‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ is a kickass western

Bill Pullman turns in his best performance in years

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Poor Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) can’t get any respect.

The long time friend and colleague of Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda), Lefty is a slow moving yet wise aging cowboy simply trying to do what is right. A man whose lot in life is the loyalty towards his friends and the need to cover up a dark past, even though many around him doubt his ability and thinks he’s useless. When Edward, the newly elected Senator, is gunned down in front of him, Lefty takes it upon himself to find the people responsible.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown may redemption and betrayal flavorings, but its signature ingredient is friendship. What one will do to avenge their friend, no matter what it costs them personally.

Writer/director Jared Moshe’s tale can lift its weight in Western homage territory, but it also hits above average as an entertaining and unpredictable revenge tale. The film isn’t without its fair measure of pathos, but it also has a much needed sense of humor in certain moments that keeps it light on its feet. There are three well staged gunfights that aren’t too close together, giving the film a decent pace. Continue reading “‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ is a kickass western”

A towering Christian Bale makes ‘Hostiles’ truly special

Captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) is a conflicted man as 1892 rolls around and the last of the Native Americans are being rounded up by the American soldiers. A legendary leader to so many, he quietly battles demons about the things he has done in honor of his country-and wonders about the toll it will someday take.

Director Scott Cooper’s new film, Hostiles, asks the age old question: are we all one incident away from becoming violent? Continue reading “A towering Christian Bale makes ‘Hostiles’ truly special”