10 Films that Revised the Western

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Hell or High Water is shaping up to become one of the most notable modern examples of the revisioned western. To mark its release I’m going to be talking about a subgenre of one of the most celebrated traditions of American cinema: the western. Western films which have shaped both the values and heroism of the American identity but neglected its uglier bits of that identity. Revisionist westerns are a contemporary genres that use the ‘western’ setting not merely to subvert the genre but to find something deeper to say about the culture that birthed it.

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Gary is a twenty-two year old Canadian who partakes in all sorts of sedentary past times (reading, video games, etc.), his favourite of these is watching movies. His love for the cinema runs deep and he is constantly trying to find new ways to engage and approach films (because films are constantly trying to find new ways to engage and approach people). He does this mainly through film criticism, which he sees as both a hobby and a crucial link between movies and those who want to understand them a little more.