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The Western is a genre that slowed to a trickle, almost vanished. Horror and Sci-fi has kept it going with cross over stories with monsters and aliens but it’s definitely a genre that has weakened over the years. Films like True Grit and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford have brought it back to life with big name stars and high quality directing leading to a slow but sure re-growth, based on more serious tales of the “wild west” one of these tales is Blackthorn.
Blackthorn looks at the idea that Butch Cassidy, now going by the name of James Blackthorn didn’t die and is in hiding in Bolivia living a carefree life on a farm where his life is taming horses and living in peace. »
Directed by Mateo Gil.
Surviving his stand-off with the Bolivian military, Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) now goes by the name of James Blackthorn. Living out his days in a secluded Bolivian village, Blackthorn decides to return to the Us to see his family once more, but on the way he is thrust into one last adventure following a chance encounter with an ambitious young criminal.
Blackthorn, last year’s Western from Spanish director Mateo Gil (writer of several Spanish films including Abre Los Ojos, which was adapted into 2001’s Vanilla Sky), is a reinterpretation of the story of historical bandits Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with a twist of speculative history: in this case, what if the pair had survived their face-off with the Bolivian army in San Vicente?
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★★★☆☆ If George Roy Hill's 1969 film is to believed, infamous American outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were both killed in a stand-off with the Bolivian military in 1908 following a lengthy pursuit. However, in new DVD and Blu-ray release Blackthorn (2011), Spanish director Mateo Gil hypothesises a scenario where Cassidy (played with grit and gumption by the fantastic Sam Shepard) survived the shoot-out, quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village - until his outlaw past catches up with him. Read more » »
On Monday 4 June Chelsea Films will be releasing revisionist Butch Cassidy western Blackthorn (2011), starring Sam Shepard, on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate, we're giving our sawdust-shuffling, tobacco-spitting readers the chance to win one of Three DVD copies of Mateo Gil's feature. 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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Back in 1969 George Roy Hill brought Paul Newman and Robert Redford together in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a self-consciously stylish western in which two notorious bandits were celebrated as forerunners of the outlaw sensibility of the 1960s. A decade later, Richard Lester, one of the film-makers credited for shaping the artistic expression of the 60s with The Knack and two Beatles films, made his only western, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days. Featuring two young actors, Tom Berenger and William Katt, with uncanny resemblances to Newman and Redford, the film took a quirky but generally realistic look at frontier life as it related to the pair's early criminal life and friendship, ending in the 1890s at the point where they were becoming aware of being legends, leaders of a gang called the Wild Bunch. »
- Philip French
It's clear from the outset this Jj Abrams-produced genre offering isn't your standard slasher movie, as a traditional teen country break set-up is monitored by wisecracking officials in some mysterious bunker. But exactly what the twist is, it's better to discover for yourself. Let's just say it gives the horror formula an exhilarating jolt without destroying it, in a Lost-meets-Scooby-Doo sort of way – a meta-mystery tour signposted with spoiler alerts.
After the triumph of Transformers, Hasbro spin off another of their products, resulting in an effects-driven alien invasion that looks a lot like, er, Transformers. Expect Michael Bay-scale destruction, lots of CG explosions and military heroism, with extra cheese.
A Night To Remember (PG)
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- Steve Rose
This week’s release schedule is dominated by two very different movie beasts.
One is horror movie ‘game-changer’, The Cabin in the Woods, the other is a mega-budget Sci-Fi movie about the navy fighting off an alien invasion called Transformers of the Sea. Sorry, my mistake, it’s called Battleship, named after the popular board game…….Battleship.
The existence in both of big fighting ships is basically where the connection ends though as, let’s face it, board games don’t really lend themselves directly to great movie concepts, with the possible exception of the oft overlooked Pop-Up Pirate and the Hungry Hungry Hippos of Death of course. I had a great gag lined up here by the way where I’d type out B7, D4, C5,C6, C7 and say, whoops, Spoiler Alert, but some bastard on twitter already got there before me. Anyway, you can still enjoy that »
- Rob Keeling
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
There are certain genres that, whilst once being the staples of cinema, seem to have fallen off the radar in recent decades. Top of that list is surely the western. In many ways it is the archetypal American genre, harking back to the ideas of the frontier and westering that are ingrained in American national identity. The western showcased new technologies like Technicolour and Widescreen, the vastness of the American landscape tailor made for the medium. But it didn’t stand the test of time, factors such as the popularity of the road movie, in many ways a modernisation of the Western, conspiring to consign it to the Hollywood graveyard.
In recent years however there’s been something of resurgence. As well as the remakes of 3:10 to Yuma and True Grit, we had The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, as well »
- Harry Harris
Elena Anaya, Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In No Rest For The Wicked Tops, Pedro Almodóvar Empty-Handed: Goyas 2012 Winners Best Film La Piel que habito / The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar * No habrá paz para los malvados / No Rest for the Wicked, Enrique Urbizu La Voz dormida / The Sleeping Voice, Benito Zambrano Blackthorn. Sin destino / Blackthorn, Mateo Gil Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language Boleto al paraíso (Cuba), Gerardo Chijona Miss Bala (Mexico), Gerardo Naranjo * Un cuento chino / Chinese Take-Away (Argentina), Sebastián Borensztein Violeta se fue a los cielos (Chile), Andrés Wood Best European Film Jane Eyre (United Kingdom), Cary Fukunaga Melancholia (Germany / Denmark / France), Lars von Trier * The Artist (France), Michel Hazanavicius Carnage (France), Roman Polanski Best Director Pedro Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In Benito Zambrano, The Sleeping Voice * Enrique Urbizu, No Rest for the Wicked Mateo Gil, Blackthorn Best New Director Paula Ortiz, De tu ventana a la mía »
- Steve Montgomery
One of my favourite films of 2011, Blackthorn has recently been nominated for 11 Premios Goya (Spanish Oscars.) Now available on DVD and Blu Ray, Mateo Gil's haunting, elegiac western is both an homage to the second wave films of the genre of the 1970s, and part of the new wave, with less emphasis on heroic action and more on character and landscape.The film is a what-if-story of Butch Cassidy, who possibly survived the final shoot-out in Bolivia, and has been living quietly under the name of Blackthorn for many years. His decision to return to America has been hampered by a run-in with a mining engineer, on the run for stealing money from the local mine owner. Blackthorn must help the man to get »
The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito) and the other nominations for the 2012 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) have been announced. The 26th Annual Goya Awards (Premios Goyas), presented by the Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences), is “Spain’s main national film awards, considered by many in Spain, and internationally, to be the Spanish equivalent of the American Academy Awards.” The awards will be handed out on February 19, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.
The full listing of the 2012 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) nominations is below.
Mejor Película europea Jane Eyre (Reino Unido) Melancolía (Dinamarca) The Artist (Francia) Carnage (Un dios salvaje)) (Francia) Mejor Dirección Mateo Gil por Blackthorn (Sin destino) Pedro Almodóvar por La piel »
- Ryan Adams
Chicago – I frankly can’t imagine how any moviegoer could favor Mateo Gil’s somber, low-key genre exercise, “Blackthorn,” over George Roy Hill’s marvelously entertaining 1969 classic, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Sure, Western buffs have often criticized Hill’s film for romanticizing its subject matter, yet there was a dark edge and tragic poignance in William Goldman’s script that earned the film its shattering ending.
Moviegoers seeking similar thrills from “Blackthorn” will be sorely disappointed. The picture is a wholly unremarkable rethinking of the Butch Cassidy legend that fails in its aspirations to leave an equally iconic imprint on the oft-mythologized tale. Miguel Barros’ script bases its premise off the conceit that Butch and Sundance’s death in the 1908 Bolivian standoff was based on unsubstantiated evidence. It’s an intriguing premise, but Barros just uses it as an excuse to concoct a less whimsical retread of Goldman’s formula. »
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13 items from 2012
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