i wonder if the reason was because they used to make SO MANY westerns…
i would say that i have enjoyed most modern westerns: assassination of jesse james, true grit, django, unforgiven, hell or high water, wind river, the revenant and the remakes 3:10 to yuma, magnificent seven are all timeless entertainment.
i hope this fate comes for horror/slasher movies. how many saw movies do we need ffs?
it’s also based on a true story (and a historical work), but still. Other than being set later than most westerns, I’d argue it still qualifies as a western.
See above. We’re further away from the 20s today than the first western feature films were from the “closing of the west”… which really the Indian wars dragged on until the 20s, in many ways. The book that the film was taken from makes that argument to some degree, as have lots of modern historians of what we consider the west. Films will change with our changing of the past, because we have new perspectives and often new sources to consult. And that will naturally translate to pop culture taking on new understandings of the past. I mean, seriously - we really should not be taking Fredrick Jackson Turner’s thesis from the 1890s to be gospel truth here… there has been literally entire libraries of work that put the west into new and more interesting light than "white people killed a bunch of Native Americans and now they’re done and it’s a bad thing for the American character… It’s kind of horseshit to be honest…
But generally speaking the term “the west” is a historically situated term, so naturally, it’s going to change as our historical perspectives change.
I’m not even sure if that’s a requirement these days. There are some legit Westerns set in places like Australia, not to mention all the space Westerns we’ve been seeing lately like Firefly and most of the Mandalorian episodes.
t looks like the Southwest has no official definition by the Census bureau and the reason OK is striped in your Southwestern map is because some count it as Southwestern and others don’t. By the Census burea, it’s neither the Midwest nor Southwest, but the South.
I thought westerns don’t really match up to real geography mainly because most of them are so mythological anyway. They take place in a liminal space called “the west” or “the frontier.” That genre is a mishmash of samurai/ronin conventions set in the Bushido of the south with Italian cinematography and music and often directed and produced by Californian moguls themselves displaced from Europe…
all flavored with a hypermasculine fantasy that doesn’t even approach reality… so idk.