Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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    • Re: Articles About John Wayne

      And yet another article that caught my eye, "Would John Wayne approve of Cowboys & Aliens?"



      Brendan Wayne keeps wondering what his granddad would think of Cowboys & Aliens....

      Brendan figures his grandfather would have initially been incredulous. "He would probably do as I did and ask, 'What's the name of this thing?' - and ask about five times more."


      But he also believes the grandfather he adores would have kept his mind open to the idea of a science-fiction western.
    • Re: Duke's Famous Grandchildren- Brendan Wayne

      Found another article in the same vein, but with a few minor differences. "'Cowboys & Aliens' features John Wayne's Grandson in a role that might have surprised the Duke"

      “I didn't get the John Wayne concept,” Brendan Wayne said. “I thought that was granddaddy, and didn't everybody's granddad ride horses and stuff?”


      He remembers thinking of the man as “a big, goofy, you know, granddad ... just a really gentle, sweet, funny guy.”

      “I was on the set of ‘The Shootist,' and I thought, ‘Oh, I betcha other people's parents and grandparents, this is where they worked.' Like, you know, this is normal. It wasn't until he passed that I was, like, Oh wait, he was a little more extraordinary than I had thought.

      It started when he was sick and everybody at school was writing him get-well cards. And I went to Catholic school. I said to the nun, I said, ‘Sister Roberta Ann, my best friend Tony, his grandpa was sick, and the whole school didn't write him cards.'

      You know, I think Harrison's in this movie, to be honest with you, because he's the closest thing we have to that character type. He's as tough as they get.
      I find it interesting that the publicity department chose to play up the John Wayne angle.


    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      dukefan1 wrote:

      and Olivia Wilde is never hard on the eyes. :wink_smile:

      Mark


      Yep! You got that right!

      I might need to change my review because it sounds like I didn't like it much (I would never make a very good critic). I really did enjoy the movie. I thought they got the sci-fi/horror part of the story right. My problem was with the cowboys! I just don't think modern Hollywood writers understand what makes a good Western character. They're not bad characters, they're just modern dark comic book characters that lacked that cowboy sense of humor and "let's go kick their butt" type attitude that would have worked better (IMHO) in this type of story. But besides that, as far as "Weird Western" movies go, this is probably the best one in a few years.
    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      "Cowboys And Aliens" (2011)
      -Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde

      Plot: IMDB
      1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been...

      Phantom's Review: HOT DAMN! This is the coolest movie I've seen in years. Now, everyone here, should know by now, that I love westerns. but I also love Science Fiction/Horror movies too, and I think it's very cool when these genres are mixed, unfortunately, 8 times out of 10 the result is pretty bad, but not this time. Plenty of great western action, good story line and excellent special FX. Harrison Ford was born to play in westerns, Daniel Craig is also very impressive and Olivia Wilde is absolutely gorgeous. This film may not be for everyone, but for me it was awesome.
      --
      They'd never forget the day,the stranger rode into town
    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      ZS_Maverick wrote:

      Yep! You got that right!

      I might need to change my review because it sounds like I didn't like it much (I would never make a very good critic). I really did enjoy the movie. I thought they got the sci-fi/horror part of the story right. My problem was with the cowboys! I just don't think modern Hollywood writers understand what makes a good Western character. They're not bad characters, they're just modern dark comic book characters that lacked that cowboy sense of humor and "let's go kick their butt" type attitude that would have worked better (IMHO) in this type of story. But besides that, as far as "Weird Western" movies go, this is probably the best one in a few years.


      <some spoiler alerts here>

      I just watched this movie and agree with you. It was full of character stereotypes ( stranger in town, cowardly shopkeeper, big man in town, big man in town's dull-witted son, comely female, stoic native american, timeworn sheriff, bad guy aliens, coming of age boy , etc. )
      but they all seemed rather muted. Harrison Ford was probably the most believable character. Daniel Craig was too wooden throughout- I never felt the anger that I thought would come...I guess its hard to punch an alien in the jaw or kick one in the groin when you've got a ray gun.

      And I couldn't figure out why aliens were smart enough to get to Earth and have all that magical stuff to vacuum gold out of the earth but weren't smart enough to figure out what our weaknesses were after only checking out a couple humans, they needed a whole fleet of townspeople to study ?

      As an aside I feel sorry for the guys that have to design scary aliens these days. I mean, I probably wasn't the only one in the theater thinking:
      " I've seen these aliens before, they look similar to the ones in the movie 'Alien' only the claw count is different. I guess all the lobster/dust mite/ tazmanian devil type aliens come from the same galaxy.

      I liked the movie but had to suspend disbelief more than I would have liked for a western. Your movie enjoyment may vary...
    • Re: Cowboys and Aliens

      With special thanks to Phantomstranger for initializing this thread.

      I have decided for continuity, to merge all the different threads,
      but a result, the continuity might be slightly out of sync.
      It will however benefit further ongoing discussion
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Cowboys and Aliens

      COWBOYS & ALIENS

      DIRECTED BY JOHN FAVREAU
      UNIVERSAL/ DREAMWORKS PICTURES



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been
      Written by Universal Pictures

      Full Cast
      Daniel Craig ... Jake Lonergan
      Harrison Ford ... Woodrow Dolarhyde
      Abigail Spencer ... Alice
      Buck Taylor ... Wes Claiborne
      Olivia Wilde ... Ella Swenson
      Sam Rockwell ... Doc
      Matthew Taylor ... Luke Claiborne
      Cooper Taylor ... Mose Claiborne
      Clancy Brown ... Meacham
      Paul Dano ... Percy Dolarhyde
      Chris Browning ... Jed Parker
      Adam Beach ... Nat Colorado
      Ana de la Reguera ... Maria
      Noah Ringer ... Emmett Taggart
      Brian Duffy ... Deputy
      Keith Carradine ... Sheriff John Taggart
      Brendan Wayne ... Charlie Lyle
      Gavin Grazer ... Ed
      Toby Huss ... Roy Murphy
      Wyatt Russell ... Little Mickey
      Jimmy Jatho ... Saloon Patron
      Kenny Call ... Greavey
      Walton Goggins ... Hunt
      Julio Cedillo ... Bronc (as Julio Cesar Cedillo)
      Garret Noel ... Gang Member (as Garret James Noel)
      David O'Hara ... Pat Dolan
      Troy Gilbert ... Red
      Chad Randall ... Bull McCade
      Scout Schoenfeld Hendrickson ... Jake's Gang Member (as Scout Hendrickson)
      Raoul Trujillo ... Black Knife
      David Midthunder ... Apache Warrior 1
      Moses Brings Plenty ... Apache Warrior 2
      Phillip Pike ... Apache Singer
      Calum Blaylock ... Apache Singer
      Paul Ortega ... Medicine Man
      David Chee ... Apache Dancer
      Simon Choneska ... Apache Dancer
      Nathaniel Chee ... Apache Dancer
      Vonda Tso ... Apache Dancer
      Lariat Geronimo ... Apache Dancer
      Freddy Apache ... Apache Dancer
      Oliver Enjady ... Apache Dancer
      Hoyle Osborne ... Pianist
      Rex Rideout ... Fiddler
      Kelly Ruble ... Wealthy Man (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Roberto Orci (screenplay) &
      Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) &
      Damon Lindelof (screenplay) and
      Mark Fergus (screenplay) &
      Hawk Ostby (screenplay)
      Mark Fergus (screen story) &
      Hawk Ostby (screen story) and
      Steve Oedekerk (screen story)
      Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (Platinum Studios comic book)

      Production Companies
      Universal Pictures (presents)
      DreamWorks Pictures (presents)
      Reliance Entertainment (presents)
      Relativity Media (in association with)
      Imagine Entertainment
      K/O Paper Products
      Fairview Entertainment
      Platinum Studios

      Produced
      Bobby Cohen .... executive producer
      Jon Favreau .... executive producer
      Daniel Forcey .... co-producer
      Brian Grazer .... producer
      Randy Greenberg .... executive producer
      K.C. Hodenfield .... co-producer
      Ron Howard .... producer
      Karen Johnson .... associate producer
      Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
      Alex Kurtzman .... producer
      Damon Lindelof .... producer
      Roberto Orci .... producer
      Scott Mitchell Rosenberg .... producer
      Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
      Denis L. Stewart .... executive producer
      Chris Wade .... co-producer

      Original Music
      Harry Gregson-Williams

      Cinematography
      Matthew Libatique

      Trivia
      Robert Downey Jr. was set to play Jake Lonergan, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

      Daniel Craig was chosen because of his distinct likeness to Yul Brynner, who starred in the cowboy epic The Magnificent Seven.

      Daniel Craig recommended Eva Green for the role of Ella after working with her in Casino Royale. However, Eva turned the role down and Olivia Wilde was cast.

      An early draft of the screenplay was written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

      This is DreamWorks's third comic-book adaptation, after Road to Perdition and Over the Hedge.

      The filmmakers cite Alien and Predator as an influence on the look of aliens in the film.

      Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman described the film as "Unforgiven with aliens landing."

      Director Jon Favreau was constantly harassed with demands to shoot/convert the film in 3-D, but he held his ground, claiming Westerns should only be shot on film.

      Steven Spielberg screened The Searchers and Close Encounters of the Third Kind for Roberto Orci and Jon Favreau so that they could get the atmosphere of the film.

      Roberto Orci feels that the title, humorous as it may sound, will raise interest and put people off guard about the film, which will surprise them.

      Harrison Ford wanted to go bareheaded in the film and not wear a hat (he is most famous for his performance in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films, where Jones wore a fedora), but since it was a Western film he was convinced to wear a hat. In American Graffiti , Harrison Ford was asked to cut his hair (to go bareheaded with a period haircut) for the film. He refused, stating that his role was too short, and offered to wear a hat instead.

      Once again, with the involvement of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford is cast opposite a James Bond, in this case, Daniel Craig. The last time was when he worked opposite Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Craig has also appeared in 'The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert (1999)'.

      In the final scene of the movie, a "Southland Ice Company" ice wagon is shown. Southland Ice Company is the predecessor company to 7-11 stores.

      As with most films distributed by Universal Pictures, there is a brief promo after the end credits for Universal Studios. However, the promo used at the end of this movie uses the decidedly 1960s era ad to promote the Universal Studios back lot tour in Hollywood, California. This promo was replaced in 1990 when Universal Studios opened a second location in Orlando, Florida and changed its logo.

      Goofs
      Continuity: When Jake is at the bar pouring numerous shots of whiskey, his last one was poured without him drinking the previous shot therefore pouring it twice without drinking.

      Revealing mistakes: In the opening scene, Jake tries to remove the bracelet by hitting it several times with a rock, but the rock never actually strikes the prop.

      Plot holes: Ella tells Jake to remove the arm gun he only needs to clear his mind, but at no time when he was knocked unconscious did it slip off.

      Revealing mistakes: The morning after the first alien attack, the posse follows the trail left by the alien which, according to the dialog, headed North. However, the early morning shadows cast by the sun on the the riders and their horses are on their right, which indicates that they're riding Southward.

      Anachronisms: When dynamite is about to be lit they grab a matchbox made of cardboard, up until well into the 20th century (around the 1940s) matchboxes were made of wood.

      Anachronisms: Nat Colorado mentions being found by Dollarhyde as a child after the Mexican American War, but he is also supposed to have grown up alongside Dollarhyde's son Percy and mentions as a child hearing stories of the Colonel's exploits at Antietam during the Civil War. The two wars are a decade and a half apart

      Revealing mistakes: SPOILER: The three cowboys Lonergan meets after first waking up appear very dirty and sweaty, and all of their equipment is old and used. The cowboy hat he later takes from one of them is obviously new, as it doesn't appear dirty and doesn't have a sweat salt stain where it would rest on ones head.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA
      Randsburg, California, USA
      Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

      Trailer

      Cowboys & Aliens
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

      they are just starting to advertise this movie downunder will see if i get the chance to get to see it otherwise will have to wait
      " its not all black and white, but different shades of grey"