Tag Archives: Westerns

3 things about Ang Lee’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Brokeback Mountain [2005] 1. Quick spit. 2. Price tag. 3. White farmhouse interior.

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3 things about Anthony Mann’s WINCHESTER ’73

Winchester ’73 [1953] 1. “Are we going to quarrel?” he asks wearily. 2. Time for a quick cup of coffee before the attack. 3. Rock Hudson as an Indian chief, Tony Curtis as a cavalry soldier!

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3 things about the Coen Bros.’ THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs [2018] 1. “First time?” 2. “Goodnight, Mister Pocket.” 3. The variety of facial expressions caused by his breath.

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3 things about Lawrence Kasdan’s SILVERADO

Silverado [1985] 1. Walking his horse while reading a paperback. 2. “Today, my jurisdiction ends here.” 3. A look comes over her face. A hint of a smile.

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3 things about Stanley Donen’s SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [1954] 1. Sorrel as a wedding bouquet. 2. Board dance-off. 3. Everyone claims the child; everyone has to get married.

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3 things about Robert Altman’s McCABE & MRS. MILLER

McCabe & Mrs. Miller [1971] 1. “I counted ’em, there’s 52.” 2. The only time we ever really see her smile. 3. For me, what makes the finale so haunting is that there are no witnesses.

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3 things about Sergio Leone’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [1966] 1. The stretcher becomes a raft for the box of explosives. 2. “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.” 3. A wide circle of stones, like an arena.

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