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On His Birthday -- Why John Wayne Endures

John Farr | Posted 07.25.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Given all the heroes and soldiers he played over his half century in film, this year, it's only fitting that John Wayne's birthday falls on Memorial Day.

America's Most Noble Creation: The Western Movie

David Macaray | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Macaray

There was a time when the "western" (the "cowboy movie") was not only Hollywood's bread-and-butter staple, it was the idiom by which the rest of the world recognized and got to know us.

A Look Behind Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies, One of The Best Sci-Fi Shows in Years

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 08.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

Falling Skies seems most likely to be remembered as another distinguished entry in Steven Spielberg's huge body of work as a director and producer of science fiction.

Western Flicks and the Academy Awards: The Values We Live and Die By

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

As a tribute to the classic Western, the ones that stay with you long after the credits have faded, here are 10 of my favorite Western classics.

Movie Review: The Last Stand

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sometimes, all you want is a knock-down, guns-blazing approximation of an old-style western, even if it's set in contemporary times. As a modern oater, The Last Stand is shamelessly entertaining.

Django Unchained (*1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?

He Ain't Wrong, He's Just Different

Dan Rather | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Dan Rather

Caught my old friend Billy Joe Shaver's gig last week at New York's "Hill Country." What a hoot. Shear down-home grit, grin, groan and guzzle, Texas style. Only thing missing was the chicken wire.

Lawless: Reinventing the Gangster

John Hillcoat | Posted 10.28.2012 | Entertainment
John Hillcoat

I have always wanted to make a gangster movie. However like all genres, they need to be somehow reinvented, made fresh again.

Book Review: Strong Vengeance by Jon Land

Rob Taub | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
Rob Taub

It's the year 1821 in the gulf waters off the coast of Texas. A four-masted schooner smuggling slaves and mysterious, invaluable contraband, is boarded by a group of pirates led by none other than the infamous Jean Lafitte and the legendary Jim Bowie.

'Hatfields & McCoys' Finale: 'Devil' Anse Hatfield Wants To End The Feud Peacefully

Posted 05.31.2012 | TV

The concluding part of the "Hatfields & McCoys" (Wed., 9 p.m. ET on History) miniseries saw the feuding families come to some sort of a settlement. ...

'Hatfields & McCoys': Anse vs. Randall

Posted 05.30.2012 | TV

On the second episode of smash hit miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" (Tue., 9 p.m. ET on History) old grievances were simmering as Randall McCoy (Bill P...

Is It Time to Bring Westerns Back to Television?

Pat Gallagher | Posted 06.02.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

It probably wouldn't work to recycle Gunsmoke or Bonanza, but we could come up with some "new" Westerns. Here are some suggestions...

Excerpt: The Whip

Karen Kondazian | Posted 04.03.2012 | San Francisco
Karen Kondazian

When I first came across Charley's story 20 years ago, my interest turned from curiosity into an obsession. The enigmatic 'Charley' Parkhurst lived 30 years of her life disguised as a man and became one of the great California stagecoach drivers.

Interview: Mateo Gil discusses Blackthorn

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

To writer-director Mateo Gil, the western is the essence of the movies. Which is why his film Blackthorn is, in his words, "a very personal statement....

From Jet-Set to Western Movies

Paolo Rossi | Posted 11.02.2011 | Travel
Paolo Rossi

September has arrived but it's still summer in Sardinia. For lots of people, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is best known for the ...

Jeremy Renner As Steve McQueen? I'm Not So Sure...

John Farr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I read just the other day that Jeremy Renner may take the lead role in a Steve McQueen biopic. If it goes forward, I will be very interested to see the end product, but I would not care to be an angel investor.

HuffPost Review: Meeks' Cutoff

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Exceptionally well-acted, quiet and observant, Meek's Cutoff is pure arthouse fare, which is meant as a warning for those who might want a little action or some answers, and as praise for a talented director coming into her own.

Ruscha's 'Psycho Spaghetti Westerns'

Evan J. Garza | Posted 06.04.2011 | Arts
Evan J. Garza

© Ed Ruscha. Psycho Spaghetti Western #9, 2010-2011 | Acrylic on canvas, 64 x 80 inches. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Tucked away in a busy corner of ...

DVDs: Latest Foyle, Best Alice, Last Station

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This week's post includes reviews of the BluRay versions of the gloriously bad camp classic Showgirls and John Ford's archetypical 1939 Western Stagecoach.

Movie Review: Jonah Hex

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jonah Hex is such a colossal waste of time that even thinking about seeing it would squander precious seconds of your life.

Why John Wayne Still Ranks Among Today's Most Popular Stars

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Wayne's persona -- its bigness, roughness, but also its decency -- literally came to define our heritage. And to a surprising degree, it still does.

Dick Cheney: The Quintessential Villain of the American West

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

Sadly, in both the Old West and the new West, the big boys in the smoke-filled rooms always need a Dick Cheney.

At Last

Betty Fussell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Betty Fussell

The Inauguration of our new Chief this January has miraculously, it would seem, inaugurated a shift in movie genre. Barack and Michelle looked like Fred and Ginger.

DVDs: Hello "Fraggle Rock!"

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

We're in a golden age for documentaries. More of them are shown in theaters and on TV than ever before and more people now have access to video cameras so they can make their own.

A Man of Peace Pushed Too Far: Yelling "Liar" in a Crowded Theater

Pete Cenedella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pete Cenedella

The people want a blockbuster in broad strokes, not a lengthy discussion of policy or a footnoted freakin' laundry list of the other side's missteps.