The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ★★★★★

The Run-On Sentence:
In my opinion, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is not one of the better Western stories told on’s six of them, with each tale increasingly better than the last, The Coens have outdone themselves (or at the very least matched their past peaks) and this sextet of stories perfectly captures the often fatal, nihilistic, and cruel (but also at times funny and beautiful) elements of the Old West, with each yarn’s uniquely memorable themes, musical motifs, characters, and morals (or lack thereof) putting me genuinely on the edge of my seat for the first time in years, often forgetting I was watching a film and often overwhelmed with either sadness or laughter to the point of it being noticeably sobering and I can’t wait to experience its stories again so I suppose you could say I unquestionably recommend it.

Alternate Title:
"The Rude, The Sad, and The Fugly"

Take Aways:
Never dig for gold alone.

Part 3: All Gold Canyon, Part 4: The Girl Who Got Rattled