Tag Archives: Western

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – Review

A mysterious man, known only by the name 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 or die, 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 flick that goes down as one of the finest Westerns to hit American screens.

Rating: 3.5 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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The Salvation (2014) – Review

Set in America during the late 1870’s, Jon Jensen (Mads Mikkelsen) finds himself intent on extracting revenge on the men responsible for the barbaric murder of his wife and young son. Fuelled with vengeance and very little help from authority and people around him, he begins realising that the killers are involved with a gang that rule the town, headed by Henry Delarue (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). A really good and relatively realistic western worthy of the ninety-two minute runtime.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Hang ‘Em High (1968) – Review

After a sinister gang of nine men accuse former Marshal Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) of killing a rancher that owned the cattle he was transporting, they leave Cooper hanging from a tree and close to death. Upon being rescued and brought to Fort Smith, his innocence is eventually proven and Judge Fenton (Pat Hingle) invites Cooper to once again become a lawman and implement stricter rules and regulations in the area – a task Cooper is happy to take with the nine men that tried to take his life firmly in his sights. A really enjoyable and effective tale of revenge that is currently available on Netflix.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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