Monday, March 7, 2011


Today’s LA Times quotes Gore Verbinski (director of “Rango” and “Pirates of the Carribean”), saying: “You see a lot of the genre splices, you know, like a lot of sci-fi films are really westerns.”

So true. The Western, synonymous with  John Ford and John Wayne, is at its core, the conflict between civilization and wilderness.  Of course we associate Westerns with swinging saloon doors, suspenseful shoot-outs, tobacco spitting, cowboy boots, and headdresses, but that’s very narrow-minded of us. Directors such as Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Hyams, Ridley Scott, and now Gore Verbinski have all created variations on the theme. Here are some examples. 

Kathryn Bigelow, Near Dark
(Vampire Western)

Peter Hyams, Outland
(Space Western)

Ridley Scott, Alien
(Sci-Fi Western)
Gore Verbinski, Rango
(Animated Western)

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