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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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Jun 21, 2022

On this episode Mike and Pax discuss Slow West from 2015 starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-Macphee, and Ben Mendelsohn.

May 6, 2022

Michael and Pax complete their Disney Westerns marathon with Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, and Jack Elam in Hot Lead and Cold Feet. Pax also watches a bonus Disney Western with The Castaway Cowboy while Michael discovers the Call of Juarez video games with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

Apr 14, 2022

On this episode Mike and Pax continue their journey through Disney westerns with 1967's The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin starring Roddy McDowell, Suzanne Pleshette, and Karl Malden.

Mar 18, 2022

Michael and Pax watch both of Disney's Apple Dumpling Gang movies starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway with costars like Bill Bixby, Harry Morgan, Slim Pickens, and Jack Elam. Pax also checks out the Sergio Corbucci documentary, Django & Django, as well as the first novel in William R Cox's Cemetery Jones series.

Mar 2, 2022

Mike and Pax watch another Barbara Stanwyck western, The Furies, this time directed by the great Anthony Mann.

Feb 11, 2022

Michael and Pax watch the Western Noir Forty Guns starring Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, and Dean Jagger. And Michael also checks out Sam Worthington, Machine Gun Kelly, Heather Graham, and Thomas Jane in 2021's The Last Son.

Feb 2, 2022

Pax and Mike discuss 2021's Old Henry with Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen Dorff, and Trace Adkins.

Jan 21, 2022

When listener Mathias Skeppstedt sent in the list of his Top 15 Favorite Westerns, Michael and Pax decided to come up with their own lists to compare. Each of the three has a mix of classics and surprises, and we run through all of them in this short(ish) episode.

Jan 14, 2022

Michael and Pax finally watch the 2020 Western that everyone's been talking about, Paul Greengrass' News of the World starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel. And Pax looks into what the deal is with The Hateful Eight Extended Version.

Dec 23, 2021

On this episode Mike and Pax discuss the brand new Netflix western, The Harder They Fall.

Nov 26, 2021

Michael and Pax welcome back Evan Hanson to talk about Sidney Poitier's directorial debut, Buck and the Preacher, starring himself as well as Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee.

Nov 12, 2021

On this episode Mike and Pax are joined by regular guest Evan Hanson to discuss A Man Alone from 1955 featuring Ray Milland doing double duty as star and director!

Oct 29, 2021

Wrapping up a Halloween double-feature, Michael and Pax jaw about Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter with returning Hellbent guest (and co-host with the fellas on the new Crestwood House classic horror podcast), Shawn Robare. 

Oct 22, 2021

On this spooky episode Mike and Pax are joined by Shawn Robare to discuss the first in a western horror double feature; Billy the Kid vs Dracula!

You can listen to Mike, Shawn, and Pax discuss more classic pre-80s horror movies on the Crestwood House Podcast which you can find on the Cult Film Club feed!  Check it out!

Oct 8, 2021

Michael and Pax watch the first of only a few Westerns starring Sidney Poitier, Duel at Diablo. Also starring James Garner and Dennis Weaver. 

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.

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