THE KID / 2019

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The Kid / 2019

An Outlaw. A Lawman. A Boy Caught In The Crossfire.

It only matters the story they tell when you’re gone.

All you have to do is say “The Kid” and everybody knows who you’re talking about.
That’s Fame. Or Infamy.
A Legend any way you look at it.

In theatres March 8 – Limited Distribution

Locations: Check Facebook
I’ll be looking for it to show up on Netflix, Crave, ??? somewhere.

Ethan Hawke gets Top Bill.

Dane DeHaan (The Kid) gets second Bill.

Jake Schur is” introduced”.

Last I heard there were over 20 movies depicting Billy the Kid. Of various quality.
Some Classic. But most end up in Boot Hill.
So among the 20 new Westerns that I posted recently,
The Kid is one of the most interesting. 

(Anything with Billy the Kid gets our attention)

It’s always interesting to see if they stick to actual events and history – or depart wildly.
Some folks don’t like it if Historical events aren’t closely followed.
I say: Is it a good Western – or not?

Rotten Tomatoes Audiences liked it. 
Critics not so much.

IMDB says it’s Watchable.

Obviously a huge factor in KID movies is who plays The KID?

Dane DeHaan
Does he have the Star Power to pull if off?
We’ll see.

The Kid centers the plot / storyline around Rio – played by young Jake Schur (his first movie!?)
and the events being seen through his eyes …

… and how he is influenced by Billy or Pat Garrett.
That’s the angle. 

Director / Actor Vincent D’Onofrio.

Vincent D’Onofrio has massive credentials as a TV / Film Actor going all the way back to 1983.
Over 30 years. Also Produces and sings.
He’s paid his dues.

Chris Pratt plays a bad guy. He’s almost unrecognizable with that huge beard.

IMDB Trivia:

  • Dane Dehaan was 31 years old during filming ( 32, upon release ) while the real Billy the Kid was shot and killed at 21 years of age. (Though I still wonder if the Kid didn’t get away.)
  • Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio all previously starred together in another western, The Magnificent Seven (2017).
    Pratt and D’Onofrio also starred in Jurassic World.

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  • Vincent D’Onofrio and Adam Baldwin both starred in Full Metal Jacket, though they shared no scenes together in that film.
  • Dane DeHaan and Ethan Hawke both starred in the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).

I’m eager to see what they come up with.

In a Valley of Violence … 2016

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In a Valley of Violence

“Keep your finger on the trigger.”

Are Westerns making a comeback? Is Boothill about to be repopulated?
Recent trends – The Revenant, The Magnificent Seven (2016) – and now In a Valley of Violence receiving some good reviews – seem to say so.
Plus some top line actors – Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington,
Ethan Hawke … taking part.
We can hope there will be an upswing in interest and involvement. in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-barin-the-valley-of-violence-poster-1in-the-valley-of-violence-poster-2in-the-valley-of-violence-pistol-bar



94%“?, “95%” Really!? REALLY?? What is this? Ben Hur?


Anyway … yeah. It’s probably OK.



The Bill

Billing will always remain an eternal mystery to me. John Travolta, the major villain in the movie, and judging from the Trailer and the Second Poster, obviously has a large and important role – he is a major draw for the film. So you’d expect him to be Billed almost equal to Ethan Hawke. YET, he’s Billed 5th!!! on the Screen Credits above and on one of the 2 posters – behind Taissa Farmiga (whom I could not even find a decent image of), James Ransone (who?), and Karen Gillan (hardly and household name). Has Travolta become box office poison or something? I wouldn’t say so … *shrug*.

Oh, I notice on the second poster they’ve bumped John up. Good.










Ethan Hawke‘s other recent Western: