This is why I like you - who knew anyone else loved Silverado as I do!?

Leon X said...

*Comes into Comments section. Directs "The French Mistake" sequence. Leaves*

Jasmin said...

*Waves at Bougieland*

I don't really watch westerns, but my dad loves them, so my sisters and I usually ended up watching something old on AMC on Saturday mornings when we were kids. I did see 3:10 to Yuma recently (well, the last 3/4 or so) and I thought it was pretty interesting--Ben Foster does crazy well. :-)

MidWestDominicana said...

I adore Westerns!!! Being a Midwest chica, I have a healthy list of faves, but I'll keep it short (in no particular order):

3:10 to Yuma
Desperado
Unforgiven
Blazing Saddles - YES!!!
Quigley Down Under
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Open Range
Tombstone
Good, Bad, Ugly (well, and anything with Clint Eastwood, really)

I have so many more that I love, but I'll stop here...and yes, being born in KS afforded me the opportunity to spend time in Dodge City (a real place) and visit Boot Hill...saloon and all.

reefinyateef said...

Even though I had to suffer through Mario Van Peeble's acting, it was worth it for Big Daddy Kane to get some screen time. Second to MC Eiht in Menace 2 Society for my favorite rapper in a movie.

misskate said...

Tombstone, for sure. Val Kilmer is just fantastic. I do love Westerns, I really enjoyed True Grit (the one that just came out), but my hands down favorite of all time is Westward the Women. When I grow up, I want to be Maggie O'Malley. I can watch that movie over and over and over.

Wu Young said...

High Noon with Gary Cooper and The Outlaw Josey Wales with Eastwood is are two of my favorite movies. Tombstone is a classic just on the strength of usable quotes from the script. The Magnificent Seven and the Wild Bunch were dope too.

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