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Westerns and Western Subgenres in Film, Literature, and TV

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"The Old West is not a certain place in a certain time, it's a state of mind."

-Darryl Ponicsan

(ca. Tom Mix Died for Your Sins: A Novel Based on His Life (New York: Delacorte Press, 1975), p. 135)

Westerns of the Week

Cry Macho by N. Richard Nash

There was a time when Mike was the best rider in the rodeo circuit, but a divorce and years of hard living have worn his body down. After an accident, his career comes to an abrupt end, but his boss gives him one last job: he must cross the border into Mexico, kidnap his boss's son, Rafo, from his boss's ex-wife, to be used as leverage in their ongoing divorce. Mike arrives to find the boy has already run away, and he finds Rafo living on the streets of Mexico City, supporting himself though petty crime and winnings from the occasional cockfight. Convincing the boy to come back to Texas, the two set out on a journey northward that forges an unlikely friendship and forces both to reckon with the choices they've made in pursuit of being "macho."

Hell or High Water (2016)

Two desperate brothers - a divorced father (Chris Pine) and hard living ex-con (Ben Foster) - begin a string of bank robberies in order to raise enough money to protect their family farm from bank foreclosure. An aging sheriff (Jeff Bridges) tracks the robberies and attempts to hunt down the criminals.