Monday, December 9, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
Welcome to Deadwood December, continuing our streak of weekly episodes through the end of the year and leading up to Hellbent's 75th episode! In this one, Pax and Michael dig into the first season of the HBO series Deadwood from 2004.
Monday, November 25, 2019
On this episode Pax and Michael are again joined by Shawn Robare to discuss Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, widely considered to be a classic in the genre. Only some of us agree with that.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Michael and Pax are joined by Shawn Robare (Cult Film Club) to ruminate on Richard Brooks' end-of-the-West saga starring Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Woody Strode, Robert Ryan, Claudia Cardinale, and Jack Palance.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Pax and Michael examine the East-meets-West spaghetti western, The Stranger and the Gunfighter (aka Blood Money, aka El Kárate, el Colt, y el Impostor), produced by the Shaw Brothers and starring Lee Van Cleef and Lo Leih.
Michael also watches The Magnificent Seven's inspiration The Seven Samurai and Hopalong Cassidy while Pax reads Richard Matheson's Shadow on the Sun.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Michael and Pax watch Liam Neeson hunt Pierce Brosnan in David Von Ancken's thriller (and probably parable) co-starring Michael Wincott and featuring cameos by Anjelica Huston, Wes Studi, Jimmi Simpson, and Xander Berkeley.
Also: a podcast recommendation, Wild West magazine, a couple of silent Jesse James films with James' real-life son playing the legendary outlaw, and this excellent primer on Hong Kong cinema.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019
Monday, August 5, 2019
In this Texas-sized episode, Michael and Pax cover the classic mini-series starring Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and a supporting cast as big as the story itself. Also: Pax reads Larry McMurtry's Buffalo Girls while Michael does something Westerny for Fathers Day and reads a Mickey Mouse Weird West comic.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Pax and Michael muse about Marlon Brando's only directing credit, a complicated film in terms of both production and the depth of its characters and their relationships.
Also, Michael watches The Wind (2018) and Pax catches up on his Bat Lash reading.
Monday, June 24, 2019
Michael and Pax jaw about George Miller's (not that George Miller, though) Australian Western. One remembered loving it; the other remembered hating it. Have they changed their minds? Do they agree? What happened to Cookie's leg? A couple of those questions actually get answered.
Also: DC Comics discussion as Pax reads the early adventures of Bat Lash and Michael checks out the beginning of the 2006 Jonah Hex series.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Pax and Michael are again joined by their wives Stephanie and Diane to weigh in on another women-centric Western, this one starring a Who's Who of '90s stars: Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore, Robert Loggia, and Dermot Mulroney.
Also: Michael watches Adam Baldwin in The Legend of 5 Mile Cave and Pax catches up to Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead or Alive.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Michael and Pax welcome their wives, Stephanie Holley and Diane May to weigh in on the women-focused Western, Five Bold Women starring Irish McCalla and Jeff Morrow. Pax also shares a couple of Western comics he's been reading: the first volume of Stern from Europe comics and the first couple of issues in Dynamite's Man With No Name series. Meanwhile, Michael's been watching the contemporary Western, The Rider (2017) by director Chloe Zhao.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Pax and Michael have enjoyed the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott collaborations they've seen (especially Ride Lonesome, which they reviewed on the show), so for this episode they talk about 7 Men from Now, the very first Boetticher/Scott team-up. Michael also shares a 2019 Western he's watched, Ivan Kavanagh's Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch. And Pax wraps up Hex, the post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex comic he's been reading.
Monday, April 22, 2019
Michael and Pax visit Michael Curtiz' Dodge City with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Bruce Cabot. But before that they also talk briefly about a couple of '70s Robert Redford movies (The Sting and The Hot Rock) and Vincent D'Onofrio's new Billy the Kid movie, The Kid starring Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, and Chris Pratt.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Pax and Michael talk about John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalban, and how twist endings can save a movie. On the subject of train robbers, Michael also briefly reviews One More Train to Rob (1971) starring George Peppard and Diana Muldaur. And Pax recounts his hunt for the details around a Western-themed childhood mystery.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Michael and Pax talk about the Indonesian Western Buffalo Boys by director Mike Wiluan. Also, Pax reads more Hex (guest-starring Batman!?) and Michael watches Charles Bronson as Wild Bill Hickok in The White Buffalo.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Pax's last few picks have been building to this and we're finally here. He introduces Michael to the George Roy Hill classic, written by the legendary William Goldman (Rest in Peace) and starring the best-looking, most charming men of '70s cinema. Pax also looks at the related Mrs. Sundance, Wanted: The Sundance Woman, and Butch and Sundance: The Early Days. And Michael talks about watching a listener-recommended show, the short-lived Peacemakers starring Tom Berenger. All this and some Pony Express.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Michael and Pax come back to shoot the breeze about George Stevens' classic Shane, starring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, and Jean Arthur. Is Marian in love with Shane? Is Joey the most annoying character in cinema? What's up with that ending? And how does Batman fit into all this?
There's also Pony Express mail and short discussions of the Wrong Reel podcast's Billy the Kid episode and a couple of films: Blood on the Moon and Woman Walks Ahead.