Monday, July 22, 2019

Legends of Western Cinema Week Tag

Here are my answers to the Legends of Western Cinema Week tag



1) Do you tolerate, like, or love westerns?
I love Westerns.  Probably my favorite genre of movies.

2) What do you enjoy about them and, more broadly, the west itself (e.g. the history, accompanying paraphernalia, etc)?
Everything.  I need wide open spaces in my life, I need land untouched by mankind.  I need unpopulated vistas full of beauty and danger.  I need horses and skies full of stars.  Movie Westerns are also full of characters I relate to, most have a code of honor, there's a lot of protection of something or other going on.  I love the themes of Westerns.  Love the settings.  Westerns are just a whole package deal.


3) What's the first western you can remember watching?
I've been watching Westerns since I was a child, so no memory of a first.  There have always been Western movies in my memory.  Though I do have a strong memory of a calvary/Indian fight from an unknown movie as one of my early cinematic memories.  Lots of gunfire, arrows, falling horses...

4) Who are your favorite western stars, the ones whose presence in a western will make you pick it up off the shelf?
Kevin Costner.  William Holden.  Richard Boone.  Richard Widmark.  Arthur Kennedy.  Barbara Stanwyck.




5) What's your favorite performance by an actress in a western?
Not sure what my absolute favorite is, but I do love Felicia Farr in 3:10 to Yuma and Anne Baxter in Yellow Sky and Claire Trevor in Texas.  For a more modern performance, Annette Bening in Open Range is fabulous.


6) What is your "go-to" western, the one you'll typically reach for?
I have many go-to Westerns, depending on my mood. There isn't just one.  How can there be one?  Or even two?  There are so many flavors of Westerns!  But for a movie it would probably be one of the following:  Big Jake, Slow West, The Lone Ranger, Hour of the Gun, Cowboys & Aliens, The Frisco Kid, Salvation, Open Range, Quigley Down Under, or Cat Ballou.  Otherwise, I'm going to grab any "Have Gun Will Travel" episode or "Big Valley" episode for something short.


7) Do your family/friends share your interest in westerns, or are you a lone ranger (pun completely intended)?
My family and friends all share my interest, except for my sister.

8) Pick one western to live inside for a week, and explain why you chose it.
The Ox-Bow Incident.  I'd join Dana Andrews, make sure he gets a receipt for those darned cattle, and I'd be there armed and awake when the lynch mob shows up to make sure they don't try anything, and if they do, I will shoot first and ask questions later.

(Not on MY watch!!)
9) Share one (or several!) of your favorite quotes from a western.
"I thought you was dead."  "Not hardly." (Multiple people, Jacob McCandles (John Wayne) - Big Jake)
"Let's drift." (Silas (Michael Fassbender) - Slow West)
"I smell a water hole!" (Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) - Cat Ballou)
"I'm drunk as a skunk." (Jed (Dwayne Hickman) - Cat Ballou)
"Don't talk about snow." (Chief Gray Cloud (Val Bisoglio) - The Frisco Kid)
"I don't want to hurt you; I just want to eat you." (or "I just want to make you kosher.") (Avram (Gene Wilder) chasing a chicken - The Frisco Kid)
"You bring horses?" (Tonto (Johnny Depp) - The Lone Ranger)
"All right, let's do this." (John Reid (Armie Hammer) - The Lone Ranger)
"The horse can fly?" "Don't be stupid." (John Reid/Tonto - The Lone Ranger)
"I said I didn't have much use for one. Didn't say I didn't know how to use it." (Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) - Quigley Down Under)

And a zillion other quotes.  If I'm with the family, there are a ton from Cat Ballou and Frisco Kid that we use regularly.  If I'm with Hamlette, then Lone Ranger and Slow West take over... :-D

15 comments:

Heidi said...

Really enjoyed your answers -- thanks for sharing and joining the party! :)

Caftan Woman said...

Annette Bening in Open Range - of course!

Those quotes had me in stitches.

Eva said...

THANK you for your answer to #8. THANK YOU. You and Rachel and I alllll share that desire. (I actually wrote some fanfiction where Josh - from Wanted:Dead or Alive - happens along and stops the lynching. Becaise that ending was just wrong.)

Hamlette (Rachel) said...

So you know how we were just saying last night that probably I wouldn't find any big surprises on this list?

Dude. I had no idea you liked the Frisco Kid that much! I mean, I knew you enjoyed it, I just wouldn't have predicted it'd be one you quote a ton and so on.

I still haven't seen Yellow Sky (but it's come up on multiple lists this week, so I think I'm going to need to get it -- want to watch it together soonish, once I get my hands on it?)

Hamlette (Rachel) said...

Eva, you know that the whole Saunders-saves-d'Yae-from-getting-lynched thing in "Finders, Keepers" is because I was SO ANGRY about the ending of Ox-Bow. Oh, I loathe that movie.

DKoren said...

Thanks, and thanks for co-hosting!

DKoren said...

She is great in that movie, isn't she?

DKoren said...

Hee. I actually love that movie and wouldn't change anything about it. I know I'm weird, and it does gut me every time I see it, but I love it and it's look at mob mentality. It is so well done and the performances are so fantastic. However, I also adore Dana Andrews, so... if I could jump in and protect him, I would!

DKoren said...

Yellow Sky is a really good movie, and I do own it, so I can watch it anytime.

Hah! yes, Frisco Kid is in my family's top ten movie list (as in a movie the whole family watches together frequently), up with Galaxy Quest, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Dirty Dozen, etc. My parents watch it allllll the time. I barely touched on the stuff we quote from it.

"Wahooooo!"

"Would you like to fight for that last fish?" "You think you have a chance?" "I think I can say with complete confidence, none whatsoever. But I'm still hungry." (used at mealtime quite a bit, substitute fish for current dinner item, LOL)

"That's the way we do it in the old country." (sung in the right cadence, of course)

Among many others. Yep, love that movie.

Eva said...

@Rachel - Yep! I remember that and wholeheartedly applaud it.

@Dkoren - I have a definite love/hate relationship with the film. It IS super well done but it also messes me up emotionally.

Hamlette (Rachel) said...

Sooo funny. I haven't seen Frisco Kid since high school.

Yellow Sky is on my wish list now. I'll let you know at such time as I acquire it.

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