Second Breakfast: A Mythology for America

I’ve been in the desert. The New Mexican desert. I don’t know about y’all, but this scenery makes me think of one thing and one thing alone: the cowboy movie. I’m not basing this on any sort of well-researched fact or collection of statistical data, but I’m willing to bet all my prestige and credibility…

Second Breakfast: Looking Back on John Wayne

I’ve been contributing to this blog every week for about the last three and a half years, and in that time have published 193 Second Breakfast articles. Today is my 194th. About fifteen percent of those articles have focused on Shakespeare adaptations or movies starring Vincent Price and/or Peter Cushing. I even wrote an entire,…

Rooster Illusion: ‘Appaloosa’

This week, I felt like taking a break from all the new releases and critically acclaimed films of yesteryear. Now, who wants to read about a deliberately-paced Western? Guys? Where did everybody—ah, what the hell. Appaloosa (2008): The Plot: When bad guy rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) guns down the sheriff and the deputies in cold…