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.