Category Archives: Western

True Grit (2010) – Review

Following the cold-blooded murder of her father by a hired hand named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), 14-year old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) seeks revenge and requests assistance from the toughest United States Marshal she can find, Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a man with true grit and a fearless outlook on life. Things become a little complex when Mattie insists on accompanying the Marshal on the quest for the outlaw, while along the way, the pair are joined by a Texas Ranger that also wants Chaney for his own purposes. A modern-day western that stands up very well in a genre full of classic releases.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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High Plains Drifter (1973) – Review

A mysterious figure known only as the “Stranger” (Clint Eastwood) stumbles across the small settlement of Lago and is consequently hired by its residents to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are soon to be released from jail. The three have their sights set on returning to Lago to wreak havoc and take care of some unfinished business. A dark, menacing and sinister western that is often held in high regard by many reviewers. High Plains Drifter is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Joe Kidd (1972) – Review

A former bounty hunter called Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood) is an all-round tough guy and the American reluctantly agrees to help wealthy landowner Frank Harlan (Robert Duvall) and his fellow henchmen track down Luis Chama (John Saxon), an extremely charismatic Mexican revolutionary leader, who is demanding land reform and makes the costly mistake of stealing Joe Kidd’s horses. A thoroughly watchable western that was originally released fifty years ago in July of 1972. It’s worth noting that Joe Kidd is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Chisum (1970) – Review

As one of the original founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum (John Wayne) is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) moves in on the local stores, bank and general land, using questionable means in the process. Chisum, along with a fellow rancher, tries to use the law to stop this from happening, but confrontation starts weighing in on the feud, which then involves characters such as Pat Garrett (Glenn Corbett) and Billy the Kid (Geoffrey Deuel). A visually appealing movie that features an effective storyline too.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Power of the Dog (2021) – Review

Charismatic but troubled rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those that are around him. When he finds out that his brother George Burbank (Jesse Plemons) has fallen in love and married a woman with an older son, Phil torments the pair mercilessly, but exposes his own frailties in the process. A decent drama that has been receiving a large amount of praise. The Power of the Dog is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – Review

During the American Civil War, three men of completely different temperaments get involved in a dangerous and unforgiving adventure, which pits them against each other in order to find a fortune of gold that has seemingly been buried in a cemetery many miles away. One is an ex-bounty hunter who lives by a certain honourable code of conduct, while the second is a fast-tempered, greedy former convict, with the third being a cruel and heartless murderer. An all-time great that is widely regarded as one of the finest films to hit our screens.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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