An easy week this week as there are hundreds of superb films to choose from. Please visit http://wanderingthroughtheshelves.blogspot.co.uk/ for more information on Thursday Movie Picks.
There’s not many of these about, but this horror-westerns is like The Searchers meets The Hills Have Eyes. It is a slow burner, but it suddenly explodes and becomes a quite graphic and bloody horror film. The landscapes are sparse and match many of the Western landscapes perfectly captured in the films of John Ford and the tension is built masterfully as whatever kidnapped the victims haunts the empty, chilly nights.
There’s not many of these about either, but there has been a few released recently. The Homesman is a female centered Western (Jane Got a Gun is also a female led western but The Homesman is better) led by Hilary Swank. Hilary Swank is a lonely, single women who agrees to transport three mentally insane women across the American Frontier. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, Swank is terrific in her well developed and engaging role.
There really are some amazing Western movies out there, so trying to pick the very best one is difficult. I’m going to go for Once upon a Time in the West. Utterly brilliant western that has one of Henry Fonda’s finest performance, even though it was completely against type.