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Paxton Holley and Michael May sit at the campfire to talk Westerns in film and other media.

Hellbent for Letterbox Michael May and Paxton Holley

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 30 Ratings

Paxton Holley and Michael May sit at the campfire to talk Westerns in film and other media.

    Buffalo Girls (1995)

    Buffalo Girls (1995)

    On this episode Mike and Pax discuss the 1995 TV movie Buffalo Girls based on the Larry McMurtry novel.  The cast is stacked including Angelica Huston, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Peter Coyote, and Sam Elliot.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Damsel (2018)

    Damsel (2018)

    Michael and Pax discuss the Zellner Brothers' underseen and unexpected Damsel starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. As always, we discuss the whole movie and this one is especially best seen without knowing anything about it, so we highly recommend watching the film before listening to this episode.
    Pax also reads Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe and Shaolin Cowboy by Geof Darrow, and listens to the How the West Was 'Cast podcast. And Michael watches Jane Russell in Montana Belle (1952).

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Hitchin Post Live! - List of 100 Best Westerns by Cowboys & Indians magazine

    Hitchin Post Live! - List of 100 Best Westerns by Cowboys & Indians magazine

    For this Hitchin Post Mike and I are actually in the same room and we are talking about the newly revised 100 Best Westerns from Cowboys & Indians magazine.

    • 27 min
    The Left Handed Gun 1958

    The Left Handed Gun 1958

    In this episode Mike and Pax discuss the 1958 Arthur Penn western, The Left Handed Gun, starring Paul Newman as Billy the Kid as well as appearances by Dukes of Hazard alums James Best and Denver Pyle.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Belle Starr (1941)

    Belle Starr (1941)

    Following Belle Starr's appearance in The Long Riders, Michael and Pax watch a highly fictionalized biography of the character starring Gene Tierney, Randolph Scott, and Dana Andrews. 
    Pax also checks out the Italian Western version of The Belle Starr Story while Michael continues watching mountain man movies with Clark Gable in Across the Wide Missouri.

    • 1 hr
    Skin Game (1971)

    Skin Game (1971)

    In this episode Mike and Pax are discussing the buddy dramedy Skin Game from 1971 starring James Garner and Lou Gossett Jr.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Lord Bowler 2k3 ,

Best Western Podcast I've found!

This is a great Western podcast! I love westerns and have no one to share my thoughts with regarding good and bad westerns. Even some bad westerns have their moments. Michael and Paxton has had some great guests appearrances and are well informed about the westerns they talk about. Also, in each episode they talk about other things they are "westerning", including TV, comics, games, books, etc. A great way to expand your knowledge of westerns and explore westerns in other mediums!

The episodes will not bore you as they provide enough to interest you for an hour to an hour and a half! I've discovered some excellent westerns that I've never seen and I thought I'd seen all of the best westerns!

Don't Ever Ask Me More! ,

New Fan!

I have now listened to around 6 podcasts and I love the way you discuss these movies. There are a few times when I may hold a completely opposite view, but that’s to be expected and serves to make me consider other views.
As an example, I think Matt in Red River was dead wrong. They took the word of one man that there was a railroad in Kansas. The whole state of Texas was dependent upon the success of the drive. What would have happened had there not been a railroad there? I’m not saying Dunson was right in some of the things he did, but taking the herd away was a huge risk. Also, it should have just been between Matt and Tom. Cherry should have kept his nose out of it. I wish Tom would have drilled him good at the end lol.

I like the way you bring many other pieces of information together in each podcast. Again, some I may not have interest in, but others may lead me to other movies, other actors, books, etc.

I look forward to watching along with you.

USMC3037 ,

Good, but Cautious about the Wokeness

I recently found this podcast and like it very much, but I am hesitant about the occasional woke interjections. They don’t go as far as those other dbags of the Cinefiles. Putting things into context is fine, but the woke guilt whining of the Cinefiles guys made me turn them off. I hope these fellas keep up the good work.

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