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July 22 2014

Longmire 3.08: “Harvest” of Resentments

“Harvest” picks up where we left off with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) receiving care for a flesh wound and Vic looking genuinely drained from her hellish experience as a captive. When...
July 15 2014

Longmire 3.07: “Population 25” Calls for Help

Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and her husband Sean (Michael Mosley) on a get-away of hopeful rest and relaxation have anything but and before you can yell, “Watch out...
July 8 2014

Longmire: 3.06 “Reports of My Death” Can’t Be Trusted

After last week’s outstanding episode, “Wanted Man” —where Walt, Branch, and Vic finally located Hector, then the dying man identified a photo of extremist David Ridges...
July 6 2014

From the Western Frontier to the Final Frontier: When Cowboys and Sci-Fi Collide

The Phantom Empire starring Gene Autry is widely regarded as the first mash-up between Western and science fiction on the big screen. From the singing cowboy to recent films like Cowboys and Aliens,...
July 1 2014

Longmire: 3.05 “Wanted Man”

“If you do the job right, Walt, by the time you put down your sheriff’s badge, you’re a wanted man.” —Lucian Connally. “Wanted Man” started strong...
June 24 2014

Longmire: 3.04 “In the Pines” With So Little Time

So many storylines, so little time. That’s what I was thinking while I watched ace writers Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny juggle Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), tasked with clearing Henry Standing...
June 17 2014

Longmire 3.03: “Miss Cheyenne” is a Winner

Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) goes before the judge and his lawyer, and good friend, Cady Longmire (Cassidy Freeman) is hoping to get him released on bail until the trial. And with good...
June 17 2014

Fresh Meat: Cradle to Grave by Eleanor Kuhns

Cradle to Grave by Eleanor Kuhns is the third historical mystery featuring Will Rees, a Revolutionary War veteran braving a winter trek to New York with his wife to save a Shaker friend accused of murder...
June 10 2014

Longmire 3.02 and the Trials “Of Children and Travelers”

Okay, so this episode may not have given much time to the running storylines that I was really looking forward to watching, especially after the exciting season opener, but there were some moments...
June 3 2014

Longmire 3.01: Season Premiere “The White Warrior”

“The White Warrior” opens with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) thundering across the dusty landscape in his SUV with Deputy Branch Connally’s bleeding body in the back en route...
May 24 2014

Kickin’ Ass Like It’s 1880: Ten Modern Cowboys

In 2003’s Monte Walsh, a story about the end days of the Old West cowboy, our protagonist played by Tom Selleck tells another long-time ranch hand that as long as there is one cow and one...
May 13 2014

Fresh Meat: Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West edited by John Joseph Adams

Dead Man's Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West edited by John Joseph Adams collects 23 short stories set in a Wild West teeming with gunslingers, rattlesnakes, outlaws, zombies, aliens, time travelers,...
May 9 2014

All My Earps: The Many Film Faces of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp is a unique breed—for more reasons than one—among the famed gunslingers and infamous outlaws who shot their way across the Wild West horizon. He lived so long, passing away in...
April 27 2014

15 Fierce Female Roles: Women in Westerns

In a genre that revels in the lone male protagonist, there are few meaty roles for women beyond the standard soiled doves or window-dressing (seems more often than not, even the horse gets greater attention...
April 14 2014

Wrapping Up Justified’s Season 5: Can Raylan Kill His Own Shadow?

When they first announced that Justified would end after Season 6, I was prepared to be heartbroken at the news, but after the recently ended and quite lackluster season 5, I think it’s a...
April 5 2014

From Henry Fonda to Jeff Bridges: A Wild West Primer

I can’t count the number of times people have said to me that they won't watch a Western because they just can’t sit through one of “those boring movies.” Not another...
March 12 2014

Justified Slumps When It Strays from Harlan County

Et tu, Justified? Last fall, I decided to quit watching The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy because I was bored with the repetitive storylines and frustrated with the direction both of the storylines...
February 28 2014

Fresh Meat: Wrecked by Tricia Fields

Wrecked by Tricia Fields is the third book in the series about West Texas Chief of Police Josie Gray, who is tasked with finding her lover, a man who is missing and suspected of murder (available March...
February 19 2014

Max Brand: The Shakespeare of the Western Range

According to Booklist, “The name Max Brand is synonymous with Western novels.” And it’s certainly true that Brand, along with Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey, stamped an indelible...
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February 17 2014

Nice Mug (Shot), Butch Cassidy

He doesn’t look much like Paul Newman, but he is Butch Cassidy—the real Butch Cassidy—and that’s his mug shot. It was issued by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency some time...
February 17 2014

Justified 5.06: “Kill the Messenger” Settles for Consexual Bloodletting

After last week’s bullet-filled extravaganza, the latest episode of Justified, “Kill the Messenger” didn’t feature a single dead body (though there was a good bit of blood flowing,...
February 8 2014

Justified 5.05: “Shot All to Hell” is Truth in Advertising

I knew the title of last night’s episode, but I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so literal. I lost count of the bodies by the second or third commercial, but I think they included... Note:...
February 5 2014

The Cowboy Rides Away: Gary Cooper and The Hanging Tree (1959)

Editor's Note: This entry will kick off a new series on the Final Westerns of the great cowboy stars. First up: Gary Cooper. When The Hanging Tree appeared in movie theaters in 1959 the Western...
January 28 2014

Fresh Meat: The Pawnbroker by David and Aimee Thurlo

The Pawnbroker by David and Aimee Thurlo is the series debut of Charlie Henry, now owner of a New Mexico pawnshop after returning from special ops work in Iraq  (available January 28, 2014). Looking...
January 20 2014

Raquel Welch’s Westerns Deserve a Second Look

Bandolero! (1968): In her first western film, Raquel Welch is being lustfully eyed by a gang of outlaws when one hard case drools the obvious, “She sure is pretty.” To which Dean Martin...
January 8 2014

Justified Season 5 Premiere: “A Murder of Crowes”

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (give or take a day!), the Justified team gave me a whole murder of Crowes, and I couldn’t be happier about it. As much as I loved Season 4 (and I did!), I have...
January 5 2014

Tom Selleck: More Than Magnum, an Underappreciated Western Icon

When Western fans discuss their favorite heroes from motion pictures, I’ve noticed behind the firmly-fixed John Wayne comes Clint Eastwood (though some generations may reverse these two), followed...
November 19 2013

Custer, Texas Preacher: Preacher Headed to Television

Breaking Bad has ended. Walter White has sung his glorious swan song of destruction and self-immolation. The Walking Dead shambles on, spawning even more zombie series and Don Draper is nearing...
November 12 2013

Fresh Meat: Ghost Medicine by Aimee and David Thurlo

Ghost Medicine by Aimée and David Thurlo is the seventeeth crime novel featuring Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah, who confronts the death of an old flame, rumored skinwalkers,...
October 19 2013

Fresh Meat: The Last of the Smoking Bartenders by C. J. Howell

The Last of The Smoking Bartenders by C.J. Howell follows a drifter who believes he’s a secret agent meant to stop terrorists from blowing up the Hoover Dam (available October 20, 2013). Hitchhiking...