Manly Movies

Western

4Got10 (2015)

4Got10 (2015)

4Got10    05 Nov 2015

Not Rated 84 minReleased

4.2
IMDB: 4.2/10 846 votes

I really wonder why people like Dolph Lundgren and Danny Trejo involve themselves with schlock like this. I heard a few years back that Dolph Lundgren was going through a messy divorce and that that could be part of the reason behind his incessant DTV trash streak. But I’m really not buying it. I guess the only reason for Trejo and Lundgren is that they just want to keep active and moving. So if nothing better ...

Far from Men (2014)

Far from Men (2014)

Far from Men    14 Apr 2015

PG-13 101 minReleased

7.2
IMDB: 7.2/10 879 votes

Ever wish you’d kept your French up after leaving secondary school? Or that your history lessons had been a little more comprehensive? That’s how I felt earlier today when I watched Far From Men. Set in Algeria, 1954, this was right at the beginning of the country’s long war of independence against France. The film stars Viggo Mortensen as Daru, a French school teacher tasked with escorting an Algerian prisoner, Mohammed, through the harsh, mountainous landscape to the city where he ...

Red Hill (2010)

Red Hill (2010)

Red Hill    05 Nov 2010

R 95 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 769 votes

A completely badass Australian western, Red Hill further demonstrates that Aussie filmmakers are capable of producing top-tier films on low budgets that put large Hollywood productions to shame. It’s on the same level as other acclaimed Aussie gems like The Proposition and Animal Kingdom, with writer-director Patrick Hughes fashioning a hard-noised, suspenseful old-fashioned thriller that pays loving tribute to such old masters as John Carpenter and Sergio Leone, while also developing a unique identity of its own by using rural ...

Slow West (2015)

Slow West (2015)

Slow West    16 Apr 2015

R 84 minReleased

6.9
IMDB: 6.9/10 320 votes

Years ago I think this is a film John Wayne would’ve starred in, probably appearing in the role that Michael Fassbender had here. It’s an old fashioned western that properly captures the nuances and primitive charm of the era, where a man could sit around a camp fire telling a yarn about how he killed a varmant, only to discover that the man was innocent, to laughter from his audience regardless. Slow West aims low and hits high, ...

The Salvation (2014)

The Salvation (2014)

The Salvation    27 Feb 2015

R 92 minReleased

6.7
IMDB: 6.7/10 328 votes

This movie flew silently and speedily under the radar this year. I missed it and wasn’t even aware it existed until someone pointed it out on our Facebook page. This is a Danish production, shot in South Africa. And as far as projects like that go with a $10,000,000 budget it is impressive. It’s a bit formulaic, but the formula is revenge, usually a premise that is too manly too fail. Mads Mikkelson plays the understated Danish ...

The Homesman (2014)

The Homesman (2014)

The Homesman    18 May 2014

R 122 minReleased

6.6
IMDB: 6.6/10 233 votes

Little House on the Prairie. That’s what I was privately expecting from The Homesman having looked at the trailers, synopsis and stills. I was very wrong on that. This is Tommy Lee Jones’ second attempt at directing a western. The first was the sleepy and not overly impressive The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in 2005. This one is all kinds of superior as a movie overall. Cast, directing, writing, acting… you name it. ...

Never Grow Old (2019)

Never Grow Old (2019)

Never Grow Old    15 Mar 2019

R 100 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 703 votes

John Cusack and Emile Hirsch violently clash as outlaw and undertaker in the remarkably rock solid Western, “Never Grow Old” (2019). This movie is directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Although set in the United States, “Never Grow Old” is an Irish-Luxembourg-Belgian-French co-production and is distributed by Saban Films. “Never Grow Old” takes place in the small, non-descript town of Garlow, on the trail to California in 1849. Garlow is a fairly religious community, a place where the activism of Preacher Pike (Danny ...

Hostiles (2017)

Hostiles (2017)

Hostiles    26 Jan 2018

R 134 minReleased

7.2
IMDB: 7.2/10 477 votes

Rosamund Pike shows us that, when pushed to their limits, women can be tough, but men are still a hell of a lot tougher. Well, they’re men after all. And in those days there was no such thing as soy face. If you’ve had this on your to watch list for a while it might be time to check it out. Christian Bale plays Captain Joseph J. Blocker, an army legend who’s carved a reputation for himself as one of the ...

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight    30 Dec 2015

R 187 minReleased

7.8
IMDB: 7.8/10 528 votes

My biggest beef with this movie is the writing. Entire TV episodes, indeed, entire movies, could be squeezed into the overwrought waste of screen time in this movie where next to nothing happens. 35 minutes of chin wagging in a horse carriage descends to the 95 minute mark where the gassy dialogue continues inside the cabin. Then comes a ‘twist’ that confirms that the entire movie up until that point was redundant. It’s almost like the ...