Friday, August 21, 2020
It's Legends of Western Cinema Week, hosted by Hamlette's Soliloquy and Along the Brandywine.
Here are their questions for this year's event. I found some of these quite hard to answer, so it took me all week to figure out responses.
1. What's the last western you watched?
Custer of the West, (1967). Still in the middle of it actually. It's an interesting movie, but it's taking me awhile to work through cuz it's not that interesting. Last completed western would be The Lone Ranger (2013).
2. A western of any stripe (happy or tragic) where you were highly satisfied by the ending?
I'm not quite sure what this question is looking for, cuz every single one of my favorite Westerns obviously meet this criteria. A highly satisfactory ending is critical to me loving a Western (or any movie). Let's go with For a Few Dollars More, because it's one I haven't really talked about, and the ending, both the finale and the wrap up are awesome.
3. The funniest western you've seen?
Cat Ballou or Rango, I guess? Depends on my humor mood. Both make me laugh throughout.
4. What similar elements/themes show up in your favorite westerns?
Ack, this question is too much like school work. Okay, fine. I like a lot of end-of-the-West movies, where the old-fashioned cowboy heroes/lawmen are outdated/no longer needed/wanted. Or just Westerns set in the early 1900s, like Big Jake, Ride the High Country, The Wild Bunch, The Professionals... Lonely Are the Brave fits that theme too, even if it's set in more modern times.
5. Favorite actress who made 1 or more westerns?
6. Favorite western hero/sidekick pairing?
Sam Boone and Whit (Robert Pernell and James Coburn) in Ride Lonesome.(1959). Their relationship is my favorite part of this movie and I adore how Whit follows Boone around, always deferring to him. Their partnership conversation at the end is one of my favorite moments and never fails to make me grin in sheer delight.
7. Scariest villain/antagonist in a Western?
Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin) in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or Grimes (Richard Boone) in Hombre.
8. Favorite romance in a western?
None? Romance isn't my thing. None stand out to me. Okay, one does: Matthew Quigley and Cora in Quigley Down Under.
9. Three of your favorite westerns?
Big Jake, Hour of the Gun, The Lone Ranger (2013)
10. Share one (or several!) of your favorite quotes from a western.
Since this was asked last year, I'm going to try to avoid repeating all my favorites already listed and try to find new ones, which is rather hard. So, I'm going to cheat and go with my nephew's two favorite quotes from Westerns that the two of us say to each other constantly.
"What's that? NOTHING!" - John Reid, The Lone Ranger (2013)
"You son of a---*timely hawk screech interrupts* - Toad in Rango.