It’s hard to have a Fair Hanging when you weren’t at the trial.
Damsel is on the loose -released June 22. But not showing around here!? Seems to have limited distribution. And as of yet I haven’t been able to get hold of it.
My gut feeling is that this will be and entertaining if not traditional Western.
Most reviews say Damsel is fun – and good. Though IMDB’s Review is lukewarm at 5.6 out of ten.
Rotten Tomatoes and viewers love it.
But, like I’ve said, if you’re going to go by Movie Reviews to decide what you’re going to watch, you’re likely going to see a lot of crap – and miss some good stuff.
Use your gut.
Every year a fistful of new Westerns try to sneak past me. Some succeed. Some are so bad they outta gallop past me at high speed. Yet there’s others that don’t get a fair hanging. And to Western Fans – like me – I figure they’re worth a watch.
The problem is not that we aren’t in the Golden Age of Westerns anymore – there’s still plenty of talent and good tales to be told. And will be. It’s other things. Mainly Money. Even though Westerns are usually fairly inexpensive to make (as Movie go) they still need to bring in some decent loot. It’s business. Art – as I’ve said – is not at the top of the list. Also, most movies these days are pre-screened (likely to audiences that are not Western fans) And if they figure the movie is not going to make good money (even if a good Movie/Western) they won’t distribute it to the theatres. It will then likely go directly to Video/DVD – or some other place like Netflix (if we’re lucky). But in a lot of instances they can become almost invisible right away – hard to find – and hard to get – even if you do know about them. Whether they deserve such treatment or not (in some instances they do). But in other instances we might well be missing a decent Western that you could rightly enjoy. Because like you, I often don’t agree with the Critics – or the general masses.
Six New Westerns
Which brings to what I’ve been leading up to: Six new Westerns that I’ve discovered which are upcoming or relatively new – that you probably don’t know about. So I’m gonna preview each one individually in next few days.
Here they are:
Yep you’re reading it right:
Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Should be interesting.
This looks pretty good.
We’ll have to see …
Of the Horror Western genre.
Not my thing, but doesn’t appear to take itself too seriously.