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Sweetwater 2013 … All that glitters …

9 Oct

Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

SWEETWATER posters

In Hollywood they say “the only bad actor is one who isn’t working.”

And when somebody new takes the stage, you can bet somebody else just got shoved out the door.
Your Star can fall fast … and hard.
And we’ve seen many fine actors, who have done some excellent work in their careers, just disappear.
Or end up involved in some dubious projects.
But you gotta work.

(and they still probably make a lot more money than we do)

Now .. I’m not saying that Sweetwater or (Sweet Vengeance or Sherif Jackson) is bad movie – I haven’t seen it.
But when they can’t even make up their mind what to call it …
They spelled Sheriff incorrectly too. Unless you’re an Arab.

Nor have I seen any reviews. (Though I put very little stock in a lot of reviews)

On the surface, Sweetwater (?) appears to be yet another one of those vacuous stylized things that have been coming out in recent times …
Tarantino Clones, I call ‘em.

I like style … if there’s half an ounce of substance to go along with it.
But if it’s just and excuse for mindless, incessant, sadistic gore and bloodshed …

And when I leave the theatre I also like to feel that something has been added to me – not taken away.
Mainly my humanity.
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So … Ed Harris.

MFW HENRY SILVA COREL MASTER
Love most of his stuff.  He has justly won awards and been nominated many times.
And was very good in another Western called Appaloosa (2008) (with Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and Jeremy Irons) …
His role in Sweetwater seems reminiscent of Marlon Brando’s role in Missouri Breaks – as some kind of eccentric bounty hunter … Marshall … or ?

Fact is, if Ed Harris wasn’t in this movie, it might not even be worth noticing.
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Just found this Review:

Review: Sweetwater (Sundance 2013)

Jan. 28, 2013by: Chris Bumbray
PLOT: In late 1800’s New Mexico, a young bride’s husband is murdered by a fanatical religious leader. She cuts a swath of vengeance across the territory.

REVIEW: Well, they can’t all be winners, can they? Even a great festival like Sundance is not immune from a flop or two, especially late in the festival. Last year, it was probably LAY THE FAVORITE, while this year, that questionable “honor” goes to SWEETWATER.

Usually a good, pulpy revenge tale set in the Old West would be right up my alley, but right from the get go it’s obvious Logan and Noah Miller, the writers and directors of the film, are way out of their depth. The story is old hat, having been likely lifted from an old Raquel Welch western called HANNIE CAULDER, with a little KILL BILL thrown in for good measure. The west, which should be a character of it’s own, has never been filmed so haphazardly, not even in the dozens of TV westerns my Dad used to grow up watching on TV. Compared to this, BONANZA is like UNFORGIVEN.

Matters aren’t helped much by the cast. January Jones is a stunningly attractive woman. No one can argue that. But as an actress? I don’t want to be mean, but this performance isn’t only wooden, it’s downright petrified. Jones is wonderful on MAD MEN, but she doesn’t at all suit the part of a tough-as-nails former old west prostitute turned dirt farmer, with nary a hair out of place throughout. And despite the fact that in the first half-hour of the film, she loses a husband, a baby, and gets raped, her expression never goes beyond a pout. She does get topless later though- so there’s that.

As if to make up for Jones’ lack of enthusiasm, Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs go way, way, WAY over the top as respectively, a wacky sheriff, and the fanatical Mormon villain. Harris seems to be having fun howling at the moon like a wolf, and pirouetting and dancing around the desert, while trying to solve a double murder (with the Miller Bros., giving themselves a cameo). Isaacs plays your typical, wide-eyed, maniacal preacher, with a haircut and facial hair that makes him look like Gary Oldman‘s Dracula. He’s absolutely ridiculous, but then again- I guess that suits the film.

Despite only running ninety minutes, SWEETWATER feels absolutely endless. Once the pulpy payback scenes kick in towards the end, even the most patient audience members will be way beyond caring, and eager for the credits to roll so they can bolt for the exit. Truly, SWEETWATER is one of the very worst films I’ve ever seen at a film festival- comparable to something like PASSION PLAY. Inevitably, given the cast- this will come out, but trust me, this is absolutely atrocious.

JoBlo.com

 – See more at: http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/review-sweetwater-sundance-2013#sthash.iRWVcdqY.dpuf

The Missouri Breaks – The Cast

12 Jan

The Missouri Breaks / Directed By Arthur Penn

The Cast:

The Missouri Breaks opening

The Missouri Breaks – Montana Territory

The Missouri Breaks - Nickolson

The Missouri Breaks – Jack Nicholson

“Regulator? Ain’t that like a dry gulcher?” 

The Missouri Breaks - Brando

The Missouri Breaks – Marlon Brando

“Well, that’s not the softest term you could use, I’d say.” 

The Missouri Breaks - Kathleen Lloyd 2

The Missouri Breaks – Kathleen Lloyd

“Why don’t we just take a walk and we’ll just talk about the Wild West and how to get the hell out of it!”

The Missouri Breaks - Randy Quaid

The Missouri Breaks – Randy Quaid

“Damn, I don’t know why they had to put Canada all the way up here.”

The Missouri Breaks - Harry Dean Stanton

The Missouri Breaks – Harry Dean Stanton

“The closer you get to Canada, the more things’ll eat your horse.”

The Missouri Breaks … Love ‘em or hate ‘em

11 Jan

The Missouri Breaks (1976)

The Missouri Breaks opening

Not one My Favorite Westerns. But … it has Brando and Nicholson / Star Power.

Frankly, it seems there are damn few movies of any type that are worth watching if they don’t have Stars in them. I hate to say that because you’d like to think otherwise. There are plenty of exceptions I’m sure, but in general – as far as Hollywood is concerned, this is pretty well a Rule. Maybe Rule #1. Certainly Director Sydney Pollock believed that. Which is why he made 7 movies starring Robert Redford. He knew that even if the movie was lousy or critically trashed that Redford would still put it over the top. And he did.

Don’t get me wrong – plenty of people like The Missouri Breaks and some consider it a great movie – even a great Western. It’s certainly worth at least one look just to see what Brando and Nicholson are up to. And they’re up to quite a bit.

Reviews/Ratings:

- Rotton Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/missouri_breaks/
Critics Score: 83% – Viewers Score: 58%

- DVD Savanthttp://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s1762miss.html
Movie: Very Good: “Even with its stellar teaming of Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson, The Missouri Breaks was a big-bust movie in 1976 … Almost 30 years later, The Missouri Breaks plays a lot better … That ending is still a head-scratcher but most of the rest of the movie is a Western lover’s delight, with excellent and often hilarious dialogue between sad sack horse thief Nicholson and his pack of misfit rustlers. If anyone lets the film down, it’s Brando … “

- Internet Movie Database (IMDB): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074906/?licb=0.3835491400677711
Viewers Rating: 6.5

- Turner Classic Movies (TCM)http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/28064%7C0/The-Missouri-Breaks.html
User Reviews: 4 out of 5
“The Missouri Breaks (1976) is not your usual Western. In fact, it’s not your usual anything. The words most commonly used in reviews at the time of its release were “bizarre” and “odd” and it must have equally confused audiences expecting something quite different from the inspired teaming of Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. But seen today, the film’s peculiar mixture of Western cliches, black comedy, quirky romance and revenge drama makes for a decidedly offbeat entertainment.”

Not a screen shot: Nicholson, Katherine Lloyd, Harry Dean Stanton, Brando

2 pics from http://www.anothermag.com/reader/view/4791/Acid_Westerns_Day

Brando and his Creedmore Rifle

Brando’s Western Trilogy …

8 Jan

Westerns aren’t likely the first films that rise to mind when we mention
Marlon Brando.
Yet he made 3 pretty good ones:

One Eyed Jacks 1961

Brando

One Eyed Jacks

Malden and Brando

brando 2

One Eyed Jacks – Brando

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The Appaloosa (1966)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Oglpgqb52Q

The Appaloosa

The Appaloosa

The Appaloosa

Saxon – Brando
Scorpions for breakfast

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Missouri Breaks 1976

the missoui breaks poster

The Missouri Breaks

The Missouri BreaksThe Missouri Breaks – Jack Nicholson

Almost ‘Break’ing …

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