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Pale Rider

That’s not a bad opening scene! These shootingest guys are so eveeel that they kill a cow… and… THE LITTLE DOG!!! IS THERE NO LIMIT!

But seriously, it’s kinda wonky? Like all the stunt guys weren’t quite told where to be, so there was a lot of hesitancy? But it was pretty good anyway.

Poor cow.

Hey! This is a lot of fun! I mean, it’s funny! I don’t think Clintwood going for humour exactly, but this is “whoo! yeah!” in the most basic way.

It’s so silly! They’re just hitting that boulder? What about driving a steel pole into it or something to split it instead? I know, I’m not a master rock hitter or anything, but … that just seems like the … bare minimum… you should do.

Now they’re all hitting the boulder!!! I love it!

Is this a made-for-tv movie?

No!

The film, which took in nearly $41 million at the box office, became the highest grossing Western of the 1980s.

It’s just so… gauche — you wouldn’t think a seasoned film cinematographer would sign off on some of these shots. But it’s a veteran, so…

This is such a fun movie — no subtext, just a super-hero that rides in to save the day, killing a whole bunch of assholes.

But it’s kinda… lacking… in any other qualities. But whatevs.

Pale Rider. Clint Eastwood. 1985.

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