3:10 to Yuma, Breach and More Samurai Champloo

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I love a good Western and I really enjoyed 3:10 to Yuma. Of course it didn’t hurt that it stars Russell Crowe. He plays the deep, violent stage coach robber I love to hate with great charm. I’ve been a fan of his since I first saw him in LA Confidential. Christian Bale has redeemed himself in my eyes. He was American Psycho and the Machinest! I have yet to see Batman Begins, but that will be coming soon. The movie is based on a short story by Elmore Leonard and is a remake of a 1957 movie staring Glenn Ford as Ben Wade (the bad guy) and Van Heflin as Dan Evans. I’ll have to put that one on the neflicks list. Ben Wade has been robbing stagecoaches with his effective gang, killing people all over the place. The Pinkertons are after him. Dan Evans is a disabled Veteran of the Civil War. He is in debt to the local land baron and is on his way to town to settle, when he runs into Ben Wade and his gang robbing the stagecoach. Peter Fonda, the Pinkerton man is the only survivor. Ben Wade confronts Evans with his two sons, and spares their lives and leaves their horses down the line. Immediately there is chemistry between these two characters and it’s what makes the rest of the movie so engrossing. There are great stunts and a lot more blood then I imagine the early movie to have. I will rate this one 4.5/5 acorns. There is violence so 1/2 of clive.

Breach is based on a true story of Robert Hanssen a FBI agent who passed secrets to the Soviet Union for more then 15 years. This a slow moving picture. The gun ho young agent sent to uncover information about him forms a bond with him and has mixed feelings in the end about the life and sacrifices it would take to be an agent. The characters were interesting, but it moved a little to slowly for me. I will rate it 2.5/5 acorns. No clives.

Samurai Champloo Disc 5 romped along. Still funny and still going strong!

Another Alien and Predator movie is coming out in December. What timing, eh? Hope its better the the last one which was okay, but not great.

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