"...Poirier's film took home the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes last year, which is as much an indication of the direction the festival is heading in as it is of the director's considerable talents. A tender, comic road movie that manages to cover only about seven miles of road, Western is set in and around Brittany on the French Atlantic coast..."
"...Austinites have many passions, most definitely including community involvement and live music. Satisfying those two cravings tonight will be Western Ghost House's album release show at 29th Street Ballroom, benefiting Attendance Records...."
"...The impetus for the most recent mass exploration of Western themes and motifs in the field of video games comes from Juegos Rancheros, the Austin-based nonprofit collective of independent game developers and fans. Juegos Rancheros organized a game jam around the theme of "The Constellation,” challenging makers of video games to complete a small project in the space of less than two weeks – a blink of an eye in the world of game development...."
"...It was 3am on a frigid morning at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, a living history museum on a swath of tree-filled acreage surrounded on all sides by a residential North Austin neighborhood. Duane Graves and Justin Meeks were in the middle of filming their dark Western Kill or Be Killed...."
"...It's a labor of love that doesn't compute well with the Internal Revenue Service. Just ask Brian Sampson, sole owner and operator of Western Vinyl Records, who was audited April 2006...."
"...Documentarian James Payne and cinematographer David McMurry are longtime collaborators with our favorite transplanted filmmaking Okie, Bradley Beesley, sharing credits on his projects including Okie Noodling II and Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo. Payne and McMurry's latest project together concentrates on an unexpected musical fusion: Country music in Japan, in their new documentary Far Western...."
"...It's a pleasure to dine in such places and exciting to review them. The Roaring Fork, an American Western bistro developed by chef Robert McGrath, is a very good restaurant indeed...."
"...The Derailers Full Western Dress (Sire) What goes around comes around. Back in the Sixties, the Beatles lionized Buck Owens, and George Harrison's early guitar lines smacked of Carl Perkins' licks..."
"...Wall to wall. Western shirts and hats sliding past taffeta and lipstick, high heels and high hair..."
"...All the county can do is get ahead of the curve to anticipate the changes, says Joe Gieselman, executive director for Travis County's Transportation and Natural Resources department. In the next decade, or possibly in the next five years, most of the ranchland in western Travis County will disappear...."
"...Eventually, in a narrative helped along by master of ceremonies Salinas, the Desperados triumphed and equilibrium was restored. At the Santa Cruz, of course, regardless of what your cultural references are or what borough or barrio you came from, such restoration, temporary or not, is an occasion to put on your reinforced heels, right where you are, and party. The Enchilada Western: Texas Deep FriedSanta Cruz Theater, 1805 E..."
"...There's always a healthy dose of irony, if not out-right melodrama, in Bell's deft use of Western iconography. Take a look at Wyatt Earp, which begins with a noir-ish color portrait of the legendary "lion of Tombstone" framed in black..."
"...Alternating the songs of Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart, Faron Young, and Lefty Frizzell with those penned by the group's founders/singers/guitarists, Tony Villanueva and Brian Hofeldt, the local quartet attacks their sizable repertoire with the verve of a hot jazz or punk rock band, leaving the grateful two-steppers sweaty, smiling, and satisfied. Only this time, they're not here to play one of their marathon four-set Saturday night gigs, where the dance floor is packed tighter than the harmonies of "California Angel" and the sound of shuffling feet accompanies the musicians on stage. Tonight, the Derailers are here to discuss the impending release of their Sire debut Full Western Dress and a few heroes of their own...."
"...Starring: Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Timothy Dalton, Ali Larter, Will McCormack and Kathy Bates. “Bad is good again,” reads this tweener Western's marketing tagline..."
"...The Western is a forgery. There are white hats and black hats, and bullets leave no blood..."
"...In keeping with the twofold implications of the movie's title, The Hi-Lo Country is about the twilight of the Old West, a world left in the dust of post-WWII modernizations. While the story's setup would have us expect a reflective elegy for a dying breed, the movie instead straddles turf that might be better described as Western noir..."
"...I sat enthralled, by the pace, the story, the extraordinary performances and the brilliant cinematography but thought it maybe a little slow, and rarely has a grand epic had so simple a story. But in the genre, as both a movie and a conscious addition to the ongoing celluloid Western mythology, the film is a masterpiece, a stunning and awe-inspiring statement..."
"...Watch out, cartoon critters: There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Rango. This animated Western feature continues the working relationship between The Pirates of the Caribbean (I-III) director Verbinski and that series’ top-lined swashbuckler Depp, who here gives voice to Rango..."
"...Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt, Diane Lane, David Arquette and Bruce Dern. Walter Hill presents his personalized take on the legend of Wild Bill Hickok in this new Western..."
"...[image-1-right]Forget the myth. Western gunslingers drawing a lightning fast bead, and plugging their opponent with deadly accuracy? Never happened..."
"...It’s been ages since Kurt Russell went into good-guy badass mode as deeply as he does in this debut feature from director S. Craig Zahler, and fans of John Carpenter-era Russell should shriek with glee at the grizzled actor’s perfectly calibrated performance in this horror-Western..."
"...Come expecting a feminist Western and you’ll be sorely disappointed. This film, which Natalie Portman produced and stars in as the titular Jane, offers little to the genre that’s new or exciting..."
"...If you want to see Johnny Depp in a revisionist Western, check out 2011’s Rango, in which the actor gives voice to an animated chameleon in a Wild West town, or Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man from 1995, in which Depp plays an Eastern accountant who takes the train west to the end of the line where he encounters a world both comic and violent, guided into the spirit world by a Native American named Nobody. But reuniting here with his Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski for a culturally evolved retelling of the radio and TV legend of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Depp does the modern Western few favors..."
"...Questions of morality are ever-present in this lyrical Australian Western in which racism, colonialism, and the merits of Western civilization’s influence on indigenous cultures are embedded as fixedly as the dust in the horses’ hooves and loosely sprinkled with every step. The ethical canvas, however, doesn’t get in the way of Sweet Country’s central engaging chase story..."
"...Since the Ice Age, the history of male sexual activity in Western civilization mainly involves whamming, bamming, and scramming. That's no surprise..."
"...If the film were to be shown in remote Iranian villages such as the one in which the story takes place, it’s more likely that it might spark gut reactions and incite institutional review. However, it’s unlikely that any adherents of the punishment of stoning people to death will speak out in favor of their barbaric belief as the movie plays throughout America and other outposts of the Western world..."
"...These days, it's dark everywhere. Which makes Slade's wild, often exhilarating neo-Western ride into frostbit vampirism something of a respite, albeit one awash in gore..."
"...Don't let the near-impossible-to-remember title keep you away from this singular and slightly surreal Tommy Lee Jones scorcher. In his feature directing debut (although 10 years ago he did direct the fine made-for-TV Western The Good Old Boys), Jones has made a modern Western in the culturally askew tradition of Peckinpah, Huston, and Boetticher..."
"...Since then, the fish, which is a voracious predator, has devoured every other living thing in the lake’s 67,850 square kilometers, including its own young, thereby ensuring the eventual destruction of one of the planet’s most expansive ecosystems. Conversely, a mammoth and monstrously profitable industry has grown up on the shores of the lake, fueled by the World Bank, rampant Western globalization, and the cheap labor provided by the lakeside populace, who subsist on the perch’s gutted, maggoty carcasses and live in a hellish state of self-perpetuating squalor so bleak as to demand another circle in Dante’s hellscape..."
"...Granted, college basketball’s regular season is in full swing now, but Glory Road might have been better served by a March release date, when hoops fans are especially hungry for Cinderella stories and Disney-sanitized homilies. Cut from the same cloth as Remember the Titans and boasting the same producer (Jerry Bruckheimer), distributor (Touchstone), and a co-writer (Gregory Allen Howard), the frequently rousing Glory Road presents a fictionalized account of what many count as the most significant NCAA basketball game ever played, between Don Haskins’ underdog Texas Western (now UTEP) and Adolph Rupp’s perennial powerhouse Kentucky in the 1966 championship title game..."
"...Watching this – and just as importantly, listening to it – is as likely to set the hairs on the back of your neck dancing the dead-girl shuffle as much as any film in recent memory. Shimizu, who directed a pair of direct-to-video versions of Ju-on before this streamlined theatrical version, knows what scares you, and because of the film’s Asian setting and characters, Western audiences are open to an extra dose of spookiness engendered by the unfamiliar foreign locale..."
"...Starring: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Michael Jeter, Diego Luna, James Russo and Abraham Benrubi. Kevin Costner’s Open Range is the best new Western to come out of Hollywood in a long time..."
"...The film is an action-packed thriller-Western hybrid, but it takes a dreamy pace in setting up the story (the first 20 minutes or so are rather languid). In the hands of Austin-based director David Blue Garcia (a veteran cinematographer who has worked on Owen Egerton’s Blood Fest and SXSW 2009 favorite Artois the Goat) Tejano offers some truly gorgeous scenes..."
"...Set in 17th century Japan, the film takes place during the feudal shogunate era when Western influences and religions were outlawed on the islands. Catholic missionaries were banished or tortured to death if they refused to renounce their religion, and those who remained among their Japanese converts (who had numbered between 200,000 and 300,000 prior to the purges) were forced (almost literally) underground into covert communities of faith and rudimentary rituals..."
"...The Western is back. The most American of cinematic art forms (except for when the Italians took it and did it crazier), adventures on the dusty plains have re-emerged as a proving ground for underdog filmmakers..."
"...What if Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hadn't died at the end of George Roy Hill's genre-redefining 1969 classic, but instead lived on – one of them, anyway – in the Bolivian backcountry? That's the intriguing and grittily realized premise of Mateo Gil's film, an elegiac take on the great American Western that sees Butch living to a ripe old age (under the alias James Blackthorn), smoking cheroots and horse-ranching his way to a potentially far more peaceful ending than the fusillade of Bolivian army lead envisioned by Hill and history...."
"...Starring: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson and Rod Rondeaux. In her fourth feature film, director Kelly Reichardt laces together the epic and the elementary, twining the Western – that most operatic of cinematic genres, with its Biblically awesome landscapes and us-vs.-them violent clashes – with the ultraprecision of a survivalist story, wherein water, food, shelter, and fire become the only matters of consequence..."
"...There are two sides to Brian Sampson. He's the owner/operator of Western Vinyl Records, and he's also Bexar Bexar, an ambient artist on the label, creating shimmering sound collages of acoustic guitar and digital manipulation..."
"...Starring: Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, Alan Tudyk, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts and Vinessa Shaw. Westerns and remakes are two film categories whose reputations have sagged in the modern age of moviegoing..."
"...Right now, a few developments are already in progress, and a hefty grab bag of proposed major residential and retail projects is in the wannabe queue and those are just the ones we know about. Indeed, the wheels of cement trucks generally move faster in this New Western Frontier, outside the restrictive confines of the city limits, where developments proposed in delicate watershed areas typically undergo a rigorous public process...."
"...Not reviewed at press time. Dwight Yoakam's elegiac Western -- which he financed, co-wrote, directed, and stars in -- is likely to be a treat for Yoakam's music fans but will satisfy few others..."
"...Jarmusch's first full-length feature since 1991's Night on Earth is a marked departure from the director's previous outings. For one thing, it's a Western, which is hardly the milieu fans would have suspected for Jarmusch's next film..."
"...When the farm where he was raised is put up for sale, Gordy escapes being sold, trucked off to be fattened up, and, eventually, slaughtered. Venturing cross country, he is picked up by the singing young daughter (Young) of a traveling country & western singer (played by real country star Stone)..."
"...He has to. Like many dreamers he longs to become a country & western music star and move to Nashville and make records..."
"...Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, Henry Brandon, Pat Wayne and Harry Carey Jr.. A brand new, 35mm CinemaScope print has been struck of this 1956 Western directed by John Ford and regarded by many as his masterpiece and one of the greatest films of all time..."
"...The improbably named Jet Li returns as Wong Fey Hong, wandering martial arts master and friend to the friendless. Also returning are the Westernized Aunt Yee (Kwan) and Hong's acolyte Fu (Chung)..."
"...Daughters of the Dust moves with a lyrical beauty that blends hopes, memories, heritage and generational bonds into the limitless expanse of an island horizon. At times this heady swirl is confusing to follow, though I suspect that Western linear narration was never this movie's goal..."