A town marshal, Matt Morgan (Kirk Douglas) finds out about the rape and murder of his Native American wife and finds a distinctive horse saddle belonging to one of the killers, before beginning his quest for justice. One of the killers, however, turns out to be the son of Craig Belden (Anthony Quinn), the marshal’s friend and cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill. Last Train From Gun Hill is one of the finer western releases of the late 1950’s and more than worthy of a watch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Continue reading