The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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  1. rustystove2017

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    Heads up fellow shrafters- I just finished watching this on Netflix- six or seven unique western vignettes aka short stories in one Joel and Ethan Coen directed Netflix Film. I was superb- extremely entertaining. The scenery in the prospector story was amazing.

    There is mention of San Saba, panning for gold, a wagon train, and all kinds of western goodness.
     
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    Oh yeah- and an epic Indian raiding party....a crazy banker with cast iron pots as body armor and Tom Waits to boot....."pot shot" and Mr. Pocket......

     
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    Yep. Good movie. A little bit of everything.
     
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    Started that the other evening. Found it very entertaining.
     
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    Saw it, loved it, like all the Coen brothers productions. I especially like the end of the last story. Very subtle.
     
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    Really good stuff I thoroughly enjoyed it.
     
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    Started it a few nights back and lost interest after Liam ended up tossing the guy in the river in favor of the adding chicken
     
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    I thought it interesting enough,,, Herself thought it quite disturbing, me disturbed for watching it, and she left the room. I only was able to watch it until Tom Waits survived being back shot, then SWMBO said to turn it off.
     
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    @rustystove2017 , looks like you ought to add a *spoiler alert* to your title now :)
     
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    I watched it the other day. I'm a big Coen Bros fan. It wasn't my favorite by a long shot, but not the worst either. Definitely better than the majority of other options on Netflix at the moment. Better than I thought it would be actually. When I hear the phrase "Netflix Original" I think of the modern day equivalent of "Straight to VHS," haha!

    Anyway, the gold prospector story...it jogged some memory. I could swear I read a short story by Jack London many years ago that was very similar. Maybe the vignette is based off it? It was many years ago I read it, so perhaps my memory is wrong...I didn't look in the credits to see if they cited Jack London for that scene or not.
     
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    Some quick googling found out that the prospector scene was indeed based directly on the Jack London short story of the same name, All Gold Canyon. Found a link with the text for anyone interested:

    http://www.online-literature.com/london/49/

    Makes me wonder if the rest of the vignettes are based of various short stories from the history of Western genre literature, or if they are original to the movie?
     
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    Ok, this is pretty funny. Sort of a cross between rustlers rhapsody with Tom Berrenger and classic Buster Keaton.
     
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    Watched the movie on Sunday......reasonably ok old west entertainment......nothing too hard to think about....just enjoy the short vignettes...
     
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    I thoroughly enjoyed 50% of the movie and the rest was pretty okay. Personally, the stage coach and the Orator stories bored me, but I loved the Golden Valley and the Wagon Train stories. Stories of the frontier always get my heart going. Plus, how cool was the lone cowboy standing down a charging Indian war party with a shouldered Henry rifle? That was pure John Ford there.
     
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