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Tombstone technical …

13 Apr

Camera problems again. Lost about 1/3 of my pics. Then my camera went deader than mainstreet in a rainstorm – though it had been charging up for a whole day. ?? Fortunately Rose saved the day by taking plenty of shots. Unfortunately, we brought no device to get them off her camera …

Also, can’t access any of my email … ?

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So … will have to wait till I get home to do anything.

Drat. Sorry.

Arizona Holiday 2015 … Day 1

11 Apr

Busy Friday: up at 6 a.m., catch plane to Seattle, connect to Phoenix (the flying was smooth) rent a car, drive through Tucson down to Sierra Vista,
arriving at 6:30 p.m.

going to phoenix 2015

Selfie Realized

Eat, tour around a bit, go to bed.

Tomorrow: Going to Tombstone

Flames make it !

9 Apr

Missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs 6 years in a row (longer than a California drought) and after being picked to do the same thing again – the Calgary Flames beat (and eliminated) the Stanley Cup Champions, Los Angeles Kings – to claim one of the last Playoff spots – with only one game left in the their NHL season. Amazing stuff.

Flames make it

Johnny Gaudreau (from Boston College) (above left) will undoubtedly win National Hockey League Rookie of the Year – celebrating with linemate Sean Monahan.

The Glory of War …

6 Apr

the sword

my dugout

the hole

Fragments of France

On the Horizon …

24 Mar

I haven’t posted anything in about a week so some folks think I’m not doing anything. Wrong!

I’m actually doing too much – spreading myself a bit thin.

Here’s what I’m working on:


The Wild Bunch:
Casting Robert Ryan

RYAN Wild Bunch Cast

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Steeds of Renown

Profiles of Western Stars and their wondrous mounts


Dale Evans and Buttermilk

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Richard Farnsworth
and the Stuntman’s Association

Richard Farnsworth


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Black Cowboy:
The Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers

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and much more …

Hang in there.




Bi-Monthly Rant … Charisma and Star Power

3 Mar

Yeeee Hawww !!

William S. Hart

About Charisma and Star Power …

Sumpthin’ that Cindy (Cindy Bruchman ( said got me thinking (and around here thinking is like loco weed – it can send your charging off across the desert – in any direction – looking for the nearest waterhole)

john wayne

Charisma … It’s cruel really.
Can’t invent it .. Can’t bottle it.
It’s like gold.
It’s either there .. or it ain’t.
And it don’t care how talented you are .. how smart you are … or how much experience you’ve got …
It don’t even care if you can act.
Nor if you’re a nice guy … or a jerk.
It’s a gift … sorta … from God. Bestowed upon a chosen few.

young john wayne

In the old days of movie making they used to do what you call ‘Screen Tests’.
(Not sure if they still do or not?)
The purpose of Screen Testing was not to see if you could act (or not) – as most actors thought (or hoped).
It was to see if you ‘had it’: The magic. Charisma.
And all the acting lessons in God’s creation wouldn’t get you a job if the guys in the seats couldn’t see that indefinable magic …

alan ladd shane

Many actors of the 50’s balked at the Star System – the control and power of the old Studios. That’s understandable. BUT … these studios also ensured – to a good degree – that quality people and product got on the screen. Compare the staple and stable of Stardom that we have today with those of yesteryear. Not many Stars of the modern era could stand in that group. Because the Studios also screened – to a degree – the quality of Character, etc. Class … had it’s place. But they also developed, discovered and trained talent – Dance, Song, Stage, Acting … etc. Everything.

james stewart

Today … there’s exceptions of course – like Tom Hanks and uh … uh … I’ll get back to you.

jack palance shane

Yet recently I heard a film critic say that Star Power is less important than it used to be.
That could be true considering some of the crud that crossed my screen recently – which is making money – and some of the people in it.

burt and coop

OK .. I’m going to cut it off here. My thinking is turning into a rant … and a posse is forming.


One Note: If you don’t have Charisma, don’t sweat it. It doesn’t mean that your worthless, evil, useless, bad, or anything like that …

It just means nobody (but your Mom) is gonna watchya.

gary cooper

coop and burro

Unforgiven/Yurusarezaru mono (2013) and Unforgiven (1992)

14 Feb

Originally posted on Tim Neath - Visual Artist:

Unforgiven:Yurusarezaru mono (2013)I’ve been waiting to catch the Japanese remake of Unforgiven (1992), wondering how it would compare, which I can’t help but do. On the face of it these two films are the same in terms of the basic plot, the three men who ride into avenge a prostitute has been attacked. There is however more added depth to Unforgiven/Yurusarezaru mono (2013)  with the added strand of their countries civil war between the now samurai and Shoshon in the 1860’s, which mirrors the American civil, I don’t remember that in Eastwoodwestern at all. (However I haven’t seen it in 4 years) which gives the characters more of a back-story, not just gunfighters who left a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Much the same goes for the two elder men Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe) and Kingo Baba (Akira Emoto) who start out on…

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