May 31, 2021
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are throwing down at high noon in a town called Denton in Ti West’s film from 2016, In a Valley of Violence.
I’ve got to ask, what the hell is with all these revenge films that find their instigating moment with the death of a poor, sweet dog? What did Daisy ever do to you, creators of John Wick? What did Abby ever do to you, makers of this film? Why do you have to go killing our innocent, fuzzy friends? Come up with a better idea!
I see no need for it! There, I’m putting my foot down on this one. There’s no need for any more dog killing in films. This has just got to stop. I get that it tugs at the heartstrings of any viewer, but why? Just why? Surely, there are other ways to motivate people to get revenge. You just need to try harder, you damn screenwriters.
Is it an effective motivator for the “hero” of this film, the tersely named Paul? You bet your ass it is. He may be no legendary killing machine like John Wick is, but he sure knows how to exact revenge on all who dare wrong him. The dude knows how to fire a gun, and he’s got his brooding and gruff whisper-talk thing down pat.
To quote Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction (or the Bible, I guess), the man brings down great vengeance and furious anger upon this town. It all happened because the son of the town marshal just couldn’t figure out how to keep his dumb mouth shut. That’s the problem with loudmouths: they typically are the stupidest among us. Paul was all too happy to just be on his way, but then Gilly (what a stupid name) had to go and make a mess of things. Can’t say I feel too bad for him. He did kill a dog, after all.
On the plus side, Paul, a man clearly in at least his forties, now has the opportunity to get it on with the local widow. And she just so happens to be sixteen freaking years old. Things were, uh… Things were mighty different back in the old west days.
(Recorded on April 12, 2021)
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