Monday, December 18, 2023

Decision at Sundown (1957)

Michael and Pax resume their tour of the Ranown Westerns directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott. In Decision at Sundown, Scott comes to town gunning for vengeance against the community's most powerful citizen, but Scott's not saying exactly why. The movie also features John Carroll, Karen Steele, Valerie French, John Archer, and Noah Beery Jr.

And in a special Christmas-themed edition of Whatchoo Been Westernin'? the fellas talk about Jack Palance as the title character in Ebenezer, a Western retelling of A Christmas Carol that also stars Ricky Schroeder.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

Pax and Michael talk about the other 1969 Western starring Robert Redford and Katharine Ross: Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here. And as a bonus, they also watched and talk about last year's The Last Manhunt, based on the same historical events.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Wind (2018)

Michael, Pax, and their Crestwood House podcast co-host Shawn Robare talk about another weird Western just in time for Halloween. The prairie is full of eerie isolation in Emma Tammi's independent film, The Wind, starring Caitlin Gerard, Ashley Zukerman, Julia Goldani Telles, and Dylan McTee.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Grim Prairie Tales (1990)

It's Friday the 13th! Pax and Michael are joined by their Crestwood House co-host Shawn Robare to begin the Halloween season with Grim Prairie Tales from 1990 starring James Earl Jones, Brad Dourif, William Atherton, and Marc McClure.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The Tall T (1957)

Michael and Pax are in the mood for some Ranown Westerns, starting with The Tall T. Directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, of course. Co-starring Maureen O'Sullivan and Richard Boone. And based on a story by Elmore Leonard.

Also: Michael checks out a stage production of the classic Shane.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1947)

Last episode's The Walking Hills was accidentally a contemporary Western, so Pax leans into that with a similar pick. He and Michael dig into John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, starring Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, Walter Huston, and Bruce Bennett.

Also: Michael watches Val Kilmer's son in Dead Man's Hand (2023) and Pax reads the first appearance of Marvel's Western Ghost Rider in Tim Holt #11.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

The Walking Hills (1949)

Michael accidentally pulls a fast one and makes Pax watch a non-historical Western, John Sturges' The Walking Hills. It stars Randolph Scott and Ella Raines as two members of a party that enters the desert dunes looking for a lost wagon train and (according to legend) the gold that it was carrying.

But even though the movie takes place in the 1940s, the comic Pax read does not. It's the Sixth Gun mini-series Shadow Roads.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976)

Pax and Michael touch the plums on Western-comedy The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, starring Goldie Hawn and George Segal.

Also: Michael votes for Lee Van Cleef as a bounty-hunter-turned-politician in The Big Gundown.

Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Michael and Pax watch the Coen Brothers' anthology movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Plus, Pax listens to the 1001 Stories from the Old West podcast and Michael watches The Secret of Convict Lake (1951) and Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949).

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

Pax and Michael try not to break into a blood feud when they delve into the History Channel mini-series Hatfields & McCoys starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.

Plus: Cowboys & Indians magazine, Rachel and the Stranger, and Zorro Rides Again.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Comanche Moon (2008)

Michael and Pax return to the world of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove with the chronologically second mini-series in the saga, Comanche Moon, starring Steve Zahn, Karl Urban, Linda Cardellini, Elizabeth Banks, Melanie Lynskey, Wes Studi, and Val Kilmer.

Plus: quick thoughts on Robert McCammon's Trevor Lawson books and the movies Station West (1948) and Westward the Women (1951).

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Hang 'Em High (1968)

Pax and Michael talk about the Clint Eastwood classic, Hang ‘Em High. It’s the revenge movie that’s about so much more than just revenge

Plus: Blazing Guns On The Chisholm Trail by Borden Chase, The Further Adventures of Zorro by Johnston McCulley, The Mark of Zorro (1940), and Zorro comics by Matt Wagner, Francesco Francavilla, and Cezar Razek.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Michael, Pax, and guest Evan Hanson wrap up their Zorro double-feature with the movie that started it all, the silent classic The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Mask of Zorro (1998)

Pax and Michael welcome back Evan Hanson to talk about the first movie of a Zorro double-feature on Hellbent. It's Martin Campbell's The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Anthony Hopkins.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

Michael and Pax watch the Robert Altman revisionist classic, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with smaller roles for Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, and Rene Auberjonois. 

Pax also checks out Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) and Michael watches a couple of older films: Union Pacific (1939) and Gentle Annie (1944).

Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)

Pax and Michael welcome their friend Jeeg to discuss Jee-woon Kim's The Good, the Bad, the Weird, set in WWII-era Korea, but inspired by Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.