Tag: American Frontier

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The Wind [2019] Review: A Menacing Portrait of Isolation

A folkloric tale of madness, paranoia & things that go bump in the night, The Wind is an exquisitely photographed & thoroughly unnerving atmospheric horror that makes terrific use of its desolate…

My Darling Clementine [1946]: An Iconic Western Lore

Masculinity is so neat and smart in the old Hollywood movies, especially the ones set in the American frontier. While what we saw was a convincingly realistic version, it’s actually made by…

The Revenant [2015]: A Beautiful & Bloodcurdling Visceral Cinema

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ravishingly wild, survival movie “The Revenant” (2015) opens with a shot of a steadily flowing stream, whose currents are disturbed by the steps of men carrying guns. A man chooses his target and the gun sound reverberates through the forest, signaling the impending sense of doom that waits for all the frontiersmen. Arrows whiz past in & out of the frames, making contact with the human flesh; faces are bludgeoned; musket fire pulls down archers from the tree tops. Without employing the use of 3-D, these visuals just drop us in, diffusing the nauseating feeling