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Hellbent for Letterbox

Paxton Holley (Nerd Lunch, Cult Film Club) and Michael May (Dragonfly Ripple, Starmaggedon) talk Westerns in movies and sometimes other media.
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Sep 17, 2021

On this episode Mike and Pax discuss the 1995 TV movie Buffalo Girls based on the Larry McMurtry novel.  The cast is stacked including Angelica Huston, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Peter Coyote, and Sam Elliot.

Aug 27, 2021

Michael and Pax discuss the Zellner Brothers' underseen and unexpected Damsel starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. As always, we discuss the whole movie and this one is especially best seen without knowing anything about it, so we highly recommend watching the film before listening to this episode.

Pax also reads Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe and Shaolin Cowboy by Geof Darrow, and listens to the How the West Was 'Cast podcast. And Michael watches Jane Russell in Montana Belle (1952).
Aug 17, 2021

For this Hitchin Post Mike and I are actually in the same room and we are talking about the newly revised 100 Best Westerns from Cowboys & Indians magazine.

Jul 28, 2021

In this episode Mike and Pax discuss the 1958 Arthur Penn western, The Left Handed Gun, starring Paul Newman as Billy the Kid as well as appearances by Dukes of Hazard alums James Best and Denver Pyle.

Jul 9, 2021

Following Belle Starr's appearance in The Long Riders, Michael and Pax watch a highly fictionalized biography of the character starring Gene Tierney, Randolph Scott, and Dana Andrews. 

Pax also checks out the Italian Western version of The Belle Starr Story while Michael continues watching mountain man movies with Clark Gable in Across the Wide Missouri.
Jun 25, 2021

In this episode Mike and Pax are discussing the buddy dramedy Skin Game from 1971 starring James Garner and Lou Gossett Jr.

Jun 4, 2021

Michael and Pax watch another much-requested picture, Nicholas Ray's gorgeous Johnny Guitar starring Joan Crawford, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, and Mercedes McCambridge as an all-time great movie villain.

May 21, 2021

In this episode Mike and Pax disuss the original Django from 1966 starring Franco Nero and directed by Sergio Corbucci.

May 5, 2021

Michael and Pax finish up the Sabata series as Lee Van Cleef comes back to the role for Return of Sabata.

Something else that returns is the "Whatchoo Been Westernin'?" segment with Pax reading the comic The Legend of Oz: Wicked West by Tom Hutchinson and Alisson Borges and listening to Zaron Burnett's Black Cowboys podcast. Meanwhile, Michael's been watching the 1998 sorta-Western TV series, Little Men.  

Apr 21, 2021

For this episode we return to the East meets Western mash up genre and are joined by good friend Jeeg to disect the 1997 Jet Li actioneer, Once Upon a Time in China and America.

Apr 7, 2021

Michael and Pax celebrate their 100th episode with a long-requested classic: John Ford's The Searchers starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, and Natalie Wood.

Mar 11, 2021

On this episode Mike and Pax discuss the Walter Hill directed The Long Riders featuring three sets of brothers playing the real life James, Younger, and Ford brothers.

Feb 24, 2021

After loving Rio Bravo, Michael and Pax come back for more with the similarly plotted Howard Hawks / John Wayne / Leigh Brackett classic El Dorado. Robert Mitchum steps in for Dean Martin, James Caan subs for Ricky Nelson, and Charlene Holt replaces Angie Dickinson, but how do the films compare?

Jan 29, 2021

On this episode of Hellbent Mike and Pax discuss the 1995 western The Tall Men starring Clark Gable, Jane Russell, and Robert Ryan.

Dec 28, 2020

Shawn Robare returns to help Michael and Pax discuss the David O. Selznick mess, Duel in the Sun, featuring a legendary cast, but also six directors, a terrible script, and a central relationship that no one (including the movie) cares about. Happily, that makes for a great conversation anyway.

Dec 8, 2020

This month Michael and Pax are joined by their good friend Shawn Robare to discuss the 1967 Spaghetti Western Death Rides a Horse starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law.

Nov 23, 2020

Evan Hanson returns to help Michael and Pax analyze The Sisters Brothers starring John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed.

(Deep apologies for the audio quality on Michael's microphone this episode. It was a technical issue that we were unable to correct, but we thought the movie and conversation were good enough that we wanted to release it anyway.)

Nov 12, 2020

On this episode Mike and Pax are joined by Evan Hanson to discuss 5 Card Stud starring Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, and Roddy Macdowell.

Oct 30, 2020

In this very special Halloween Hitchin Post, Michael and Pax discuss the 1959 Universal Studios horror western, Curse of the Undead, featuring a vampire gunfighter.

Oct 26, 2020

Michael and Pax definitely wanted to watch Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam, and Sam Shepard in Bandidas. Pax also reads the graphic novel Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary by Christian Perrissin and Matthieu Blanchin. And Michael gets in the Halloween spirit with Curse of the Undead.

Oct 13, 2020

On this episode of Hellbent Michael and Pax discuss the 1970 dramatic comedy Little Big Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway.

Sep 28, 2020

Michael and Pax follow Pale Rider into town, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Also starring Sydney Penny, Michael Moriarty, Chris Penn, and Richard Kiel.

Pax also shares insights from the Pale Rider novelization by Alan Dean Foster. And Michael watches another mountain man movie (Richard Harris and John Huston in Man in the Wilderness) and some Doctor Who.

Sep 14, 2020

Pax and Michael watch the first of the Terence Hill and Bud Spencer comedic Trinity movies, directed by Enzo Barboni.

Aug 10, 2020

Michael and Pax visit their second Elvis Presley Western with Flaming Star, a movie about racism that also stars Steve Forrest, Barbara Eden, Dolores del Rio, and John McIntire.

Before that, Pax talks about vintage Western-themed advertising and Michael makes progress in his Western History film project and reviews the Batman Western comic, Batman: The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat.

Jul 23, 2020

On this episode Mike and Pax discuss Cheyenne Social Club starring James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Jones.

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