Silverado

silverGenre: Western| Year: 1985 | Duration: 133 mins | Director: Lawrence Kasdan| Medium: VCD (BIG Home Video) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 3.5*/5

Fav Dialogue: “Cobb: We’re gonna give you a fair trial, followed by a first class hanging.”

Silverado is a western to its core with with wilderness, cool gun fights, lonely good guys and bad guys on a killing spree. Kasdan has approached a 50′s & 60′s story from a present-day standpoint, which is quite refreshing. The film is about four cowboys, Emmett (Scott Glenn) an ex-con, who while travelling to Silverado meets Paden (Kevin Cline) lying in the desert after being robbed and left to die. They travel to Turley and rescue Emmett’s brother Jake (Kevin Costner) who is waiting death by hanging in the jail for killing a man in self-defense, with some help of Mal (Danny Glover) a black cowboy suffering racism from the sheriff Langston (John Cleese). The story bends and take new turns on freeing Silverado from the hands of corrupt officials and local businessman, and re-building its future by these four lonesome cowboys.

This humorous yet somber cowboy film is my ‘Movie of the Day’.

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The Sisters Brothers

9781847083180“Come with me into the world and reclaim your independence. You stand to gain so much, and riches are the least of it.”
– Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers
This books made me laugh with its adroit humor and cringe at the same time. Delightful. The story is narrated by Eli Sisters, a hired killer on the American west coast in 1851, around the time of the Gold Rush in the Sierra Nevada mountains. However Eli barely gives the American landscape a glance, and people met along the way are simple figures in his moral drama. Nor does Eli have any larger philosophical or socio-historical insights to offer for the century this story is set in. This hilariously anti-heroic and relentlessly compelling novel is my “Read of the Week”.

American Gods

113767203What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

 

This dark, poetic and thrilling novel across an American landscape is my “Read of the Week”.

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