Monday, April 27, 2015

W - Westerns

Chess Knight With W clip artI grew up in an era of Westerns - television and movies. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger, Rifleman, Hopalong Cassidy, Wagon Train, Rawhide,  Bonanza (to name a few).

Then came the "spaghetti" westerns of the mid to late 60s. I was no longer a fan, it seemed as though the story was lost in the chaos of seeing how many people could be shot and how much blood could be shown.

I was drawn back in the first time I watched "Silverado". This was a western I could watch over and over (and I have). Realistic characters and scenarios with good acting.

Seven years later "Unforgiven" came out and once again, I couldn't watch. Oh I've tried at least three times...I can't get past the opening scene. Same thing with the mini-series, "Deadwood".

The latest in westerns that I can 'almost/somewhat' watch is "Hell on Wheels".

We've come a long way since Roy Rogers and Gene Autry! Think I'll go watch "Silverado" again.

How about you?



3 comments:

  1. i miss the old westerns - we could use a new john wayne, brokeback mountain leaves me disgusted... but i totally agree - SILVERADO!! one of my all time faves could watch over and over. Cute little Kevin Costner and super dude Danny Glover and Kevin Kline has always been a fave.

    I also like Wild Wild West - more of a steampunk western, but it's got the right stuff for me!

    way to keep up with the challenge!

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  2. Oooh, I forgot Wild Wild West and I absolutely agree!!! Love it...

    Funny thing, we are friends here in Cuenca, Ecuador with the man who coined the term, steampunk, K.W. Jeter. He doesn't consider that movie steampunk even though most of the rest of the world does. LOL!

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  3. I've watched a few old westerns, and the genre as a whole is not my taste.

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