Well, I just can't say "Happy Thursday," today. It's a special Thursday, for us Americans, at least. Today is Turkey Day. Okay, it's not technically Turkey Day. It's the day we set aside to show how thankful we are. With that in mind, I wish you a...
(1969, 2010)The original is known as one of John Wayne's best and the remake is known as a Coen Brothers film. Both films, however, owe much of their success to their young female leads. In the original, this was Kim Darby, and Hailee Steinfeld in the remake. Both were outstanding, with Steinfeld earning an Oscar nomination for her work. If you're unfamiliar, the story is about a young girl, Mattie Rose, who hires the ornery Rooster Cogburn to help find the man who killed her father. Both are excellent productions. You can't go wrong with either one.
(1994)When we meet Cody (Madeline Stowe), Anita (Mary Stuart Masterson), Eileen (Andie MacDowell), and Lilly (Drew Barrymore), they are all prostitutes working in the same brothel. One of Cody's customers gets more than a little out of hand and she winds up killing the man. Rather than try to explain it because, well, it's the old west, Cody and her besties go on the run. Admittedly, this one has a pretty bad reputation (9% on the tomato meter), but I don't think it's as terrible as that. I rather enjoyed it, personally.
The Quick and the Dead
(1995)There's a big gunfighting contest in the town of (the rather obviously named) Redemption. One of the gunfighters in town to win the big prize is an unknown who goes by The Lady (Sharon Stone). Of course, she has ulterior motives for being there. What follows is a rip-roaring shoot-em-up filled with tons of one-on-one gunfights. Stone is terrific, as is her supporting cast. That cast features a pre-Russell Crowe, Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, a wonderfully ridiculous Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, Keith David, and Gary Sinise. The standout of all of them, though, is Gene Hackman as our deliciously nasty villain.
Thanks to yesterday's participants in Girl Week 2016!
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