Sept. 4, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST
...to hear how good Casey Affleck is. He's a pretty solid actor. Nice review. I look forward to seeing this one.
Sept. 4, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST
But I'm much more excited for Yuma.
Sept. 4, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST
by Pound Sand
The title is a bit chewy, though. I hope that at least one talkbacker (besides me) refers to this movie as TAOJJBTCRF, but I suspect it will instead be shortened to "that new Brad Pitt movie."
Sept. 4, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST
Thanks for the review, Harry. I loved the insanity of "Chopper," so I'm glad "...Jesse James... Robert Ford" delivered some cinematic goodness. I'll probably check it out.
Sept. 4, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST
by Automation Overlord
and its so troubled behind the scnes, my money is on 3:10 to yuma as the beter western
Sept. 4, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST
of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and I saw a little bit of the shoot. Can't wait to see what it looks like on screen. We are such an obscure, out of the way city. You can literally drive two hours from the city center and end up in the forest. Or a lake.
Sept. 4, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST
When Harry last Reviewed a movie but 2 nice short and sweet reviews with no mention of his penis, married life seems to suit him
Sept. 4, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST
by barnaby jones
but hey, i'll be there.
Sept. 4, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST
It may not bear your usual traits (introduction to your viewing experience, use of sexual metaphors, etc), but this review is very well written. Kudos. This flick looks excellent, by the way. I can't wait to check it out in a few weeks.
Sept. 4, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
Woo hoo!!!! All is right in the world again...... Nice review. I missed the depth of your knowledge of EVERYTHING film....
Sept. 4, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST
3:10 doesn't spark me for some reason. But this sounds more up my alley. A long, dark tale about the receding shadows of the west. Nice review there.
Sept. 4, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST
Count me in. I've been waiting for his next film since....well Chopper.
Sept. 4, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST
by abner pepper
Has been trying to win an oscar instead of making good movies for years,i hope this isn't another 'worthy' movie.
Sept. 4, 2007, 6:49 p.m. CST
I think he's a good actor but being Brad Pitt must be annoying. As I'm sitting here one of the entertainment shows has decided to focus their TAOJJBTCRF coverage on his scene in a bathtub. You act your heart out and are in the process of saving the world and people are stil only interested in looking at your bum. Terrible. As far as the movie goes I was impressed by the trailer, but I can't see myself marveling at Casey Affleck. But I'll be there. Besides, I love gay cowboys. http://tinyurl.com/2zvvp3
Sept. 4, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST
by vic twenty
"Jesse you re-tahhhhd! Ahm gonna muhduh your ahhhhhhhhhhhhhsssss!!!"<p> When is he gonna hook up with J-Lo on screen just to step out of his big bro's shadow?
Sept. 4, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST
Hey Cherry, it's me, ya know, Bananafest from the Admiral Twin. Hey Cherry... Hi... Hi. You know, Dally's friend. Shit, I know you heard me. Stay gold.
Sept. 4, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST
by vic twenty
This is a soch talkback!
Sept. 4, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST
No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood which are both sort of westerns. Ive been dying to see this and also looking foward to 3:10 To Yuma
Sept. 4, 2007, 8:23 p.m. CST
by Biafras Throw Pillow
Nick Cave's involvement with ANYTHING is reason enough to look into this. Two epic westerns in one year? Almost seems like 1985 again (Pale Rider & Silverado)
Sept. 4, 2007, 8:46 p.m. CST
by georges garvaren
which is actually English (non?) Anyway, this movie looks real neat. And westerns should be made slowly or by crazy Italians funded by the M O B. Sguardo Fuori! This film was not paid for by Italian mobsters (they were German), so I say "Yay!" to a slow western wound tightly with beautiful boys. Bang Bang Pow
Sept. 4, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST
It's a different genre than the gunslinging western. It's a movie about Man Vs. Nature (and the outside world). He escapes to the mountain, but finds he can't escape responsibility (the dude he rescues, his wife/kid, the people he tries to rescue - which gets his family killed). Eventually he snaps and kills every injun he can find, but he's really just lashing out at the world that won't leave him alone. It's not some existential BS pic like Seraphim Falls or Dead Man. It's just an awesome character study movie that has minimal dialogue, great music, and expert Pollack direction.
Sept. 4, 2007, 9:49 p.m. CST
someone please tell me this 'limited release' in four cities will eventually expand to a wider release? dying to see this movie and if its only released in four cities then thats bullshit...
Sept. 4, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST
punctuated by tragic punctuated by inevitable punctuated by punctuation.
Sept. 4, 2007, 9:54 p.m. CST
That was a great recent Western.
Sept. 4, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST
I seriously thought there would've been a scene in Brokeback Mountain that had Ledger and Gyllenhall eating pudding together in a scene. <p> Then there would have been a hilarious impending litigation by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They probably would have won too.
Sept. 4, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST
that was years before both Professionals and Wild Bunch, and did a much more effective job killing the Western than either of those.
Sept. 4, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST
I'm looking very forward to seeing the film as a western genre lover, but it's unfortunate the film (that was made 2 years ago) has been treated like total shit by Warners, as they've had it on their shelf for over a year took the film off the director and recut it themselves and obviously have no faith in it. The film only cost about $US 40 mill to make and requires specialised treatment, as it's not aimed at the multiplex crowd. It's admirable Warners made the film, but if they had no faith in it, they should've passed on it.
Sept. 5, 2007, midnight CST
by Al Swearengen
You're goddamn right you should be watching fucking Deadwood. You do not want to be the one hoopleheaded cocksucker left holding his soft prick in the wind when it comes to that fucking show. And Ashok0, if I find that you've chosen not to take the advice of one Al Swearengen of Deadwood, I'll beat you from my present vantage.
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:38 a.m. CST
http://tinyurl.com/2xc98f Tears of joy my friends.
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST
by half vader
Ashoko, hell yes. I'm not generally a fan of westerns (as opposed to the 'anti-western') as if I wanna watch a 'classic' western I'd rather watch Kurosawa. In other words I'm not a John Wayne fan and don't like that revisionist propaganda but do love things like Unforgiven. <p> So what I'm trying to say is hell yes watch Deadwood. Apart from anything to do with genre it's just really well written and the characters are great. It was axed after 3 seasons but supposedly HBO promised to wrap things up in a couple or several telemovies, although I doubt the cocksuckers (in-joke) will keep their end as nothing has been announced so far. <p> Does anyone know if this is Dominik's cut? Harry? Wayne? I hope seeing as they let it languish for so long at least they let him have final cut considering they obviously treat it as a lost cause.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST
by half vader
You cock-SUCKAHHHHH! ;)
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST
by half vader
David Lean would fuckin' shoot himself if he wasn't dead already!
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST
About time there is a review from Harry again.
Sept. 5, 2007, 3:09 a.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:20 a.m. CST
Recent Westerns. Thoroughly enjoyable with great build up to an exciting climax.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST
Road to Perdition. i know its set in in prohibibition days but it felt like a great sombre western.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:49 a.m. CST
"...then came the Westerns that ceased to look like anything we’ve seen before..." I thought he was going to mention the Sergio Leone films. Instead he mentions ZACHARIAH and EL TOPO which I have not seen. Sounds way too Film buffy. I hope Harry did like those Sergio films too.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:53 a.m. CST
The Terence Hill/Bud Spencer films were my favourite but I canoot find their films anywhere. There is also the sequel They Still Call Me Trinity. I only have on Terence Hill film and thats My name is Nobody. These were great comedy Spaghetti westerns.
Sept. 5, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST
Could be a little longer, but one should accomodate to being married. Movie looks nice and promising!
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST
Culminating with Unforgiven which I would agree with. Lets think what we have had since I can think of: Open Range Dances with Wolves Geronimo The Quick and the Dead ?? (Not sure which came first) Some Woody Harrelson film! And now 3:10 to Yuma THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (I think the tilte of this film will kill any hopes of a revival! What a ridiculous title - I first thought Mel brooks is back with a new comedy) There are definitely more but how many and which ones should have deserved a western revival?
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST
"The death of the western." Who the hell declared that? The second stupid assumption is that 3:10 and Jesse James are reviving the genre.
Sept. 5, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST
All this talk about The Assassination of Jesse James, and 3:10 to Yuma, an no one that I have seen has mentioned Tombstone? I thought this was one of the best movies in the genre!
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST
Violent and fun? You bet. However, it was more polished than Unforgiven, so it isn't mentioned in THIS context of films as much. Wow. I really like Westerns now that I think about it. Harry got it on the money by calling them our Samurai flicks.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST
not to be sensationalized. Robert Ford did good. shame he's labeled a "coward". read a book.
Sept. 5, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST
...HBO would drop the price (or whomever owns the rights to it). My wife and I don't have HBO but DEADWOOD is a series that we both have interest in, even though we've never seen a single episode. If only they would (at least) drop the price on Season One, then perhaps we would give it a try. We don't rent. We buy. But we won't pay outrageous prices for dvd, either. (And by the way, I'm glad to see that quality westerns are back.)
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST
"I'll tell you one thing for sure... I wouldn't trust no words written down on no piece of paper, especially from no Dickinson out in the town of.. MAH - SHEEN... you're just as likely to find your own grave."
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST
by Rat Fink
that Jesse James was shot by Robert Ford. SHIT. that just ruined the whole god damn movie for me. I thought JJ died from the flu. son of a bitch
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST
a blind man searches for fifty girls he is contracted to escort to a mining town. fifty naked women running though the desert, a crazy general and ringo starr as the bad guy's crazier brother. allow me to reiterate, a blind cowboy kills about 20 guys, including ringo, while searching the desert looking for 50 women. he was mcgyver AND bauer's spiritual ancestor.
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066844/ "you wouldn't kill a friend would you?" - "Every night I kneel down and I say my prayers. And every night I ask the good lord 'lord-who are my friends?', and you know something? Every night he doesn't answer." - dynamite explodes building where the bad guys were hiding.
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST
a bunch of bigshots came in to edit the picture, but ultimately, dominik's version tested the highest.
Sept. 5, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST
by Mister Man
That lame-ass Jesse James-90210 piece of crap that filmed outside Austin. Yeah, I worked on it, with everyone-wanted-to-shoot-him director Les Mayfield. One film Colin Farrell won't admit to, and a damn waste of Timothy Dalton and Kathy Bates.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST
per 12 episodes. Dont they know DEADWOOD is a brilliant fucking show, a shakespeare on the prairie with blood, guts and tears on an epic fucking scale - with the best fucking cast of supporting characters ive ever seen in any miniseries. they cancelled season 4 which is abominable, they could have kept actors on salaries while david milch did JOHN FROM CINCINNATI (which also got cancelled). Watch how anticlimactic season 3 is, the story just stops DEAD, no resolution to all those characters. HBO used to be the thinking mans television (SOPRANOS, ROME etc) and now they wanna focus on young demographic and romance and comedy. Back to square one in the early 90s with shit they used to have like DREAM ON and that sports agent series. The golden era of HBO with sopranos, rome and deadwood has ended.
Sept. 5, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST
We wouldn't want a bunch of impressionable kids like Bobby Brady see this film worship Jesse James as a hero so much his parents actually find some elderly man whose entire family were killed by Jesse when he was a boy to tell him what a real monster he was!
Sept. 5, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST
It is too damn expensive. I've never seen the series, so I don't want to buy a season of television for shitload of money if I'm not even sure I'll dig it. So I've decided in the mean time to netflix the first season, and if I dig it, I'll wait for the price on the DVD to drop and pick it up.
Sept. 5, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST
by Al Swearengen
...a man may find that he's forced to grab ankle and assume a submissive posture.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST
by Ray Gamma
I'm disappointed in you Harry - the writing in that review was poor. </P> <P> ...and there's no such word as "disingenuine".
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST
I'm soo glad somebody mentioned that earlier. That has to be the only episode of the Brady Bunch that I would ever watch again on purpose..." Everbody turn your backs to me... Bang Bang BANG BANG BANG" hysterical shit.
Sept. 5, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST
by Alonzo Mosely
Did it now...
Sept. 5, 2007, 7:19 p.m. CST
His ass crack is so wide it literally opened a wormhole to the past and swallowed the poor guy. I think he's still stuck up there.
Sept. 5, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
I mean, if you watched it on HBO, you've essentially ALREADY PAID FOR IT, so shouldn't they be charging *less* per season? $80 for 12 (or less) episodes for an HBO series, or $40 or less for ANY OTHER TV SHOW PAST AND PRESENT? Fuckers...
Sept. 6, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST
The title of this film still makes me laugh out loud when i read it!.
Sept. 6, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST
by Jakes Nel
I didn't know that. Even more reason to watch this.
Sept. 6, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST
Screw that crappy Kevin Costner "Wyatt Earpp" shit....Kurt Russell owns everyone's arse in TOMBSTONE, one of the greatest westerns of any era.
Sept. 6, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST
I picked up all three seasons on DVD for about $100. They are in perfect shape. <p>So go there and buy them.
Sept. 6, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST
the title, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, and just saying the words The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford gets my veins a' pumpin' and my heart a palpitatin'. I'm definitely looking forward to The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford more than Yumi (that's what I call this year's other big Western for short).<p> </p>Anyway, seeing as how I'm in town, it's time to school y'all in on one of the best, bizarre b-movie Westerns ever made, and that's Terror in a Texas Town, starring Sterling Hayden as the fastest harpooner in the West. Expect a black box comment by Harry any minute verifying what a great movie this is.
Sept. 6, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST
... not a hero!! This sounds about as honest as Redford & Newman's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was. This guy was a butcher who'd have given the fictional Hannibal Lecter a run for his money if the latter had ever existed. In your review, Harry, I found not a single reference to his callous butchery. However you state that his character is "sad". This leads me to believe that he's just another misunderstood,tragic figure which I really don't want to buy into. Honestly, does the movie world need another romantisized western that still doesn't show us the "real" psycho bushwacker some of us would like to see? What I fear we get here is yet another emotionally wrought peformance by an average actor in hope of an Oscar nomination. I think I'll go see a better fantasy western called 3.10 to Yuma.
Sept. 6, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST
by Al Swearengen
Now that's a fuckin' expression I've heard!
Sept. 6, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST
by Ray Gamma
this movie is all about romanticising a creep (jesse james) who you wouldn't even want to be in the same room with
Sept. 6, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST
by Al Swearengen
And it weren't no cowardly fuckin' shot to the back neither. I believe he caught it full bore in the chest with one of those sawed-off types. Now I prefer to work closer in, ya see? But fortunately for him, Ford never made it to fuckin' Deadwood.
Sept. 6, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST
In response to 'footballs' comments I'd like to add that I sort of find it odd as well that after all the robberies and killing this guy did -he's somehow revered as a hero. I currently work in Northfield, MN and today actually, is THE DEFEAT OF JESSE JAMES DAYS. Basically, a giant town carnival with rides, balloons, clowns a rodeo etc. all in honor of Mr. James and his notorious deeds. The whole town is laden in Jesse James things matter of fact -pictures of his dead gang members can be found on the walls of the local hot dog shop and I think the bank still stands with bullet holes circled on the walls to be pointed out by repeated tourists. I guess he & his gang tried to rob the Northfield Bank on this very day (Sept 7th)and barely escaped the towns folks gun fire! sure, I think that 'ol timey bank robbers are kind of interesting to read about or see films on. But, as I walk around the town on a daily basis, I keep marveling at how Mr. James was one of the most notorious criminals of his day, wanted by the lw and feared by all for his quick draw -is now celebrated as a sort of American hero. I guess we all love legends and mythic renegade types to some degree or another. The Brad Pitt film does seem interesting though. I hope it lives up to Harry's review as I plan on seeing it myself. HERE'S TO YOU JESSE! BANG! BANG! BANG! WEEEE HAAAAAAAA!!!! * * *
Sept. 7, 2007, 12:05 a.m. CST
sadly, half the country won't understand this at all. "I want someone to get shot, dammit!" Remember The Thin Red Line? "I want explosions, dammit!" Can't wait to watch this movie.
Sept. 7, 2007, 6:41 a.m. CST
Sure, my wife and I haven't seen a single episode. But if the pricing on those DEADWOOD dvds were adjusted for common folks like us, wouldn't those collections sell like hotcakes?! Just this past weekend, before I originally posted (here), the subject of "westerns" came up at a lunch gathering. We talked of our interest(s) and the subject of DEADWOOD dvd pricing came up, with mention of "greedy" HBO. But what's funny is that there was plenty of interest in DEADWOOD...but nobody was/is going to crank out lots of cash for ANY dvds. So, it stands to reason...that if they lowered the prices, wouldn't they actually MAKE MORE MONEY in return, by selling MANY MORE dvds??? We really want the DEADWOOD dvds. But we've got plenty of entertainment to hold us until that price drop. That is, unless we buy them USED before that happens. And when that happens, HBO loses any potential profit.
Sept. 7, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST
HBO box sets are MUCH lower priced in England, France or Germany. On Amazon Germany, Season 2 and 3 are only about $40, Season 1 is about $30, so you might have a look (www.amazon.de). They all feature the original English language soundtracks, yet the special features are missing and you'd need a code free player to watch them since they're RC2! If you'd order all three seasons as a whole, you'd still save a lot of money despite the added delivery cost. Don't ask me why HBO are only ripping off their American customers while other countries get away cheap (with "Rome", the case is similar), but it's a fact. If you can do without the bonus materials, you should consider it.
Sept. 9, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST
I heard on some radio show this week that Brad Pitt and George Clooney are thinking of doing a remake of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I think that would be great! Anyone else have views on this?
Sept. 10, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST
by Sith Witch
I can get you a copy of Trinity & Sartana. I thought it was something else until I received it.
Sept. 10, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST
now that's a good western.
Sept. 11, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST
Whatever happened to PRINCESS OF MARS?
Sept. 11, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST
by Bronx Cheer
or at least creative new ways to spell them. This was a bland and bloated review. Take that boy's tehsaurus away. Feck.
Sept. 12, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST
by silver screen surfer
Open Range was better than both.
Sept. 16, 2007, 4:43 a.m. CST
Sounds you might pick up a bargain, my colonial chums.
Sept. 16, 2007, 4:44 a.m. CST
For shame. You can't beat Walter Hill.
Sept. 17, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST
by Trader Groucho 2
that it tried to treat with major gravitas a Mark David Chapman/John Hinkley type of guy shooting an avowed unrepentent racist murderous gangster in the back. Affleck was interesting. There were a couple of funny scenes. But man, the director relied on shots through image-distorting Old West glass the way Battlefield:Earth used camera tilting as a crutch. This movie ain't Bonnie & Clyde. And it ain't Scarface. Hell, it ain't even Boyz in da Hood. <p> The Western is back because of 3:10 to Yuma on the big screen, and Broken Trail and Deadwood on via coaxial.
Sept. 20, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST
Any word on the wider release date? BTW 3:10 was great save for the Doc's dying words of "...did we make it?" Cringe worthy dialog. And Ben Foster did not come close to "stealing the movie". He was trying to hard I think. Crowe and Bale are the bee's knees.
Sept. 20, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST
The best western ever made. Period. Too bad the films will NEVER happen.
Sept. 20, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST
The next best western ever made. Period.
Sept. 21, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST
bwahahahahahahaha! This has to be a joke!
Oct. 20, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST
i haven't seen one better but I'm pretty excited about No Country for Old Men
June 30, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
to say the least, but it still dragged for me. There was some great scenes (like when Jesse and Charlie are alone or when Robert wants to get the gun on the table in the middle of the night), but it was just a tad too long for me.<p>Still, worth a look for sure. I definitely preferred 3:10 to Yuma.