Musings From Us Entries For Western

The following are the various articles that have been filed and posted under the category of DVD, Videos & Movies / Western that can be found here at Musings From Us, for your enjoyment.

Rango (2011) What Can One Lost Lizard Do?

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Rango-DVD-Cover-FrontA fantastic and fanciful tale, written by John Logan and directed by Gore Verbinski, of a once pet lizard that gets abandoned and lost in the desert. It truly is a film to keep on your shelf to see time and time again with all its inside jokes and wild action it is a film for everyone from children to adults. All who see this film, even if they don’t like it which is highly unlikely, will find something to smile about in this film. It is full of cautionary takes and common sense wisdom and presented in a way that makes you realize just what the film is telling you about the society that we and Rango live in.

Tin Man (TV mini-series) The Sci-Fi Channel

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Tin-Man-Blu-ray-CoverBack when The Sci-fi Channel was still showing the mainstays of its content of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, before the ECW and reality shows kicked in, we were treated to all kinds of great mini-series, and if you missed this one in 2007, go pick it up now! This is a twist on a classic, but also a kind of sequel to Frank L. Baum tales of Oz. To all those kids growing up during the 60s and 70s, you most likely felt pretty special when you got to see the annual viewing of the 1937 classic, The Wizard of Oz, when it aired on CBS. There was even an alternate version featuring an all-African-American cast, including a teen Micheal Jackson, The Wiz. These might have prepared you for the new sexy musical about the witches of Oz, Wicked, if you have been lucky enough to see this stage production, but Tin Man just about blows these away.

Cowboys & Aliens

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Back in the 1960s, there was an episode of Doctor Who that created in an attempt to mix the sci-fi and Western genres together. It was a failure, but they took it to the air anyway. Over the decades, the writing of one of the best BBC sci-fi shows has gotten drastically better. The cross-genre theme works very well in books, as there have been many of these sold in the last few decades. There have also been attempts but low-budget studios to mix the genres together, but these movies tended to get very little press and they were forgotten and set on old VHS tapes in the rental section of C-stores and small video tape rental outlets, unless someone looking for something unusual wanted to take a chance on it. There have been a few successful, steampunk-based movies that use this forumlae, like Wild, Wild West. So here, we have another attempt to bring these together in a movie that uses a title with variation on a cliche’ phrase, and there the movie becomes a cliche’. While this movie has some big names in the cast, production, and direction, it seems the movie itself has no direction, and no logic to it.

Maverick: In their hands, a deck of cards was the only thing more dangerous than a gun.

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This is the tale of Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson), a charming gambling man who can hustle cards with the best of them, on land or sea, or in this case, the river. We find Bret in a very strange predicament. He is backwards on his horse in the desert with a noose around his neck, reflecting on how he got there. A few days before, he was on the hunt for the cash owed to him by a few friends on his way to a $25,000 entry fee, winner takes all poker tournament that is starting in St. Louis within the week. He runs into a nasty hombre, Angel (Alfred Molina), and his goons, but this would not be their only meeting. Bret goes to the bank to get the money owed him from the manager, Eugene. The bank is closed, so he goes to the saloon. There he joins a poker game in progress. The players are Angel, Southern Belle Mrs. Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), Johnny Hardin (Max Perlich), and and few others. The players are not too trusting of Bret, so to make the game fair, he promises to lose for an hour. They all agree, and when the hour is up, Bret is on fire, and soon gets accused of cheating by Angel. Bret explains to everyone that he was learning their tells and signals during that losing hour. Angel is livid, and means to teach Bret a lesson. When they get outside, four other men accost them, and say that they have to give Bret a beat-down first. What Angel does not know is that Bret had a feeling he would be running into Angel again, so he set up this act to save his own butt. It cost him $100, but it was worth it, except that his good shirt has been soiled.