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Reviewing ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Netflix is an amazing streaming service with countless movies and television shows to keep one stimulated with content for months on end. Last year Netflix would end up delivering two films to the public that were regarded at the Oscars; the Oscar-winning film, Roma, and the Oscar-nominated movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

I haven’t seen Roma yet but I did watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs after my mother saw it and said it was a must-see. And when I learned that Joel and Ethan Coen– writers/directors of Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men–had made it my intrigue rose considerably. Sure enough, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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It tells six stories over a two hour and thirteen-minute runtime that range from cynically comedic and disturbingly dark to rivetingly triumphant and slightly horrifying. Joel and Ethan Coen take their brilliant genius of storytelling back to the Old West in a stunning fashion that leaves one reeling by the film’s conclusion.

I love Westerns and this movie reminded me why. No Country for Old Men is my favorite movie of all time and The Ballad of the Buster Scruggs is definitely another film I will add to My Favorites list.

It’s also a rather interesting movie because it’s, in part, a musical as well. But don’t let this make you depict a film that is on part musically with films like An American in Paris or The Wizard of OZ. It may feature some singing but it isn’t at all composed in the classic veins of a musical. Not at all.

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‘Hostiles’ Is a Compelling Tale of Friendship and Forgiveness

I love a good Western. I always have. And after watching No Country for Old Men my intrigue in fantastic Western flicks has grown. So, yesterday, I watched a film that was said to be an enjoyable movie last year and that was Hostiles. This movie stars Christian Bale in a gripping story about a retiring soldier named Joe who is faced with the final task as a soldier to escort a group of Indians to their home. At first, the prospect of escorting the Indians to their reservation was repugnant to him, especially considering that the Indians’ leader, Chief Yellow Hawk, had brutally killed his friends in the past. But after he reluctantly took the job (he had a greater incentive when he was threatened to be court-martialed) the movie’s story began.

Hostiles is very much a film about companionship and the power of forgiveness. Each major character had faced some sort of tragedy and had perceived notions of those around them because of those tragedies.

SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Have You Seen ‘The Three Amigos’?

Last night I was a bit bored so I decided to find a brand new movie to watch. I came across this film, The Three Amigos, and decided to check it out. I’m glad I did. The Three Amigos stars three Saturday Night Live legends; Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, in a comedic western focusing on, well, the Three Amigos.

The story is set in 1916 and begins by showing a young Mexican woman and her younger brother (I assume) looking for help. A man by the name of El Guapo (played by Alfonso Arau) has her small town under his control and she’s trying to find somebody to defeat El Guapo. As she goes into a church to ask for help she notices that they are playing a movie that features The Three Amigos. She becomes inspired and sends The Three Amigos a telegram promising them one hundred thousand pesos if they defeat El Guapo.

The Three Amigos, however, are simply actors who end up getting fired because their Three Amigos sequel was a box-office failure. In sudden need of work they get the telegram promising a hundred thousand pesos if they stop El Guapo but instead of understanding what the telegram is actually asking of them they think it’s another acting gig. Can you see where this is going?

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