Thursday, December 29, 2016
Pax and Michael discuss the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma starring Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, and Alan Tudyk. And in "Whatcha Been Westerning," we're all about comics with Kingsway West, The Sixth Gun, and Marvel Westerns.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Pax and Michael discuss one of Budd Boetticher and Randolph Scott's many collaborations. Ride Lonesome also stars James Best, Pernell Roberts, James Coburn, Karen Steele, and Lee Van Cleef. And in "What We've Been Westerning": Season 1 of Westworld and Marvel's Apache Skies mini-series by John Ostrander and Leonardo Manco.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Pax and Michael discuss the 1989 TV series, The Young Riders starring Ty Miller, Stephen Baldwin, and Josh Brolin. We talk about the premise of the show, the obvious connections to Young Guns, and whether or not we thought it succeeded on its own merits. Plus: Pony Express mail and some quick discussion of In Old Santa Fe (1934), Outlaws and Angels (2016), and "They Went Thataway," a Billy the Kid episode of the 1975 TV series, The Ghost Busters.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Pax and Michael discuss Danish director Kristian Levring's The Salvation, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Also: HBO's Westworld, Warlock (1959), Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957), and listener mail!
Monday, October 17, 2016
Before he was Doctor McCoy, DeForest Kelley was a cowboy. On this Hitchin' Post episode, Michael visits with author Kristine M Smith whose freelance writing career was launched by Kelley in 1969. It was De and his wife Carolyn who encouraged Kris to pursue a career Hollywood, which she did from 1989 to 2003, primarily at Warner Bros.
Kris also served as Kelley’s personal assistant and caregiver during the final months of his life and presented heartfelt sentiments about her mentor at Paramount Studios' memorial service for him in 1999. She has written two books about him: DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal, A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew Him Best (2016) and The Enduring Legacy of DeForest Kelley: Actor, Healer, Friend. Both books are available at YellowBalloonPublications.com.
Yellow Balloon Publications' website also contains access to an extensive list of Kelley’s film and TV Westerns with links to information about each one and additional links to snippets of his performances.
Also be sure to visit your local newsstand for the November-December issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine - available now as this episode is being released - featuring an article by Kris focusing on Kelley's Westerns.
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Monday, October 10, 2016
Pax and Michael are joined again by Michael DiGiovanni and Andrew Bloom of the Classic Film Jerks podcast. One of our favorite parts of their show is when they re-cast older movies with modern actors, so we all did that with 1988's Young Guns, each of us picking new actors to play the six main characters and maybe a side character or three.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Michael and Pax welcome our very first guests this episode. We are joined by Digio and Bloom from the Classic Film Jerks podcast and all four of us discuss the classic western remake, The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Pax and Michael get ready for the upcoming Magnificent Seven remake by sitting down with the original starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholz, and Eli Wallach.
We also revisit DC's Justice Riders, talk over Chuck Dixon and John Buscema's Punisher: A Man Named Frank, discuss Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy in Blackthorn, follow up on Bo Hampton's 3 Devils, converse on Kid Colt Outlaw #171 (guest-starring the Two-Gun Kid), and gab about early John Wayne movies Sagebrush Trail and Riders of Destiny.
Monday, September 12, 2016
In this special Hitchin' Post episode, Michael and Pax delve into Sergio Leone's influences by discussing the 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa, which inspired A Fistful of Dollars. Then we also discuss the 1998 TV movie Dollar for the Dead starring Emilio Estevez, which Leone's Dollars Trilogy in turn inspired.
Monday, September 5, 2016
In this episode, Pax and Michael finish Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy with the epic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. It's the longest of the trilogy, but is it the best? And how does it fit in with the other two?
Tune in as we hash that out, right after a discussion of the Weird Western comic The Sixth Gun, William R. Cox's novel The Gunsharp, the 1967 film Hombre, DC's Justice Riders, and "The Origin of Kid Colt" from Kid Colt, Outlaw #170.
All this and listener mail!
Monday, August 29, 2016
Pax and Michael continue exploring the Dollars Trilogy with the second installment, For a Few Dollars More, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and a bunch of Sergio Leone's other favorite actors. We talk about the difference in Eastwood's character between Fistful of Dollars and this one, and we also start the discussion of whether or not the Dollars Trilogy works as a straightforward story of one man's adventures in the West. Plus: much love for Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volontè.
In our "Whatcha Been Westerning?" segment, we cover the Vertigo comics series El Diablo by Brian Azzarello and Danijel Zezelj, John Ostrander and Leonardo Manco's Blaze of Glory for Marvel, Alejandro Iñárritu's film The Revenant, and Elmore Leonard's classic novel Hombre.
Monday, August 22, 2016
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
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
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.