Thursday, June 21, 2018
True West Best of the West 2018 Western Movies
Best Western Movie
Taylor Sheridan, who wrote Hell or High Water, which won True West’s award for best Western movie last year, wrote and directed this year’s Wind River (Weinstein Company). When a particularly brutal rape-murder is discovered in the snowy recesses of the “rez,” urban FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) joins forces with tracker and predator-hunter Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner). Grim, but with brains and heart, the film features a fine cast of indigenous actors, including Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal and Gil Birmingham.
Best TV Western
Philipp Meyer’s bestselling novel about the building of a Texas ranching and oil dynasty, seen through the eyes of patriarch Eli McCullough (Jacob Lofland as a boy and Pierce Brosnan as a man), first as a captive, then as a titan, is by turns a beautiful postcard and a visceral assault on the viewer. Wonderfully written, directed and performed, this AMC series is the most original TV Western since Lonesome Dove. Season Two is in the works!