McQueen looks appropriately tired in his penultimate film role - the titular rustler-buster is a legendary holdover from the "raggedy-ass" Old West who does most of his communicating with buck shot and the rest with classically McQueenian shrugging insouciance. There's a not un-pleasurable charge to watching Horn dispense double-aught frontier justice at the behest of a beleaguered ranchers' association, but about halfway through when those same cattlemen decide he's become too effective and they ensnare him in a low-down frame-up,…
Chock full of ideas that would get re-visited and further fleshed-out over the course of both Carpenter's and O'Bannon's careers - JC was already creating his own minimal, astoundingly effective synth scores here, and the bored, bearded space-truckers goofing around the Dark Star would later find themselves reincarnated as the crew of cool mercenaries aboard the Nostromo in Alien - Dark Star presents a number of genuinely cool ideas, spins clever comedy from 2001's concept of politely menacing artificial intelligence,…
"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined…