Shotgun – 1955, Sterling Hayden, Yvonne de Carlo
There’s this marshall who gets shot (with a shotgun) by this guy he put in jail, and Sterling Hayden goes after to avenge him-slash-bring back the murderer. Yvonne de Carlo turns up somehow in the middle of this and attaches herself rather firmly to Hayden. Turns out the bad guy was also supplying guns to a band of surprisingly neutral and sympathetically-portrayed Apache. On the other hand, they also kidnap de Carlo, which means Hayden has to get her back, which means SHOTGUN DUEL ON HORSEBACK.
Hayden was quite good in this. de Carlo was…miscast. In fact, I think the problem was that she either completely couldn’t act the part or just wasn’t bothering to. The random gunslinger guy who gets nailed to a tree by the Apache was quite good but not enough so for me to look up his name on imdb. Robert Wilke, however, has a small part and adds his sneers to the movie with great effect.
Macbeth – 2015, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Basically unwatchable. This movie is everything I dislike about modern cinema: pompous camera work, pompously whispery and yet over-emotive acting, and a grungy, dingy, dim color scheme. Oh, and David Thewlis.
Coroner Creek – 1948, Randolph Scott, George Macready
On the other hand, this one is both slightly too Technicolor, and slightly too nice to be the gritty revenge picture it could have been.
Doctor Mordrid – 1992, Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar
It’s a Doctor Strange-with-the-serial-numbers-filed-off movie adaptation. And it was made in the early ’90s. And it has a very low budget. And with B-minus level actors I’ve never heard of. And the effects are cheap and dated. And the script is about as thin as, well, something very thin. And…
…it’s got an ineffably cheesy charm all of its own that really must be seen to be appreciated.
Overboard – 1987, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn
The Mother of Skaith liked it. And for an ’80s romantic comedy starring Kurt Russell as a carpenter father of three who takes advantage of an amnesiac heiress who cheated him out of a lot of money by convincing her that she is his wife in order to exploit her for cheap household labor while her husband jets off on their yacht with a bevy of supermodels, it’s probably the best of the genre.
Top Gun – 1955, Sterling Hayden,
Hayden is Rick Martin, a not-exactly outlaw who is not exactly welcome when he rides back into his long-gone home town. In fact, they have a spot reserved for him on Boot Hill. Right next to his mother’s grave, and across from the men he, well, let’s go with “shot”, since he’s the actual hero and it was actually a fair fight. Rick, fortunately, is not here on personal business. He’s here to warn the Sheriff that Quentin’s gang is on its way, and they intend to paint the town red, and then burn it down with extreme violence. Problem: the town doesn’t want his help, his ex-fiancee is ex because she’s getting married to one of those oily suit-wearing Big Rancher guys, and his Ma didn’t die of sickness: she was shot in the back. What’s a man to do….
….except what he’s gotta do?
4/5, it’s totally cliche and totally played straight.