Calgary Stampede: 67 year old Mary Burger rips it up !!!

13 Jul

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Barrel Racing Phenom !

Oklahoma Gal, 67-year-old Mary Burger rips up the competition
at the 2016 Calgary Stampede !!

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Amazing stuff Mary!

Punta Cana Cowboys _____ The End

11 Jul

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Parting Images 

We were in Punta Cana for only one week. One week. But we took over a thousand pics (I’m sure you noticed LOL!)
Everything was interesting and magical. If you want spice up your life and appreciate this world, travel is the way to go. To me, these pictures are priceless. Many remind me of things I might otherwise have forgotten – and the feelings come flooding back.
It seems far away now. It WAS special.

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One last visit to the ocean … 

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Reality Check … 

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Farewell Punta Cana … 

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Lawless Range / 2016

8 Jul

I’d known about this movie for a while, but hadn’t posted anything on it because I wondered if it qualified as a Western. ??
It’s got horses and cowboy hats … but it also has trucks and such. Modern vehicles is pretty well where I draw my line.

You be the judge.

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Kris’s part is not large and he’s not billed high. But the size of his pic on the poster says he is the draw.

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Beau Bridges. Glad to see he’s still around.

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Kris Kristofferson Western Filmography / Part 2

7 Jul


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Kris Kristofferson Western Filmography / Part 2

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Kris Kristofferson The Tracker

The Tracker was also released as Dead or Alive

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Kris made a few TV Westerns during this period. TV Westerns are often sneered at as being low budget fare. But budget is really only one factor of several that make up a Movie/Western production. Script/Writing, Direction, Casting, Star Power, Acting, and several other factors all combine for the quality of a film.
What I’m saying that most of Kris’s Westerns in this period were really pretty good. Not Classics, but worth a watch.

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 That’s quite a few Westerns Kris

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Kris Kristofferson Western Filmography / Part 1

6 Jul


The Highwaymen / Live Forever

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Kris Kristofferson Western Filmography / Part 1

Kris’s Kristofferson’s Western film career started off with a definite Bang!! TWO HUGE BANGS to be exact. He first Starred in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973). Peckinpah was already a controversial figure – and the story surrounding the making and dismemberment of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is legendary stuff – Sam eventually walking away from the project – the movie undergoing several edits – resulting in 3 different versions.

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Kris’s second Western – Heaven’s Gate (1980) may be the most controversial movie project in Film History – bankrupting United Artist Film Studio – due to the outrageous behavior of Director Michael Cimino – equally as controversial as Peckinpah.

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The parallel between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and Heaven’s Gate is amazing: Two controversial renegade Director’s – possible both genius’s – who made two controversial Western movies – which were both dismembered by their respective Studios – ending up in multiple versions of each – but which were ultimately manifested into what many people consider as Westerns Classics. The verdict is still out on Heaven’s Gate – but Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is in solid. And Kris was in both of them. Amazing stuff.

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In 1986 Kris made two Westerns: A remake of Stagecoach and The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James. Stagecoach Starred Kris, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings. The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Starred Kris and Johnny Cash. Willie had a bit part in that one too.

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Yep … these guys eventually formed the Country Music Supergroup The Highwaymen.

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Kris has appeared in 16 Westerns so far …

Traded / 2016

4 Jul


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“Revenge is a bitter deal”

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“In the 1880s western “Traded”, a father must leave his ranch for Dodge City to save his daughter from an old enemy, putting his reputation as the fastest draw in the west to the test.”

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Michael Cimino …

2 Jul


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“If you don’t get it right, what’s the point?”

Michael Cimino

Michael Cinimo
(February 3, 1939 – July 2, 2016)

The Story of Michael Cimino and Heaven’s Gate

Just about everything that surrounded Michael Cimino was either amazing, bizarre, or crazy. So much so that if the recorded events hadn’t actually happened, nobody would believe it. And we still might not.

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Heaven’s Gate – from Wikipedia

On the basis of his track record, Cimino was given free rein by United Artists for his next film, Heaven’s Gate (1980). The film came in several times over budget. After its release, it proved to be a financial disaster that nearly bankrupted the studio. Heaven’s Gate became the lightning rod for the industry perception of the loosely controlled situation in Hollywood at that time. The film’s failure marked the end of the New Hollywood era. Transamerica Corporation sold United Artists, having lost confidence in the company and its management.

Heaven’s Gate was such a devastating critical and commercial bomb that public perception of Cimino’s work was tainted in its wake; the majority of his subsequent films achieved neither popular nor critical success. Many critics who had originally praised The Deer Hunter became far more reserved about the picture and about Cimino after Heaven’s Gate. The story of the making of the movie, and UA’s subsequent downfall, was documented in Steven Bach’s book Final Cut. Cimino’s film was somewhat rehabilitated by an unlikely source: the Z Channel, a cable pay TVchannel that at its peak in the mid-1980s served 100,000 of Los Angeles’s most influential film professionals. After the unsuccessful release of the re-edited and shortened Heaven’s Gate, Jerry Harvey, the channel’s programmer, decided to play Cimino’s original 219 minute cut on Christmas Eve 1982. The re-assembled movie received admiring reviews. The full length, director approved version, was reissued on CD by the prestigious Criterion Collection.

Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven’s Gate”. (available on YouTube in 8 parts).

Heaven’s Gate cost $44 million
Box office              $3,484,331

Due to constant revisions/edits there were/are? now at least 5 versions of Heaven’s Gate:

  1. Workprint for studio executives, early 1980 was 325-minutes long. (325 minutes is 5 hours and 41 minutes. Some mini-series aren’t this long) The average movie of this era was about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  2. Initial “Premiere” Release: 219-minutes (This is still over 3 hours long)
    • Cinema release, November 1980, aborted after 1 week
    • Shown on Z Channel cable, 1982, as “The Directors cut
    • Released on VHS and LaserDisc by MGM as “The Legendary Uncut Version
  3. Director’s Second edit: 149-minutes (About 2 hours and 5 minutes long)
    • Wide cinema release, April 1981
    • Released on DVD in France and the Netherlands
  4. Radical Cut: 219-minute[46]
    • 2005 special screening in Paris and New York
      • Reassembled by MGM with available high quality footage (using alternative footage where required)
  5. Digitally restored Directors Cut: 216 minutes
    • Restored in 2012 for the 69th Venice Film Festival, followed by a BD & DVD release.
      • Based on the initial release with the intermission removed, and slightly shortened.

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Unrealized Cimino projects

The Fountainhead
Crime and Punishment
Perfect Strangers
Untitled Porgy & Bess Project
The Life and Dreams of Frank Costello
Pearl
Conquering Horse
Footloose
The Pope of Greenwich Village
Legs Diamond Biopic
Born on the Fourth of July
Hand-Carved Coffins
The Yellow Jersey
Michael Collins

Collaborations with Raymond Carver

Full Circle
Santa Ana Wind
Paradise Junction
The Dreaming Place
Man’s Fate

The kicker? Heaven’s Gate is now considered to be a pretty good movie. Some regard it as a Classic.
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