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Title: Wild Horse, Wild Ride Directors: Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus Director Cindy Meehl’s soulful, Sundance-minted “Buck,” which told the story of quietly charismatic horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, illustrated just about as well as any film could the unique and poignant connection between man and horse, and how taming wild or otherwise unruly mustangs is a process that often reveals as much about the owner as it does the horse. Following in its nonfiction footsteps (or horseshoe tracks, I guess) is “Wild Horse, Wild Ride,” an engaging look at a bunch of folks who try to do just that. As with many other documentaries of sub-cultural curiosity, “Wild Horse, Wild [ Read More ] »
The Movie Pool listens closely to The Horse Whisperer Blu-ray!
After a young girl (Scarlett Johansson) suffers a terrible riding accident, her mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) seeks the help of a "horse whisperer" (Robert Redford). Together, they help girl and horse overcome their trauma, but find their relationship is getting too personal.
Directed by: Robert Redford
Robert Redford may a Hollywood acting legend, but he is still underrated as a director. His 1998 gem is an old-fashioned love story set against the backdrop of Montana's "Big Sky." It tells the story of a cowboy (Redford) with a special connection to horses, and his growing relationship with a mother and daughter from New York who seek out his help.
Most of the talk about The Horse Whisperer revolves around the cinematography, which is exceptional, but there are several storylines in the film that make this a very good character drama. »
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Oddly enough, I can say for certain that I appreciated Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer more before I saw the 2011 documentary Buck which focused on Buck Brannaman, the man upon whom Redford’s character was based. Upon re-examination, Redford’s overly sappy and far too long fictionalization spends too much time on a romance that’s as obvious a half hour in as it is when the credits roll, unfortunately Redford decided it necessary to spend about three hours watching it unfold when two would have easily sufficed. At least it has some great performances by Redford, Chris Cooper, and Kristin Scott Thomas driving that ridiculously long germination period forward. The turn by the young Scarlett Johansson, on the other hand, stands as one of the most overwrought and unrealistically characterized children the screen has ever seen.
- Lex Walker
Blu-ray Release Date: July 3, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $20.00
Directed by as well as starring Redford, the film is based on the Nicholas Evans‘ novel and tells the story of Tom Booker (Redford), a unique horse trainer who has an extraordinary gift with animals. When he’s hired to help a girl (Scarlett Johansson, Iron Man 2) and her horse after a devastating riding accident, Booker’s talents change the lives of both.
The highly acclaimed PG-13 film also stars Dianne Wiest (Rabbit Hole), Chris Cooper (The Company Men), Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Sarah’s Key) and Sam Neill (TV’s Alcatraz) as the girl’s parents.
The Horse Whisperer was nominated for an Academy Award »
You'll wonder how you swallowed Robert Redford's ersatz Americana after watching this Sundance-praised horse-whisperer doc
Saddle up for a one-way ticket to inspirationville: this Sundance-wowing documentary gives an insight into the real-life horse whisperer, child abuse backstory and all. Buck Brannaman is the sort of copper-bottomed authentic that makes you wonder how you ever swallowed Robert Redford's blow-dried impression. Half nag, all guru, he burrs wise words about wrangling men and beasts, one's primal nature and one's animal altruism. Yet he's also acid enough to balance out the slight tang of treacle in Meehl's treatment. There's a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it's testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick. Catherine Shoard
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- Catherine Shoard
Among the charges most regularly levelled at Steven Spielberg is that his movies are over-egged puddings that trade in rank melodrama and infantilising sentimentality. A whinnying chorus of such dismissive jeers greeted the arrival of War Horse (2011, DreamWorks, 12) late last year, with some predictably sniffy manure being thrown at this most populist auteur's emotional Grand National. Admittedly neither understatement nor brevity has ever been Spielberg's strong point, hence the much repeated joke: War Horse walks into a bar, barman says: "Why the long film?"
Yet to complain that this nostalgically cinematic adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's bestselling book (and feted stage adaptation) is somewhat soft around the edges is to forget that the source story was specifically aimed at younger readers. No, this is not a four-legged revisiting of the beach scenes from Saving Private Ryan, which portrayed the horrors of war in shockingly visceral form. »
- Mark Kermode
Thanks to the wonderful guys at Revolver Entertainment, we have Five copies of Cindy Meehl's critically-acclaimed documentary Buck (2011) plus Five quad posters signed by Buck Brannaman himself to give away to our lucky readers, ahead of the film's UK DVD release on 7 May. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue.
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He can rope a cow in a snowstorm and perform a caesarean with a penknife. Buck Brannaman tells Catherine Shoard why city folk are galloping to see his new documentary
Buck Brannaman is aware he has enormous hands. But as befits the "Zen master of the horse world", he's pretty modest about them. "Perhaps it's just that people in Britain don't have very big hands," says the wrangler who has been tossed off just about every troubled steed from Montana to Idaho. "I've shook hands with a lot of guys today and I was thinking, 'Well, mine just covers yours up completely.'"
It's not just the warm swaddle of those big mitts that makes a meeting with the original horse whisperer (the man who turned fixing abused and injured animals into an art form) feel like a soothing dose of ketamine. It's also the easy formality with which he wears his Stetson, »
- Catherine Shoard
As enjoyable a documentary as I've seen this past couple of years, Buck is a lively portrait of Buck Brannaman, an altogether remarkable Montana cowboy now aged around 60, who spends 40 weeks a year driving around the States from Maine to California putting on clinics to help people handle and understand their horses. His loving mother died when he was 12, leaving him and his brother in the care of a violent, overbearing alcoholic father, from whom they were taken by the law and handed over to sympathetic foster parents. From this traumatic experience he learned how to treat people and animals, and there is something beautiful about the way he deals with horses and their owners. He was an adviser on Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer and, so one gathers, virtually took over the direction of a key sequence in which a wary horse and its troubled owner (played by Scarlett Johansson) are brought together. »
- Philip French
Cindy Meehl's study of the real-life horse whisperer will have you falling at his feet, but it's no less fine for its partiality
Saddle up for for a one-way ticket to inspirationville: this Sundance-wowing documentary gives an insight into the real-life horse whisperer, child abuse backstory and all. Buck Brannaman is the sort of copper-bottomed authentic that makes you wonder how we ever swallowed Robert Redford's blow-dried impression. Half nag, half guru, he burrs wise words about wrangling men and beasts, one's primal nature and one's animal altruism. Yet he's also acid enough to balance out the slight tang of treacle in Meehl's treatment. There's a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it's testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick.
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- Catherine Shoard
★★★★☆ Buck Brannaman appears to be your average modern-day cowboy; yet in the equestrian world and beyond, he is nothing short of a superstar. In the inspirational and emotionally-charged documentary Buck (2011), the first feature release from Cindy Meehl, we meet an enigmatic man who possesses an extraordinary gift to communicate and heal troubled or misbehaving horses across the United States.
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By now, everyone knows that while Sundance 2011 had a record year in terms of acquisitions, the proceeding box office did not follow suit. That said, ragging on Sundance sales prospects is as old as the festival itself. This year, as with every other, there's no doubt that films will sell; the only thing that changes are what guides buyers toward their purchases. So here's Indiewire's Top Five Guidelines For Successful Film Buying at Sundance 2012. All are subject, if not guaranteed, to change. A cast is good; a character is better. As Indiewire detailed last month, the success of "Buck" had as much to do with the marketing of its subject as its subject matter. Horse-whispering cowboy Buck Brannaman is an honest-to-god unique character who easily translated the documentary's concept to millions via in-theater and festival appearances as well as rapturous Today Show slots (where he was described as a "chick, »
Cindy Meehl's Buck, a Cedar Creek Productions documentary about the amazing, revolutionary, almost spiritual horse trainer Buck Brannaman, made the Oscar shortlist and Roger Ebert's list of the Best Documentaries of 2011. Meehl tells The Hollywood Reporter how she made a hit her first time in the director's saddle. THR: Brannaman inspired the novel and the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer, and Robert Redford explains in your film how as a consultant, Brannaman helped him nail some of the trickiest scenes in his movie -- including a sensitive scene with a horse that did great things for young Scarlett Johansson's career.
- Tim Appelo
13 items from 2012
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