Category Archives: Western

HOSTILES (2017): New Trailer From Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Peter Mullan, Ben Foster…

Hostiles (2017), Rosamund Pike
Hostiles (2017), Rosamund Pike

Starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster and Peter Mulan, Hostiles tells the story of what happened when in 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agreed to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory…

The brilliance that is Mr. Bale is the reason I’m tuning in. He embodies such screen presence, charisma and that’s before he even says a single word.

Directed by Scott Cooper; Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Paul Anderson and Q’orianka Kilcher also star.

Hostiles Release Dates...

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FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES (2017): New Trailer From Director Michael Matthews, Starring Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Fok, Warren Masemola…

 

Five Fingers For Marseilles (2017)
Five Fingers For Marseilles (2017)

Directed by Michael Matthews and starring Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Fok plus Warren Masemola, Five Fingers for Marseilles is a thriller / western in which the lives of several are changed, after young Tau kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town…

I was so ready to watch this movie when I thought it was about Marseille, France. Now that I’ve seen the trailer, I’m not mad because it looks very promising. The beautiful cinematography, the western in a way I’ve never experienced before, the story and the Quentin Tarantino vibe that I can’t deny are the reasons I’ll be watching.

Five Fingers for Marseilles release Dates…

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THE BEGUILED (2017): New Trailer Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning…

The Beguiled (2017), Colin Farrell
The Beguiled (2017), Colin Farrell

In The Beguiled, Colin Farrell plays a wounded Union soldier who cons his way into the hearts of the women in a Confederate girls’ boarding school. Soon enough, the women turn against each other but then they get smart and turn on him. Directed by Sofia Coppola; other acting talent includes Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Angourie Rice…

I find this trailer promising, especially because of the cast. I want to be even more excited but after The Bling Ring (2013) – the last Sofia Coppola directed movie I saw which I did not enjoy as much as expected,  I’ll wait and see;  in a very calm and perfectly balanced manner. Also this is a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name starring Clint Eastwood.

The Beguiled Release Dates: June 23rd, 2017 (UK); June 30th, 2017 (US)…

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BRIMSTONE (2017): New Trailer From Kit Harrinton, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning…

Brimstone (2016), Guy Pearce
Brimstone (2016), Guy Pearce

Brimstone is the latest western/ thriller from director Martin Koolhoven. Starring Kit Harrington, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning and Carice van Houten this is a story about Liz (Fanning), a young woman who wants a better life for her and her daughter are hunted by a vengeful preacher (Pearce)…

Guy Pearce in a ‘bad guy’ role reminds me of his great work in Lawless (2012). My, oh my did I hate his character in that movie – so good are his skills as a thespian. I hope this is a good one too.

Brimstone Release Dates: March, 2017 (US)…

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IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE (2016): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, John Travolta & James Ransone

In A Valley Of Violence (2016), Ethan Hawke
In A Valley Of Violence (2016), Ethan Hawke

Ti West is the director of In A Valley Of Violence, the new western starring John Travolta, Karen Gillan and Ethan Hawke. There’s the promise of a little gun play, some revenge,  a sprinkling of misfits and of course, a mysterious stranger…

I wonder which of Ethan Hawkes 2016 westerns I’ll like more, In A Valley Of Violence  or The Magnificent Seven? The gun play in the latter tells me it might win. But then there’s the humour in the former which feels reminiscent of A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014)…

In A Valley Of Violence Release Dates: October 21st 2016 (US)…

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THE DUEL (2016): New Trailer Starring Liam Hemsworth & Woody Harrelson

The Duel (2016), Woody Harrelson
The Duel (2016), Woody Harrelson

It looks like 2016 is the year of the western because The Duel is a brand new  one that stars  The Hunger Games co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson…

For this particular movie, I’ve made the decision to look way beyond the highly questionable choice of trailer music and dig down deep in hopes for the best.

I’m getting a little bit of a Colonia (2016) vibe, which isn’t a bad thing. in fact – Lena, the character played by Emma Watson is my current reference for when I need to have courage in a challenging situation. ‘Be brave like Lena’ I say to myself.

The Duel Release Dates: June 24th, 2016 (US)…

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016): New Trailer From Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt & Ethan Hawke

The Magnificent Seven (2016), Denzel Washington
The Magnificent Seven (2016), Denzel Washington

Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier are The Magnificent Seven. Today marks the release of the teaser trailer…

Trailer sneak peak

Teaser Trailer

Full Trailer

I think it’s time to get excited about some cool and serious gun slinging action.

The Magnificent Seven Release Dates: September 23rd, 2016 (US & UK), September 29th, 2016 (GER)…

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015): For Tarantino’s Mastery Of Storytelling & Suspense

The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful 8 (2015), Samuel L. Jackson

I wasn’t as excited as anticipated after I first saw the first teaser trailer of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, however I’m thinking that my lacklustre enthusiasm may have had more to do with the film’s genre than anything else.

Admittedly, the western will probably never be my first choice in movie genre but I have absolutely zero regrets post The Hateful Eight and Tarantino’s previous movie Django Unchained (2012), also a western.

Good servings of expert story telling, entertaining dialogue, great music and camerawork are all very present in The Hateful Eight – A film I consider a well sculpted two-plus hours of suspenseful entertainment with an ending you will love.

The cinematography in the movie also manages to stand out even though everything in the film happens at precisely 3 locations.

I liked the pace and the way things really started to build up especially around the moment that the audience starts to hear ‘Silent Night’ on the piano. The tension and suspense at this point is really something to experience and part of the reason Tarantino is considered a master film maker.

The Hateful 8 (2015), Walton Goggins
The Hateful 8 (2015), Walton Goggins

If you hadn’t already guessed, I think that The Hateful Eight is a movie worth seeing. Certainly one I’ll be watching again in the very near future. I don’t know if it’s quite Tarantino’s best but perhaps that would depend on one’s preferred movie genre.

Walton Goggins portrayal of Sheriff Chris Mannix, Tim Roth’s Oswaldo Mobray and  Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren are my favourite of The Hateful Eight characters. The first two because of the humour and the latter thanks to the dialogue, style and undeniable cool.

Watch The Hateful Eight for the story telling and film making mastery. Lastly, if you can make out the first lines of dialogue that come out of the mouth of Jody, played by Channing Tatum, please let me know in the comments below because I couldn’t make sense of it.

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