Been in a Western mood lately. Read 3:10 to Yuma, then picked up Elmore Leonard's complete Westerns collection, Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk (the first of the Lonesome Dove series), and Robert Parker's Apaloosa (yes, that's Robert Parker of Spenser: for Hire fame).
I read through Apaloosa first. I know Parker and his style. Knowing that, I knew I could kill it in a few days. Well, two to be exact. It's a good read. Nothing overly fancy. An ending I didn't expect, but did enjoy. About 1/3 of the way into the book, it started to feel a little close to Spenser as a Western. I was afraid of that, but I didn't mind. The characters were definately not Spenser characters, but some of the dialogue was close.
I'm about 90 pages into Dead Man's Walk. It's nothing special thus far. I've a feeling though, that it's about to get good. For those that have read it, I'm at the part of the story where the characters are leaving for to join the army.
Having already read 3:10 to Yuma, I'm saving Leonard for last. He was first, I'll get to him later.
And eventually, I do plan to read Louis Lamour, I'm just not in a hurry.
So, with that in mind, I went trolling through Youtube and found some interesting indie Western flicks. I'll stick them behind a cut to save on your load time.
In addition to that, my on again off again Western script idea is back on and I'm slowly plugging away at it. Expect nothing soon!
The Hayfield Movie
Six Reasons Why This is the one I'm most interested in.
The Spaghetti Western style trailer.
Dodge City: A Spaghetto Western (with Isaac Hayes
And if you’ve never seen it, here’s the opening gunfight from Once Upon a Time in the West.
Sergio would follow this up with A Fistful o’ Dynamite (aka Duck, You Sucker!) and Once Upon a Time in America.