Episode Two is now available for download. It covers the 1990 Tom-Selleck-goes-to-Australia Western Quigley Down Under. Chosen this week for the presence of the late, great Alan Rickman (who plays the villainous rancher Marston), this mostly ignored adventure yarn is considerably better than you might think. The conversation covers the squandered career potential of almost-Indiana Jones Tom Selleck, the multiple failures to simply kill the hero, a brief overview of the concept of the White Savior, the bombastic enthusiasm of Basil Poledouris’s scoring, a dingo’s insatiable hunger for baby, and more than a bit of thorny, uniformed considering of the Aboriginal genocide in Australia, a concept introduced to us both by the film’s release back in the 90s. We’ll explain how ignorant we are many times over! The film is pretty damn good, and if you’re the sort that enjoys the premise of this podcast enough to overlook the rookie mistakes we’re making, it should definitely be worth your time.
Speaking of our beginner status, I’m quite pleased with the improved tech on this one (we sound like we’re in the same room!), and also with what I perceive as an improvement when it comes to the uncharismatic muttering, run-on sentences, and general sloppiness that comes with trying something new. I mean, don’t worry, we’ve still got our share, but it’s much more under control this time, and I believe we’re also getting closer to the level of film analysis that I’m aiming for. I’m optimistic that we’ll continue to up our game, but on the whole, I think the last one taught us a lot, and this one did the same.
Next week will be The Magnificent Seven, as we had promised before. We’re locked in at this point. Dad’s already watched it again, and he says the Blu Ray is fantastic! You can expect it the second week of February.
Quigley Down Under (1990) stars Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo and Alan Rickman, and was directed by Lonesome Dove’s Simon Wincer. It’s available for rental from Amazon, or you can just buy it, because it’s good enough to own. That’s what Dad did.