Week Four, the last of the four Western films at our WYO Theater, will feature the movie,  “The Wild Bunch.” Curtain is 2 p.m.

When the film premiered in 1969, it was condemned and praised for its tone and violence and was a pivotal Western. The late great critic Roger Ebert called it a “masterpiece” for its definition of aging criminals and killers playing out the string. Loyalty is an undercurrent among these old, tired men. The film is set in 1913, pre-WWI, but with the dynamics of the “Old West” wrapping up.

Tommy B, “Western deejay,” a local radio personality with Sheridan Media, will do the introduction.

Tip of the Stetson!, to Gene Sturlin for once more doing the heavy-lifting to bring these films to Western movie fans.

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Of good movies…….

All of the accolades and awards coming the way of Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper for “American Sniper” are deserved. Most know the story of Texan Chris Kyle who becomes a Navy SEAL after 9/11 and over the course of four Iraq War tours, becomes the deadliest American sniper ever with 160 confirmed kills.

What’s remarkable about the film is its pace. There’s not a wasted scene. Every one has a purpose. Maybe it’s director Eastwood’s best film. It’s a war movie, and it’s an anti-war movie; a story of devotion on several fronts. It’s certainly Best Picture worthy, but given Hollywood’s liberal bent, that award might be too much to expect. It’s a terrific film.

It’s showing in the always-comfortable confines of the Centennial Theatre in Historic Downtown Sheridan.

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Of good television…..

“Longmire Days” is back. No need to say more except it’s July 17-19 in Buffalo, a production of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.

“Longmire” actors are expected to appear along with the series’ creator, author Craig Johnson of Ucross.

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I see by the paper…..

A principal in Alabama has asked students to bring to school cans of food that they could use as projectiles in case there’s a school shooter, according to a story in the New York Daily News.

Principal Priscella Holley sent a note home to parents saying it was best to be prepared and that if the eight-ounce cans of foods (“soup to nuts,” if you’re a particular age) are never chucked at a shooter, they’ll be donated to a local food group at the end of the year. The canned fruit or vegetables would give the students a “sense of empowerment” and will make them “feel secure.”

The school is using the ALICE tactic — Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — and emphasizes that action could distract, injure or stun the shooter until police arrive. It also includes the throwing of books, staplers, lab beakers, music stands and other items.

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Quotable

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.”

— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1735

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