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Westerns Movie List by Bucko

Westerns Movie List by Bucko

Greatest Westerns
{by Bucko of Cowboylands}
When did you realize you wanted to review movies?
I think of myself more an ambassador for westerns than strictly a critic—one trying to rehabilitate their image of being the cranky, racist, misogynist uncle who retells the same, boring stories in a too-loud voice, laughing too long at his own jokes, and smelling a little musty. There are westerns that deserve to be panned, but every western makes a statement about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that is worthy of exploration.
All-time favorite movie:
John Ford’s 1939 Stagecoach is the alpha and omega of westerns—its themes, characters, and settings are what every western filmmaker copies, parodies, pays homage to, reacts against, experiments with.
Movie you quote a lot:
A laconic hero, when he (or she) finally does choose to speak, makes for good sound bites, especially when a writer like Elmore Leonard is the wordsmith. Randolph Scott in The Tall T is an upstanding example: “Some things a man can’t ride around.” Even if you’re too afraid of horses to ride them, you feel your backbone straighten at the words.
Movie character that reminds you of yourself:
I want to say a stalwart bucko like Scott’s Pat Brennan or John Wayne’s Ringo Kid, but I’m more like the little punk in Shane, gawking at my heroes and wanting to be just like them. And shouting at random moments: “Shaaaane! Come back!”
Movie you wish you could un-see:
William Shatner’s turn as good cowboy/bad Indian twins warring against each other in 1968’s White Comanche comes close, but even a bad western film has insights into society, cinema, and psyche—even if the insights aren’t pretty.
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Learn why Bucko curated Western Movies:A tumbleweed crosses the road, and inevitably someone whistles the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Westerns have that power—just the ching of spurs evokes the age-old struggle between good and evil. Westerns are socio-political commentary on gender and community packed in gun-totin’, wide-vista entertainment with explosions and kisses and handsome heroes standing tall, shooting straight, and getting the girl (or guy). But westerns didn’t start with John Ford and end with John Wayne. With this selection I want to share the scope and depth of the genre, from classic beginnings to today’s gritty renaissance.

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