Monday, December 31, 2018
This Kevin Costner/Robert Duvall classic is easily the most requested movie that listeners have asked us to cover, so Michael and Pax finally hit the Open Range. Also: Pony Express brings talk of a Western Christmas Carol, the real-life history behind The Night Riders, and the 2003 TV show Peacemakers. And Pax and Michael share some cool, Western comics: El Mestizo and Bat Lash.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Pax and Michael talk about the unique Paul Newman western, written by John Milius and directed by John Huston. There's also lots of Pony Express and Michael talks about playing the first chapter of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Michael and Pax explore the Three Mesquiteers. They talk about the history of the long-running series, then take a look at Riders of the Whistling Skull, in which Robert Livingstone, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune help a woman find her missing father and some lost treasure. Then in The Night Riders, Livingstone is replaced by John Wayne who leads the trio as masked vigilantes fighting an evil land baron.
It's '30s Saturday matinee pulp, but is it any good? The boys find out.
Also: Lots of Pony Express and Michael talks briefly about Western comics Manifest Destiny and Perdy.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
To celebrate the 50th episode of Hellbent for Letterbox, Pax and Michael set aside the Pony Express and Whatchoo Been Westernin' to focus exclusively on the two Young Guns movies starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and a couple of posses' worth of other '80s Brat Packers.
Michael and Pax are both crazy about Young Guns, but have different opinions about the sequel. It's a great discussion, so make yourself comfortable and settle in for this double-size celebration.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Pax and Michael talk about Pax's second-favorite Western of all time; a movie that Michael has never seen before. But there's also time for quick reviews of 1953's The Lawless Breed and Daniel A Edwards' book, Billy the Kid: An Autobiography.
Friday, September 7, 2018
Michael and Pax raise the corpse of the DC Comics box office flop to figure out if it's as bad as its reputation and maybe even how to fix it. Jonah Hex stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich and was written (in part) by the notorious Neveldine and Taylor.
Pax also talks about the 1985 Jonah Hex comics reboot, Hex, and Michael wanders away from comics completely to review 1952's Bend of the River, starry Jimmy Stewart, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson.
All this and Pony Express!
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Pax and Michael discuss Vic Morrow's spaghetti western starring James Garner, Dennis Weaver, and Claude Akins.
Also, Michael talks about the Zellner Bros' 2018 Western, Damsel, and Pax reviews the first couple of volumes of the graphic novel series Bouncer by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Michael and Pax talk about Walter Hill's misleadingly titled film starring Matt Damon, Jason Patric, Wes Studi, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman.
Also: quick reviews of Rick Geary's The True Death of Billy the Kid and the 1920 silent film, The Daughter of Dawn.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
There's a lot of laughing and quoting in this episode when Pax and Michael talk about the 1986 Western comedy starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short.
Also: quick reviews of Gone Are the Days (2018), The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017), and the comic book The Undertaker, Volume 3: “The Ogre of Camp Sutter” by Ralph Myer and Xavier Dorison.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Michael and Pax talk at length about the financial and critical disaster that was William Fraker's Legend of the Lone Ranger, starring Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse, and Christopher Lloyd. But along the way, they cover other iterations of the masked rider's adventures, including the original radio dramas, the 1938 serial, the Clayton Moore TV show, and a couple of cartoons.
Also in this episode: Pony Express mail featuring two lists of Must See Westerns as compiled by comics writer Chuck Dixon:
"Must See" Westerns
A More Advanced List of Western Movies
Thursday, May 24, 2018
This time on Hellbent, Pax and Michael are talking about the Coen Brothers' re-adaptation of Charles Portis' novel. We also get in some discussion on the original John Wayne version and Charlton Comics' Billy the Kid.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Michael and Pax finally visit the John Ford/John Wayne classic, also starring Claire Trevor, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Tim Holt, Tom Tyler, and (uh oh?) Andy Devine.
Also: Pony Express mail and quick reviews of McLintock! (1963) and The Great Missouri Raid (1951).
Friday, March 30, 2018
On this episode of Hellbent, Pax and Mike discuss Terence Young's East-meets-Western starring Charles Bronson, Toshiro Mifune, and Ursula Andress.
We also have short talks about some things with long titles: Anton Treuer's book Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask and Chuck Connors in Kill Them All and Come Back Alone.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Michael and Pax giggle and groan over Hal Needham's slapstick comedy starring Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ann-Margret.
Also: a brief Lone Ranger discussion and mini-reviews of 1967's Hour of the Gun (with James Garner as Wyatt Earp) and Mighty Marvel Western featuring Rawhide Kid, Kid Slade, and Two-Gun Kid.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Pax and Michael are again joined by Shawn Robare, this time to discuss Hannie Caulder starring Raquel Welch and Robert Culp. We talk about what we thought of the movie as well as the influence it had on Quentin Tarantino.
There's also some Pony Express mail about Robert Blake Westerns and in "Whatchoo Been Westernin'," we mix genres with the post-apocalyptic Western movie Scorched Earth and the steampunk vampire Western novel Blood Riders.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Michael and Pax are joined by special guest Shawn Robare (Branded in the '80s, Cult Film Club) to talk about the Netflix mini-series Godless starring Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels, and Jack O'Connell.
And in "Whatchoo Been Westernin'?" we discuss the '80s cartoon Bravestarr and the movie Hostiles starring Christian Bale and Wes Studi.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Happy Birthday to us! Pax and Michael celebrate the podcast's 2nd anniversary with a quick look over their shoulders at the last two years, then forward for a few hints of things to come. They also catch up with brief discussions of Hickok (2017) and Billy the Kid episodes of Tales from Wells Fargo and Death Valley Days.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Pax and Michael talk about what they assumed was Cannonball Run in the West. Will Bite the Bullet be another case of foiled expectations like Bandolero! and 100 Rifles?
In "Whatchoo Been Westernin'?" Michael talks about the 2017 remake of The Beguiled by director Sofia Coppola; starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell.