The paradox of the film is that it simultaneously is a journey from life to death and a journey from death to life.
There’s a new Western in town: The Ballad of Lefty Brown. Once upon a time Westerns were a staple of the movie industry. Now when one comes out they create a bit of nostalgia.
Combining the dry dustiness of Breaking Bad, the dark humour of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the unpredictable violence and bleakness of Game of Thrones, Preacher continues to establish itself as one of the more unique voices in television. Following the journey of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small-town preacher possessed with the spirit of… [Read More]
This week on the show, Steve reconnects with Arnaldo Reyes and Peter Adourian to talk about purpose and hopeful death in James Mangold’s LOGAN. (We may even answer the eternal question: Why Arnaldo doesn’t like Jackman’s Wolverine!) Want to continue to conversation at home? Click the link below to download ‘Fishing for More’ — some small… [Read More]
There’s much to be said about an actor playing a particular role in film nine times. In a way, he/she must’ve done something right and even made that particular role nearly iconic. Hugh Jackman has done that, to my dismay (or dislike, however you want to call it). It’s not that I’m not a fan of his…. [Read More]
The neo-Western Hell or High Water is one of the funniest, saddest, most exciting, thought-provoking films I’ve seen this year. Wrapped around the story of two brothers’ attempts to rob banks, this wildly different film shares their relationship, the saga of the nearly-retired Texas Ranger on their heels, and the way that the U.S. economy plays a part… [Read More]
The Spaghetti Western is back! In a Valley of Violence harkens back to the films of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. From the opening credits we know a very close similarity to films like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
To kick off Season 3, Steve ponies up to the saloon with Pastor James Harleman (Cinemagogue.com) to chat about Antoine Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven! Does the western still matter today? What’s the line between righteousness and justice? All this and more as the guys showdown at high noon… Want to continue to conversation at home? Click the link below… [Read More]
The presence of the church throughout the story points us to the consideration of righteousness in the midst of a story about revenge. In this story about a battle against evil, we may not be sure there is a place for righteousness at all.
The idea of captivity is important to the film, although it often seems to be operating in the background. There are physical captives, but there are also emotional spiritual captives. These later forms are perhaps even more dangerous that the physical imprisonment of some.