BRAD PITT’S JESSE JAMES ADDED TO HBO STREAMS

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, is now available on the HBO Go and HBO Now streaming services. Directed by Andrew Dominik and based upon a 1983 novel of the same name, the film is a meditative work on fame and friendship, set in…

WEEKEND RAILROADERS – DOCUMENTARY FILM ON SPEEDERS

One interesting film made about railroad speeder culture is Weekend Railroaders, released in 2013 on Blu-Ray and DVD. A speeder, sometimes called a railway motor car, is a motorized rail vehicle that was used by railroads to inspect track and move work crews between locations. While not fast in comparison to a regular train, the…

THE LEGEND OF BUTCH & SUNDANCE – THE TV MOVIE

The Legend of Butch & Sundance (2006) is a curious movie. Filmed in 2003 and intended for a 2004 release as a TV movie on NBC, it did not air until two years after that. Conceived as a TV pilot for a series that did not materialize, this 89-minute family-friendly Western features some interesting performances,…

NEO-WESTERN HELL OR HIGH WATER GARNERS HIGH PRAISE

Reviews for Hell or High Water (2016), a “neo-Western” starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster, are emerging as very positive. Neo-Western is a form of the genre in which a film set in the contemporary West echoes behaviors and ideas typically associated with Westerns taking place in the Old West (1865-1890) era. Set in the…

LAST CHANCE ON NETFLIX TO RIDE WITH BUTCH AND SUNDANCE

Netflix, which periodically streamlines its back catalog, is set to remove the iconic film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) from its viewing list. Access to that celebrated Western will end on July 1st. Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winning four, the George Roy Hill-directed film saw the first pairing of Paul Newman…

NATIONAL PARKS IMAX 3D FILM IN DENVER

National Parks Adventure (2016), an IMAX film celebrating the US national park system, is currently showing in 3D format in Denver. Narrated by Robert Redford, the documentary highlights both current national parks (including those of the American West) and the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, first created August 25, 1916. The film can…

THE REVENANT TO BE RELEASED ON DVD & BLU-RAY APRIL 19

The Revenant (2015), the mountain man Western that led Leonardo DiCaprio to his first Best Actor Oscar, will be released on DVD & Blu-ray this April 19th. Set in 1823, DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a real-life trapper and explorer left for dead by two companions after being mauled by a massive grizzly bear. Surviving, Glass…