A Critique Of The Old West Myth

Lonesome Dove

With Lonesome Dove, the meaning of the expression old west changes – we aren’t talking any longer about a golden age of discovery, about fights between the American cavalry and Indians, or about anything else seen in the more traditional westerns. Instead we are talking about the old men of the west. We have under […]

Too Tough on the Rats…


John Wayne encountered his share of rats throughout the span of his filmography, and in nearly every one, the rats got what was coming to them.  Without stirring up the wrath of PETA, I would argue that rats should be dispatched with the finality exercised by The Duke. Rats, by definition are vermin – objectionable […]