Tag: Western

Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS (***)

By John H. Foote The Coen Brothers are without question national treasures to the cinema. Since their explosion into the art form with Blood Simple (1987), they have dazzled audiences and critics with their wildly quirky and original works. Even their weaker films and there are few of these, are much more interesting than what…

Revisiting DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

By John H. Foote Dances with Wolves (1990) (****) The American western had been all but dead when the superb mini-series Lonesome Dove was broadcast on network television in 1988. Based on Larry McMurtry’s sprawling cattle drive novel, the film was made with major actors such as Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, each in…

OSCAR RETRO: OPEN RANGE (2003) (****)

By John H. Foote SNUBBED ENTIRELY, BUT MASTERFUL NONETHELESS… Kevin Costner won an Academy Award for Best Director for his western epic Dances with Wolves (1990), which won six other Oscars including Best Picture, and saw the likable star nominated for Best Actor. This was very near the beginning of his career, when his baseball…