Category Archives: Western

The Searchers (1956) – Review

After three long years, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home a veteran of the American Civil War, only to embark on a multiple year quest of revenge and retribution in hopes of finding his abducted nine-year old niece. Who’s responsible? Chief Scar (Henry Brandon) and his fellow Comanche, who have been seeking their own revenge for the murder of their people. A superb throwback to 1956 with this classic western movie with one or two comedic moments thrown in there too.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – Review

A mysterious man, known only by the name of Joe (Clint Eastwood), rides into a hostile town, divided by a violent and bloody war between two families – the Baxters and the Rojos. Despite being warned that most that enter the town either flee in fear or die for their troubles, Joe decides to stay and work out a way in which he can play the two feuding families against each other, for his own personal and financial gain. A classic American western that many regard as one of Eastwood’s finest.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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No Country for Old Men (2007) – Review

When a seemingly innocent hunter stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong in rural Texas, his natural curiosity sees him take the two-million-dollar loot but things quickly escalate when a psychotic killer known as Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) begins murdering every rival, bystander and even employer in his own pursuit of the cash. A sensational movie from start to finish and arguably one of finest cat and mouse tales of our generation. No Country for Old Men is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Hostiles (2017) – Review

When the American war hero, Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) is instructed to escort an ageing Cheyenne chief and his family to his ancestral home in Montana’s Valley of the Bears, things quickly become strained when a widow, Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike), attaches herself to the group after her family are savagely attacked by a destructive group of prowling Comanches who are still causing chaos. Another terrific modern-day western that managed to boast an effective and diverse cast.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Bone Tomahawk (2015) – Review

An elderly Sheriff, along with his deputy, acquire a posse to hunt down and rescue their own town’s people after a group of cannibalistic “Troglodytes” cause chaos in Bright Hope and capture innocent citizens along the way. One of those captured was the wife of a local rancher, who consequently joins the gang on the hunt for revenge, despite a heavily injured leg. Enlisting with the trio is also an experienced, and equally as confident, gunslinger who felt partially responsible for the events that took place in the town. An at times entertaining thrill ride that takes a different approach to modern day westerns.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Sisters Brothers (2018) – Review

Based in the 1850’s, an infamous pair of assassins attempt to chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally down to finish the job they had signed up for. Things become more complicated however, when the prospector alerts the men to the fact that he holds a chemical substance that is capable of finding gold with ease. An all-star cast deliver a fine performance but a tale that some may not find all that entertaining.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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