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…

MUSIC FOR THE ACR – FUNDRAISER FOR ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAIN

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) has announced a major fundraising event toward re-starting passenger rail service on the Algoma Central Railway. On April 6th, celebrated Canadian folksinger Ian Tamblyn will perform at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Money raised will support efforts by Missanabie Cree First Nation…

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,…

WESTERN VIDEO GAME FLASHBACK – OUTLAWS (1997)

In the year of the coming Red Dead Redemption 2, it is worth flashing back to a major touchstone in the Western video game genre, one marking its 20th anniversary, LucasArts’ Outlaws (1997). Released for PC (personal computer) platform, Outlaws is a “first-person shooter” in which players experience the game thru the eyes of the…