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Kino resurrects an odd curio with Shoot the Sun Down, a counter-culture Western from 1978, notable for headlining Christopher Walken just prior to his Oscar win for The Deer Hunter and Margot Kidder before she was that year’s Lois Lane in Superman. Of further note, director David Leeds, who financed with his own production company, would never again lend his name to another film in any capacity. The film, which is obviously modeled after Sergio Leone’s Man With No Name series, considering it’s mysterious protagonist, has all the makings of a subversive genre entry, it’s stance on violence guided by an incredibly idiosyncratic score (that’s not Ennio Morricone) and Michael Chapman’s beautifully photographed landscapes (with plenty shots of rising/setting suns for its grand motif). However, muddled plotting and a comatosely constructed climax peg the film as rather forgettable, which is unfortunate considering its strange ambience. »
- Nicholas Bell
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber
The same year that Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter (1978) and Margot Kidder was whisked away in Superman (1978), they starred in of David Leeds’ counter-culture Western Shoot the Sun Down.
A stylized meditation on America’s history of violence, in the tradition of Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), the movie observes the intersection of a former Confederate soldier-turned-bounty hunter (Walken), a British maidservant desperate to escape indentured servitude (Kidder), and a vicious mercenary in search of Native American scalps and Montezuma’s gold (Geoffrey Lewis, Miss Nobody).
Kino’s restored director’s cut of Shoot the Sun Down, director/co-writer Leeds’ only feature, marks the film’s first-ever release on Blu-ray or DVD.
Bonus features on »
Why the hell not?
-- Campaign slogan for Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman
Should Kinky Friedman be governor of Texas? There are plenty of reasons why the hell not. There also are plenty of reasons to watch Along Came Kinky ... Texas Jewboy for Governor, a lively 2009 documentary about Friedman's quixotic campaign for the office.
A mystery novelist, satirist and proudly offensive musician by trade (his band, the Texas Jewboys, was famous for songs like "Asshole from El Paso"), Friedman entered the 2006 Texas gubernatorial race with no political experience but plenty of name recognition as a Texas icon. He found himself in an unprecedented four-way race that offered voters and pundits plenty of political Lone Star lunacy.
The campaign was surprisingly fierce and competitive, at least to determine who would be runner-up to incumbent governor Rick Perry. Perry relied on his incumbency and redder-than-red conservative record to remain comfortably ahead in »
- Don Clinchy
A former gubernatorial candidate in Texas is turning heads with his unique sense of humor after once again joking that he would like to be cremated and have his ashes sprinkled on the head of current Texas Governor Rick Perry (R).
Kinky Friedman is a colorful showman in a state that rewards and appreciates its unconventional side. A Jewish country singer, tequila seller and detective novelist, Friedman unsuccessfully ran for governor as an Independent in 2006 (earning just 12.44 percent of the vote) and for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture in 2010.
Friedman recently kicked off his Bi-Polar World Tour to promote his music. The tour started in Texas, and stops are scheduled in Chicago and New York City, as well as in Sweden, Norway, England, Germany and several other European countries.
During his March 2 stop at Poor David's Pub in Dallas, Texas, Friedman told the audience that he is weighing another run for »
- The Huffington Post
4 items from 2013
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