The Shooting ★★★★½

The Run-On Sentence:
Arguably the first acid-western, The Shooting is mostly a straight western (and I wouldn't dare spoil things) until the tension is nigh on unbearable and the strangeness undeniable, with a final sequence that will make you reconsider everything you just watched, making this a turning point for westerns meaning the majority of my favorites in the genre came after (and were possible only due to) ones like this, a fantastic and (at the time) subversive little simple but (mostly) flawless movie.

Alternative Title:
Are We There Yet?

Take-Aways:
Never be a simp. NEVER.

Highlights:
The entire thing, really. But that last few minutes are what you'll always remember, despite it being ambiguous enough as to be not quite satisfying.

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