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Earlier this year, former member of the Beta Band John Maclean presented his directorial debut at the Sundance, the western Slow West. The film, which went on to win the Sundance Institute’s World Cinema Jury Prize, was a sort of coming of age set in the west, closer to Jim Jarmusch than to John Ford, starring Michael Fassbender and the two very young actors Kodi Smit-McPhee and Caren Pistorius. As wrote, the film is “kind of a mess, but there’s too much good stuff here to ignore.”
The cinema periodically sees the western see back in vogue. It is probably the most exclusively American genre there is, but some film industries of other countries have manage to find their own unique slant on it. While 2015 began with this little gem worth discovering, the end of the year and especially 2016 are set to herald a series of westerns in cinema screens, causing us to suspect the umpteenth revival of the genre.
From the to an all-female western, cross-overs with other genres such as science fiction and horror and a remake of one of the greatest classics of all time, here are the movies to see at the cinema (or on TV) if you love the genre.
The directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk has been described as a Western horror, although its protagonist Kurt Russell has objected to this definition. Four men head out to save the wife of one of them, who has been kidnapped, but along the way they come up against mysterious and violent cannibals. Also starring Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and David Arquette. Although we do not want to label the film, the plot twist and the play on the genre create a strange experiment that could end up with a cult following.
A parody of classic western movies, especially The Magnificent Seven, the film is co-written by and starring comedian Adam Sandler and will be aired on Netflix as of 11 December. The cast also features Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Nick Nolte, Taylor Lautner, Danny Trejo and Luke Wilson. The shoot was marred by controversy relating to the stereotypical representation of Native American populations, with various extras abandoning the filming in April.
The Hateful Eight – 25 December (limited) – 8 January 2016
Three years after Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino returns with a western in two versions: from 25 December The Hateful Eight will be available in cinemas on 70 mm, the format of 2001: A Space Odyssey no less, and from 8 January it will be screened in 35 mm and will be 6 minutes shorter.
There is talk of Oscars in the air for Tarantino’s latest foray into the genre, we personally are bursting with anticipation. Eight characters find themselves in a shed in the middle of a snowstorm, where conflict and tension mount relentlessly. The cast also stars Kurt Russell, Tarantino aficionados Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth, post-Django Bruce Dern and a highly anticipated Jennifer Jason Leigh in her first big role for many years. The soundtrack will be written by the master Ennio Morricone, and there will be more than a statement of intent regarding the Spaghetti Western theme – we’re expecting a real declaration of love.
The Revenant – 25 December (limited) – 8 January 2016
Rumours of Oscars have been spreading around this film too. Could it be the right time for Leo DiCaprio? This is a biopic directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu based on the novel by Michael Punke, which tells the true story of the frontiersman Hugh Glass.
A fur trapper is attacked by his partner, who kills his son and leaves him to die in the snow. However he goes on to recover and begin an epic journey, covering 200 miles in search of revenge. The cast also includes Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and .
A girl with a gun is the main character of this western, which has had a problematic gestation to put it mildly. Natalie Portman is Jane, a young woman trying to defend her home and her wounded husband (Noah Emmerich) from a fearsome gang led by Ewan McGregor, all with the help of her former boyfriend (Joel Edgerton). Countless changes of actors have taken place (over the years Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper and Jude Law have come and gone from the original cast), as well as a significant change of director, with Lynne Ramsay initially scheduled, but we still want to root for it given the lack of tough female protagonists in film.
Westworld – 2016 (HBO)
A remake of the cult classic directed by Michael Crichton in 1973 and based on his novel of the same name has been on the cards since the early 1990s. In the near future, robots are a reality and are used to populate a theme park that realistically recreates a village in the Far West. Obviously, the machines rebel against the men.
The original cast starred Yul Brynner, reviving his historic role in The Magnificent Seven as a robot, but in the TV series produced by HBO cast is no less impressive: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Ben Barnes make for one of the most anticipated series of 2016. As if that wasn’t enough, it is produced by the omnipresent JJ Abrams and created and directed by Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christohper Nolan and also his trusted screenwriter.
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