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High-tech Noon

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Do not forsake me oh my android – What makes a classic Western even more classic? Blasters and force-fields, that’s what.

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August 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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The Proposition

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We're a long way from Neighbours

We're a long way from Neighbours

This is a blistering Australian Western written by the musician Nick Cave. It’s a real shame they never produced his Gladiator 2 script. Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe it from what I’ve heard about it. The film would have ended in a twenty-minute battle scene that has the gladiator becoming an eternal warrior fighting in Vietnam and the toilet of the pentagon.

What we have with The Proposition is good for that rarest of beasts – the modern Western. But it’s no Unforgiven. (Or Gladiator 2.)

Shifting a standard western plot out to Australia does add an unusual twist to the genre. The heat is murderous – a literal hell as more than one character remarks on. Only the ‘blacks’, the aborigines, can really survive and prosper in this environment. The whites survive only by sheer bloody mindlessness. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 5, 2009 at 10:20 am