IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
2016, Focus World, 104 min, Dir: Ti West

A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog make their way toward Mexico, landing in the forgotten town of Denton. The once-popular mining town is now nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits led by Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving marshal (John Travolta). As tensions rise, an inevitable act of violence starts a disastrous chain reaction that drags the town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. With Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan.


RIDE LONESOME
1959, Sony Repertory, 73 min, USA, Dir: Budd Boetticher

Shot in CinemaScope, this complex, poetic revenge tragedy stars Randolph Scott as a sheriff turned bounty hunter, using a young desperado to flush out his murderous older brother. Scott’s final act of absolution at the hanging tree ranks with John Wayne’s last moments in THE SEARCHERS. With Pernell Roberts and James Coburn.


BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE
1958, Sony Repertory, 78 min, USA, Dir: Budd Boetticher

Randolph Scott stars as a former mercenary, carrying $2,000 in blood money, trapped in a border town by a corrupt family. Everyone is willing to trade a dead man’s honor for hard cash in this almost comically remorseless Western. With Craig Stevens, L.Q. Jones.


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