November 1st, 2008
It’s not that I haven’t been watching movies. I just haven’t been writing reviews of them. I’m going to have to say that this part of my blog is on hiatus.
Most recently I watched a couple of Paul Newman classics, Hud (1963) and Hombre (1967), from his early “Movies beginning with an H” period. They’re both well worth watching, especially Hud.
Until I watched it, I had the impression that Hud was a Western. Ha! Some Western. Based on Larry McMurtry’s first novel, Horseman, Pass By, it’s one of the first in the genre of the modern Western, whose unvarying theme is sadness at the passing of the American west. It’s like a predecessor to The Last Picture Show, a movie I love, and which is also based on a novel by McMurtry.
Newman is smoking hot in this film.
Hombre really is a Western, although Newman plays a character who was raised by Indians. In this one he is deeply cool.
Hombre contains the following classic line, uttered by the sheriff when he is found holding up the stagecoach with a bunch of outlaws.
“What are you doing?” his former girlfriend gasps.
“Goin’ bad, honey,” the sheriff replies.
But I’m still not going to review those movies. Maybe I’ll get back to it a little later, in the depths of the winter.
In the meantime there are a lot of reviews on here already. They’re all listed lower down on the page. Happy reading, and bye for now!