William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 23, February, 2010

Appaloosa

Filed under: Books — williamthecoroner @ 23:54

I just watched Appaloosa, a film that Ed Harris adapted from one of Robert B. Parker’s westerns.  They did a good job.  Ordinarily, I’m not much of a movie guy*, and I don’t like to watch movies made from books I liked, because the director’s vision and mine rarely coincide and the dissonance irks me.

Harris was very faithful to the book and to Parker’s vision, and as Harris co-wrote, directed, produced, acted in the lead role and wrote and performed the closing theme–well this whole project was his train set.  And it worked.

*No, really.  The last movie that I saw in a theater was “Night at the Museum” and that was about three years ago.

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2 Comments »

  1. I wish I’d seen Appaloosa when it was in the theaters – I think it would have looked wonderful on the big screen.

    That said, I’ve seen it all the way thru on TV at least twice and enjoy it very much. It’s one of the few recent movies I’d consider buying on DVD.

    It’s also one of the few times that having seen the movie I want to find and read the book.

    Comment by John — Wednesday, 24, February, 2010 @ 10:08 | Reply

  2. Appaloosa was a pleasant surprise. I’m not much of a movie-goer because “they just don’t make movies like they used to”, and westerns seem to suffer more than the other genres that way. I probably wouldn’t have watched Appaloosa at all, except that I had read about a particular scene in an article and was interested in seeing how the final product turned out. I was afraid it would be a horrible modern mangled version of a western… and I was relieved and pleased to find that it was not, that it was actually very well done. Kudos to Ed Harris.

    I might even watch it again sometime.

    Comment by misbeHaven — Saturday, 27, February, 2010 @ 11:01 | Reply


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