Michelle Williams stars in Kelly Reichardt's 'Meeks' Cutoff,' a story of 19th century settlers lost on the Oregon Trail

‘Meek’s Cutoff’ on Netflix and Sundance Now

Meek’s Cutoff (2011) – The time is 1845. The place: the Oregon Trail. Three frontier families ford a river in the high desert. They wordlessly, almost morosely, march across, then take the opportunity to fill canteens, wash, and check the wagons before setting off again. These pilgrims in the desert are a long way from […]

Franco Nero stars in Sergio Corbucci’s 'Django'

‘Django,’ ‘Keoma,’ and other great spaghetti westerns on VOD

The rich, brutal, cynical culture of Italian westerns (aka spaghetti westerns) is dominated by Sergio Leone’s great movies and especially The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), arguably the definitive spaghetti western. But there is a whole legacy of cynical, hard-edged, and even politically daring Italian westerns of the sixties and seventies. You can […]

Paul Newman in Martin Ritt's 'Hombre'

Paul Newman in ‘Hombre’ on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Hombre (1967), adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard, plays as a ruthless, revisionist take on Stagecoach. Paul Newman is the blue eyed “savage,” a white man raised by the Indians who rejects so-called civilized society for his spiritual family, who has chosen to go native rather than live in the lies and corruption of […]

Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden, and Ernest Borgnine star in Sam Peckinpah's western masterpiece 'The Wild Bunch.'

‘The Wild Bunch’ – Frontier apocalypse on SVOD and Blu-ray/DVD

The film that branded Sam Peckinpah with the nickname “Bloody Sam,” The Wild Bunch (1969) blazed onto theater screens in the era of Bonnie and Clyde, when genre conventions were being blasted away and directors pushed the boundaries of what was once considered “acceptable.” Peckinpah, ever the irascible maverick, rode roughshod over every unspoken rule […]