Category: Western

Hugo Fregonese Movie Essay - Black Tuesday Film

Vagabond Noirs and Tramp Westerns: The Films of Hugo Fregonese at Il Cinema Ritrovato

“Hugo Fregonese is a director ripe for rediscovery.”

1883 Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Paramount+ Series

Know the Cast: ‘1883’

‘1883’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Yellowstone’ prequel series on Paramount+.

The Power of the Dog Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Movie

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘The Power of the Dog’

‘The Power of the Dog’ Soundtrack: A Vague Visages guide for every featured song in Jane Campion’s 2021 Netflix movie.

The Power of the Dog Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

Know the Cast: ‘The Power of the Dog’

‘The Power of the Dog’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Jane Campion’s 2021 Netflix movie.

The Power of the Dog Review - 2021 Jane Campion Netflix Movie

Review: Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’

“It is surely a disservice to reduce Campion’s filmography to a study in gender, despite the longstanding focus of so much scholarship.”

The Harder They Fall Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Movie

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘The Harder They Fall’

‘The Harder They Fall’ Soundtrack: A Vague Visages guide for every featured song in Jeymes Samuel’s 2021 Netflix movie.

The Harder They Fall Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

Know the Cast: ‘The Harder They Fall’

‘The Harder They Fall’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Jeymes Samuel’s 2021 Netflix movie.

Cry Macho 2021 Movie - Film Review

Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’

“While ‘Cry Macho’ succeeds with the set-up character scenes, it fails with its overall execution.”

Cry Macho Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the 2021 Movie

Know the Cast: ‘Cry Macho’

‘Cry Macho’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Clint Eastwood’s 2021 movie.

Massacre Time Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 1966 Spaghetti Western Movie

Know the Cast: ‘Massacre Time’

‘Massacre Time’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Lucio Fulci’s 1966 movie.

Monte Hellman - Wikipedia

Monte Hellman: A Master of the Language of Cinema

Author Joseph B. Atkins on Filmmaker Monte Hellman’s Life and Career

Da 5 Bloods Movie Film

Black Gold: Cinema, Wealth and Blackness

Brian Brems on ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and ‘Trespass’

First Cow Movie Review - 2019 Kelly Reichardt Film

Berlinale 2020 Review: Kelly Reichardt’s ‘First Cow’

“Reichardt’s story has the mythic quality of a fable, but refrains from moralising or casting judgement on the misdeeds and mistakes of its characters.”

The Great Silence Movie Essay - 1968 Sergio Corbucci Film

The Beautiful Brutality of Sergio Corbucci’s ‘The Great Silence’

“‘The Great Silence’ is miles away from the graceful, operatic majesty of Leone’s more famous entries. Corbucci’s cynical vision is fashioned from a style that is brutal and spontaneous…”

Western Movie Essay - Little Big Man

The Western Enters the 70s – Part 4: The Iconoclast’s Dilemma

“Faced with the death of its utopian hopes, the remnants of America’s counterculture split into two tendencies: the pastoral and the criminal. Its despondency was turned inwards and outwards; one side sought to build alternative structures in line with a higher authority, while the other strove to rearrange the wreckage of the existing order.”

Django Unchained Movie Essay - 2012 Quentin Tarantino Film

Once Upon a Time in Tarantinoland: ‘Django Unchained’ Is Mature and Packed with Postmodern Trademarks

“‘Django Unchained’ is packed with Tarantino’s postmodern trademarks, but it also has the added value of actually addressing some serious issues.”

Western Movie Essay - The Hired Hand

The Western Enters the 70s – Part 2: Kicking Down the Doors

“With the Acid Western, the genre had once again proven itself capable of assimilating new grievances and anxieties.”

Western Movie Essay - The Ballad of Cable Hogue

The Western Enters the 70s – Part 1: Sam Peckinpah’s Lonely Cowboy

“With his concern for the outsider, and his reorienting of the West’s perception in the American mind, Peckinpah helped to birth the Acid Western.”

Little Woods Movie Review - 2018 Nia DaCosta Film

In an Excellent Debut, Writer-Director Nia DaCosta Explores ‘Little Woods’

“Sexism and toxic masculinity are not unusual in this genre, but DaCosta’s emphasis on sisterhood and the presentation of a female point of view turn ‘Little Woods’ into a fresh, must-see cinematic experience.”

El Topo Movie Essay - 1970 Alejandro Jodorowsky Film

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘El Topo’

“Jodorowsky’s film is a potpourri of consecrated iconography and symbolism, providing ‘El Topo’ a breadth of sacred resonance and no doubt augmenting its potential for provocation and interpretation.”