The way the Coen brothers manage to capture the isolation of hard living is impressive and although the characters are by and large harsh, you still connect with them in their pursuit.
That's a big part of why I've been looking forward to renting it. Bridges seems the perfect character for the role of dissipated old knight of the West.
When TV first arrived complete with Hopalong & Cisco every western segment was just a slight variation on the same theme and this persisted all the way through Gunsmoke.
Then one day I saw my first Peckinpaugh movie and knew something was changing.
David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 ? December 28, 1984) was an American filmmaker and screenwriter who achieved prominence following the release of the Western epic The Wild Bunch (1969). He was known for the innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence, as well as his revisionist approach to the Western genre.
Peckinpah's films generally deal with the conflict between values and ideals, and the corruption of violence in human society. He was given the nickname "Bloody Sam" owing to the violence in his films. His characters are often loners or losers who desire to be honorable, but are forced to compromise in order to survive in a world of nihilism and brutality.
Peckinpah's combative personality, marked by years of alcohol and drug abuse, has often overshadowed his professional legacy. Many of his films were noted for behind-the-scenes battles with producers and crew members, damaging his reputation and career during his lifetime. Many of his films, such as Straw Dogs (1971), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), remain controversial.
Deadwood was as unexpected as the first season of "Laughin". A hemmorhoid operation on TV?????? OMG!!!!