Monday, August 22, 2016

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)



In this episode Mike and Pax start their three-episode look at Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy. We start with the movie that made Clint Eastwood a star, 1964's A Fistful of Dollars. We talk about our history with this movie, Clint's performance, Ennio Morricone's score, and we even discuss the rarely seen 4-minute CBS TV prologue filmed with Harry Dean Stanton.





In our newly named "Whatchoo Been Westerning?" segment, we also talk about Bo Hampton's supernatural Western comic 3 Devils, the Gene Autry serial The Phantom Empire, and circle back around to the slim-waisted "Señorita Scorpion."







Monday, July 25, 2016

Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)



At last! Pax and Michael discuss one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Or at least, certainly one of our very favorites. Grab your feather cape and gather 'round the campfire as we talk about 1985's Rustlers' Rhapsody, the comedy classic starring Tom Berenger, GW Bailey, Marilu Henner, Sela Ward, Andy Griffith, and Carson from Downton Abbey.

Also up for discussion are the comic book series Six-Gun Gorilla and Trailblazer, Gary Cooper in 1929's The Virginian, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson's Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights, and the pulp magazine adventures of Señorita Scorpion. We also give quick shout-outs to The Sixth Gun, the role-playing game Deadlands (which Michael can't remember the name of), and the idea of Western comedies in general.













Monday, July 4, 2016

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)



In this episode, Michael and Pax watched the John Ford classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Lee Van Cleef, and Woody Strode. Before we talk about the movie we mention other things we're doing like reading the comics Galveston, Manifest Destiny, and Kid Colt Outlaw, the novel The Last Mountain Man by William W Johnstone, and watching the movie The Big Trail starring a young John Wayne.













Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)



Pax and Michael bring noodles and meatballs to the campfire with the podcast's first Spaghetti Western. It's the Sergio Leone classic, How the West... no, wait... Once Upon a Time in the West. Keep getting those confused. This is the one with Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and Charles Bronson.

Pax also shares Western reads To Hell on a Fast Horse and the two Rawhide Kid mini-series, Slap Leather and The Sensational Seven. Then Michael discusses the weirdness of the Shirley Temple short, Pie-Covered Wagon.











Monday, May 30, 2016

The Quick and the Dead (1995)



Michael and Pax talk about The Quick and the Dead from 1995, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe. Also up for discussion: some Marvel Westerns, starting with 1872 and moving on to Red Wolf and classic Ringo Kid.









Monday, May 9, 2016

Forsaken (2016)



Pax and Michael discuss the recent movie, Forsaken starring Kiefer and Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore, Brian Cox, and Michael Wincott. We also briefly touch on the concept of contemporary Westerns and whether or not those scratch the Western itch for us.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hitchin' Post | High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980) and Outland (1981)



In this bonus episode, Pax and Michael each picked a movie based on the themes and plot of High Noon, which we previously talked about in Episode 5. First, Michael chooses Outland from 1981, starring Sean Connery in a sci-fi take on the High Noon concept. Next, Pax chooses a 1980 TV movie sequel called High Noon II: The Return of Will Kane starring Lee Majors, David Carradine and Pernell Roberts. Which was better? The answer may surprise you!