The Ballad of Lefty Brownis a beautifully shot and acted Western that isn’t anchored in the predictable point of view of a gunslinger or law abiding sheriff. Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) isn’t quick on on the draw and he’s far from an able bodied protagonist.
Instead, Lefty is driven by his heart and loyalty to his more responsible best friend Edward (Peter Fonda) who is gunned down in cold blood. Lefty’s mission of revenge leads him to a reunion with two former riding partners, one of whom is now Montana’s governor (Jim Caviezel). Tom Harrah (Tommy Flanagan) is Lefty’s other old friend, a just as loyal buddy who now is the governor’s right hand man.
The feature has its share of action sequences as the elderly and understandably scared Lefty gets into his share of scrapes, and one of the many beauties behind this film is its loving homage to Gabby Hayes, cinema’s most popular Western sidekick. Click on the media bar below to hear how Pullman is connected to Gabby Hayes (spoiler alert: both of them were born in New York!):
The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe, opens December 15 and is currently available on DirecTV Cinema.
The Ballad of Lefty Brown features Bill Pullman in one of his strongest roles to date, proving that he has a natural facility for headlining Westerns (he also starred in Kevin Costner’s Wyatt Earp).
The picture centers on the titular character, a 65-year-old cowboy (Pullman) who attempts to find the killer of his lifelong friend and riding partner (Peter Fonda). Helping Lefty’s quest is a friend (Tommy Flanagan) from the old days and an overzealous youngster (Diego Josef) who dreams of becoming a great gunslinger.
Directed by Jared Moshe, the Western takes a different spin on the genre as Lefty is actually a bumbling and stumbling (yet likable) cowboy. This is one of the interesting touches of the movie, and in the media bar below Pullman also explains how the movie featured some of his family and friends:
Currently playing on Directv Cinema, The Ballad of Lefty Brown opens in theaters December 15.
Throughout his illustrious career Bill Pullman has genre hopped with the best of them, and though he played Ed Masterson in Lawrence Kasdan’s vastly underrated Wyatt Earp, he’s not exactly known as a Western guy.
That may change with the impending release of The Ballad of Lefty Brown, as Pullman is getting great word of mouth as the titular protagonist. After his friend, newly elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda), is killed, Lefty Brown (Pullman) travels the Montana plains to catch the outlaws. Helping him on his mission is a novice gunslinger (Diego Josef) and a worn down U.S. Marshall (Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan) who is unfortunately more proficient with the bottle than a six shooter. Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker, and Joe Anderson round out the cast.
The picture is the second feature of writer-director Jared Moshe (his 2012 cinematic debut was another Western titled Dead Man’s Burden). Check out the trailer below and leave us a comment!
The Ballad of Lefty Brown hits DirecTV November 9 and has a theatrical run starting December 15.
Though the new drama Running Wild had its share of well known veterans (Sharon Stone, Sex and the City’sJason Lewis, Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan), it’s Dorian Brown Pham who anchors the narrative.
The film centers on Stella Davis (Pham), a recent widow whose sprawling ranch is in danger of foreclosing due to her late husband’s financial mismanagement. Though she begins her journey as an insular and entitled woman, her strong minded nature, along with some much needed help from the ranch manager Brannon (Lewis) gradually puts her in a good place. Upon discovering wild horses on the ranch, the pair collaborate with convicts (Flanagan is one of the inmates) from a local prison rehab program to help tame these beautiful animals. Standing in their way of progress is an animal activist (Stone) who will do anything to keep these horses “running wild.”
Though she looks absolutely natural on a horse, Pham told us that the experience was “super scary.”
“I had never been on a horse before,” says Pham, who previously worked on the TV series Wilfred. “They told me I was shooting (on) a Thursday and I had to fly out Saturday and start shooting on Monday. So it was crazy. And the horses didn’t arrive until midway through the first week and I had that first horse riding scene – just even talking on a horse at first (was challenging). It took a few rides and then I sort of got comfortable but towards the end (of production) it was great. I was really comfortable.”
As with most films, Running Wild was shot out of sequence, and though Stella’s personal growth in the story is pretty huge, the non-linear process didn’t phase the actress. “It was really nice to have an evolution in a character,” says Pham. “it was great to wake up on day one – of course we didn’t shoot in order but as far as the storyline, to be able to wake up and say ‘I have everything I need’ to then a day later not having anything. That was very cool to go through that (process) and build myself up again and then be very satisfied with my work, and then be ready to stop and quit. That’s so real to so many people – myself included.”
Running Wild opens in select theaters and On Demand February 10.
Returning tonight for its fifth season on FX, SONS OF ANARCHY is a dramatic testament to amorality that focuses on a Northern California town known as Charming and the dynastic outlaw biker gang that calls it home. Created by KURT SUTTER, the series is arguably one of the best on the air despite its lack of a moral compass. The ensemble cast includes RON PERLMAN, CHARLIE HUNNAM, KATEY SAGAL, MARK BOONE JR., KIM COATES, TOMMY FLANAGAN, DAYTON CALLIE and the most accomplished collection of character actors on TV today.
As the tough-as-nails matriarch of the titular motorcycle club, KATEY SAGAL consistently turns in a remarkable performance. And, despite being married to SUTTER, she knows to stay away from getting involved in the writing of the scripts. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)