What Would Dad Do?; or, Four Fundamental Reel-Life Lessons from My Father

I love reel-life tough, taciturn cowboy heroes, in case you haven’t guessed. But don’t try to make this into a therapy session about my real-life father¬†figure, who was a generous, slightly nerdy guy who loved music and reading, The Muppet Show¬†(yes, it’s true, eek), and walks in the woods. He taught me just as much as . . . → Read More: What Would Dad Do?; or, Four Fundamental Reel-Life Lessons from My Father

Villains and Badmen; or Real-Life vs. Reel-Life

Villains are loathsome but intriguing, often more so than the better-than-common-man heroes. Real-life villains, like John Wesley Hardin, tend to be vicious thugs who blame everyone else for not being able to keep their pistols in their holsters. Reel-life villains, like Jack Palance’s Jack Wilson of Shane, don’t need no stinkin’ back story–their evilness is as . . . → Read More: Villains and Badmen; or Real-Life vs. Reel-Life