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JakeHinkson
March 28 2015

Noir’s Goon Squad: Brad Dexter

Brad Dexter has evil eyes. There are a lot of guys who have that whole hollow-on-the-inside steely-eyed-gaze thing going on in classic noir, but no one does it better than Brad Dexter. To catch...
reginathorn
March 25 2015

Justified 6.10: “Trust”

Raise your hand if you were expecting that ending? Anyone? Anyone? But before we get there, a lot of other things happened in “Trust,”Episode 6.10 of Justified. First of all, we...
reginathorn
March 18 2015

Justified 6.09: “Burned”

“Burned,” this week’s episode of Justified had less of the emotional violence of last week, but a lot more explosions and bodies as Boyd’s (Walton Goggins) heist went horribly...
reginathorn
March 11 2015

Justified 6.08: “Dark as a Dungeon”

Since we’ve known him, Raylan’s worst enemy has always been Arlo Givens (Raymond J. Barry), the violent, mean drunk who sired him and terrorized his mother and him. Arlo was a petty...
reginathorn
March 4 2015

Justified 6.07: “The Hunt”

Sometimes the quietest episodes of Justified are filled with the most tension. “The Hunt” which was in some ways, a setup for the last half of the season, had a relatively low body...
reginathorn
February 25 2015

Justified 6.06: “Alive Day”

We’re almost halfway through the final season of Justified, and given how great this season is turning out to be, I’m truly pained to type those words! In Episode 6.06, “Alive...
JakeHinkson
February 24 2015

The Cowboy Rides Away: Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, and The Cheyenne Social Club

Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda had one of the longest lasting friendships in the history of Hollywood. They met as young actors, became instant pals, and stayed close until Fonda’s death in...
reginathorn
February 18 2015

Justified 6.05: “Sounding”

The final season of Justified keeps piling on the delicious complications of plot and adding to (and subtracting from) its wonderful cast of characters. In “Sounding,” last night’s...
reginathorn
February 11 2015

Justified 6.04: “The Trash and the Snake”

Any episode of Justified that gives me Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) backstory in addition to the return of one of my all-time favorite characters is, by definition, a great episode. But “The Trash...
reginathorn
February 4 2015

Justified 6.03: “Noblesse Oblige”

We open with the aftermath of Boyd’s (Walton Goggins) pulling out the good bourbon for Ava (Joelle Carter) because of her revelation that the pizza parlor is located above a former bank....
JakeHinkson
February 2 2015

Noir’s Goon Squad: Barton MacLane

In the classic era, Warner Brothers was the most hardboiled of the major studios. It was the home of the gangster flick and the detective movie. In short, it was the kind of place that gave steady work...
reginathorn
January 28 2015

Justified 6.02: “Cash Game”

Previously on Justified: Boyd committed murder and bank robbery (so business as usual, basically); Ava was caught between a rock and a hard place (or a Givens and a Crowder which amounts to the...
reginathorn
January 21 2015

Justified 6.01: Season Premiere “Fate’s Right Hand”

Previously on Justified: Art got shot (noooooo!) and Raylan promised (yet again) to be there for Winona and their daughter and promised with somewhat more vigor to help the Marshals’ Service...
EdwardAGrainger
January 16 2015

Errol Flynn: The Swashbuckler Way Out West

Errol Flynn (1909-1959), a larger than life movie star whose legendary off-screen antics (the My Wicked, Wicked Ways autobiography is an eye-popping corker) rivaled any images stamped on celluloid,...
EdwardAGrainger
January 9 2015

Raylan by Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard’s last novel. Those aren’t easy words for me to write or for any fan of The Dickens of Detroit to accept. It seems like I’ve been reading the maestro’s work since...
EdwardAGrainger
December 20 2014

Back to the Beginning: The Bounty Hunters by Elmore Leonard

From the early 1970s until 1992’s Unforgiven, Westerns had become outmoded, pitiful television productions and lame B-films that had run the genre into the dust heap, and unless Clint Eastwood...
EdwardAGrainger
December 10 2014

Sam Elliott: The Man Who Kept the Western Alive

It’s the voice that grips you first. A deep, gravelly drawl that if you are on the wrong side of him instills profound fear, leaving you trembling, knowing, perhaps, you’re within seconds...
Crime HQ
December 4 2014

Calling Burt Reynolds Mega Fans!

By now the news has made the rounds that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off some of his most notable memorabilia—never won that Golden Globe? You can have Burt's! Yes, among several awards—both...
JakeHinkson
December 3 2014

The Cowboy Rides Away: Joel McCrae, Randolph Scott, and Ride the High Country (1962)

The Cowboy Rides Away is a series on the final Western films of great cowboy stars. Other entries include John Wayne’s The Shootist (1976) and Gary Cooper’s The Hanging Tree (1959). The...
EdwardAGrainger
November 20 2014

Not Your Typical Wyatt Earp: The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurty

Larry McMurtry mentions in his brief introduction to The Last Kind Words Saloon, “I had the great director John Ford in mind when I wrote this book; he famously said that when you had to choose...
DreamingReviews
November 5 2014

Fresh Meat: Bad Country by CB McKenzie

Bad Country by CB McKenzie is a debut mystery set in Arizona featuring a former rodeo cowboy turned private investiagtor told in an original and colloquial style (available November 4, 2014). Within...
EdwardAGrainger
October 22 2014

John Wayne Turned Cop: McQ and Brannigan

John Wayne (1907-1979), aka The Duke, remained a top ten box office draw for an impressive quarter of a century during which he was primarily known for Western roles in seminal productions like...
JakeHinkson
October 22 2014

The Cowboy Rides Away: John Wayne and The Shootist (1976)

This is the second entry in a series on the final Westerns of the great cowboy stars. The previous entry looked at Gary Cooper and The Hanging Tree. Don Siegel’s The Shootist is an elegy....
jenny_maloney
September 30 2014

Fresh Meat: The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan is a novel set against the landscape of Montana, involving the relationship between a weathered, old serial killer awaiting trial and the troubled young deputy guarding him...
LeighNeely
September 24 2014

Fresh Meat: Strong Darkness by Jon Land

Strong Darkness by Jon Land is the sixth mystery featuring the gunslinging Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong (available September 30, 2014). I used to read Robert Ludlum novels and marvel when I reached...
JoeBrosnan
September 16 2014

Denzel Washington Joins Cast of The Magnificent Seven Remake

While promoting his upcoming film, The Equalizer, Denzel Washington announced that he has signed on for a role in the eventual remake of The Magnificent Seven. Set to direct is Antoine Fuqua,...
EdwardAGrainger
September 15 2014

Steve McQueen: The King of Cool Westerns

Steve McQueen (1930-1980) built a legendary acting career playing anti-establishment characters in memorable films like Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Getaway. In 1974 he finally passed...
AngieBarry
September 9 2014

Fresh Meat: Nine Days by Minerva Koenig

Nine Days by Minerva Koenig is a debut mystery featuring Julia Kalas, a forty-something former mob wife who finds herself under witness protection in rural Texas and in the middle of murder (available...
EdwardAGrainger
August 14 2014

First in Series: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson is the first modern western in the Walt Longmire series about a Wyoming sheriff. Registered commenters below will be entered for a chance to win an advanced reader's...
EdwardAGrainger
August 7 2014

How the West was Funny: 10 Can’t-Miss Comedies

Seth MacFarlane’s recent comedy A Million Ways to Die in The West may have been gunned down at the box office, but that’s no reason to give up on having a laugh at the expense of the...