Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 6: Colorado (The Naked Spur)

Category: Action/Adventure

Quote of Interest:

“They’re men, honey, and you ain’t. Remember that.”

–Ben Vandergroat to Lina Patch

Three words to describe this film/state: Rocky Mountain misogynists

Best ‘Extras’: None credited [Insert all horses and uncredited actors playing Native Americans here]

State food/recipe we tried this week: Granola (and we may try some Colorado green chili, too). *Note: with Jim being vegetarian, me being picky, and neither of us eating seafood, our selections here are limited. This is really just a way for us to try some new recipes and branch out…a little 🙂

Earring Inspo Character: Lina Patch

Other Notes: Fourth in a series of crime movies in the last few weeks, starting out with robbing/kidnapping in Raising Arizona, murder/robbing in Mud, robbing/murder in Point Break, and murder/kidnapping in The Naked Spur. I haven’t seen a Western since Shane in middle or high school, so I can’t judge this film against what a ‘good’ Western should be. It appears well-liked on Rotten Tomatoes, and if Janet Leigh hadn’t been present and receptive to a barrage of verbal abuse (and then some) from pretty much every male in the film, I might have enjoyed it more. It looks like I may be solitary in my opinion, but I don’t care. I thought this was a ridiculous movie. I’m sure the film reflects the time in which it was made and not so much post-Civil-War treatment of women, but what do I know? I’m only going by what Laura Ingalls Wilder had to say. I also wonder if Beverly Cleary took Ramona’s after-school buddy Howie Kemp’s name from our main man Howard Kemp. Jim, a fan of It’s a Wonderful Life, was not as impressed with Stewart’s performance in this one.

Grade: C-

State Facts:

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