Saturday, March 20, 2010
The very cool movie that was this week's WTB is Silverado, made in 1985 and starring Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Linda Hunt, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Dennehy, John Cleese, and others. As the two people who guessed wright said (and which I agree with), it's their favorite Western ever, with one of them (this week's winner) saying it's his favorite film of all time. It has a lot of good guys in it, great characters, excellent humor, and isn't super formulaic like a lot of Westerns are. Favorite characters are Jake (Kevin Costner--and look how frickin' young he looks in this poster above!) who is young and exhuberant and great with his six-shooter but who is always getting in trouble because he likes the ladies and they like him, Stella (Linda Hunt) who runs the saloon, the Midnight Star, and Paden (Kevin Kline) who turns out to have a really soft heart and also to be Stella's soulmate of sorts in simply loving saloons. There are some really great relationships in this film. I hope all of you who drew blanks will give this one a chance, if you haven't already seen it.
Well, the winner was Alex, who got it from the first clue. I'd known that he liked this movie, but I really didn't expect anyone to get it quite so quickly from what I thought was a fun but sort of obscure line. George was next, and I'm grateful he redeemed my pick by knowing and liking this film (I was worried no Wrights had ever seen it and loved it). Those were the only correct guesses, though Em came in late with two guesses on Westerns—Tombstone and Young Guns. Of those, I rank Tombstone as my second favorite Western of all time, so she was in good territory there.
Way to go, Lex. Have fun running this week's contest. Pick awesome songs so we don't have to slam you for the next seven days!