Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #124: Western

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each.For further details visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie is Western (Suggested by Birgit)


Ahh...Westerns...definitely not my genre, which is why it probably took Birgit to suggest to finally become a theme on TMP  but I have seen a few; mostly the newer ones. My picks today are the ones I like.

Slow West (2015)
One of my most recent watch. It's sort of a quirky poetic fish-out-of-water story set in the American West. The scenery in this was just very beautiful, the music too and I just overall really enjoyed the movie. The gist of it is a Scottish teen goes on a journey to find the girl he loves who is, with her father, on the run and has come to the West to hide out. Along the way the boy meets a mysterious man whom he pays to guide him as the journey begins to become more and more dangerous.

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
A rancher takes up the dangerous job of escorting an outlaw to the 3:10 to Yuma train. It has been a quite a while since I've seen this, so my memory of it is hazy, but I do remember liking it a lot.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Another one that I haven't seen in a long time, but yeah I think it's as great as everyone says it is. In short it's a buddy movie of two robbers trying to escape from the law..


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  1. hahahaa-I am always amazed at how many don't care for westerns. I love ...LOVE this genre! I thank you for letting me choose this pick:) I don't know the first one and it is on my list to see. I did enjoy 3:10 to Yuma both this version and the original. I also love Butch and Sundance. It's a great buddy movie for sure

  2. I love both 3:10 to Yuma and Butch & Sundance. The latter being one of the most fun movies ever made. Still need to see Slow West.

  3. Good picks! Slow West is new to me but sounds good, I've already added it to my queue. Love Butch & Sundance, Newman & Redford work so well together and while it is glamourized there still is a grittiness to the film that makes it feel real enough. I really like both versions of 3:10 to Yuma, the early Glenn Ford/Van Heflin version wasn't as gritty but had very good acting from those two and a tense pace and this one excellent performances as well plus that feeling of the Old West.

    I'm a Western fan so this wasn't too tough for me, more in deciding which ones to choose than for choices. My bonus is one that I watched endlessly when I was a kid and now as an adult I still like it though it's such an anomaly in its leading lady's career.

    Silverado (1985)-Reformed thief Paden (Kevin Kline), left for dead in the desert is rescued by Emmett (Scott Glenn) who’s passing by on his way to meet his rakish quick draw brother Jake (Kevin Costner) so they can visit their sister in Silverado before heading out to California. Along the way they befriend Mal (Danny Glover) who’s heading the same way. Once there Paden finds the town is run by his old gang led by Cobb (Brian Dennehy) now the sheriff as well as the owner of the saloon operated by the wise Stella (Linda Hunt). There’s a range war brewing and the boys are pulled in leading to a showdown. Solid western directed well by Lawrence Kasdan.

    Hannie Caulder (1971)-After she’s been raped, her home burned and her husband murdered before her eyes by three brothers Hannie Caulder (Raquel Welch) is hell bent on revenge. She tracks down bounty hunter Thomas Price (Robert Culp) and pressures him into training her to be a deadly shot then starts her hunt for justice. Tough, violent western with Welch hard as nails in the lead.

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)-When Senator Ransom Stoddard (Jimmy Stewart) arrives in the small western town of Shinbone for old friend Tom Doniphon’s (John Wayne) funeral a curious reporter pursues him and tries to find out why he would travel so far for a man no one knows anything about. Stoddard shares a story of arriving in Shinbone a greenhorn young lawyer years before and how he rose to his current position by being the infamous Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), a notoriously evil outlaw, and what part Doniphon played. A study of myth building and busting is director John Ford’s last great film.

    Bonus: River of No Return (1954)-Vigorous tale set in the 19th century Pacific Northwest of widowed farmer Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum), recently released from jail for an honor killing, his young son Mark, the beautiful showgirl Kay (Marilyn Monroe) and her ruthless gambler fiancé Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun) who cross their path and a perilous raft journey down The River of No Return in a quest for gold and redemption. Big stars, standard story and beautiful location filming in the Canadian Rockies make this worth seeing. Marilyn sings several good era appropriate songs well including the title song though Mitchum sings it over the credits.
    Side note: Mitchum & Monroe (when she was still Norma Jean Dougherty) knew each other well pre-fame, he worked with her first husband, which adds a bit of background dimension to their interaction in this film.

  4. Westerns aren't my genre either but I also went with 3:10 to Yuma.

  5. Forgot how good Butch and Sundance is. And I do like Slow West even though I didn't agree with the ending.

  6. I really need to see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I also picked Slow West, it is such a beautiful film.

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