On this episode, we’ll be discussing the new limited series on Netflix, Scott Frank’s Godless! The small mining town of LaBelle becomes the battleground for a conflict between two outlaws, one good, one very bad, and the population, mostly widows, find themselves in a war for their way of life. Real western stuff! Despite appearances to the contrary, this is much more of a straight-up western in the old tradition than you might expect, and on those terms, it succeeds quite well. Topics of conversation include the confused doctrine of madman villain Frank Griffin, the winning performances and puzzling script decisions throughout, Sheriff Bill McNue’s essential Bill Paxton-ness, the unfortunately scripted fate of the Buffalo Soldiers, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, friendly ghost Indians, pointless sexual violence, and the panoply of various characters coming in and out of LaBelle and its surroundings over the course of the show. In truth, this is such an epic show that we probably could have filled four hours, so this isn’t nearly as detailed as our usual episode, but the long and the short is that if you’re listening to this podcast, Godless is probably worth your time. It’s all just so handsomely appointed!

Other topics of conversation include the upcoming Super Bowl and the surprisingly similar female Goodfellas riffs Molly’s Game and I, Tonya. You can find us online at westernswithdad.com, or on iTunes of course, where you could even leave ratings and reviews to increase the profile of the show, thus helping us! And please feel free to email us any questions or film recommendations at westernswithdad@gmail.com!

On the next episode, we’ll be talking about The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, completing our coverage of the Man With No Name trilogy! Godless was directed by Scott Frank and stars Jack O’Connell, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy and Merrit Wever.


Finally, an episode we’ve been looking towards since the start, one of the most beloved American Westerns and a film listed on the AFI’s list of Hundred Best Films: 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, featuring the classic pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the titular roles. An affable, seriocomic romp through the end of the legendary Old West, the film features two of the greatest movie stars in history defining and perfecting their screen personas. The film, a loose ramble about the adventures of two infamous bank robbers, features countless iconic scenes, a delightful oscar-winning screenplay with hilarious dialogue written by William Goldman and a contentious 60s-influenced score by Burt Bacharach, which despite its Oscar wins and fame, kind of rubs Dad the wrong way! Topics of conversation include Dad’s Robert Redford story, the historic pairing of these two actors (as well as alternative Sundances originally approached for the role), whether or not the film is a deconstruction, Hugh Jackman’s high level of charm and low level of good movies, the role of destiny and fate in the story, and of course the famous ending, as well as the conspiracy theory regarding Butch’s ultimate fate (and whether it even matters anymore). Great film, you should watch.

We also talk a bit about Playoff Football and the Vince Vaughn film Brawl in Cell Block 99, written and directed by S Craig Zahler (of Bone Tomahawk fame). If you’d like to reach us online, please email us at westernswithdad@gmail.com, where you can ask questions or suggest episodes, and visit us at westernswithdad.com to download older episodes that have dropped off the iTunes feed. And speaking of iTunes, why not leave reviews or ratings of the show there, as it increases visibility! Alright!

Next week, we’ll be talking about Netflix’s new limited series, Godless. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross, and was directed by George Roy Hill.