The Curse of the Return of; or, One More of the Worst Silver-Screen Animal Hero Westerns

The deadline hit my shoulder with the force of a bullet and the reins of the stagecoach dropped from my nerveless hands. The coach careened across the dusty road as its six horses, freed from my steady presence on the reins, bolted. The passengers–my beloved characters–shrieking, I tried in vain to pull the brake but nearly . . . → Read More: The Curse of the Return of; or, One More of the Worst Silver-Screen Animal Hero Westerns

The Good, the Bad and the Rinty; or, Another of the Worst Silver-Screen Animal Hero Westerns

The chasm yawns below me. My fingers ache from their grip on the rock; my feet kick wildly for purchase, nothing between them and novel-revision and work deadlines except dead air–and too few hours.

I feel my fingers giving and I regret the many hours I spent on Twitter rather than doing finger exercises, and I . . . → Read More: The Good, the Bad and the Rinty; or, Another of the Worst Silver-Screen Animal Hero Westerns

Real Men Drink Milk; or, Overturning Wild Western Clichés

The Number One Silver-Screen Western Drinking Cliché

Real men drink whiskey, right? Wrongo.

Example #1: Destry Rides Again (1939) In which the new sheriff in town turns every expectation the town has about him upside down.

Deputy Thomas Jefferson Destry, Jr., (James Stewart) arrives in town with a killer reputation to clean it up . . . → Read More: Real Men Drink Milk; or, Overturning Wild Western Clichés

The Girls of Westerns, Part 2; or, Catherine Allen of Will Penny

No heaving bosoms. No limpid eyes filling with tears. No female stumbling after the hero in stupid high-heeled shoes. Ahhhh. Finally. A western heroine who isn’t a wilting schoolmarm or tart with heart of gold, or who doesn’t try to outshoot, outdrink, outswear, or outanything the hero. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

. . . → Read More: The Girls of Westerns, Part 2; or, Catherine Allen of Will Penny

To the Rescue!; or Another of the Worst Silver-Screen Animal Hero Westerns

On the heels of Republic Pictures’ 75th anniversary (I’m guessing they’ll have a cliffhanger or two roasting on their barbecue tonight), comes more of the Top Ten Worst Silver-Screen Animal Hero Westerns! Flapjack42 is making the world safe for filmgoers everywhere! Yes indeedy, Flapjack42 watches these dogs (pun intended) so YOU DON’T HAVE TO!

#7 Law of . . . → Read More: To the Rescue!; or Another of the Worst Silver-Screen Animal Hero Westerns

Bark! Bark!; or, Two of the Worst Silver-Screen Western Animal Heroes

Bucko here! Raging floods! Avalanche! And revisions! I’m teetering on a precipice of novel decisions (one false move and I’ll fall into the Maelstrom of Indecisive Despair…)

Yikes!

…when to my rescue comes

BARK! BARK! BARKITY BARK BARK!

That’s right, Lassie! Saved! Guest blogger Flapjack42 is back with the  Top 10 Worst Animal as Silver-Screen Western Hero movies . . . → Read More: Bark! Bark!; or, Two of the Worst Silver-Screen Western Animal Heroes

Animals Can So Be Heroes, Too; or An Epic Cowboylands Top 10 Guest Post

“Quick! Get your horses! it’s time to rescue the bad guy and shoot the girl! I mean…”

Whoa, dude.

That’s how Flapjack42 began, as soon as I asked her to write about these animal hero movies she’d been watching. No, Flapjack42 isn’t a glutton for B-movie punishment–she is a connoisseur of all westerns, whether they be . . . → Read More: Animals Can So Be Heroes, Too; or An Epic Cowboylands Top 10 Guest Post

The Anthony Mann/James Stewart Ring Cycle; or, Silver-Screen Hero as Everyman

“The heroes in modern action movies seem to spend the whole films WINNING.”

Lordy, how I wish I had come up with that zinger, by blogger dcairns of Shadowplay, because it explains a lot.

These days if you don’t get insta-happiness in the time it takes to make instant coffee (for those who do), Tang breakfast drink (to . . . → Read More: The Anthony Mann/James Stewart Ring Cycle; or, Silver-Screen Hero as Everyman

It’s in the Eyes; or, Villains vs. Heroes, Part III

The windows of the soul, yadda, yadda, yadda…but true, especially if you are an actor directed by Sergio Leone.

In Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone made flat affect an art form–Bronson’s cold stare as Harmonica is as menacing as Henry Fonda’s as Frank, rapist and child killer as Frank is. But we identify with . . . → Read More: It’s in the Eyes; or, Villains vs. Heroes, Part III

Cowboys + Aliens = America

Q: A cross between Sergio Leone and Steven Spielberg?
A: Something either really good or really sucky. The jury is still out.
Cowboys & Aliens: Footage of the movie directed by Jon Favreau is practically nonexistent but speculation is running high. You got cowboys and Arizona of the 1870s–classic western, but with an space-alien-takeover-so-the-cowboys-team-up-with-Apaches twist. You got a director . . . → Read More: Cowboys + Aliens = America