the good, the bad and the ugly
Recent content on Elsewhere by Graham Reid tagged as the good, the bad and the ugly.
Recently the Kevin Costner movie Dragonfly from 2002 turned up on
television. You'd probably never heard of it. I hadn't.
It's hard to believe that after Dances with Wolves of 1990 and the
inexplicably popular The Bodyguard of just two years later that it could all go
downhill so fast for Costner.
Just three years after getting...
The reputation of the epic Western has been somewhat tarnished in recent
years, but the tradition of outsiders and the
lawless world they inhabited is an honourable one.
However, by the mid-Sixties, with
the rise of the anti-hero and a more gritty kind of cinema, it took the Italian
director Sergio Leone to re-invent the tired genre....
For those of us who are pay-per-view civilians, television is a kaleidoscope portal from the present (the Oscars, downtown Baghdad on a bad day) to the past (the History Channel), and sometimes into an imagined future (although heaven forbid it should be as po-faced as Stargate SG-1).
The time-shift possibilities can be fun, but they are a...
Anyone looking for an insight into the modern American military in combat need not go past Evan Wright's exceptional Generation Kill. Gung-ho marines raised on video games, hyped up on caffeine, pounding hip-hop and testosterone roll into Iraq in the first days of the 2003 war to clear a path, be a diversion and kill the enermy. They are there...
For those who consider the Western as an art form there will always be debate on which films should be counted among the greatest in the genre: down to personal taste and protracted argument would be 3.10 To Yuma (1957, Van Heflin vs Glenn Ford in a story by Elmore Leonard); Posse ('75 Kirk Douglas vs Bruce Dern); The Gunfighter ('50, Gregory...
Although his star as one of the great historical novelists of lives played out on the American frontiers (the West, that world between the lawless old and increasingly modernity) has been eclipsed by the darker works of Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses), the great Larry McMurtry has written some remarkable...