Posts Tagged by Cowboys & Aliens
|September 22, 2011||Posted by Ariadne under Western Literature, Westernfilms||
With Cowboys & Aliens being a summer hit, this seems like a good time to say something about science fiction Westerns – a genre mix that has been around for quite some time now. It’s important to note that science fiction Westerns include science fiction elements in a Western setting; the opposite of this are space Westerns – where Western elements are incorporated into a science fiction setting. For example, Joss Whedon’s Firefly is often considered to be a space Western.
I have to admit that my personal favourites of science fiction Westerns include some of the occasions where a science fiction franchise would take a one-time trip to the Old West. For instance, the fantastic Red Dwarf series had an episode where all of the characters found themselves in a virtual reality Old West, fighting against the Gunmen of the Apocalypse. Another personal favourite includes the Back to the Future III – this film was so enjoyable that I don’t know how to start describing it. The entire concept allowed some nice jokes and nods to the Western genre, such as Marty McFly’s character introducing himself as Clint Eastwood once he travels back to the Old West.
A good example of this subgenre is Wild Wild West, a 1999 film that’s in fact a remake of the Wild Wild West series that ran in the ’60s. The film mixed Western, espionage and science fiction. Westworld, on the other hand, was a 1973 thriller with Yul Brynner as a lifelike robot in a Western-theme amusement park. Written and directed by Michael Crichton, this film was well received by critics. Recently there have even been rumors about a possible Westworld remake.
Among novels, most prominent are Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of books. King himself admitted that the main character of Gunslinger was in part inspired by the Clint Eastwood’s character of “The Man With No Name”, from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns. Then, among graphic novels we have Rosenberg’s Cowboys & Aliens – the piece which inspired this year’s film of the same name. The title, I believe, is self-explanatory!
In short, this unusual mix of genres might not be for any Western fan, but it can be interesting for those who sometimes want to see the Western genre from a different angle.
|September 22, 2011||Posted by Westernfilms.com under Westernfilms||
It is not so many new Western movies that will be released in 2011, but there is a few.
And between them there are definatly some highlights.
The first Western film that was released this year was Rango. This is a computer-animated Western comedy-drama film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King.In the film you will see that a chameleon named Rango accidentally ends up in the town of Dirt. This town is desperately in need of a sheriff. And guess who the new sheriff will be?
In Rangov many of the characters have voices of famous actors like Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher. If you like computer animated films this film can be something for you.
It was released March 4, 2011.
In the film a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Meek is claiming to know a short cut and he leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert.
But they become lost in the dry and rocky desert. During the next days, the emigrants must face hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other’s instincts for survival. A Native American crosses their path and gives them hope. The emigrants are now unsure what to do, to trust their guide or the Native American?
This is definatly a film to watch and it has gone positive critics. Meek’s Cutoff was released April 8, 2011.
Cowboys & Aliens is the biggest release in 2011. And starring big famous names like Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. Cowboys & Aliens is based on the 2006 graphic comic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
The plot in the film is happening around an outlaw (Daniel Craig), a wealthy cattleman (Harrison Ford), and the mysterious traveler (Olivia Wilde). They have to work together to save a group of local people abducted by aliens.
The film was released July 29, 2011.
He is in Bolivia, but wants to travel the long way home. We follow his adventure on the
long journey. Together with him is Eduardo, a hopeless Spanish engineer.
Blackthorn is played by Sam Shepard.