America loves a simple western. Maybe we'll cheer for a hero, or maybe we'll be gutsy revisionists and cheer for an antihero. Whatever the case, we get to have a grand old time watching strangers shoot each other. There are books out there, however, which take the American West and make it the mystery that called […]
The venerable Eli Wallach, character actor extraordinaire recently passed away at the age of 98. He was in many memorable films during a career that spanned six decades. In 2010 he was honored with an Honorary Academy Award for a "lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters." He brought something meaningful to each role he played, no matter […]
This time on GenreList: Reboot or Remake? Every year, Hollywood seems to be revisiting old classics and revising them into new material, some inventing stories whole cloth. This week, I'm going over what you should expect when you pull a remake off the shelf.
A dusty, indistinct rider enters the small desert town. At the end of the main street, three seedy-looking men block the rider's passage. Eye contact is established; tension builds. The rider gets off his horse, stands facing the trio, and sweeps back his poncho revealing his six-shooter. The men stand erect and ready. Suddenly, […]