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Peckinpah & Altman: Mavericks

Another installment in the Film Directors series.

Sam Peckinpah and Robert Altman cut their directing teeth in television after serving in World War II.  Besides being directors, they were writers, who understood injecting subtext into their film projects.  1,235 more words


A Wild Bunch...

Wow…the third time that I’m having a chat about William Holden. But the weird thing is that I’ve only ever seen him in westerns (I’ll try change that for next year’s Blogathon). 495 more words


Straw Dogs (1971)

Directed by Sam Peckinpah

When I finally got the DVD for Straw Dogs, it came with a large watermark that said, in all caps, “BANNED IN THE UK.”  This is a violent movie that is likely only this well-known over 40 years later because of that violence, as the marketing reflects.  1,611 more words

TTYA - The Wild Bunch (1969)

What a wild bunch a fellas these boys are! Yee haw, I’m a cowboy! This is not at all an accurate representation of the tone of this film, boy howdy! 451 more words

Film Review

Uncontrollable (The Wild Bunch, 1969)

Pike Bishop and his gang are hoping to retire.  They plan a last big score, but are betrayed by ex-partner Deke Thorton.  The last remaining survivors of the gang make the run to Mexico. 154 more words


The Wild Bunch

Some movies come along and deconstruct a genre so thoroughly that their mission statement might as well be: Things are gonna change around here. Such is the case with The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah’s masterpiece of cinematic bloodletting that laid the headstone on a generation of family-friendly cowboy movies, disabused the audience of its own myths about why the Wild West was so named, and redrew the boundaries on what levels of violence would be acceptable in Hollywood filmmaking. 945 more words


A Decade of Western Films: The 1960s

The 1960s was the last decade of significance for the Western film genre. Sure, there have been Westerns since then but the game changed forever. To understand the change and to appreciate how the Western changed, let’s look at one film from each year of the decade. 1,232 more words