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The Accidental Re-birth of the Western Alliance

This article was originally uploaded on the 19th March There are many things Putin probably didn’t anticipate when he mounted his full-scale invasion of Ukraine last month.  One of these is the extent and efficacy of Ukrainian resistance which has turned what he planned would be a swift annexation into a potentially lengthy war of […]

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Cult Column: Duck, You Sucker!

Some evenings, you’re just in a certain mood. There are those evenings when science-fiction is just what’s needed, others, perhaps a ‘70s flick. Then there are the Lord of the Rings-fevers, the Star Wars crazes and, lest we forget, the evenings when French criminals are just so charismatic. Finally, there are those evenings when a […]

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Bone Tomahawk

When a town doctor’s assistant (Lili Simmons) is kidnapped by a tribe of ‘savages’, her enraged husband (Patrick Wilson), Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), his aging Deputy Chicory (Richard Jenkins) and the volatile but skilled John Brooder (Mathew Fox) set out to rescue her. And that’s it – most of the film focuses on their […]

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The Searchers – How the Western was Revolutionised

‘We will never come again to the Utah border – Oh, look, look so you never forget!’ In 1912 Zane Grey, a dentist from Ohio, invented the Old West. His pulp novels like Riders of the Purple Sage crystallized in the American psyche the mythos of the frontier; all courteous bank robberies and mannerly gunfights, […]

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The Western is one of the oldest film genres out there; it has existed throughout the 20th century and well into the 21st, and during this time, the genre has gone through several different periods of abandonment and revival. Subsequently the Western seems to be one of the genres that has changed the most over […]