Ep. 106: No Country for Old Men

Javier Bardem as Anton ChigurhNate and Ryan revisit No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers’ 2007 Best Picture Oscar winner. No Country for Old Men is one of the movies Ryan teaches in his high school class, so for our September episode, Nate wanted to go back to school and hear what Mr. Ebling has to say. While No Country for Old Men is one of the Coens’ most successful films, it remains a difficult one to sift through. Join us as we dig into a contemporary classic.


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Ep. 44: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

the-magnificent-seven-boothillNate and Ryan talk about their first western, The Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen and directed by John Sturges.  With Antoine Fuqua’s remake still in theaters, Nate and Ryan discuss how the original (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai) holds up today.  While The Magnificent Seven isn’t necessarily one of the foundation-setting westerns, it certainly has developed a special place in film history and in people’s hearts, thanks in no small part to the fact that Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner are just so damn cool.

Where does The Magnificent Seven rank among your favorite westerns?  Let us know!